These books, both assisted by grants from the Japan Foundation, are welcome additions to the library of fast-growing Japanese language materials. Both volumes show the enormous time and effort that the authors put into them. The Complete Guide to Everyday Kanji, a carefully arranged reference to the 1,945 joyo- kanji, presents every kanji with on- and kun-reading(s) as applicable, a concise etymology and English meaning(s), and one or two words, either by themselves or in compounds.
Reading Japanese Financial Newspapers is a textbook, suitable for the students of intermediate to advanced Japanese. This book cannot but be a fruit of the seven years of teaching the "Eighteen Month Curriculum for Businessmen in Financial Institutions" by the authors of AJALT (p. 7). The lessons are carefully laid out so that students can gradually attain the level of Japanese at which they can read typical financial articles in Japanese newspapers.
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