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Kanji Information Sheet for 業  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
丶 (てん) – dot
木 (き) – tree
Henshall Mnemonic: study complex wooden instrument as profession
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #43 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [じゅぎょう]
    (n,vs) lesson; class work   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [さんぎょう]
    (n) industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そつぎょう]
    (n,vs) graduation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぎょう]
    (n) (manufacturing) industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しょくぎょう]
    (n) occupation; business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しつぎょう]
    (n,vs) unemployment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいぎょう]
    (n,vs) business; trade; sales; operations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きぎょう]
    (n) enterprise; undertaking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さぎょう]
    (n) work; operation; manufacturing; fatigue duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [のうぎょう]
    (n) agriculture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ざんぎょう]
    (n,vs) overtime (work)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ぎょぎょう]
    (n) fishing (industry)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうぎょう]
    (n) closed (e.g. store); business suspended; shutdown; holiday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうぎょう]
    (n) commerce; trade; business   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [じぎょう]
    (n) project; enterprise; business; industry; operations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうぎょういん]
    (n) employee; worker   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんぎょう]
    (n) division of labor; specialization; assembly-line production   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうぎょう]
    (n) employment; starting work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぎょう]
    (n) mining industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごう]
    (n) Buddhist karma; actions committed in a former life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎょうしゃ]
    (n) trader; merchant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎょうせき]
    (n) achievement; performance; results; work; contribution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りんぎょう]
    (n) forestry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎょうむ]
    (n) business; affairs; duties; work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぎょう]
    (n) industrial enterprise   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [じぎょうしょ]
    (n) plant; enterprise place; office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すいさんぎょう]
    (n) fisheries industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はいぎょう]
    (n,vs) cessation of business; discontinuation of business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しわざ]
    (n) act; action; deed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぎょう]
    (n) special occupation; principal occupation; specialty; monopoly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんぎょう]
    (n) principal occupation; core business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しぎょう]
    (n) start of work; commencement; opening   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいぎょうしょ]
    business office; place of business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうぎょう]
    (n) establishment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぎょうかい]
    the industrial world   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいきぎょう]
    (n) large company; enterprise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がくぎょう]
    (n) studies; schoolwork; classwork   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんぎょう]
    (n) (encouragement of) industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かぎょう]
    (n) one's father's occupation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うちゅうかいはつじぎょうだん]
    NASDA; National Space Development Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かみわざ]
    (n) divine work; miracle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいぎょう]
    (n) opening of business or practice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かぎょう]
    (n) trade; business; commerce; occupation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうぎょう]
    (n) operation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいぎょうい]
    (n) medical practitioner   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃかいじぎょう]
    social work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくぎょう]
    (n) side job; sideline; subsidiary business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅぎょうりょう]
    (n) school fees   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きぎょうか]
    (n) industrialist; entrepreneur   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎょうかい]
    (n) industry; business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.