Nip is an ethnic slur against people of Japanese descent and origin. The earliest recorded occurrence of the slur seems to be in the Time magazine of 5 January where "three Nip pilots" was mentioned. As part of American wartime propaganda, caricatures and slurs including Nip against the Japanese diffused into entertainment,   such as exemplified by the Warner Bros. In a manner to evoke further anti-Japanese agitation, a Seattle Star editorial titled "It's Time to do Some Thinking On Nips' Return" from December 14th, discussed the citizenship rights of Japanese-Americans and framed their return to American society as a problem. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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In the early part of the Chinese Tang dynasty—in A. In the Chinese of the time called Middle Chinese , the phrase was nzyet-pwun. Interestingly, the Chinese themselves took to calling Japan by the name that the Japanese had invented, and it is from the Chinese version of the name that English Japan is ultimately derived. The early Mandarin word was borrowed into Malay as Japang, which was encountered by Portuguese traders in Moluccas in the 16th century. These traders may have been the ones to bring the word to Europe; it is first recorded in English in , spelled Giapan.
Japan's new imperial era to begin on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor, will be called Reiwa, the government said on Monday, adding that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would explain its meaning in a national address. The era name, or "gengo," is used widely in Japan - on coins, calendars, newspapers and in official paperwork. Although use of the Western calendar has become widespread, many Japanese count years by gengo or use the two systems interchangeably.