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Honorable Death - No Surrender

Japan gyokusai shugi
Honorable Death - No Surrender

This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender," or simply "No surrender." If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide," or "Ideology of honorable death."

This is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

信義 is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi."

Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

China cāo shǒu
Japan soushu
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

操守 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor/honour.

The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honor/honour, and/or faith.

The second character means to defend, guard, keep watch, be observant.

So, this is about being observant of, and guarding your integrity and honor.

Honor (Japanese / Simplified version)

China míng yù
Japan meiyo
Honor (Japanese / Simplified version)

This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation.

It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions - see our other "honor" listing for that).

譽 Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. You can make a special request for the traditional second character as shown to the right (just click on that character to the right of you want to order that version). Before WWII, both Japan and China used the traditional form but modern Japanese and Chinese use this simplified form. Koreans still use the traditional form when they are not writing in their modern Hangul glyphs.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

China kè jǐ fèng gōng
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

This can also mean: "Place Strict Standards on Oneself in Public Service."
This Chinese proverb is often used to express how one should act as a government official. Most of us wish our public officials would hold themselves to higher standards. I wish I could send this scroll, along with the meaning to every member of Congress, and the President (or if I was from the UK, all the members of Parliament, and the PM)

The story behind this ancient Chinese idiom:
A man named Cai Zun was born in China a little over 2000 years ago. In 24 AD, he joined an uprising led by Liu Xiu who later became the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Later, the new emperor put Cai Zun in charge of the military court. Cai Zun exercised his power in strict accordance with military law, regardless of the offender's rank or background. He even ordered the execution of one of the emperor's close servants after the servant committed a serious crime.

Cai Zun led a simple life but put great demands on himself to do all things in an honorable way. The emperor rewarded him for his honest character and honorable nature by promoting him to the rank of General and granting him the title of Marquis.

Whenever Cai Zun would receive an award, he would give credit to his men and share the reward with them.
Cai Zun was always praised by historians who found many examples of his selfless acts that served the public interest.
Sometime, long ago in history, people began to refer to Cai Zun as "ke ji feng gong."

See Also:  Unselfish | Selflessness | Altruism

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin chéng shí / cheng2 shi2
Taiwan ch`eng shih / cheng shih
Japanese jōjitsu
Chinese honest; honesty; honorable; truthful
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Mandarin qīng tiān / qing1 tian1
Taiwan ch`ing t`ien / ching tien
Japanese harutaka はるたか
Chinese clear sky; blue sky; upright and honorable (official)
Japanese blue sky; (personal name) Harutaka
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Japanese gyokusaishugi ぎょくさいしゅぎ
Japanese (yoji) the principle of honorable death and no surrender
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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese hiromu ひろむ
 hiromi ひろみ
 hiroshi ひろし
 tooru とおる
 tadashi ただし
 takashi たかし
 shizuka しずか
 satoshi さとし
 kouji / koji こうじ
 koushou / kosho こうしょう
 kou / ko こう
 kin きん
 kimihiro きみひろ
 kiminori きみのり
 kimi きみ
 isao いさお
 akira あきら
Chinese public; collectively owned; common; international (e.g. high seas, metric system, calendar); make public; fair; just; Duke, highest of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; honorable (gentlemen); father-in-law; male (animal)
Japanese (n,suf) (1) public matter; governmental matter; (2) prince; duke; (n,n-suf) (3) lord; sir; (suffix noun) (4) familiar or derogatory suffix; (pn,adj-no) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (adj-no,n) public; open; formal; official; governmental; (given name) Hiromu; (female given name) Hiromi; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Shizuka; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (given name) Kou; (given name) Kin; (given name) Kimihiro; (personal name) Kiminori; (surname, female given name) Kimi; (given name) Isao; (female given name) Akira
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair.

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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese eri えり
Chinese lapel; overlap of Chinese gown; fig. bosom (the seat of emotions); to cherish (ambition, desires, honorable intentions etc) in one's bosom
Japanese (1) collar; lapel; neckband; neck; (2) nape of the neck; scruff of the neck; (female given name) Eri

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Japanese okao おかお
Japanese your (honorable) face (honourable)

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Mandarin lìng dì / ling4 di4
Taiwan ling ti
Japanese reitei / rete れいてい
Chinese honorable little brother
Japanese your younger brother

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Mandarin lìng yù / ling4 yu4
Taiwan ling yü
Chinese honorable reputation

