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READING  ヤク、エキ
MEANING  service
JLPT level N3 (full info & stroke order)
 
Words/compounds
やくにん
government official
やくいん
officer, official, executive, staff
やくにたつ
to be helpful, to be useful
じゅうやく, おもやく
director, high executive, (person with) heavy responsibilities
やくしょ
government office, public office
 
Example sentences
役人
その役人は請負業者にとり入ったかどで、くびになった。
The official got the sack for currying favor with the contractors.
役員
彼の経営手腕を疑問視する役員もいた。
Some board members questioned his ability to run the corporation.
 
矛盾する報告を受けて、その役員は自分の立場を考え直した。
Conflicting reports prompted the director to reconsider her position.
役に立つ
この辞書は初級者に、いやそれどころか上級者にも役に立つ。
This dictionary is useful to beginners, yes, and to advanced learners.
 
小雨のときは、傘は役に立つが、土砂降りのときは、ほとんど役に立たない。
An umbrella is useful in a mild rain, but when it rains cats and dogs an umbrella is of little help.
重役
重役会議で、彼は勇気を奮って口火を切った。
He got up enough guts to break the ice at the board meeting.
役所
地域参加を呼びかけてもしょせんは美辞麗句、どのみち市役所はやりたいことを勝手にやるに決まっている。
The claim of community involvement is just window dressing; City Hall will do what it wants to anyhow.
 
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