What’s in a name?

Senseless post-afternoon-nap rant up ahead. You don’t need to read this.

(Seriously, you don’t need to read this.)

A couple of weeks ago, the Mainichi Shinbun published a list of the most popular names given to Japanese children born in 2008. Hiroto came in first on the list of boys’ names, followed by Ren and by three variants of the name Yuuto (written using different kanji but with identical readings). For girls, Japanese parents favoured Aoi, Yui, Hina, Rin, and Yua.

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