Electronic devices which are capable of receiving data and performing a sequence of operations in accordance with a predetermined but variable set of procedural instructions to produce a result in the form of information or signals have been blamed for one man’s lack of kanji writing skills.

“I can read the kanji, but I can’t write it,” says 48-year-old Brian Wellington.

Wellington never studied much kanji in the first place but has discovered the perfect stooge for his current Japanese writing deficiencies.

“No one can argue with me – combine this excuse with my white face and it’s almost always accepted,” says Wellington.

Wellington often says he can “read the kanji but can’t write it” after he has been shown the kanji in question.


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