The Chinese Character which they have chosen for 2009 is:
It is pronouced as "Xin" which meant "new". Apparently, Japan has chosen this word because of Swine Flu which rampage the country earlier on. It was termed as "新型"（しんがた、shingata), or "new type" flu. Then of course, they had a new government which is termed as "新政権"（しんせいけん、shin seiken).
Over at Taiwan, the Chinese Character for 2009 which best represented Taiwan's situation is:
The character is pronouced as "Pan" which meant hope. Taiwanese after been through so much in the year, hope for a better future.
In Singapore, we do not have such practise of chosing a Chinese character. However, we were told in one of the CNN article that the term of the year for Singapore was:
Well, the controversial Ris Low was chosen to be the most influential person in Asia for year 2009. Not sure what is their criterial, but I think there are more important things /persons that we can remember 2009 for.