TOKYO, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese character, or Kanji, meaning "fake"
was selected Wednesday by the Japanese as the symbol which best describes the
situation in Japan in 2007, according to Japanese media.
The result represented Japanese people's anger over the society's darkness
exposed in 2007, including a series of financial scandals involving Cabinet
ministers, the Social Insurance Agency's blunder of losing about 50 million
pension records and some well-know food companies' forgery of production dates.
In the annual event organized by the Japan Kanji ability assessment
association, the character "fake" won 16,550 or about 18 percent of votes among
the total of 90,000 questionnaires received.
The chosen character was announced and written with a brush by the host of
a famous temple in central Japan's ancient city of Kyoto.
"I am ashamed and furious of the selection of such a character. It's a
woeful society in which people cheat for their own interests," the host said.
"It has been a year of puzzlement. We don't know what to believe," one left
the message on the Internet.
Characters meaning "lie", "suspicion", "apology" and "change", all of which
contain negative meanings, were among the top six chosen by the public.
The Kanji association began organizing such annual selection in 1995. The
character meaning "life" was chosen in 2006 for the birth of the first grandson
of Emperor Akihito.