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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.

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A

Japan Acronyms Glossary.

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.

B

BGM - Background Music.

BOJ - Bank of Japan.

C

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.



D

DBJ - Development Bank of Japan.

DPJ - Democratic Party of Japan.

E

ETC - Electronic Toll Collection.

F

FE - Fuji Electric.

FNN - Fuji News Network (TV)

G

GEOS - Global Education Opportunities and Services, bankrupt English language school chain.

GFJ - Goods From Japan.

GS - Gasoline Stand.

H

H - Hentai / EtcHi - perversion.

HIS - Japan travel agency.

I

ICOCA - IC Operating Card.

IDC - International Digital Communications.

J

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.

K

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.

L

LDP - Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's ruling political party for much of the post-war period.

LO - Last Order.

M

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.

N

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.

O

OB - Old Boy.

OL - abbreviation for 'Office Lady' - a female office worker.

P

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.

Q

R

S

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.

T

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.

U

UCC - Ueshima Coffee Company.

V

W

X

Y

YCAT - Yokohama City Air Terminal.

Z

Zennoren - All-Japan Federation of Management Organization.

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