Why so many kanjis for government

I feel like my reviews are full of different kanjis or vocabulary of the word ‘‘government’’. Why so many different versions?


It’s because the Joyo Kanji list is devised by the Japanese Government!

I’m just kidding I have no idea… could be though


Because they don’t all represent the same concept.

In WK, 5 kanji have the word “government” in the meaning somewhere. That’s “so many” I guess, but eh.

官 is a public official
府 was originally meant to be a public residence (in the vein of a governor’s mansion, the White House)
政 is politics
署 is a government office, as in a physical place where government business is done
庁 is a government agency, not restricted to all being in one physical place

So they don’t really overlap.


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