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The feudal period of history of Japan, dominated by the powerful regional families (daimyō) and the military rule of warlords (shōgun), stretched from 1185 to 1868. The emperor remained but was mostly kept to a de jure figurehead ruling position, and the power of merchants was weak.


The Japanese are an East Asian civilization that appears in Age of Empires II. Their unique unit is the Samurai, a strong and fast-attacking infantry which is very effective against other enemy unique units. They have a very strong naval presence in the game, with +50% Galley line of sight and double hitpoints for Fishing Ships, with their work rate improved every Age. They are an infantry based civilization, with their infantry possessing the fastest attack speed in the game. Their infantry's attack rate is sequentially raised every Age. However their cavalry is somewhat weaker. Like all East Asian civilizations they are unable to research the Paladin upgrade and they also can not research the Hussar upgrade.

Wonder: Todai-ji

Unique Unit: Samurai (infantry unit good against unique units)

Unique Tech: Yasama (Towers fire extra arrows), Kataparuto (Trebuchets fire, pack faster)

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Language (Japanese)Edit

Japanese Units in game speak in modern Japanese.

  • Hai:  はい  (Yes)
  • Ii yo  いいよ  (Alright)
  • Nani:  何?  (What?)
  • Watashi?:  私?  (Me?)
  • Ore? : 俺?  (Me? -masculine)
  • Nan da:  何だ?  (What is it?)
  • Hai hai:  はいはい  (Yes yes)
  • Iki masu:  行きます  (I go)
  • Wakari mashita:  分かりました  (I see)
  • Gyoi ni: 御意に  (As you like)
  • Ha!: はっ!  (Yes! (military bearing))
  • Go-Meirei wo  ご命令を  (Give me orders)
  • Iza, Sho-bu!  いざ、勝負!  (Now, we will decide the victor!)
  • Sho-chi  承知  (I understand) 
  • iza!:  いざ!  (Prepare yourself!)
  • Ki wo kiri masu:  木を切ります  (I cut a tree)
  • Shu-kaku shimasu:  収穫します  (I gather)
  • Kari wo shimasu:  狩りをします  (I hunt)
  • Sakana wo tori masu:  魚を取ります  (I catch fishes)
  • Tagayashi masu:  耕します  (I cultivate)
  • Hori masu:  掘ります  (I mine)
  • Tate masu:  建てます  (I build)
  • Naoshi masu:  直します  (I repair)
  • Ike!:  行け!  (Go!)
  • Ikusa ja!:  いくさじゃ!  (War!)

Japanese Monks and King speak old-fashioned Japanese.

Monk (Speaking Elderly):

  • Nan narito:  何なりと  (As you wish)
  • Yo kana?:  用かな?  (How can I be of use?)
  • Nan jana?:  何じゃな?  (What is it?)
  • Tadaima:  只今  (At once)
  • Mairi masho:  参りましょう (I'm coming)

King (Speaking lordly):

  • Kurushu nai:  苦しゅうない  (Don't hesitate)
  • Nan ja?:  何じゃ?  (What is it?)
  • Nozomi ha?:  望みは?  (What is your wish?)
  • Nani yo ka?:  何用か?  (What is this regarding?)
  • Umu:  うむ  (yea)
  • So itaso:  そう致そう  (Let's do it)
  • Mairo:  参ろう  (I'm coming)
  • Yokaro:  良かろう  (Very well)

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