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The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary

Electronic Dictionary Edition

Long-Awaited Electronic Edition Finally Released

In January 2007 Casio Computer has announced the release of the long-awaited Electronic Dictionary (ED) edition of Jack Halpern's The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary (KALD), which has enjoyed the praise of renowned scholars and learners throughout the world. Boasting the most advanced features in electronic dictionary technology, including a highly sensitive handwriting recognition search method, this dictionary goes on sale in March 2007.

This is the latest addition to KIT (Kanji Integrated Tools), a series of computer-edited dictionaries and other useful learning aids for the effective mastery of the Japanese script being widely used in Japanese language education because they are highly effective learning aids (about 100,000 copies).

"I recommend that learners of Japanese, both of East Asian and Western origin, make full use of this dictionary, which offers a variety of lookup methods and is a goldmine of information."
Seiju Sugito (ː)
President,The National Language Research Institute
President, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language


A major feature of electronic dictionaries in general is the speed and facility with which entries can be looked up. But the convenience of this dictionary goes well beyond that -- for the first time, the world-renowned lookup system called SKIP, which has redefined the way learners look up kanji, is now available in electronic dictionary format.

► In-depth Character Meanings

An outstanding feature of this dictionary is its in-depth treatment of meaning. Detailed meanings, arranged in a logical manner, help the learner get a quick and full understanding of the important meanings of each character.

  1. Core Meaning
  2. Character Meaning
  3. Psychologistic Ordering
  4. Compounds and Examples

► Review by Prof. T. Yanagimachi of Hokkaido University.


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► Four search methods provide maximum speed and flexibility:

  1. The SKIP Search allows characters to be quickly located from their SKIP patterns and stroke counts.
  2. The On-Kun Search method allows characters to be looked up alphabetically from their on and kun readings.
  3. The Radical Search method allows characters to be looked up by their traditional radicals.
  4. The Handwriting Recognition Search method allows the user to input characters by drawing them manually.

For more details please follow the following links:

History of KIT Dictionaries
1 New Japanese-English Character Dictionary NJECD Kenkyusha 1990 Japanese Domestic Edition
2New Japanese-English Character Dictionary NJECD-NTC NTC 1993 International Edition
3New Japanese-English Character Dictionary NJECD-EB Nichigai Associates 1995 Electronic Book Edition
4The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary KALD Kodansha International 1999 Learner's Edition
5The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary KALD-ED CASIO 2007 Electronic Dictionary Edition

Updated: July 3, 2008