Pronounciation of "X" in the beginning (3)

Tones wrote:

> In Japanese , of course , we say [kserkses],[ksanthippe] ,but we call
> the Saint [zavier] , who introduced the Christianity into Japan, maybe
> because of his original sounds .

Chotto chigau ja nai desu ka? When I was in Japan, I heard it as
[kuserukusesu].... that's very different. <G>

In American vernacular (as opposed to academic circles), initial X is
typically pronounced as /z/.