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Responsibility in Chinese / Japanese...

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China zé rèn
Japan sekinin
Responsibility Vertical Wall Scroll

責任 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for "responsibility."

責任 can also refer to someone who is willing to take the blame when things go wrong (instead of making excuses or passing the blame to someone else). While this is a noble idea, I think it is getting more rare these days in both eastern and western cultures.

Also associated with the idea of "duty."

Duty / Responsibility / Obligation

China zhí zé
Duty / Responsibility / Obligation Vertical Wall Scroll

If you have a sense of duty or sense of responsibility, this might be the wall scroll that you want to hang above your desk. It is a great way to quietly remind yourself to take pride in your duties at all times.

In a different context, this can mean "official duties" or "position."

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin zhí zé / zhi2 ze2
Taiwan chih tse
Japanese shokuseki / しょくせき
Chinese duty; responsibility; obligation
Japanese one's duty; responsibilities pertaining to one's work



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Mandarin zé rèn / ze2 ren4
Taiwan tse jen
Japanese sekinin / せきにん
Chinese responsibility; blame; duty; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) duty; responsibility (incl. supervision of staff); (2) liability; onus

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Mandarin rèn // rén / ren4 // ren2
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin / にん
Chinese to assign; to appoint; to take up a post; office; responsibility; to let; to allow; to give free rein to; no matter (how, what etc); classifier for terms served in office, or for spouses, girlfriends etc (as in 前任男友); surname Ren; Ren County 任縣|任县[Ren2 Xian4] in Hebei
Japanese obligation; duty; charge; responsibility; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Makasu; (surname) Nin; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Tamotsu; (personal name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (surname, given name) Jin; (surname) Imu; (personal name) Ataru
Bear, endure, let; office; it is used to connote laisser-faire; one of the 四病, as 任運 implies laisser-aller; it is intp. by let things follow their own course, or by 自然 naturally, without intervention.

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Mandarin dōu / dou1
Taiwan tou
Japanese kabuto / かぶと
Chinese pocket; bag; to wrap up or hold in a bag; to move in a circle; to canvas or solicit; to take responsibility for; to disclose in detail; combat armor (old)
Japanese helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Helmet, hood; pocket, bag; translit. tu.

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Mandarin tuī / tui1
Taiwan t`ui / tui
Japanese sui
Chinese to push; to cut; to refuse; to reject; to decline; to shirk (responsibility); to put off; to delay; to push forward; to nominate; to elect; massage
To push away, recede from, decline, resign, push, put, put of; investigate.

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Mandarin dàn // dān / dan4 // dan1
Taiwan tan
Japanese tan
Chinese picul (100 catties, 50 kg); two buckets full; carrying pole and its load; classifier for loads carried on a shoulder pole; to undertake; to carry; to shoulder; to take responsibility
To carry, undertake; a load; also 担.

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Mandarin lǎn / lan3
Taiwan lan
Japanese ran
Chinese to monopolize; to seize; to take into one's arms; to embrace; to fasten (with a rope etc); to take on (responsibility etc); to canvass
To seize, hold in the arms, embrace; monopolize.

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Mandarin guī / gui1
Taiwan kuei
Japanese ki
Chinese to return; to go back to; to give back to; (of a responsibility) to be taken care of by; to belong to; to gather together; (used between two identical verbs) despite; to marry (of a woman) (old); division on the abacus with a one-digit divisor; surname Gui
Return to, give oneself up to; commit oneself to, surrender; cf. 三歸 śaraṇa-gamana.

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Mandarin zuì / zui4
Taiwan tsui
Japanese tsumi / つみ
Chinese guilt; crime; fault; blame; sin
Japanese (n,adj-na,adj-no) (1) crime; sin; wrongdoing; indiscretion; (2) penalty; sentence; punishment; (3) fault; responsibility; culpability; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) thoughtlessness; lack of consideration
That which is blameworthy and brings about bad karma; entangled in the net of wrong-doing; sin, crime.

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Mandarin/ he2
Taiwan ho
Japanese ni / に    ka / か
Chinese lotus; Holland; the Netherlands; abbr. for 荷蘭|荷兰[He2 lan2]
Japanese (1) load; baggage; cargo; freight; goods; (2) burden; responsibility; (suf,ctr) counter for loads (that can be carried on one's shoulders); (personal name) Hasu
A small-leaved water-lily, a marshmallow; to carry bear.

