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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Japanese language and Okinawan pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see {{IPA-ja}}, {{IPAc-ja}} and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

Examples in the charts are Japanese words transliterated according to the Hepburn romanization system.

See Japanese phonology for a more thorough discussion of the sounds of Japanese.

Consonants
IPA Example English approximation
Kana Romanization
b しょ, , ァージョン basho, kabin, vājon bug
びょうき byōki beauty
ç と, ひょ hito, hyō hue
ɕ た, っしょ shita, isshō sheep
d うも, dōmo, dōdō doctor
dz[1] っと, , ッズ zutto, zenzen, kizzu[2] cards
[1] ぶん, ょじょ, ッジ jibun, jojo, ejji[2] jeep
ɸ fuji roughly like phew!
ɡ[3] っこう, りん, んこう gakkō, ringo, ginkō goat
ɡʲ ぎょ kigyō argue
h ん, はは hon, haha hat
j くしゃ, yakusha, yuzu yacht
k る, っき kuru, hakki skate
きょうかい, っきょ kyōkai, kekkyoku skew
m かん, ぱい, もんも mikan, senpai, monmon much
みゃ myaku mute
n っとう, たん nattō, kantan not
ɲ わ, んにゃ, ちょう niwa, konnyaku, kinchō canyon
Hepburn romanization system.

See Japanese phonology for a more thorough discussion of the sounds of Japanese.