The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary

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Author Andrew N. Nelson
Country Japan, United States of America
Language English-Japanese
Subject Japanese-English character dictionary
Publisher C. E. Tuttle Co.
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 1048
Awards 1969 Prize for the Society for the Promotion of International Cultural Relations (Kokusai Bunka Shinkōkai)[1]
LC Class PL679 .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.