UPDATE: I have now translated the results of the Kanji of the Year 2006 survey.
Continuing with the words of the year theme, I’ve had a couple of people searching for this, so I had a quick look up on the web, and I found this page (in Japanese, of course) that describes how to enter – the deadline is the 13th of December. Note that as there is a prize draw, and to prevent multiple entries, you need to register for an account before voting for your character for this year. My bets for this year are either ç¾Ž, the kanji from ç¾Žã—ã„, utsukushii, beautiful, from Prime Minister Abe’s catch-phrase, “Towards a beautiful Japan”, or æ ¼, kaku, which means status or character, and features in popular phrases such as å“æ ¼ and æ ¼å·®, hinkaku and kakusa, dignity and disparity. As for my actual vote, I haven’t decided yet.
The results are announced sometime around the New Year at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto.