Sunday, January 21, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N Korea threat

Kanji character for 'North' chosen as defining symbol of 2017, reflecting unease over North Korea's nuclear programme.

Seihan Mori

Japan has chosen the Chinese character for "North" as its traditional defining symbol of 2017 after a series of launches of North Korean missiles, several of which plunged into the Pacific Ocean near Japan's territorial waters.

Japanese TV stations on Tuesday broadcast the annual announcement, in which Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, wrote the Kanji character on a white panel using an calligraphy brush.

Kanji are the adopted Chinese characters that are used in the Japanese writing system, along with other types of alphabets.

The choice of "North" as this year's defining symbol reflects unease over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the event organiser, said in a statement. 

"It was the year in which people felt threatened and anxious by North Korea following repeated ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test," the statement said. 

At the end of every year, the general public votes for a Chinese character they think embody the key news and events of the previous 12 months.

A total of 7,104 people out of 153,594 voted for the character "North".

A 38-year-old woman from northern Fukushima prefecture who voted for the character said she was "constantly scared of North Korean missiles".

"Our generation never experienced war ... What if a missile actually falls on Japan? It is horrifying," she said, according to the organiser.

Last year, Japan picked "gold" to celebrate the success of Japanese athletes winning gold medals at the Rio Olympics.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Joyce brings joy to Western Austral...

Read More

North and South Korea to field join...

Read More

China bans Muslim children from Qur...

Read More

Hong Kong activists jailed for role...

Read More

Fiji PM: 'We are losing the battle'...

Read More

North and South Korea discuss troup...

Read More

Global_News

Group of attackers armed with automatic weapons storm luxury hotel in Afghanistan's capital, security sources say.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'