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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 耳 (みみ) – ear
Henshall Mnemonic: job as lancer leaves noise in ears
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 5
Frequency: #305 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しょく]
    (n,n-suf) employment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくぎょう]
    (n) occupation; business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうしょく]
    (n,vs) finding employment; inauguration   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [しょくば]
    (n) one's post; place of work; workplace   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくにん]
    (n) worker; mechanic; artisan; craftsman   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [しょくいん]
    (n) staff member; personnel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくむ]
    (n) professional duties   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じしょく]
    (n) resignation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいしょく]
    (n,vs) retirement (from office)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やくしょく]
    (n) post; managerial position; official position   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [きょうしょくいん]
    (n) teaching staff; faculty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんしょく]
    (n) dismissal; sacking; discharge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうじしょく]
    (n,vs) mass resignation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょっけん]
    (n) authority; commission   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくしゅ]
    (n) type of occupation; occupational category   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようしょく]
    (n) important office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくのう]
    (n) function; work ability   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むしょく]
    (n) without an occupation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ないしょく]
    (n) side job (at home); home industry; side line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくれき]
    (n) work experience; work history   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいしょくしゃ]
    (n) clergyman; churchman; clergy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしょく]
    (n) public office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅんしょく]
    (n,vs) dying at one's post; being killed in the line of duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんりしょく]
    (n) management   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんしょく]
    (n) professional; principal occupation; an expert   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうしょく]
    (n) chief priest (of a Buddhist temple)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうしょく]
    (n) temporary retirement; suspension from office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんしょく]
    (n) present condition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうしょく]
    (n) job hunting; seeking employment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おしょく]
    (n) corruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんしょく]
    (n,vs) change of occupation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めいよしょく]
    (n) honorary position   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りしょく]
    (n) leaving or losing a job   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ざいしょく]
    (n) being in office   [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.