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What are the differences between 技術 and 技能?

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技能 means skill and 技術 means technology. –  Matt N. Nov 27 '11 at 21:14
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@Matt: It is more subtle than that. For example, 運転技術 means “driving skills.” –  Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 27 '11 at 21:23
    
So what is the correct answer to this question? :) –  Herr K Nov 27 '11 at 21:32
    
@TsuyoshiIto: Nice, I didn't know that. That's why I only posted a comment. But I think it's fair to say that what I wrote above is roughly what it means. どう思いますか? –  Matt N. Nov 27 '11 at 21:33
    
Thank you but I want to mean something like this: “京都以外の出身者の若い女性たちが、その芸術、芸能を伝承し、” or like this: “現在日本では、技術 技能の断絶への懸念が高まっている。” –  Ela Oktay Nov 27 '11 at 21:42
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There are several diffrences, and I am not sure if I can list them all. The following is what I feel.

  • 技能 is for established techonology/skill (typically traditional ones), whereas 技術 is any kind of techonology (typically modern ones).

  • 技能 is attached to a human, whereas 技術 can be done by using machinery, human skills, improved planning of process, or combination of these.

  • 技能 is inherited from a master to a younger generation, and has the implication that, once acheived, it stays permanently for the person. 技術 does not have that implication.

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