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Kanji of the year reflects disasters that battered Japan in 2018
Deadly earthquakes, typhoons and a record heat wave that wreaked havoc across Japan prompted the public to vote for "wazawai," meaning disaster, as the kanji that best captures their sentiments about the year now passing.

The kanji of the year was announced Dec. 12 by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation.

The organization received 193,214 entries, of which 20,858, the largest number, were for wazawai. The character is also pronounced as "sai."

by das monde on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 11:09:03 AM EST
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