I'm wondering, how would a Japanese person fill out a Yes/No checklist?

For example, say I have a list of things to remember. I'd mark them as such:

  • Get spare key ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Y
  • Remove items from trunk ・・・・・ P
  • Check tire pressure ・・・・・・・・・ NA
  • Call dealer ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ N

Where (probably obviously) Y is yes, N is no, P is partial, and NA is not applicable.

  • Given that the choice is between Japanese Language on the one hand and Anime & Manga on the other (the Japanese Culture site never ended up materializing), this question is really closer to the former. I'm going to migrate this over there.
    – senshin
    Dec 7, 2016 at 19:30

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When Japanese people have to distinguish yes, no, partial and N/A, they mainly use the symbols , ×, and , respectively.

See: What do the shapes △ ◯ ╳ ◻ mean in Japanese? And are there variations in meaning, depending on whether or not the shape is filled?

In simple ToDo lists where a user marks done as opposed to undone, a checkmark is also commonly used.

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