"Japan imported kanji some time during the first millennium to use as a writing system, despite there being no linguistic link between Japanese and Chinese. By around the eighth to ninth centuries, it had developed the hiragana syllabary, a system of consonant and vowel blends...Modern-day Japanese is a mixture of kanji, hiragana and katakana, with an increasing amount of Western script also thrown in, known as romaji, or Roman letters."
For kanji, ancient writing collides with digital era
BY MIWA SUZUKI
July 3rd 2013