On June 7th, the Cultural Council, under the Agency for Cultural Affairs, formally submitted their proposal for the revision of the official list of kanji for common use, increasing the character count by nearly ten percent in order to match the Japanese language with the digital age, Japanese media reports have indicated.

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The number has not always been 1,945 characters, the Mainichi noted. A list of 1,962 characters was set in 1923, and then reduced to 1,858 characters in 1931. In 1942, during the nationalistic fever of WWII, the number popped up 2,528 characters, but was then brought back down to 1,850 in 1946.