Japan’s Anti-Pacifism Shift Angers Students: War Terminology To Be Added To Joyo Kanji

The fall of Japan’s pacifist constitution has devastated students both in Japan and abroad as the number of common use (Joyo) kanjis will increase with war terminology over the coming years.

“They’ve already increased from 1,945 to 2,136 – just when I thought I’d made it I have to learn the kanji for pre-emptive strike,” a disgruntled student said.

The 200-300 additional war related kanji will each have an average of four readings and ten corresponding compounds, decreasing the amount of time to enjoy life by around 100 study hours.

Much of the war terminology predicted to be added to the list of common use kanji are expected to be taken directly from the U.S. These include:

Radical Extremist – Also known as a terrorist, these highly malleable nouns can be used for various political ends.

Regime Change – Installing a leader to a region that is more accepting of important democratic institutions such as Starbucks and Shell Oil.

Sea Mines: These round floating metal excuses can help push through any unpopular security legislation.

Publishing companies are lobbying for an annual increase in the joyo kanji list. War joyo kanji books will go on sale next month at all good book stores and some of the ordinary ones too.


  1. Utter nonsense.

    The list increases periodically, and has been doing so for decades. There is no “theme” to whatever the latest proposed update is, and even if there was the “examples” listed are all ENGLISH WORDS whose Japanese translations are written exclusively with kanji that have never been anything less than Joyo Kanji. A quick Googling indicates that the “War kanji texbook to be released next month” 日本語軍まとめ doesn’t appear to exist. It is a photoshopped image of this textbook:


    And even the alterations are so poor that they don’t even make it look like a “War kanji texbook” to anyone who can actually read the Japanese text on the cover.

    Nice try, but hoaxes would be better kept to April 1st.

  2. Oh, son of a … This is a parody!?

    Why do people link to parody news articles on Facebook as though they were taking them seriously?
    (Well, actually I’m pretty sure whoever did that actually WAS taking this article seriously, so posting a comment might have been helpful anyway. 😛 )


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