9 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
person in charge, connection, duty, concern oneself
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
232 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 係争 【ケイソウ】 dispute, contention, conflict, controversy
  • 係数 【ケイスウ】 coefficient, factor, proportional constant
  • 相関関係 【ソウカンカンケイ】 correlation, interrelation, intertwining
  • 三角関係 【サンカクカンケイ】 love triangle, eternal triangle

Kun reading compounds

  • 係る 【かかる】 to be the work of, to be the result of, to be done by, to concern, to affect, to involve, to relate to
  • 係 【かかり】 charge, duty, person in charge, official, clerk, connection, linking
  • 係員 【かかりいん】 person in charge, official, attendant
  • 口座係 【こうざかかり】 teller (in bank)
  • 応接係 【おうせつかかり】 receptionist, desk clerk
  • 関わる 【かかわる】 to be affected, to be influenced, to be concerned with, to have to do with, to stick to (opinions)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cargo
  • deber
  • concernir
  • afectar


  • pessoa em carga
  • conexão
  • dever
  • interessa a si próprio


  • chargé de
  • liaison
  • devoir
  • s'occuper de
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217 New Nelson (John Haig)
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