Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ or words related to it? N'Djamena is the capital of Chad.

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    The premise of the game しりとり is based on the idea that no native Japanese words start with ん.
    – Blavius
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 4:15

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It depends on what you'd count as a "Japanese word". Almost certainly nothing that is natively Japanese will start with ん. However, there are a few words in other languages that would have it. For example, "ng" is a common starting sound in names in a few languages (including Vietnamese and some Chinese dialects). I know of someone whose surname is "Ng", and it caused a lot of trouble in getting them registered in some Japanese systems since there was an automatic validation preventing them from writing it as ング.

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    The famous Andrew Ng, for example...
    – muru
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 4:15
  • Not the one I'm talking about, but definitely a good example.
    – ConMan
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 4:41

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