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Initiative / Leadership

China jī jí
Japan shudou
Initiative / Leadership Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this word means "to take the initiative."

In Japanese and Korean, the meaning varies slightly to a meaning that leans more toward "leadership" (as in one who is leading a group or organization).

Initiative / Proactive / Positive

China jī jí
Japan sekkyoku
Initiative / Proactive / Positive Vertical Wall Scroll

積極 closely matches the way initiative is often used in English. 積極 can also mean active, energetic, vigorous, positive (outlook), or proactive in Chinese.

The meaning also includes positive and progressive in Japanese and Korean.

Consciousness of Self

China zì jué
Japan jikaku
Consciousness of Self Vertical Wall Scroll

自覺 is the idea of being conscious, self-aware and sometimes "on one's own initiative."


覚After WWII, they started using a simplified form of the second Kanji for this word in Japan. That version is shown to the right, and you can click on that Kanji if you want the modern Japanese form. Otherwise, the characters shown in the upper left are the correct ones for ancient/old/traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

主動


主动

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Mandarin zhǔ dòng / zhu3 dong4
Taiwan chu tung
Japanese shudou / shudo / しゅどう
Chinese to take the initiative; to do something of one's own accord; spontaneous; active; opposite: passive 被動|被动[bei4 dong4]; drive (of gears and shafts etc)
Japanese leadership

自覺


自觉

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Mandarin zì jué / zi4 jue2
Taiwan tzu chüeh
Japanese jigaku / じがく
Chinese conscious; aware; on one's own initiative; conscientious
Japanese (surname) Jigaku
to realize for oneself

主導


主导

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Mandarin zhǔ dǎo / zhu3 dao3
Taiwan chu tao
Japanese shudou / shudo / しゅどう
Chinese leading; dominant; prevailing; to lead; to direct; to dominate
Japanese (noun/participle) leadership; initiative; spearhead

倡儀


倡仪

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Mandarin chàng yí / chang4 yi2
Taiwan ch`ang i / chang i
Chinese initiative; to initiate; to propose (a new course of action)

倡議


倡议

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Mandarin chàng yì / chang4 yi4
Taiwan ch`ang i / chang i
Chinese to suggest; to initiate; proposal; initiative

先制

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Japanese sensei / sense / せんせい Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) head start; initiative; preemption

先手

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Japanese sente / せんて    sakite / さきて Japanese (1) first move (in go, shogi, etc.); moving first; person with the first move; (2) (See 後手・1) forestalling; (seizing the) initiative; front lines; vanguard

先議

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Japanese sengi / せんぎ Japanese (noun/participle) initiative; prior consideration

先鞭

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Mandarin xiān biān / xian1 bian1
Taiwan hsien pien
Japanese senben / せんべん
Chinese to take precedence; to make an early start; to lead the way
Japanese initiative; pioneering

公私

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Mandarin gōng sī / gong1 si1
Taiwan kung ssu
Japanese koushi / koshi / こうし
Chinese public and private (interests, initiative etc)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) public and private; official and personal; government and people

出頭


出头

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Mandarin chū tóu / chu1 tou2
Taiwan ch`u t`ou / chu tou
Japanese shuttou / shutto / しゅっとう
Chinese to get out of a predicament; to stick out; to take the initiative; remaining odd fraction after a division; a little more than
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) appearance; presence; attendance; (2) surrender (e.g. to the police); turning oneself in; (surname) Dedou; (surname) Degashira; (surname) Shiyutou; (surname) Shiyutsutou; (surname) Shiyuttou; (surname) Shutou; (place-name, surname) Shuttou; (surname) Shitsutoo; (surname) Shitsutou; (surname) Idetou
to appear

卒先

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Japanese sossen / そっせん Japanese (noun/participle) taking the initiative

取組

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Japanese torikumi / とりくみ Japanese (1) bout (in sports, etc.); match; (2) effort; initiative; dealing with; grappling with; wrestling with; (place-name) Torikumi

專擅


专擅

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Mandarin zhuān shàn / zhuan1 shan4
Taiwan chuan shan
Chinese without authorization; to act on one's own initiative

帥先

see styles
Japanese sossen / そっせん Japanese (noun/participle) taking the initiative

後手

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Japanese gote / ごて Japanese (1) (See 先手・せんて・2) losing initiative; being forestalled; (2) second move (in go or shogi); moving second; person with the second move; (3) (See 後詰め) rear guard

手抜

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Japanese tenuki / てぬき Japanese (noun/participle) (1) omitting crucial steps; cutting corners; skimping; (2) intentional negligence; (3) tenuki; taking the initiative by ignoring the opponent's last move and playing somewhere else (in go)

掌握

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Mandarin zhǎng wò / zhang3 wo4
Taiwan chang wo
Japanese shouaku / shoaku / しょうあく
Chinese to grasp (often fig.); to control; to seize (initiative, opportunity, destiny); to master; to know well; to understand something well and know how to use it; fluency
Japanese (noun/participle) grasping; seizing; holding; commanding; having control over

擅自

see styles
Mandarin shàn zì / shan4 zi4
Taiwan shan tzu
Chinese without permission; of one's own initiative

率先

see styles
Mandarin shuài xiān / shuai4 xian1
Taiwan shuai hsien
Japanese sossen / そっせん
Chinese to take the lead; to show initiative
Japanese (noun/participle) taking the initiative

発議

see styles
Japanese hatsugi;hotsugi / はつぎ;ほつぎ Japanese (noun/participle) proposal; motion; initiative

發心


发心

see styles
Mandarin fā xīn / fa1 xin1
Taiwan fa hsin
Japanese hosshin
Mental initiation or initiative, resolve, make up the mind to; to start out for bodhi, or perfect enlightenment; to show kindness of heart, give alms; arousal of mind

發起


发起

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Mandarin fā qǐ / fa1 qi3
Taiwan fa ch`i / fa chi
Japanese hokki
Chinese to originate; to initiate; to launch (an attack, an initiative etc); to start; to propose something (for the first time)
To spring up, begin, develop, stimulate; to begin

試み

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Japanese kokoromi / こころみ Japanese (1) attempt; trial; experiment; (2) endeavour (endeavor); effort; venture; initiative

進取


进取

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Mandarin jìn qǔ / jin4 qu3
Taiwan chin ch`ü / chin chü
Japanese shinshu / しんしゅ
Chinese to show initiative; to be a go-getter; to push forward with one's agenda
Japanese enterprise

主導権

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Japanese shudouken / shudoken / しゅどうけん Japanese hegemony; leadership; initiative

他動的

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Japanese tadouteki / tadoteki / たどうてき Japanese (adjectival noun) passive; lacking initiative; lacking autonomy

倡議書


倡议书

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Mandarin chàng yì shū / chang4 yi4 shu1
Taiwan ch`ang i shu / chang i shu
Chinese written proposal; document outlining an initiative

取組み

see styles
Japanese torikumi / とりくみ Japanese (1) bout (in sports, etc.); match; (2) effort; initiative; dealing with; grappling with; wrestling with

手抜き

see styles
Japanese tenuki / てぬき Japanese (noun/participle) (1) omitting crucial steps; cutting corners; skimping; (2) intentional negligence; (3) tenuki; taking the initiative by ignoring the opponent's last move and playing somewhere else (in go)

Search for Initiative 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
Initiative
Leadership
主動
主动
shudou / shudojī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Initiative
Proactive
Positive
積極
积极
sekkyoku / sekyokujī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Consciousness of Self自覺
自觉 / 自覚
jikakuzì jué / zi4 jue2 / zi jue / zijuetzu chüeh / tzuchüeh
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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