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EDIT -- I apologize, that was a really stupid question. right to left if anyone else doesn't konw.
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Originally, Japanese was written verically like Chinese, and read top-to-bottom, right-to-left.
Nowadays (due to Western influence? Maybe computer software limitations?), it's often written horiztonally and read left-to-right, top-to-bottom, just like European languages. Newspapers, manga, novels, and handwritten letters still tend to use the vertical form, though.
NOTE: There is a rare exceptional case you have to watch out for: sometimes horizontal Japanese DOES read right-to-left! This occurs when traditional vertical-writing is used on narrow sign that only allows one character per column, as in, ex. a traditional shop sign.
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Historically (i.e., Pre-1945) when written horizontally, Japanese was read right to left. It was the same way vertical was read (right to left in rows) so why should a single line of text be read BACKWARDS?
If you have any old books, you'll find captions and so on that are written horizontally read the reverse of the way they are read today. Old signs are just old signs that were typically made in the historical mode.
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