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country; Japanese, Japan
Kanji 1792

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Synopsis

If you think you know how to say “Japan,” 邦 comes as a surprise. In Japan, native speakers call each other 日本人 (Japanese), but in other countries they could also use 邦人 (overseas Japanese national). Crossing borders means that vocabulary changes, along with currency and converters! The essay compares 邦 with other kanji for "Japan," looking at the nuances 邦 lends to words.

Revision history:

Feb. 9, 2019:

pp. 2 and 6: Fixed broken links.
p. 9: Changed the definition of 翻訳 from “converting text into Japanese or vice versa” to “converting text into another language.” Also changed the definition of 通訳 from “converting spoken words into Japanese or vice versa” to “converting spoken words into another language.”

July 17, 2015: p. 10: Fixed a typo.

Mar. 29, 2013: Originally published.

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