‘Gold’ or ‘money’ chosen top kanji of 2016

An organization promoting the use of kanji characters announced the results of its poll on Monday. The character was the most popular of about 153,000 entries submitted this year by the public.

At Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, chief priest Seihan Mori used a brush and ink to write the character on a large sheet of Japanese washi paper.

The event organizers say the reasons for the choice include the gold medals won by Japanese athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They say the alleged misuse of public funds by former Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe and the blonde hair of US President-elect Donald Trump were additional reasons.

‘Gold’ had been chosen twice, in the years of the 2000 Sydney and 2012 London Games.

In an annual year-end event in Japan, a Chinese kanji character meaning “gold” or “money” has been chosen as the one that best symbolizes this year. (NHK)

Japanese troops taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan on Monday took on new roles of rescuing U.N. staff and other personnel under attack and of playing a bigger part in protecting U.N. peacekeepers’ camps. (Japan Today)

Osaka Prefectural Police are seeking the whereabouts of a man suspected of pushing a 63-year-old woman from a train platform onto the tracks in Naniwa Ward, reports Fuji News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)

A woman was injured when her leg was slashed with a sharp object on a packed commuter train in Tokyo on Monday, the police said. (Japan Times)

Stocks advanced further on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday, with a key index ending at a fresh high for the year, buoyed by a weaker yen. (NHK)

A Korean man destroyed stone statues at a shrine in the village of Izumaki, police said on Sunday, in a possible connection to reports of at least 100 wrecked statues this month. (tokyoreporter.com)

An employee of a safari park in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan has been seriously injured by a rhinoceros. (NHK)

Empress Michiko has a mild fever and other symptoms of acute bronchitis, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. (Japan Times)

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sunday for the new National Stadium, which will be used as the main arena of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the attendance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Jiji)

China and Japan have continued their recent tit-for-tat moves in the airspace above the Western Pacific, with aircraft from the two Asian giants on Saturday again engaging in an apparently tense encounter over the high seas between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island. (Japan Times)

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