Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
Apple keyboard Japan
Apple keyboard Japan. Notice the space bar, span about only 3 key spaces. On English Apple keyboard, it spans 5 to 6. 〔►see Apple Keyboards ⌨

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Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards

Because {Chinese, Japanese} don't use space character much, as a interesting consequence, on Japanese keyboards, the Space bar is tiny.

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LOGICOOL Wireless Keyboard K270. (Logitech is known as Logicool in Japan) Buy at amazon
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“Japanese USB wired PC keyboard” Buy at amazon
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Japanese keyboards. image source 2304×1728
Japanese keyboard layout
Japanese keyboard layout. image source

the interesting thing about this is that, standard PC keyboard's huge Space bar is really a waste of space. It should be split into at least 3, for {⌫ Backspace, Return ↩, Space}. (the Japanese keyboard breaks it into 4.)

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Topre Realforce 89s keyboard 10th anniversary limited keyboard. Topre Realforce Keyboard Japanese Layout 〔image source https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45011.0

Keyboard Designed with Short Space Bar

Here's a example of a keyboard designed with short space bar, yet isn't Japanese layout.

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Filco Majestouch Minila. (Cherry MX Brown switch) Filco Majestouch Minila

For more keyboards with short space bar, see:

See also: Keyboards without Numeric Keypad.

thanks to Jaehyun Yeom for telling me that Korean do use space a lot.