Nihon? Nippon? What’s the correct name for “Japan” at the Tokyo Olympics (and in general)?

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

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Japan, the country so nice they named it twice?

During the Parade of Nations of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony, the athletes entered the stadium as the P.A, system said their country’s name first in French, then in English, and finally in Japanese. So when the host country’s team made its appearance, the speakers rang out with “Japon! Japan! Nihon!”, which, of course, translates to “Japan! Japan! Japan!”

And yet, a number of people in Japan were confused, because even though Nihon means “Japan,” it’s not the only way to say the country’s name in the local language.

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