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I'd never thought of it before but I wonder if his name was a reference to the Biblical Cain. It sort of fits.
That's what I've always thought, although the spelling is then intentionally wrong. But up until the mid-90s, it was really difficult to get anything out of Japan into the US that had religious allusions (even the crosses on the hospitals in Earthbound were removed for the American release), so it's difficult to tell for sure.
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