The 兼 character appears next to some people's names in the organizational chart of the company I work at, as shown below.

田中 太郎 (兼)

What meaning does the 兼 character signify in this context?

  • Should mean, that he 'too'/'also' is something. Is there something like a job description in before?
    – dinogeist
    Mar 12, 2015 at 8:55

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兼 in a labor chart means the person is 兼任 -- as in their official job is different, but this is being made one of their assignments as well.

For instance, I work for the 国際課 at my university, but I'm a 兼 assigned to teach an English class for the English department.

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    Do you mean to say 兼任? 兼業 often involves two whole different industries.
    – user4032
    Mar 12, 2015 at 9:56
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    @l'électeur No, I'm just genuinely wrong. I had an issue earlier where my school was claiming it would be 兼業 for me to do a 講義 at a different school... Apparently, I have yet to master the usage. (But mistakes are how we learn!!!)
    – virmaior
    Mar 12, 2015 at 10:05
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    That would be a hard one to name. 兼業 is like a double-job situation and is perhaps most often used to describe a farmer who also does a completely different type of job besides farming.
    – user4032
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:12

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