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The selected kanji are listed below by their frequency of use in Japanese newspapers, starting with 1 (the most frequently used kanji).

To learn to read Japanese fast, learn the most frequently used kanji first. If you learn the 500 most frequently used characters, you can read about 75% of written Japanese.

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100 to 199
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200 to 299
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300 to 399
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400 to 499
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500 to 599
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600 to 699
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700 to 799
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900 to 999
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1300 to 1399
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1400 to 1499
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