Today we reach a sort of inflection point for the kanji: this character is the end of the first half (roughly) of the Jouyou Kanji, the 1,945 'official' kanji which are taught to Japanese schoolchildren.
In principle, any of the tens of thousands of Chinese characters can be used in Japanese. Before WWII, thousands were. After WWII, an attempt was made by the Ministry of Education to simplify the Japanese system of writing, resulting in a group of not-quite 2000 characters which were supposed to be the only ones used (with the the exception of 92 others used in proper names). Some other characters continue to be used, though. This list has been revised at least once, in 1979.
There are now a total of 1,945 Jouyou, or 'General Use' kanji. The first 996 are taught in the first six grades, and are known as the 'Educational Kanji'. 論, below, is the last of these. Tomorrow we start on the rest.
== rongi == (noun) discussion
|Left radical is 'words/speak' (言). Right radical is a character found only in Chinese, meaning 'arrange/arrange neatly'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as a 'cap' (top part), and 'aligned/stacked' (冊), and as a mnemonic: 'Argument of neatly capped and aligned words.'|