Common alphabetic abbreviations used in Japanese

During our ten years of translating Japanese business and technical documents, we’ve kept track of the most common Latin alphabet abbreviations we encounter. Some of these are obvious, but some prompted a bit of head-scratching and research the first time they appeared.

APapplication programIFinterface
CFcash flowLODlevel of detail
CScustomer satisfactionNWnetwork
DBdatabasePFplatform
DCdata centerPJproject
FWfirmwarePWpassword
Gr.groupSWsoftware, switch
HWhardwareWFworkflow
Meaning of the most common alphabetic abbreviations used in Japanese

Wikipedia has its own list but most of those seem to be related to games, not business and technical documents.

1 comment

  1. Robert

    You should note that “interface” and “software” are often abbreviated as I/F and S/W.

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