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Initiative / Leadership

China jī jí
Japan shudou
Initiative / Leadership

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

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

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
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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
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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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

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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)

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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

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先制

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

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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

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先議

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

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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

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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

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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 (e.g. to the police); (surname) Dedou; (surname) Degashira; (surname) Shiyutou; (surname) Shiyutsutou; (surname) Shiyuttou; (surname) Shutou; (place-name, surname) Shuttou; (surname) Shitsutoo; (surname) Shitsutou; (surname) Idetou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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卒先

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

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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

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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

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帥先

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

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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

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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)

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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

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擅自

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

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率先

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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

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發心


发心

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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

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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

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試み

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

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主導権

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

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他動的

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

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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

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取組み

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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

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手抜き

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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)

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積極性

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Mandarin jī jí xìng / ji1 ji2 xing4
Taiwan chi chi hsing
Japanese sekkyokusei / sekkyokuse せっきょくせい
Chinese zeal; initiative; enthusiasm; activity
Japanese assertiveness; positiveness

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能動性

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Mandarin néng dòng xìng / neng2 dong4 xing4
Taiwan neng tung hsing
Japanese noudousei / nodose のうどうせい
Chinese initiative; active role
Japanese (can act as adjective) active (bio-medical contexts)

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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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