9 strokes
government ministry, conserve, omit
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
548 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 省察 【セイサツ】 reflection, consideration
  • 省思 【セイシ】 reflection, reexamination, contemplation
  • 三省 【サンセイ】 frequent reflection (meditation)
  • 内省 【ナイセイ】 introspection, reflection on one's self
  • 省 【ショウ】 ministry, department, province (of China), saving, conserving
  • 省略 【ショウリャク】 omission, leaving out, abbreviation, abridgment, abridgement, shortening (e.g. of a name)
  • 郵政省 【ユウセイショウ】 (former) Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (now Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
  • 厚生省 【コウセイショウ】 (former) Ministry of Health and Welfare

Kun reading compounds

  • 省みる 【かえりみる】 to reflect on (oneself, past conduct, etc.), to contemplate, to examine, to think over, to introspect
  • 省く 【はぶく】 to omit, to leave out, to exclude, to eliminate, to curtail, to save, to cut down, to economize, to economise


Japanese names:
さとし、 み
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
sheng3, xing3
seong, saeng


  • omisión
  • departamento del gobierno
  • omitir
  • eliminar
  • reflexionar


  • foco
  • ministério de governo
  • umservar


  • faire le point (introspection)
  • abréviation
  • omission
  • économie
  • ministère
  • éliminer
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760 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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145 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
145 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1382 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3100 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1583 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2164 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
125 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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3916 New Nelson (John Haig)
124 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
131 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
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