The name Innovation in Chinese / Japanese...

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新機軸 is a Japanese word that is used to mean: innovation, new departure, new way, milestone, or breakthrough.

The literal meaning is, “new axis” or “new axle.” It's almost like saying a new wheel (like coming up with a round wheel when the previous version was square).

Please note that this also has meaning in Chinese but only would mean “new axle” without the meaning of “innovation” being associated with it. Consider this to be “Japanese only.”

 gé xīn
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革新 means innovate or innovation in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The literal meaning is “new leather,” but you must understand that colloquially, this leather character also means renewal, reform, change, or transformation.

While the first character is leather or reform, the second character strictly means “new.”

Failure in Not an Option

 shī bài bìng fēi yì zhǒng xuǎn zé
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失敗並非一種選擇 is probably the best way to say, “Failure is not an option,” in Chinese.

Just don't forget that some ancient Chinese proverbs suggest that failure is a learning opportunity that leads to success or innovation. So don't plan to fail but failure is only a waste if nothing is learned from the failure.

See Also:  Failure is a Stepping Stone to Success | Failure is the Mother of Success

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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gé xīn
    ge2 xin1
ko hsin

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to innovate; innovation
(noun, transitive verb) reform; innovation


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innovation; new departure; milestone; breakthrough


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dào bī
    dao4 bi1
tao pi
(neologism c. 2006) (of circumstances) to stimulate (change, esp. innovation, reform etc)



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chuàng xīn
    chuang4 xin1
ch`uang hsin
    chuang hsin
to bring forth new ideas; to blaze new trails; innovation


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(n,vs,vt,vi) change; transformation; reform; revolution; revolutionizing; innovation; upheaval


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fū huà
    fu1 hua4
fu hua
breeding; to incubate; innovation (esp. in commerce and marketing)
(noun/participle) incubation; hatching


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(noun, transitive verb) lack of innovation; stupidity



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dú chuàng
    du2 chuang4
tu ch`uang
    tu chuang
to come up with (an innovation); innovation



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wéi xīn
    wei2 xin1
wei hsin
(political) reform; revitalization; modernization
(1) reformation; revolution; renewal; (2) (hist) (See 明治維新) Meiji Restoration; (3) (abbreviation) (See 日本維新の会) Nippon Ishin no Kai; Japan Innovation Party; (given name) Ishin


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 ichiseimen; isseimen / ichisemen; issemen
    いちせいめん; いっせいめん
innovation; new vista; new field


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 zanshinsei / zanshinse
innovativeness; originality; innovation


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(1) drive; trip by car; driving; (vs,vi) (2) to (go for a) drive; to go on a trip by car; (vs,vt) (3) to drive (e.g. a car); (vs,vt) (4) to drive (innovation, change, etc.); to propel; (5) {comp} drive


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 ragaado / ragado
laggard (in diffusion of innovations theory); last people to adopt an innovation


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technological innovation


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 hatsumeikyoukai / hatsumekyokai
(org) Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation; JIII; (o) Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation; JIII


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 ishinnotou / ishinnoto
(exp,n) Japan Innovation Party


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Nippon Ishin no Kai; Japan Innovation Party; (o) Japan Restoration Party (former political party)


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 inobeishon / inobeshon


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 inobeetaariron / inobeetariron
diffusion of innovation theory; diffusion of innovations theory


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(o) Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation Shizenkan University


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 inobeeshonsoushutsu / inobeeshonsoshutsu
innovation; development of innovative solutions


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 inobeeshon(p); inobeishon / inobeeshon(p); inobeshon
    イノベーション(P); イノベイション


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 inobeeshon(p); inobeishon(sk) / inobeeshon(p); inobeshon(sk)
    イノベーション(P); イノベイション(sk)

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Innovation革新kakushingé xīn / ge2 xin1 / ge xin / gexinko hsin / kohsin
Failure in Not an Option失敗並非一種選擇
shī bài bìng fēi yì zhǒng xuǎn zé
shi1 bai4 bing4 fei1 yi4 zhong3 xuan3 ze2
shi bai bing fei yi zhong xuan ze
shih pai ping fei i chung hsüan tse
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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