J MOE recommends disuse of Ryakuji

From: Adrian Havill (havill@threeweb.ad.jp)
Date: Thu Jun 25 1998 - 20:47:47 EDT

Two days ago on national Japanese news the MOE (Ministry of Education) presented
a formal outline about a reversal of the current trend where Japanese-style
simplified/abbreviated characters (ryakuji) would be deemphasized in compounds
in preference for the older, traditional counterparts.

It noted that these guidelines would not apply to fixed proper names using the
abbreviated characters.

Its guideline recommended 215 characters in all to be "reverted" back to their
traditional form.

It said that they expected the MPT (Ministry of Post and Telecommunications) to
publish similar guidelines.

What caught my interest was that they showed a Japanese word processor (99.5% of
all consumer Japanese word processors are based on JISx0208) and noted how that
it was unable to display all of the traditional characters, and that it
displayed the abbreviated forms as default for some characters. It implied that
word processors may need to have their software changed to display the
traditional characters, implying a revision of the character set.

Does anyone know where I can get a list of the 215 recommended? And, do the
recommendations affect Unicode in any way (traditional characters in the 215
that are not yet in Unicode, etc.)?

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