Jim Breen

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James William Breen (born 1947) is a Research Fellow at Monash University in Australia, where he was a professor in the area of IT and telecommunications before his retirement in 2003.[1] He holds a BSc in mathematics, an MBA and a PhD in computational linguistics, all from the University of Melbourne. He is well known for his involvement in several popular free Japanese-related projects: the EDICT and JMDict Japanese–English dictionaries, the KANJIDIC kanji dictionary, and the WWWJDIC portal which provides an interface to search them.[1][2][3]

His EDICT dictionary and WWWJDIC server have been described as "reliable and close to comprehensive".[1] The 195,000-term lexicon is used by popular apps such as ImiWa (iOS) and AEDict (Android), and has been used to build other Japanese language learning sites such as Rikai and Jisho.org.[1]

He remains a board member of the Japanese Studies Centre at Monash University.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Alexander Jacoby (21 November 2006). "Net resources make light work of Japanese study". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  2. ^ Mary Sisk Noguchi (30 August 2002). "KANJI CLINIC: Cyberspace – the final frontier of kanji-learning". The Japan Times.
  3. ^ Morales, Daniel (25 June 2018). "At 180,000 entries, Jim Breen's freeware Japanese dictionary is still growing". The Japan Times. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Japanese Studies Centre". Monash Asia Institute, Monash University. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2014.

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