There are many names of Japan in the English, Japanese, and other languages. The word “Japan” (or “Japon”) is an exonym, and is used (in one form or another) by a large number of languages. The Japanese names for Japan are Nippon (にっぽん About this sound listen ) and Nihon (にほん About this sound listen ). They are both written in Japanese using the kanji 日本. The Japanese name Nippon is used for most official purposes, including on Japanese money, postage stamps, and for many international sporting events. Nihon is a more casual term and the most frequently used in contemporary speech.