''Zei(=Tax)'' has been selected as the ''kanji of the year'' to represent the year's social conditions. The announcement was made by the Japan Kanji Proficiency Test Association (located in the same ward) on the 12th at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City.

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