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Honorable Death - No Surrender

Japan gyokusai shugi
Honorable Death - No Surrender

This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender," or simply "No surrender." If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide," or "Ideology of honorable death."

玉砕主義 is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

信義 is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi."

Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

China cāo shǒu
Japan soushu
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

操守 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor/honour.

The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honor/honour, and/or faith.

The second character means to defend, guard, keep watch, be observant.

So, this is about being observant of, and guarding your integrity and honor.

Honor (Japanese / Simplified version)

China míng yù
Japan meiyo
Honor (Japanese / Simplified version)

This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation.

It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions - see our other "honor" listing for that).

譽 Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. You can make a special request for the traditional second character as shown to the right (just click on that character to the right of you want to order that version). Before WWII, both Japan and China used the traditional form but modern Japanese and Chinese use this simplified form. Koreans still use the traditional form when they are not writing in their modern Hangul glyphs.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

China kè jǐ fèng gōng
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

This can also mean: "Place Strict Standards on Oneself in Public Service."
This Chinese proverb is often used to express how one should act as a government official. Most of us wish our public officials would hold themselves to higher standards. I wish I could send this scroll, along with the meaning to every member of Congress, and the President (or if I was from the UK, all the members of Parliament, and the PM)

The story behind this ancient Chinese idiom:
A man named Cai Zun was born in China a little over 2000 years ago. In 24 AD, he joined an uprising led by Liu Xiu who later became the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Later, the new emperor put Cai Zun in charge of the military court. Cai Zun exercised his power in strict accordance with military law, regardless of the offender's rank or background. He even ordered the execution of one of the emperor's close servants after the servant committed a serious crime.

Cai Zun led a simple life but put great demands on himself to do all things in an honorable way. The emperor rewarded him for his honest character and honorable nature by promoting him to the rank of General and granting him the title of Marquis.

Whenever Cai Zun would receive an award, he would give credit to his men and share the reward with them.
Cai Zun was always praised by historians who found many examples of his selfless acts that served the public interest.
Sometime, long ago in history, people began to refer to Cai Zun as "ke ji feng gong."


See Also:  Unselfish | Selflessness | Altruism


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

誠實


诚实

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Mandarin chéng shí / cheng2 shi2
Taiwan ch`eng shih / cheng shih
Japanese jōjitsu
Chinese honest; honesty; honorable; truthful
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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青天

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Mandarin qīng tiān / qing1 tian1
Taiwan ch`ing t`ien / ching tien
Japanese seiten / seten / せいてん
Chinese clear sky; blue sky; upright and honorable (official)
Japanese blue sky; (personal name) Harutaka
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玉砕主義

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Japanese gyokusaishugi / ぎょくさいしゅぎ Japanese (yoji) the principle of honorable death and no surrender
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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese kou / ko / こう    ooyake / おおやけ
Chinese public; collectively owned; common; international (e.g. high seas, metric system, calendar); make public; fair; just; Duke, highest of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; honorable (gentlemen); father-in-law; male (animal)
Japanese (n,suf) (1) (See 私・し) public matter; governmental matter; (2) prince; duke; (n,n-suf) (3) lord; sir; (suffix noun) (4) (after a name, etc.) familiar or derogatory suffix; (adj-no,n) public; open; formal; official; governmental; (given name) Hiromu; (female given name) Hiromi; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Shizuka; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (given name) Kou; (given name) Kin; (given name) Kimihiro; (personal name) Kiminori; (surname, female given name) Kimi; (given name) Isao; (female given name) Akira
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair.

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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese eri / えり
Chinese lapel; overlap of Chinese gown; fig. bosom (the seat of emotions); to cherish (ambition, desires, honorable intentions etc) in one's bosom
Japanese (1) collar; lapel; neckband; neck; (2) nape of the neck; scruff of the neck; (female given name) Eri

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令弟

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Mandarin lìng dì / ling4 di4
Taiwan ling ti
Japanese reitei / rete / れいてい
Chinese honorable little brother
Japanese your younger brother

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令譽


令誉

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Mandarin lìng yù / ling4 yu4
Taiwan ling yü
Chinese honorable reputation

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佳作

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Mandarin jiā zuò / jia1 zuo4
Taiwan chia tso
Japanese kasaku / かさく
Chinese masterpiece; fine piece of writing
Japanese (1) good piece of work; (2) (abbreviation) honourable mention (honorable); (personal name) Yoshisaku; (personal name) Keisaku; (given name) Kasaku

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尊貴


尊贵

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Mandarin gui  / gui4 
Taiwan gui 
Japanese sonki / そんき
Chinese respected; respectable; honorable
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) noble (person)
尊重 Honoured, honourable; to honour; honorable

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栄職

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Japanese eishoku / eshoku / えいしょく Japanese honorable post; honourable post

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榮譽

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Mandarin róng yù / rong2 yu4
Taiwan jung yü
Japanese eiyo / eyo / えいよ
Chinese honor; credit; glory; (honorable) reputation; honorary
Japanese (personal name) Eiyo

