Which one is the more true? Saying Nihon or Nippon?

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As a Japanese people*

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  • Bob
    Lv 4
    1 month ago
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    If you're talking about the name of the country, then either is ok but Nihon is the common form and Nippon has a more 'patriotic' sense. Imagine the difference between an American saying, "I'm from the USA" and sports fans cheering "USA! USA! USA!"

    If you're talking about the people, then Nihonjin is by far, the most common way to describe the Japanese. Nipponjin is possible and used sometimes but very rarely.

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  • Quinn
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Both are the same. It's like saying "America" and "USA". It means the same.

    Both NIHON and NIPPON are written the same (日本). But depending on the Japanese person, it is pronounced one of the two ways. Currently, most Japanese will say NIHON, but NIPPON (or JIPPON) is the original pronunciation. But even the Japanese government in 2009 have concluded that both terms are so widely used that they see no reason to pick one over the other.

    • Gorukemu1 month agoReport

      thank you Quinn

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  • 1 month ago

    I am a Japanee. Either one can do.

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