Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words


The venerable encyclopedia of contemporary words, containing explanations by field, ranging from basic terms to specialist terms. Contains “New Word/Buzzword Award” feature. Annually updated.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Terms collects those terms in actual present use, relating to current events, which are not fully covered by a dictionary of Japanese; specialist terms which may be too minor or particular to be found in a standard encyclopedia, with reliable definitions which may not be available on a search engine, in approximately 120 genres. Broad-ranging coverage encompasses culture, art, science, buzzwords, and trivia, in addition to specialized knowledge and basic words to explain clearly complex subjects such as Japanese international affairs, economics, politics, welfare, and administration.
The JapanKnowledge edition enables smooth navigation between entries, from main contents table to currently displayed entry via breadcrumb links, and entries from the same genre displayed on the main text screen, so there is no need for repeated searches. As of the 2014 edition, advanced search or narrowed down search is available for either search term or genre.
The JapanKnowledge edition contains the three editions from 2019 to 2022. In addition to the familiar features of “New Word/Buzzword” and “News Review,” which supports a deeper understanding of topical news, there are also four years’ worth of special feature columns available to view.

Contents information

Original books 現代用語の基礎知識2019
Publication date January 1, 2019
January 1, 2020
January 1, 2021
January 1, 2022
Number of volumes Four volumes
Book price Base price: ¥3,200 + tax
Base price: ¥1,500 + tax
Base price: ¥1,500 + tax
Base price: ¥1,500 + tax
Release date February 2002
Number of entries 24,702 entries
Number of characters 3,647,000 characters
About search Advanced Search available
Frequency of update Annually
Available services
(as of June 2022)