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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 八 (はちがしら) – eight
Henshall Mnemonic: eight lords show nose in public
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 1 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #118 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [こうむいん]
    (n) government worker; public (civil) servant   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [こうへい]
    (adj-na,n) fairness; impartial; justice   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [こうがい]
    (n) public nuisance; pollution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきょう]
    (adj-no,n) public; community; public service; society; communal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしき]
    (adj-na,n) formula; formality; official   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしゅう]
    (n) the public   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせい]
    (adj-na,n) justice; fairness; impartiality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうひょう]
    (n,vs) official announcement; proclamation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうむ]
    (n) official business; public business   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [おおやけ]
    (n) official; public; formal; open; governmental   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうえん]
    (n) public performance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうかい]
    (n,vs) presenting to the public   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぜん]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) open (e.g. secret); public; official   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうだん]
    (n) public corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうにん]
    (n) official recognition; authorization; licence; accreditation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぼ]
    (n) public appeal; public contribution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうよう]
    (n) government business; public use; public expense   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうりつ]
    (n) public (institution)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅじんこう]
    (n) (1) protagonist; main character; hero(ine) (of a story); (2) head of household   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [かんこうちょう]
    (n) government administration office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうあん]
    (n) public safety; public welfare   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうあんいいんかい]
    (n) public safety commission   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうえい]
    (n) public management   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうえき]
    (n) public; public good   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうえきほうじん]
    legal person working for the public weal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうかいどう]
    (n) town hall; public hall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうかい]
    (n) high seas; international waters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうかん]
    (n) official residence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきょうほうそう]
    public broadcasting (e.g. NHK, BBC)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきょうりょうきん]
    public utilities charge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきん]
    (n) public funds   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうげん]
    (n) declaration; profession   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうこ]
    (n) finance corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさい]
    (n) public debt; public bond or securities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさん]
    (n) probability   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [こうし]
    (n) minister (of legation)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうし]
    (n) company; firm (in China)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうし]
    (n) young nobleman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうし]
    (n) public and private; official and personal; government and people   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうじ]
    (n) edict; public announcement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしきせん]
    (n) regular game; pennant race   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしゃ]
    (n) official residence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしゃ]
    (n) public corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしゃさい]
    (n) public bonds   [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.