Japan firms pick kanji for “change” to describe turbulent 2023


The kanji character for “change” was the top pick among Japanese firms to summarize 2023, a year that many saw as marked by turbulence, a research firm said.

The character, picked by nearly 60 firms, was followed by ones for “patience” and “endurance,” according to Teikoku Databank, which conducted an online survey of almost 1,000 companies.

“There have been too many abnormalities this year, ranging from extreme weather and surging prices to (the war between) Russia and Ukraine and the Middle East situation. We had to change to cope with them,” a wholesaler was quoted by the research firm as s...

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