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Is it practical to become fluent in Japanese and never write a character of Kanji? I don't like writing
Possible, but inconvenient. Many (most?) Japanese 5-year-olds cannot write Kanji but are 'fluent'. However, as an adult, you will have to learn vocab without the assistance of knowing the Kanji (bit like learning Korean, I suppose). Kanji is actually helpful in learning and increasing your vocab. So I wouldn't advise on shying away from Kanji.
I speak Japanese, and I can't really write. I can type and read though. And I have spent time learning to write over the years, but I never keep it going for long enough, or writing enough things, to have any kind of great retention.
So yeah, it's possible. It would be better if you learned to write, but it's not essential. But if you don't know how to write, you will run into situations where it sucks that you cannot write, and ends up being a pain in the ___ (like when I was filling out my loan forms a couple of months back - it took me forever).