I was taken aback when I opened up this dictionary: it's organized by the Japanese kana system (a-i-u-e-o) rather than by the roman-ji ABC, so it certainly is not for the beginning student. However, any student advanced enough to look up a Japanese word in its kana version is not going to be satisfied with this volume. There aren't that many entries, the definitions and kanji versions of each word are not that comprehensive, and the typeface is so fine it requires a good magnifying glass (or a well-trained squint) to read. The problem, I suspect, is that this book is actually a translation of a dictionary written for "juniors," elementary school-aged students. The vocabulary level is too simple for the older or adult student. If you're looking for a real Japanese-English dictionary to invest in, try NTC's New Japanese-English Character Dictionary, edited by the witty, erudite Jack Halpern.