How Learning Japanese Can Help You Achieve Unprecedented Success!

If you want to reach unprecedented heights by speaking Japanese, here is an article for you. You’ll learn how to say, “she won three times in a row, an unprecedented success.” And, you’ll discover how to structure detailed sentences such as, “that rule is not enforced; it exists only in name.” Sure, these two types of sentences are varied, but you’ll find new uses for them all the time.

This Yojijukugo Japanese article shows you how to use the phrase zenjin mitoo no kiroku (“unprecedented record”). Also in this article are the many variations of this phrase, which help you to incorporate it into your daily conversations. You’ll also master the Japanese you need to discuss things that exist only in name. Use yuumeimujitsu-ka suru to refer to things with no substance, such as laws that aren’t enforced. This awesome Yojijukugo Japanese article promises unprecedented benefits!

Vocabulary: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

zenjin mitoo – “unexploited or unachieved by anyone, unprecedented”

yuumeimujitsu – “to exist only in name”

Grammar: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

Today’s Yojijukugo 1:

Roomaji / “Meaning”

zenjin mitoo / “unexploited or unachieved by anyone, unprecedented”


First Kanji / Second Kanji / Third Kanji / Fourth Kanji

zen / jin / mi / too

The first and second Kanji mean, “before,” and “person,” respectively. The third Kanji means, “not yet,” followed by the fourth Kanji, which means, “arrival.”

History, Definition, Similar Expressions, etc.Zenjin means “people in the previous” and indicates “predecessors.” Mitoo means “unreached yet.” Zenjin mitoo means “unreached or unexploited by any predecessors,” and we can write it as such with another kanji character.


We use it as a prenominal word, as in “zenjin mitoo no + [noun],”  which means “something unexploited by anyone.” Nouns such as kiroku (“record”) or chi (“place”) often follow this phrase as in zenjin mitoo no kiroku, which means “unprecedented record,” or zenjin mit no chi, meaning “where no one has gone before.”

We generally use it in a positive context, such as when someone made an unprecedented accomplishment.

Sample Sentences

  1. Kare wa, zenjin mit no dai-kiroku o tassei shita. “He achieved an unprecedented perfect record.”
  2. Bken-ka wa, zenjin mit no chi o mezasu. “Adventurers head to places where no one has gone before.”
  3. Kanojo wa, zenjin mit no 3-nen renzoku ysh o tassei shita. “She achieved an unprecedented three successive victories.”

Today’s Yojijukugo 2:Roomaji / “Meaning”

yuumeimujitsu / “to exist only in name”


First Kanji / Second Kanji / Third Kanji / Fourth Kanji

yuu mei mu jitsu

The first Kanji means, “exist.” The second Kanji means, “name.” The third and fourth Kanji mean, “nothingness” and “reality,” respectively

History, Definition, Similar Expressions, etc.

Yuumei literally means “to have a name.” Mujitsu literally means “not to have substance.” Yuumeimujitsu means “something has only a name, but has nothing substantial” or “something is not as worthy as meant by the name.”


We use it as an -na adjective, as in yuumeimujitsu na + [noun], or …wa yuumeimujitsu da. We use the set phrases, yuumeimujitsu ni naru or yuumeimujitsu-ka suru, to mean “something comes to have nothing in substance.”

Sample Sentences

  1. Dansei no ikuji kyuuka seido nante, yuumeimujitsu da. “Maternity leave for men exists only in name.”
  2. Koosoku dooro no saikoo jisoku wa 100-kiro da ga, kore wa yuumeimujitsu na kisoku da. “The maximum speed on the highways is regulated as 100 km, but only in name.”
  3. Ruuru wa, ihan shita baai no bassoku ga nakereba, yuumeimujitsu ni naru. “Rules will come to exist only in name if there are no penalties for their violation.”

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