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The name Initiative in Chinese / Japanese...

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Initiative / Leadership

 jī jí
Initiative / Leadership Scroll

In Chinese, this word means “to take the initiative.”

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

Initiative / Proactive / Positive

 jī jí
Initiative / Proactive / Positive Scroll

This word closely matches the way initiative is often used in English. This word 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

 zì jué
Consciousness of Self 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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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zhǔ dòng
    zhu3 dong4
chu tung
 shudou / shudo

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Initiative / Leadership
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)



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zì jué
    zi4 jue2
tzu chüeh

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Consciousness of Self
conscious; aware; on one's own initiative; conscientious
(surname) Jigaku
to realize for oneself



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zhǔ dǎo
    zhu3 dao3
chu tao
 shudou / shudo
leading; dominant; prevailing; to lead; to direct; to dominate
(noun, transitive verb) leadership; initiative; spearhead



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



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chàng yì
    chang4 yi4
ch`ang i
    chang i
to suggest; to initiate; proposal; initiative


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 sensei / sense
(n,vs,vt,adj-no) head start; initiative; preemption


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(1) first move (in go, shogi, etc.); moving first; person with the first move; (2) (See 後手・1) forestalling; (seizing the) initiative


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(noun, transitive verb) initiative; prior consideration


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xiān biān
    xian1 bian1
hsien pien
to be the first; to lead the way
initiative; pioneering


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



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chū tóu
    chu1 tou2
ch`u t`ou
    chu tou
 shuttou / shutto
to get out of a predicament; to stick out; to take the initiative; remaining odd fraction after a division; a little more than
(n,vs,vi) (1) appearance; presence; attendance; (n,vs,vi) (2) surrender (e.g. to the police); turning oneself in; (surname) Dedou
to appear


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(noun/participle) taking the initiative


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(1) bout (in sports, etc.); match; (2) effort; initiative; dealing with; grappling with; wrestling with; (place-name) Torikumi



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


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(noun/participle) taking the initiative



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hòu shǒu
    hou4 shou3
hou shou
defensive position (in chess); room for maneuver; a way of escape
(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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(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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zhǎng wò
    zhang3 wo4
chang wo
 shouaku / shoaku
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
(noun, transitive verb) grasping; seizing; holding; commanding; having control over


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shuài xiān
    shuai4 xian1
shuai hsien
to take the lead; to show initiative
(noun/participle) taking the initiative


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 hatsugi; hotsugi
    はつぎ; ほつぎ
(noun, transitive verb) proposal; suggestion; motion; initiative



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fā dòng
    fa1 dong4
fa tung
to start; to launch; to unleash; to mobilize; to arouse



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fā xīn
    fa1 xin1
fa hsin
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.



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fā qǐ
    fa1 qi3
fa ch`i
    fa chi
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.


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zì miǎn
    zi4 mian3
tzu mien
to encourage oneself
to persevere on one's own initiative


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(1) attempt; trial; experiment; (2) endeavour (endeavor); effort; venture; initiative



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jìn qǔ
    jin4 qu3
chin ch`ü
    chin chü
to show initiative; to be a go-getter; to push forward with one's agenda
(adj-no,n) enterprising; go-ahead; progressive


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 shutaisei / shutaise
independence of will or action; self-direction; autonomy; initiative; identity



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zhǔ dòng quán
    zhu3 dong4 quan2
chu tung ch`üan
    chu tung chüan
initiative (as in "seize the initiative"); advantageous position that allows one to call the shots


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 shudouken / shudoken
hegemony; leadership; initiative


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 tadouteki / tadoteki
(adjectival noun) passive; lacking initiative; lacking autonomy

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
shudou / shudojī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
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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