Re: The character for 10**24 in Japanese numbers (jo)

From: Benjamin Peterson (
Date: Sun Jul 06 2003 - 19:01:00 EDT

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    On Sun, 06 Jul 2003 16:39:48 -0400, "Tex Texin" <> said:
    > Hi,
    > When writing out Japanese numbers a different character is used for every
    > unit
    > that is a power of 10,000:
    > man oku chou kei gai jo jou ...
    > Apparently JIS didn't have a character for jo. It looks something like
    > the
    > pair: U+79BE U+4E88.

    The original chinese character for 10**24 consisted of U+79be on the left
    (i.e. bushu 115, 'nogi') and U+5e02 on the right. In Japanese, the right
    hand part seems to have changed into a U+4e88, although there are three
    other rare variants. The U+5e02/U+4e88 character is not in JIS, a
    distinction shared by many useful kanji.
    > (I am trying to correct the table at
    > )

    I don't really know anything about this, but... the character given in
    this table for 10**20 (U+8a72), although it is often used for 10**20,
    should really be a U+5793, shouldn't it? The left hand side was
    originally 0x961c (i.e. left side B radical). I think U+5793 should at
    least be offered as an alternative; they seem to occur about equally
    often in google.

    This page collects together the sets of number kanji from various
    classical texts:

    ...and this one lists 'jo' variants...


      Benjamin Peterson

      Benjamin Peterson

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