Computer users say their kanji writing skills are getting rusty
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Sep 22
A government survey found about 66.5 percent of people think they are losing the ability to correctly handwrite kanji or Chinese characters because they write e-mails with computers and cell phones on a daily basis.
The figure is 25.2 percentage points up from the previous survey 10 years ago, according to results of the Cultural Affairs Agency's survey on Japanese, which were released Thursday.
The survey also showed that 42 percent of respondents feel "writing by hand is a bother," up 10.1 percentage points from the last survey. The agency said, "This trend will certainly become stronger and be a serious problem for children in learning Japanese."
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