Examples of Japanese words adopted into Chinese

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    We all know that the Japanese got their writing system from China, but what about Japan’s influence on the Chinese language?

    The Japan Times has an interesting article today about Japanese words that have made their way into the Chinese language. Here’s an example list from the article:

    Examples of Japanese words adopted into Chinese

    直接 chokusetsu (direct)
    注射 chūsha (injection)
    出口 deguchi (exit)
    伝染病 densenbyō (contagious disease)
    電子 denshi (electron)
    動脈 dōmyaku (artery)
    原子 denshi (atom)
    百貨店 yakkaten (department store)
    入口 iriguchi (entrance)
    時間 jikan (time)
    決算 kessan (closing of accounts)
    企業 kigyō (business)
    小型 kogata (compact)
    工業 kōgyō (industry)
    広告 kōkoku (advertisement)
    国際 kokusai (international)
    空間 kǖkan (space)
    民族 minzoku (people)
    農民 nōmin (farmer)
    大型 ōgata (large scale)
    歴史 rekishi (history)
    劣勢 ressei (inferiority)
    政党 seitō (political party)
    社会 shakai (society)
    市場 shijō (market)
    自然科学 shizen kagaku (natural science)
    所得税 shotokuzei (income tax)
    出版 shuppan (publishing)
    主体 shutai (main subject)
    相対 sōtai (relative)
    体育 taiiku (physical education)
    体操 taisō (calesthenics)
    投資 tōshi (investment)
    優勢 yǖsei (superiority)
    絶対 zettai (absolute)

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