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Mandarin jiā zuò / jia1 zuo4
Taiwan chia tso
Japanese yoshisaku よしさく
 keisaku / kesaku けいさく
 kasaku かさく
Chinese masterpiece; fine piece of writing
Japanese (1) good piece of work; (2) (abbreviation) honourable mention (honorable); (personal name) Yoshisaku; (personal name) Keisaku; (given name) Kasaku

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Mandarin gui  / gui4 
Taiwan gui 
Japanese sonki そんき
Chinese respected; respectable; honorable
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) noble (person)
尊重 Honoured, honourable; to honour; honorable

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Japanese okao おかお
Japanese your (honorable) face (honourable)

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Japanese eishoku / eshoku えいしょく
Japanese honorable post; honourable post

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Mandarin róng yù / rong2 yu4
Taiwan jung yü
Japanese eiyo / eyo えいよ
Chinese honor; credit; glory; (honorable) reputation; honorary
Japanese (personal name) Eiyo

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Mandarin zhèng jīng / zheng4 jing1
Taiwan cheng ching
Japanese shō kyō
Chinese decent; honorable; proper; serious; according to standards
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Mandarin fǎ shāng / fa3 shang1
Taiwan fa shang
Chinese "legal quotient" (LQ), a measure of one's awareness and knowledge of the law and one's standard of honorable conduct

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Mandarin qīng zhèng / qing1 zheng4
Taiwan ch`ing cheng / ching cheng
Japanese chonjon ちょんじょん
 seishou / sesho せいしょう
 kiyomasa きよまさ
 kiyotada きよただ
Chinese upright and honorable
Japanese (given name) Chonjon; (surname, given name) Seishou; (given name) Kiyomasa; (given name) Kiyotada

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Mandarin qīng pín / qing1 pin2
Taiwan ch`ing p`in / ching pin
Japanese seihin / sehin せいひん
Chinese poor but upright; destitute
Japanese honourable poverty; honorable poverty

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Japanese reiguu / regu れいぐう
Japanese (noun/participle) courteous reception; honorable treatment; honourable treatment

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Japanese gyokusai ぎょくさい
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) honourable defeat; honorable defeat; honourable death; honorable death; death without surrender

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Japanese gyokusai ぎょくさい
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) honourable defeat; honorable defeat; honourable death; honorable death; death without surrender; (2) (colloquialism) trying but being utterly beaten; being completely rejected when professing one's love

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Japanese houjou / hojo ほうじょう
Japanese certificate of merit; honorable mention; honourable mention

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Japanese shoujou / shojo しょうじょう
Japanese honorable certificate; honourable certificate

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Mandarin tǐ miàn / ti3 mian4
Taiwan t`i mien / ti mien
Chinese dignity; face (as in "losing face"); honorable; creditable; pretty

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Japanese goryoushin / goryoshin ごりょうしん
Japanese your (honorable, honourable) parents

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Japanese shoureishou / shoresho しょうれいしょう
Japanese encouragement award; honorable mention (award); honourable mention

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Japanese goryoushin / goryoshin ごりょうしん
Japanese your (honorable, honourable) parents

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Mandarin róng rǔ guān / rong2 ru3 guan1
Taiwan jung ju kuan
Chinese precepts regarding what is honorable and what is shameful (in particular, refers to the Socialist Concepts on Honors and Disgraces, PRC official moral principles promulgated from 2006); abbr. for 社會主義榮辱觀|社会主义荣辱观; also known as the Eight Honors and Eight Shames 八榮八恥|八荣八耻[Ba1 Rong2 Ba1 Chi3]

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Japanese kidaigaku きだいがく
Japanese (honorific or respectful language) esteemed university; honorable university

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Mandarin bù kuì bù zuò / bu4 kui4 bu4 zuo4
Taiwan pu k`uei pu tso / pu kuei pu tso
Chinese no shame, no subterfuge (idiom); just and honorable; upright and above board

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Japanese meiyojotai / meyojotai めいよじょたい
Japanese honorable discharge; honourable discharge

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Search for Honorable in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Honorable Death - No Surrender 玉砕主義gyokusai shugi
shingixìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyi hsin i / hsini
Personal Integrity
操守soushu / soshucāo shǒu / cao1 shou3 / cao shou / caoshou ts`ao shou / tsaoshou / tsao shou
Honor (Japanese
Simplified version)
meiyomíng yù / ming2 yu4 / ming yu / mingyu ming yü / mingyü
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good 克己奉公kè jǐ fèng gōng
ke4 ji3 feng4 gong1
ke ji feng gong
k`o chi feng kung
ko chi feng kung
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