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KANJI

Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Oct 29, 2018
'Ghost kanji' lurk in the Japanese lexicon
Floating around the murky regions of digitized Unicode values are anywhere between 60 and 100 yu016brei-moji — literally, 'ghost characters' — haunting the Japanese kanji lexicon.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Sep 3, 2018
Getting to know Japan on a first-name basis
What's in a first name? In Japan, you'll find insights into societal change.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Aug 13, 2018
Japanese surnames: Among the usual suspects, you're bound to find some curveballs
How many Japanese surnames are there anyway? It's a tricky question, because the total depends on how you decide to count them.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 28, 2018
Lower House politician Kanji Kato defends remark urging newlyweds to have at least three children
House of Representatives member Kanji Kato on Sunday defended a remark he made earlier this month urging newlyweds to have at least three children.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 11, 2018
Taro Aso's remarks on harassment spark criticism again
Finance Minister Taro Aso came under fire again on Friday for a comment during a Diet session that suggests a belittling attitude toward sexual harassment, saying his ministry's former top bureaucrat might have fallen into a trap by a female reporter.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Feb 26, 2018
To have and to hold, to slap and to tickle: For tactile versatility, you have to hand it to this kanji
One way to acquire more kanji is to organize them into a relational database. To show how this works, let's look at some of the many characters using the hand radical.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / NEWS IN NIHONGO
Dec 18, 2017
Kanji meaning north picked to symbolize 2017
Where was the 'Kanji of the Year' announced?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2017
Kita, meaning north, named 2017 kanji of the year amid growing North Korea threat
The kanji kita (北, north) has been selected as the character best capturing the national mood this year in Japan amid the heightened nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 23, 2017
'Poop' reigns as Unko Sensei visits Namjatown
A family-oriented indoor theme park in Tokyo is now covered with "poop" after joining hands with a popular children's workbook on kanji that includes a heavy dose of toilet humor.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 12, 2017
Kanji ‘toilet training’ is a hit with kids
The media is abuzz over a new series of workbooks for children titled u3046u3093u3053u6f22u5b57u30c9u30eau30eb (Unko Kanji Doriru, 'Poop Kanji Drills').
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2017
Unko Kanji Drills: Creator of popular language textbooks for kids turns poop into gold
Learning more than 1,000 kanji during six years of grade school isn't an easy task. But it can be fun if all the characters are associated with a word they love — poop.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 15, 2017
Reciting the rescript to flaunt your Japanese
If you'd like to learn the Imperial Rescript on Education as a Japanese memory test, it's less than a single A4 page in length.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Mar 15, 2017
'Slavemen': Men enslaved by juvenile fantasies
Noboru Iguchi would seem to be in the enviable position, at least to his mostly male fan base, of doing exactly what he likes and never having to grow up. A veteran director of low-budget exploitation films, Iguchi has an unabashedly adolescent obsession with short-skirted schoolgirls, spandex-clad superheroes, blood sprays and bathroom humor. His 2012 film "Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead" ("Zonbi Asu") is exactly what the English title sounds like.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Feb 22, 2017
Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry
Over the years I've heard many complaints about the bad acting in Japanese films, from the hammy emoting of over-indulged veterans to the amateurish turns of "idols" cast more for their agency connections than any perceptible talent. I've added to this chorus of negativity, but I've also noticed that often the best things in otherwise forgettable movies are the supporting actors who bring a spark of originality, individuality and professionalism to even blink-and-you-miss-them roles.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 26, 2017
Abe's kanji gaffe makes Twitter's trend tally
Reading kanji characters can be treacherous, and it seems even Prime Minister Shinzo Abe isn't immune to the pitfalls.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2016
Kanji meaning gold or money picked as best symbolizing 2016
The kanji for kin, meaning gold or money, has been picked as the character best symbolizing this year's social mood in Japan, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Monday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Sep 28, 2016
'Harmonium': Dangerously good family drama
The films of Koji Fukada have long wrapped ambitious themes in deceptively unassuming genre packages. His 2011 international breakout "Hospitalite" ("Kantai") begins as a quirky comedy but becomes a sharp-edged drama of deceptions and secrets. Last year's "Sayonara" starts as an offbeat essay in apocalyptic sci-fi, centering on a terminally ill woman and her robot caregiver, but transitions into a stark examination of death and dissolution.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2016
Kanji Museum to open in Kyoto in June
The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the group that annually announces the single character best symbolizing the year, will open a facility in June where visitors can learn about kanji in a fun atmosphere.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FUKUSHIMA FILE
Jan 17, 2016
Fukushima town hopes to translate kanji and sake into tourism cash
Residents of Kitakata, a northwestern Fukushima Prefecture city known for promoting antiquated Japanese kanji, are stepping up efforts to attract more tourists by linking the pictographs to sake breweries in the area.
JAPAN
Jan 15, 2016
Kanji workbook's sexual references draw flak, prompting publisher to ponder revision
The workbook, published by a teacher last February, contained phrases such as, “No one should notice the intimate relationship between my professor and I.”

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