旧字体・新字体. Kyūjitai refers to the form of kanji that were in use prior to 1946, especially of those kanji that were later simplified. Shinjitai refers specifically to the simplified forms of certain characters as part of language reforms following World War II.

This tag is for questions relating to the evolution of kanji characters as used in Japanese before and after the language reforms and standardizations of 1946.

旧字体 (きゅうじたい) refers to the classical forms of the characters, prior to simplification.

新字体 (しんじたい) refers to the modern forms of the characters, post simplification.

As part of the kanji reforms made during this process, there are several cases where multiple classical characters got merged into a single modern character. As such, questions on appropriate historical usage are appropriate for this tag.

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