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I have been considering this for awhile as it's one of the things that has really De-motivated me to learn Japanese. So my question is: does the Japanese language really need kanji? Isn't it good enough to just stick with the kana and Institute spaces or something? I do understand the cultural implications of kanji, but Korea did it when they removed the hanja system from their education. It just makes sense to me that Japan might do this too. Or do Japanese people like the kanji system and find it integral?