|Numbers of characters and reading level|
|Learnt at Shōgakkō (
|Jōyō Kanji (
|JIS level one kanji
Kanken level pre-one
|JIS level one and two kanji
Kanken level one
|Dai Kan-Wa Jiten||50,000||Specialist|
According to the authoritative Dai Kan-Wa Jiten, about 50,000 Chinese characters in total have been created. However, most of them are obscure. For instance many refer to specific places, or names of insects or plants. Most are not widely used even in China.
The Japanese government's list of recommended characters, the
Jōyō Kanji (
Modern written Japanese also often uses characters outside this set, making the set of commonly used kanji larger. Specialized fields such as medicine use many non-Jōyō characters, and many place and family names also use characters outside the Jōyō set. See Names for more on Japanese naming.
Japanese children learn about one thousand kanji from ages six to twelve, followed by further kanji at middle and high school level. See How is Japanese writing taught to Japanese children?
The computer encoding known commonly as the JIS encoding contains two
levels, with each level containing about three thousand
characters. JIS level one contains all the jōyō (see
What are the Jōyō Kanji?) and jinmeiyou (see What are the Jinmeiyō Kanji?)
kanji, as well as a thousand or so more characters. Level two contains
about three thousand more characters. See What are JIS level one and two kanji? The
highest level examination of the Kanji Kentei or Kanken, the
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