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"Nippon" or "Nihon" literally means the place where the sun rises. It is said that when Imperial Prince Shotoku sent an official letter to a Chinese emperor of the Sui dynasty in the 7th century, he mentioned it was from the Imperial Prince of the sun-rising country to the emperor of the sun-sinking country. It is said that this was the first time Japan was designated the sun-rising country.

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