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places (Japan)

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2001, 9:27
--- Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote:
> Re Japan, and it's various versions (sorry, I've > deleted the earlier messages too soon)-- Some of > the oldest world maps have it as Cipango-- looks > like an Italian attempt at the Chinese name. I'm > not so sure English got "Japan" via the Brits in > Malaya (Indonesian is Jepang [dZ@'paN] BTW)-- seems > a little late, historically speaking....?
Hmm, well I admit that I don't recall too much from my Japan-history classes -- yeah, poor student me... Anyhow, I do remember have seen that word before - and it does look Italian - but somehow I have the sneaking suspicion that the Portuguese were the first ones to come to Japan. In Portuguese, one says Japao (tilde over second a).... Matt33 __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Find a job, post your resume.