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

stroke order illustration  
Bushu (Radical) Info:
力 (ちから) – strong
矛 (むのほこ) – halberd
Henshall Mnemonic: lance forces effort in performing duty
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 5
Frequency: #111 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  • め   [つとめ]
    (n) (1) service; duty; business; responsibility; task; (2) Buddhist religious services   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむ]
    (n) business; office work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむいん]
    (n) clerk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎむ]
    (n) duty; obligation; responsibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • める   [つとめる]
    (v1) (1) to serve; to fill a post; to serve under; to work (for); (2) to exert oneself; to endeavor; to be diligent; (3) to play (the part of)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうむ]
    (n) official business; public business   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ぜいむしょ]
    (n) tax office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんむ]
    (n) duty; function; office; mission; task   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょむ]
    (n) general affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくむ]
    (n) professional duties   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せきむ]
    (n) duty; obligation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎょうむ]
    (n) business; affairs; duties; work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんむ]
    (n,vs) service; duty; work   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ろうむ]
    (n) labor; work; service   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいむ]
    (n) debt; liabilities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しつむ]
    (n,vs) performance of one's official duties   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうむ]
    (n) school affairs; religious affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜいむ]
    (n) taxation business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうむ]
    (n) commercial affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいむしょ]
    (n) prison; penitentiary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちほうこうむいん]
    local government employee   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうむ]
    (n) engineering; engineering works   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうむ]
    (n) general business (affairs); manager; director; adjutant general (mil)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうむきょく]
    General Affairs Bureau   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうむぶ]
    (n) general affairs department (bureau); executive section   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうむ]
    (n) urgent business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんむ]
    (n) managing director; special duty; conductor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ざいむ]
    (n) financial affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ざいむかん]
    (n) finance official   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じつむ]
    (n) practical business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむかん]
    (n) administrative official; secretary; commissioner   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうむ]
    (n) judicial affairs; Ministry of Justice; judge advocate general (mil)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむきょく]
    (n) secretariat; executive office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうむしょう]
    Ministry of Justice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむじかん]
    (n) permanent vice-president; undersecretary; vice-minister   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむしつ]
    (n) office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむてき]
    (adj-na) businesslike; practical   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じむとうきょく]
    officials in charge   [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.