The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary

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AuthorAndrew N. Nelson
CountryJapan, United States of America
SubjectJapanese-English character dictionary
PublisherC. E. Tuttle Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint
Awards1969 Prize for the Society for the Promotion of International Cultural Relations (Kokusai Bunka Shinkōkai)[1]
LC ClassPL679 .N4[2]

The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary (最新漢英辞典, Saishin Kan-Ei jiten) is a kanji dictionary published with English speakers in mind. Although a revised edition by John H. Haig, The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary, was published in 1997, it is still in print, now under the title The Original Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary – Classic Edition[1]

The dictionary contains about 5,000 entries, listing characters with their on and kun readings, compounds and English definitions. The entries are arranged by a system devised by the author as an extension of the traditional radical system.


  1. ^ a b "Publisher's web site". Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Library of Congress Catalog Record". Retrieved 28 November 2012.