Should Japan Get Rid of Kanji?

With 3 simpler ways to write Japanese, why continue struggling to learn 2000 kanji?

DC Palter
Japonica Publication
6 min readApr 17, 2024

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2nd Grade Kanji. Image by palinus on Deviant Art.

Beginning Japanese language learners always ask the same question — why doesn’t Japan ditch the kanji (漢字) writing system?

Kanji are the often complex set of characters used for writing Japanese imported from Chinese via Korea in the 5th century…

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DC Palter
Japonica Publication

Entrepreneur, angel investor, startup mentor, sake snob. Author of the Silicon Valley mystery To Kill a Unicorn: https://amzn.to/3sD2SGH