- 15 Mar 2002
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The chances that a modern Japanese-American could read a clearly printed article in a modern newspaper in modern Japanese are low enough. The chances that one could even make out the characters from a handwritten brush-and-ink 18th century diary are a big fat zero. Even if they could figure out the characters, the chances they could understand the text at all are still pretty much zero. This is something they would have to hire someone to do for them. You'd have as much luck reading hieroglyphics.