There is a word イレーザー, which means 'eraser'. I suspect this comes from the English word eraser. But the "s" sound in eraser is not voiced in American English, and a closer approximation in kana will be イレーサー. How did it become voiced as イレーザー?

Edit: After fefe's answer, it turned out I was wrong in writing that "s" is not voiced in English. It turned out to be true for American English.

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    It can be voiced according to thefreedictionary
    – fefe
    Dec 27, 2011 at 2:27
  • According to some paper dictionary I have, it is a British/American difference.
    – fefe
    Dec 27, 2011 at 3:16

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According to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the 's' is voiced in British English, and unvoiced in American English.

So イレーザー may come from the British reading.

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