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While I hope the time has led the questioner to the correct understanding of this problem, I find it a rather interesting question being asked. It's true that a precise phonetic analysis reveals differences between realizations of the vowel //u// by its environments, or generally, that a vowel's sound quality slightly differs according to its preceding ...


Most of the acronyms I know are pronounced phonetically as they are in both your example and most of the time in English. However just as English turns some acronyms into their own words, the same happens in Japanese. I can't think of a specifically defined rule and to further muddy the waters, some of these are influenced by some of the people or companies ...


Yes, it does. For example, ん is pronounced like [n] in かばんと、かばんの、and かばんで (before [t], [n] or [d]), like [ng]/[ŋ] (as in siNGer) in かばんが and かばんか (before [g] or [k]), and like [m] in かばんも (before [m], [p], or [b]).

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