Taiwan to Remove Simplified Characters from All Official Documents

Taiwan to Remove Simplified Characters from All Official Documents
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中国の簡体字排除せよ…台湾当局が通達
Kazuhide Minamoto reporting from Taipei June 17, 2011

On the 15th, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou publicly announced that this month, before abolishing the restriction against individual Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan, the government would eliminate all simplified Chinese characters from its official websites and documents and replace them with the standard traditional characters.

The government is concerned that increased Chinese activity in Taiwan will lead to wider use of simplified characters and threaten the traditional writing system.

China originally used traditional characters, just like Taiwan, but in 1964 it established simplified characters. Since then, the two states have had difficult communicating with each other. For this reason, both governments were increasingly including both traditional and simplified writing in their websites and documents.

President Ma said when he took office in 2008 that “traditional characters are a symbol of Chinese culture,” and he supports having them designated a part of world heritage. Next year, President Ma is facing reelection, so he is trying to distance himself more from China. The simplified characters ban is thought to be linked to his reelection strategy.

On the 15th, the Tourism Division of the Taiwanese Transportation Department scrubbed simplified characters from its website. On the 14th, it announced restaurants and shopping centers, “It isn’t necessary to have menus and product explanations in simplified characters.” The government will not prohibit citizens from using simplified characters privately.







(2011年6月17日06時59分 読売新聞)

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