News – Kanji of 2016

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Kanji meaning gold picked as best symbolising 2016

今年の漢字に「金」

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The kanji kin, meaning gold or money, has been picked as the Chinese character best symbolising this year’s social mood in Japan, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organisation said on Dec. 12.

The selection, which was based on votes from the public, came after Japan won 12 gold medals at the Rio Olympics and former Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe resigned in June over a political funds scandal.

Some voters also cited U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s “golden” hair.

It is the third time kin has been chose as the year’s kanji, after 2000 and 2012.

The kanji that placed second was sen, meaning selection, following the U.S. presidential election and Britain’s decision in a referendum to leave the European Union, according to the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation.

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