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3. Word origins

Some questions about word origins are based on common misconceptions: for example Japan's famous Mount Fuji is never referred to as Fujiyama (see 3.1. What is the name of Mount Fuji?) and `Godzilla' actually has nothing to do with religion (see 3.3. What is the origin of the name Godzilla?). Also discussed here are origins of the many foreign loan-words in Japanese (see 4. Words from other languages).

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