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Nihon vs. Nippon

Obviously people in the U.S. wouldn't say either, they'd say "Japan." Or do you mean in textbooks and such?

If I had to pick one or the other I'd guess Nippon. But it's just a guess.
Sorry for the confusion. I meant for Japanese speakers living in the US during the 1940s, would they have said "Nippon" or "Nihon"?
Well, in both the US and Japan at that time, Nippon was used, it has a more nationalistic use.

But today, Nihon is the more commonly used version. Mostly the elderly use Nippon today, but in the 1940's, Nippon was the most common version.
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