The kanji character for "sen," which means war, battle or fight, was selected as "Kanji of the Year," or the character best representing the social trends in 2022. It was announced by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, based in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, on December 12, and written calligraphically on a large sheet of Japanese paper by Seihan Mori, the chief priest of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in the same ward. There were 223,768 entries in total, of which "war" received 10,804 votes.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.