What is the difference between Tōyō Kanji and Jōyō Kanji?

The Tōyō Kanji (当用漢字) list that features in some older books such as Nelson's character dictionary is a system of 1850 official Chinese characters which was similar to the Jōyō Kanji list (see What are the Jōyō Kanji?) and has now been replaced by it.

The Tōyō Kanji list was originally approved by the Japanese government in 1946. The characters added to the Jōyō Kanji which are not in the Tōyō Kanji are: and .

One character changed from 燈 to 灯, and some others also had their readings altered or removed.

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