A non-native learner of the Japanese language has declared that he “can’t write that kanji”, but he “can read it”.

“Just so you know, I can’t write it, but I can definitely read it, you know, if it was shown to me in written form,” said 20-year-old foreigner Ryan Hobson.

Hobson said these words just loud enough so anyone within a 30-meter radius could hear.

Hobson was quick to highlight that the wicked rise of digital technology had meant that he was unable to “practice writing kanji anymore”.

“These days, it’s all type,” Hobson said while making a typing gesture with his hands, as if the other person was not that familiar with the advent of the computer.

“Soudesune,” local man Hiro Tanaka replied thinking there may be some other factors involved.

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