Of or relating to Italy or its people, language, or culture.
1. A native or inhabitant of Italy.
2. A person of Italian descent.
2. The Romance language of the Italians and an official language of Switzerland.
[Middle English, from Latin Italinus, from Italia Italy.]
n : a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD [syn: Italy, Italian Republic, Italia]
"Italy" in Italian is "Italia". so in English, just like "America" is "American", "Italia" is "Italian".
1. Of or relating to the United States of America or its people, language, or culture.
2. Of or relating to North or South America, the West Indies, or the Western Hemisphere.
3. Of or relating to any of the Native American peoples.
4. Indigenous to North or South America. Used of plants and animals.
1. A native or inhabitant of America.
2. A citizen of the United States.
3. American English.
note how Italian and American have both 'adj.' (adjective) and 'n.' (noun) forms...
note how Japanese has 'adj.', 'n.' and 'pl. Japanese' (plural). the plural is the same as the singular. this is a strong indication that 'Japanese' is a Mass-Noun which is Uncountable.
Of or relating to Japan or its people, language, or culture.
n. pl. Japanese
1. A native or inhabitant of Japan.
2. A person of Japanese ancestry.
2. The language of the Japanese, possibly related to the Altaic family, written in kana and Chinese characters.
in theory, you can not use 'a/an' (an indefinate article) with uncountable-nouns, you can use 'the' (the definate article) with uncountable-nouns.
The Japanese like sushi. (OK)
A Japansese likes sushi. (Sounds Weird)
A Japanese person likes sushi. (OK, Japanese is an adjective modifying 'person')
A person likes sushi. (OK)
As the Japanese live on an island, they eat alot of fish. (OK)
As a Japanese lives on an island, they eat alot of fish. (Sounds Weird)
As a Japanese person lives on an island, they eat alot of fish. (OK)
As a Japanese I live on an island, I eat alot of fish. (???)
hrmm... maybe Japanese *is* acting as an adjective modifying 'I' in this case. but...
As a I live on an island, I eat alot of fish. (Sounds Weird again)
English (unlike Japanese) has singular vs. plural, 1st/2nd/3rd person, requires determiners to agree with nouns and plurality to agree with verbs... i think that English is quite flexible and tolerant of this sort of usage. and i think that the combination of 'a' + XXX + 'I' forces the singular-ness when reading. so, final verdict:
◎ As the Japanese ...
◎ As the Japanese people ...
◎ As a Japanese person ...
◯ As a Japanese I ...
△ As a Japanese ...
that's my 三円.