The purpose of this volume is to enable Sinologists and others involved in Chinese studies to access entries in Japanese reference works dealing with China without going through the time-consuming process of looking up characters by radical and stroke. For users of this dictionary, it is a simple matter to find a character by looking it up by its alphabetical pinyin pronunciation. Having located it here, the user can go directly to the item in Japanese reference works.
The Dictionary includes in its more than 8,500 entries not only Chinese characters and their Sino-Japanese (ondoku/onyomi) readings, but also the Japanese (kundoku/kunyomi) readings. The addition of the romanized Japanese readings will assist in correctly transcribing proper Japanese names, such as the names of Japanese publishers and authors, and the technical terms often employed in their writings on China. This feature will also give those familiar with pinyin access to material on Japanese history and culture.