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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji used to represent foreign countries 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five kanji used to represent foreign countries.

While Japan often refers to countries using the Japanese-ified version of their names (like Furansu for France), they can also refer to them using just a single kanji.

Since it’s only a single kanji, this is most often done in writing, particularly in newspapers and headlines where wordcounts are at a premium. Why bother writing our Furansu as four whole characters (フランス) when you can just write the single kanji to represent France instead (仏)?

There are many more interesting country-kanji out there, some of which have strange stories behind them… especially America.

Read the article here.

Published inSoraNews24

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