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正經


正经

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Mandarin zhèng jīng / zheng4 jing1
Taiwan cheng ching
Japanese shō kyō
Chinese decent; honorable; proper; serious; according to standards
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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法商

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Mandarin fǎ shāng / fa3 shang1
Taiwan fa shang
Chinese "legal quotient" (LQ), a measure of one's awareness and knowledge of the law and one's standard of honorable conduct

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清正

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Mandarin qīng zhèng / qing1 zheng4
Taiwan ch`ing cheng / ching cheng
Japanese chonjon / ちょんじょん    seishou / sesho / せいしょう    kiyomasa / きよまさ    kiyotada / きよただ
Chinese upright and honorable
Japanese (given name) Chonjon; (surname, given name) Seishou; (given name) Kiyomasa; (given name) Kiyotada

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清貧

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Mandarin qīng pín / qing1 pin2
Taiwan ch`ing p`in / ching pin
Japanese seihin / sehin / せいひん
Chinese poor but upright; destitute
Japanese honourable poverty; honorable poverty

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玉摧

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Japanese gyokusai / ぎょくさい Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) honourable defeat; honorable defeat; honourable death; honorable death; death without surrender

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玉砕

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Japanese gyokusai / ぎょくさい Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) honourable defeat; honorable defeat; honourable death; honorable death; death without surrender; (2) (colloquialism) trying but being utterly beaten; being completely rejected when professing one's love

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礼遇

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Japanese reiguu / regu / れいぐう Japanese (noun/participle) courteous reception; honorable treatment; honourable treatment

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褒状

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Japanese houjou / hojo / ほうじょう Japanese certificate of merit; honorable mention; honourable mention

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賞状

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Japanese shoujou / shojo / しょうじょう Japanese honorable certificate; honourable certificate

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體面

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Mandarin tǐ miàn / ti3 mian4
Taiwan t`i mien / ti mien
Chinese dignity; face (as in "losing face"); honorable; creditable; (of sb's appearance) presentable; respectable

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ご両親

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Japanese goryoushin / goryoshin / ごりょうしん Japanese your (honorable, honourable) parents

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奨励賞

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Japanese shoureishou / shoresho / しょうれいしょう Japanese encouragement award; honorable mention (award); honourable mention

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御両親

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Japanese goryoushin / goryoshin / ごりょうしん Japanese your (honorable, honourable) parents

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榮辱觀

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Mandarin róng rǔ guān / rong2 ru3 guan1
Taiwan jung ju kuan
Chinese precepts regarding what is honorable and what is shameful (in particular, refers to the Socialist Concepts on Honors and Disgraces, PRC official moral principles promulgated from 2006); abbr. for 社會主義榮辱觀|社会主义荣辱观; also known as the Eight Honors and Eight Shames 八榮八恥|八荣八耻[Ba1 Rong2 Ba1 Chi3]

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貴大学

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Japanese kidaigaku / きだいがく Japanese (honorific or respectful language) esteemed university; honorable university

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不愧不怍

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Mandarin bù kuì bù zuò / bu4 kui4 bu4 zuo4
Taiwan pu k`uei pu tso / pu kuei pu tso
Chinese no shame, no subterfuge (idiom); just and honorable; upright and above board

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光明正大

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Mandarin guāng míng zhèng dà / guang1 ming2 zheng4 da4
Taiwan kuang ming cheng ta
Chinese (of a person) honorable; not devious; (of a behavior) fair and aboveboard; without tricks; openly; (of a situation) out in the open

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六種決定


六种决定

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Mandarin liù zhǒng jué dìng / liu4 zhong3 jue2 ding4
Taiwan liu chung chüeh ting
Japanese roku shu ketsujō
The six kinds of certainty resulting from observance of the six pāramitās: 財成決定 the certainty of wealth; 生勝決定 of rebirth in honorable families; 不退決定 of no retrogression (to lower conditions); 修習決定 of progress in practice; 定業決定 of unfailingly good karma; 無功用決定 of effortless abode in truth and wisdom. 大乘莊嚴論 12; six kinds of positive determination

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名誉除隊

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Japanese meiyojotai / meyojotai / めいよじょたい Japanese (See 不名誉除隊) honorable discharge; honourable discharge

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Honorable Death - No Surrender玉砕主義gyokusai shugi
gyokusaishugi
Faithful
Honorable
Trustworthy
Fidelity
Loyalty
信義
信义
shingixìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyihsin i / hsini
Fidelity
Personal Integrity
Honor
操守soushu / soshucāo shǒu / cao1 shou3 / cao shou / caoshouts`ao shou / tsaoshou / tsao shou
Honor (Japanese
Simplified version)
名譽
名誉
meiyomíng yù / ming2 yu4 / ming yu / mingyuming yü / mingyü
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good克己奉公kè jǐ fèng gōng
ke4 ji3 feng4 gong1
ke ji feng gong
kejifenggong
k`o chi feng kung
kochifengkung
ko chi feng kung
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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