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Japan has chosen the symbol meaning "disaster" to define the year 2018

Japan has chosen the symbol meaning "disaster" to define the year 2018

Japan on 12 Dec selected the Chinese character for "disaster" as its "defining symbol" for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms.

At the end of every year, the general public votes for the Chinese character they think embodies the key news and events of the previous 12 months.

A total of 20,858 people out of 193,214 chose the character "disaster".

Japan’s Disaster Year: 2018

Floods across Japan swept in July 2018, causing more than 200 deaths and nearly evacuation of 9 million people.

In the same month, 150 people died due to heat wave and 80000 people were hospitalized.

Typhoon Jebi lashed out at Western Japanese coast with the speed of 172 KM/h - the strongest typhoon in last 25 years.

The series of disasters hit GDP, with the country's economy shrinking in the three months to September.


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