Japanese-English Character Dictionary (NJECD), first published
in 1990, required 66 man-years to compile. Upon publication it became
a standard reference work for the serious study of kanji, and has
been warmly supported by eminent Japanese language authorities around
the world. Numerous users and scholars soon pointed out that the NJECD's
many unique features could be utilized to offer kanji learners and
researchers a full range of learning tools tailored to their specific
needs. The NJECD thus became the first step in a series of computer-edited
dictionaries and applications for the study of kanji, known as the
Kanji Integrated Tools (KIT).
Kanji Dictionary Publishing Society
To make KIT a reality and coordinate the compilation
projects, the Kanji Dictionary Publishing Society
(KDPS) was established in late 1993 as a part of the Institute of
Modern Culture at Showa Women's University. The Society, headed by
Showa Women's University
President Professor Kusuo Hitomi, is directed by the Editorial
Committee, which includes Japanese language education specialists
such as Professor Osamu Mizutani, the director general of the National
Language Research Institute, and other eminent Japanese language scholars.
The Society is funded by the University and other organizations such
as the Toyota Foundation.
These projects have also attracted the welcome support
of the Japanese government and related agencies, including former
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, The Japan Foundation, the National
Council on Educational Reform, The National Language Research Institute,
The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, The Society
of the National Language (Japan), the Association for Japanese-Language
Teaching, and others.