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Mandarin chòng // chōng / chong4 // chong1
Taiwan ch`ung / chung
Japanese shou / sho / しょう
Chinese powerful; vigorous; pungent; towards; in view of; thoroughfare; to go straight ahead; to rush; to clash
Japanese (1) important point (e.g. on a route); (2) important role (responsibility, etc.); (3) {astron} (See 合・ごう・4) opposition; (personal name) Katsuhiro

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Mandarin/ ze2
Taiwan tse
Japanese seki / せき
Chinese duty; responsibility; to reproach; to blame
Japanese (See 責任・1) responsibility; duty; obligation; (given name) Seki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Japanese ichizon / いちぞん Japanese one's own discretion (idea, responsibility); (given name) Kazumasa; (personal name) Kazunori



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Mandarin shì quán / shi4 quan2
Taiwan shih ch`üan / shih chüan
Chinese position; authority; responsibility


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Mandarin zī jiān / zi1 jian1
Taiwan tzu chien
Chinese to bear responsibility for something


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Japanese shikiri / しきり Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) partition; division; boundary; compartment; (2) settlement of accounts; (3) (sumo) preliminary warm-up ritual; toeing the mark; (4) directing; controlling; managing; taking responsibility for; (surname) Shikiri


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Mandarin zuò zhǔ / zuo4 zhu3
Taiwan tso chu
Chinese to decide; to make decisions; to take responsibility (for deciding); to be in charge; to give sb justice



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Mandarin dǎo huàn / dao3 huan4
Taiwan tao huan
Chinese to take turns; to rotate (responsibility)


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Mandarin dǎo tì / dao3 ti4
Taiwan tao t`i / tao ti
Chinese to take turns (responsibility); to replace


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Mandarin tōu ān / tou1 an1
Taiwan t`ou an / tou an
Chinese to shirk responsibility; thoughtless pleasure-seeking


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Japanese menseki / めんせき Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) exemption from responsibility; disclaimer


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Japanese kamuru / かむる    kaburu / かぶる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to put on (one's head); to wear; to have on; to pull over (one's head); to crown (oneself); (2) (kana only) to be covered with (dust, snow, etc.); to pour (water, etc.) on oneself; to dash on oneself; to ship water; (3) (kana only) to bear (e.g. someone's debts, faults, etc.); to take (blame); to assume (responsibility); to shoulder (burden); (4) to overlap (e.g. sound or color); (5) to be similar; to be redundant; (v5r,vi) (6) to be fogged (due to overexposure, etc.); (7) to close; to come to an end; (8) to get a full house; to sell out; (9) (archaism) to blunder; to bungle; to fail; (10) (archaism) to be deceived


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Mandarin fèn wài / fen4 wai4
Taiwan fen wai
Japanese bungai / ぶんがい
Chinese exceptionally; not one's responsibility or job
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) not within proper limits; excessive; unmerited; special
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin fēn dān / fen1 dan1
Taiwan fen tan
Chinese to share (a burden, a cost, a responsibility)
Japanese See: 分担


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Japanese tsutome / つとめ Japanese (1) service; duty; business; responsibility; task; (2) Buddhist religious services


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Japanese tsutome / つとめ Japanese (1) service; duty; business; responsibility; task; (2) Buddhist religious services



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Mandarin bāo gān / bao1 gan1
Taiwan pao kan
Chinese to have the full responsibility of a job; allocated task



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Mandarin bāo lǎn / bao1 lan3
Taiwan pao lan
Chinese to monopolize; to take on responsibility over everything; to undertake the whole task



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Mandarin zhǔ lèi / zhu3 lei4
Taiwan chu lei
Japanese shokurui
To entrust to, lay responsibility upon; transmission



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Mandarin mái dān / mai2 dan1
Taiwan mai tan
Chinese to pay the bill (in a restaurant etc) (loanword from Cantonese); (fig.) to bear responsibility

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
sekininzé rèn / ze2 ren4 / ze ren / zerentse jen / tsejen
zhí zé / zhi2 ze2 / zhi ze / zhizechih tse / chihtse
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