Glossary of Japanese Acronyms
Japanese Acronym Glossary
A glossary of Japanese acronyms and common Japanese abbreviations including Japanese abbreviations of English words and phrases such as OL - Office Lady for a female office worker. Abbreviations include Japanese airlines, companies, government ministries, national organizations, banks and sports associations.
ABC - Asahi Broadcasting Corporation.
AIST - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
ANA - All Nippon Airways.
APU - Ritsumeikan Asian Pacific University.
AU - Mobile phone branch of KDDI.
AV - Adult Video.
BGM - Background Music.
BOJ - Bank of Japan.
Chuden - Chubu Electric Power Company.
CL - Central League (baseball).
CM - Commercial Message.
CRIEPI - Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry.
CTV - Chukyo Television Broadcasting.
DBJ - Development Bank of Japan.
DPJ - Democratic Party of Japan.
ETC - Electronic Toll Collection.
FE - Fuji Electric.
FNN - Fuji News Network (TV)
GEOS - Global Education Opportunities and Services, bankrupt English language school chain.
GFJ - Goods From Japan.
GS - Gasoline Stand.
H - Hentai / EtcHi - perversion.
HIS - Japan travel agency.
ICOCA - IC Operating Card.
IDC - International Digital Communications.
JA - abbreviation for Japan Agricultural Cooperatives.
JABI - Japan American Business Initiatives.
JAC - Japan Air Commuter, a subsidiary of JAL.
JACET - Japan Association of College English Teachers.
JAEA - Japan Atomic Energy Agency.
JAF - Japan Automobile Federation.
JAFRA - Japan Association For Railway Advertising.
JAIA - Japan Automobile Importers Association.
JAL - Japan Airlines.
JALT - Japan Association of Language Teachers.
JASSO - Japan Student Services Organization.
JAXA - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
JBIC - Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
JCP - Japan Communist Party.
JESCO - Japan Environment Safety Corporation
JET - Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
JETAA - JET Alumni Association.
JETRO - Japan External Trade Organization.
JFA - Japan Football Association.
JFC - Japan Finance Corporation.
JGB - Japanese Government Bonds.
JH - Japan Highway Public Corporation.
JLPT - Japan Language Proficiency Test.
JMA - Japan Medical Association.
JNTO - Japan National Tourist Organization.
JP - Japan Post.
JR - Japan Railways.
JRA - Japan Racing Association.
JRA - Japan Reishi Association.
JRC - Japan Red Cross.
JT - Japan Tobacco.
JTB - Japan Travel Bureau.
JVC - Victor electronics.
JYHA - Japan Youth Hostel Association.
KDDI - Japanese telecommunications company.
KEPCO - Kansai Electric Power Company.
Keidanren - Japan Federation of Economic Organizations.
KK - Kabushiki Kaisha - company, firm.
KIX - Kansai International Airport.
Kyuuden - Kyushu Electric Power Company.
LDP - Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's ruling political party for much of the post-war period.
LO - Last Order.
MANACA - IC travel and shopping card in central Japan centered on Nagoya.
METI - Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry.
MEXT - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology.
MHFG - Mizuho Financial Group.
MIC - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
MITI - Ministry of International Trade & Industry (now known as METI).
MLIT - Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
MRI - Mitsubishi Research Institute.
MUFG - Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
NEC - Nippon Electric Company.
N'EX - Narita Express train.
NGK - Nagoya-based spark plug company.
NHK - (Nihon Hohsoh Kyokai) - Japan's state TV & radio broadcaster.
NII - National Institute of Informatics.
Nikkanren - Japan Ryokan & Hotel Association.
Nikkeiren - Japan Federation of Employers' Associations.
NIMOCA - Nice Momey Card - an IC travel card in Fukuoka.
NKP - New Komeito Party.
NNN - Nippon News Network.
NPA - National Police Agency.
NPB - Nippon Professional Baseball.
NSK - Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha.
NTT - Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.
OB - Old Boy.
OL - abbreviation for 'Office Lady' - a female office worker.
3P - ("three people") Japanese slang word for ménage à trois or threesome.
PL - Pacific League (baseball).
PL Kyodan - Church of Perfect Liberty.
PSJ - Photographic Society of Japan.
SDF - Self-Defence Forces. Japan's de-facto armed forces.
SDP - Social Democratic Party.
SL - Steam Locomotive.
SMBC - Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
SMFG - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.
SUICA - Super Urban Intelligence Card.
TCAT - Tokyo City Air Terminal.
TEPCO - Tokyo Electric Power Company.
TIC - Tourist Information Center.
TSE - Tokyo Stock Exchange.
TUJ - Temple University Japan.
TVO - TV Osaka.
UCC - Ueshima Coffee Company.
YCAT - Yokohama City Air Terminal.
Zennoren - All-Japan Federation of Management Organization.