Unicode’s Japanese codepage contains 12 kanji with no pronunciation or meaning, known as the “ghost characters”. These appear to be the result of an administrative error at the JIS in 1978:

@acb Y’know, I lived in the same program house in college as the person who maintains the website you link to here (although I don’t think we overlapped, and I’m not sure I’ve ever met him). Small world.

@acb I would have assumed that someone would have tried to give them an official meaning by now. The characters are already there, use one the next time you need a new one for some new word, no?

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