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ERIC Number: EJ823408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Politics of Japanese Naming Practice: Language Policy and Character Use
Watanabe, Noriko
Current Issues in Language Planning, v8 n3 p344-364 Nov 2007
This paper discusses the collision between government guidelines on "kanji" use in public documents and Japanese naming practice that places significance on written forms. The tension between the state's need to control the legibility of its texts through allowable "kanji" character lists collides with people's rights and desires to name their own children. Using popular baby names and controversial court cases, the paper also analyses the political and ideological nature of the conflict over Japanese names and script. It also reviews the development of the character list for personal names, including the radical expansion of the list in 2004. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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