“Gold” ()—as in ‘greed’ or ‘filthy lucre’—has been chosen as the word of the year in Japan. Fittingly, the head priest of the Buddhist temple, Kiyomizu, in Kyoto is shown in the photos on the left sanctifying gold-n-greed as the best choice for 2012.
“Kin” (Gold) chosen as Kanji of the year in Japan
Xinhua English | 2012-12-12
“Kin”, the kanji for gold or money, was chosen as character of the year in 2012 in Japan…the kanji character representing the social conditions in Japan or World of the year which is announced by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, based in the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto, on the “Kanji day”, December 12…more…
Gold-n-greed is so good to the Japanese that Kin was also the Kanji of the Year in the year 2000 (Wikipedia)