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If you haven’t at some point been told, “We Japanese can read Chinese,” you’re probably in a small minority. Of course, such statements are not necessarily made as boasts, and are often qualified by “to some degree” and the like.

But can Japanese read Chinese? I choose to raise this subject because it has implications for foreigners as well. Will acquiring the ability to read Japanese give you “some degree” of literacy in Chinese?

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