While 6 years, elementary school students learn 1006 kanji.
Lists of 1006 Kanji; http://www.kanabo.net/product/kanji.html

Jyoyo Kanji(1945)
Moji bake shimasenka ...? I wonder..

I think kanji makes me easier to read newspapers or books faster.
Because kanji has meaning.
When I can't read kanji sound rightly,I can understand the meanings.

Once every newspeper used to add 'yomigana' to every kanji.
It is nice idea,isn't it?
After WW2,such rules had gone.
Because (some says) it took them a lot of troubles.