Japanese transliteration: ja-Latn-hepburn

Frank Bennett biercenator at gmail.com
Sun Sep 6 03:46:00 CEST 2009

Here is a submission for ja-Latn-nihon, to accompany the docs for
ja-Latn-hepburn and ja-Latn-kunrei.


Request for variant registration

1. Name of requester: Frank Bennett

2. E-mail address of requester: bennett at law.nagoya-u.ac.jp

3. Record Requested

    Type: variant
    Subtag: nihon
    Description: Nihon-shiki romanization, as defined in ISO-3602 Strict.
    Prefix: ja-Latn

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

    Indicates that the target content is Japanese text, romanized using
    the method defined in ISO 3602 Strict.

5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

        ISO-3602 (available for purchase)


6. Any other relevant information:

    Nihon-shiki ("nihon-style") romanization dates from 1885.  It
    offers a strict one-to-one correspondence between the Japanese
    phonetic syllabary and a nihon-shiki transliteration.  This rigidness
    makes it rather difficult for non-Japanese speakers to recognize the
    correct pronunctiation of certain transliterated terms, but has the
    advantage that transliterations can be reversed to produce
    correct Japanese phonetic script.

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