Requests for new languages/Wikivoyage Japanese

main page Request for a new language edition: Wikivoyage Japanese
submitted verification final decision
Application-certificate.svg This proposal has been approved.
The Board of Trustees and language committee have deemed that there is sufficient grounds and community to create the new language project.

A committee member provided the following comment:

The activity criteria were fulfilled. phabricator:T260320 --MF-W 01:53, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code ja (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Japanese Language name in English
Language name 日本語 Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q5287 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Japanese
  • native label (P1705) = 日本語
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language, modern language / Japonic, language isolate
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) = ja
  • writing system (P282) = kanji, kana, katakana, hiragana
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 130,000,000±10,000,000

Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality no indication Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Project name ウィキボヤージュ "Wikivoyage" in your language
Project namespace Wikivoyage usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace Wikivoyage・ノート "Wikivoyage talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo File:Wikivoyage-Logo-v3-en.svg This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone UTC "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces "プロジェクト", "プロジェクト・ノート" (as the talk namespace of "プロジェクト"), alias: "WikiProject" -> "プロジェクト", "WikiProject talk:" -> "プロジェクト・ノート" For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit phabricator task (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


NB: Previously, we hoped Japanese Wikivoyage could be created directly (in 2013) when Wikivoyage was taken over by the WMF. That couldn't be done; by now it wouldn't make much sense to create a project without an active community. --MF-W 00:42, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

  •   Strong support --Assoc (talk) 03:53, 22 January 2018 (UTC)globally locked LTA. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:29, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
    •   Comment. Unfortunately, the test wiki is currently nowhere near active enough to get a standalone wiki. (See first bullet point above, starting with "The community needs to".) If you want to support this project, please become a regular contributor to the test wiki at the Incubator and convince some other users to do the same. - dcljr (talk)
  •   Strong support -- 21:46, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Strong support --夢蝶葬花~生涯不敗 07:22, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Support Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 15:33, 21 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Strong support --Soratako🐙 (talk) 15:26, 12 December 2019 (UTC)
  •   Strong support without a doubt. This is the best Wikivoyage candidate on meta by far. The Japanese are some of the world's most enthusiastic travellers and should be more than eager to contribute. Sabon Harshe (talk) 17:28, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
  •   Strong support Because I'm getting more active.We love to travel.--Tmv (talk) 05:30, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Strong support --Object*tofu (talk) 01:42, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Strong support --Linuxmetel (talk) 07:09, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Strong support I am active in JAWY. --Atmark-chan <T/C> 14:03, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Support独立名前空間で編集できることを望みます。--股志 (talk) 07:52, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  •   Strong support --Afaz (talk) 12:52, 9 August 2020 (UTC)


Is everything correct with the settings in the table at the top of the page? Also, what would the additional namespace be called in English? --MF-W 17:51, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

"プロジェクト" is called "Project:" in English. -- 06:02, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
But Project: is used by Wikivoyage: namespace. So we are considering about using WikiProject: as English alias instead. We are going to request in Phabricator as soon as determined. --Atmark-chan <T/C> 10:22, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
Set "Wikiproject" if this is mandatory. --Tmv (talk) 10:35, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
  Comment Isn't it WikiProject? And, I think it isn't mandatory. プロジェクト namespace in JAWP doesn't have English alias. --Atmark-chan <T/C> 11:12, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
Indeed, WikiProject might be a better choice.--Tmv (talk) 07:23, 12 August 2020 (UTC)