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Japanese ethnicity
Ethnic Japanese make up 98.5% of the population of Japan, which is one of the most ethnically homogenous countries in the world. The vast majority of the population belongs to the Yamato ethnic group. The Ainu and Ryukyuan make up a relatively small minority. The Japanese diaspora’s largest centers are in Brazil, the United States, China, the Philippines, Canada, and Peru. Now a powerhouse of high technology, Japan has always fostered cultural innovation: the warrior traditions of the samurai paved the way for modern martial arts that originated in Japan, while Japanese writer Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th century piece The Tale of Genji is regarded as the world’s first novel. Thanks to cultural emphasis on moderation, physical fitness, and the cultivation of internal harmony (and likely also thanks in no small part to genetics), Japanese people enjoy the longest lifespan on Earth.