In order to type ん in Japanese input mode I have to type nnbackspace. On my screen, this sequence of keystrokes produces the following results (which explains why I need to type a backspace at the end):

⇨ n

⇨ んn

⇨ ん

Now, ん is a pretty common character in Japanese, and it is strange/annoying to have to type three keystrokes for it. Is it possible to type ん with fewer keystrokes?

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    What happens if you type something other than n on the second keystroke?
    – NickD
    Dec 4, 2022 at 16:52
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    @NickD: the answer to your question depends on what one types. If one types a on the second keystroke, one gets な (the Japanese hiragana character for "na"). If one types x, one gets んx. If one types ., one gets ん。(where the second character is the one for period in Japanese typography). I thought I had tried all the keys before, but somehow I missed that typing q (mnemonic: "quit") after the first n produces the desired effect of a single ん. I think this is probably the answer to my question! I can't imagine a shorter combination, other than possibly some chord-like number.
    – kjo
    Dec 4, 2022 at 17:09

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Run M-x describe-input-method and it will show you the help for the current input method. This should have everything you need. For example, the help for the japanese-hiragana input method includes this information:

n'  ん
na  な
ne  ね
ni  に
no  の
nu  ぬ
pa  ぱ
pe  ぺ

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