11 strokes
power, force
task, duties
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
111 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 務歯 【ムシ】 zipper teeth, zip teeth
  • 務所 【ムショ】 prison, jail, slammer, pen
  • 急務 【キュウム】 urgent business, pressing need, imperative
  • 庶務 【ショム】 general affairs

Kun reading compounds

  • 勤める 【つとめる】 to work (for), to be employed (at), to serve (in), to serve (as), to act (as), to fill (the position of), to play the role (of), to conduct a religious service


Japanese names:
つかさ、 み
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • tarea
  • obligaciones
  • deber
  • cargo
  • servir
  • desempeñar un cargo


  • tarefa
  • deveres


  • tâche
  • devoir
  • travail
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795 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
140 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3167 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
491 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
372 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1377 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.5 Japanese for Busy People
235 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
235 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
388 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
222 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1505 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
797 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1085 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1235 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2394 Morohashi
1173 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
546 New Nelson (John Haig)
1227 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1313 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
244 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
747 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3545 2001 Kanji
4i7.6 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-6 SKIP code
1822.7 Four corner code
1-44-19 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
52d9 Unicode hex code