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character In internationalisation, a collective term for
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
These languages all share the fact that their writing systems
are based partly on Han characters (i.e., "hanzi" or
"kanji"), which are complex enough of a system to require
16-bit character encodings. CJK character encodings should
consist minimally of Han characters plus language-specific
phonetic scripts such as pinyin, bopomofo, hiragana, hangul,