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Sato most common surname in Japan
Sato is the most common surname in Japan, according to a survey conducted by Meiji-Yasuda Seimei, a major insurance company in Japan. Meiji-Yasuda said on its website that it surveyed 5.96 million customers and revealed that Sato was the most common surname with 91,487 persons so named. This was followed by Suzuki, Takahashi, Tanaka, Watanabe, Ito, Nakamura, Kobayashi, Yamamoto and Kato rounding out the top 10.
By prefecture, Sato was especially popular in northern Japan, where it was No. 1 in nine prefectures, including Hokkaido, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Niigata, Yamagata, Fukushima, as well as Oita and Tokushima.