What is the meaning of 「JAPAなび」? The term is often used on NHK あさイチ broadcasts. Maybe 「なび」is for "navigation" here?

  • Maybe, Japan-navi?
    – user4092
    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:15
  • No no, it's exactly as it is. I think it's some abbreviation. Oct 2, 2014 at 9:17
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    Have you tried checking their website? www1.nhk.or.jp/asaichi/tabi
    – user1478
    Oct 2, 2014 at 19:37

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"なび" is a shortening of "ナビゲーション" (navigation). As u may know, japanese alphabet contains only one character which begins with sound "V" and it is わ. For this reason, all "vi", "vu", "ve", "vo" become び、ぶ、べ、ぼ in japanese. For example, Vietnam - ベトナム. But for some reason violin is バイオリン (not ワイオリン).

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    The /w/ sound in わ isn't the same sound as the /v/ sound in English navigation. Japanese doesn't have a /v/ sound, so /b/ is usually substituted.
    – user1478
    Nov 2, 2014 at 15:00

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