This list contains over 1000+ common Japanese words and Kanji, and should take you from beginner to intermediate level. The list is based from the material that is used in the Japanese classes taught at Waseda, University in Tokyo.
The original list was first published on Japanese Words in Xcel format can be found at:
common Japanese Words
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This is a list I created from the materials I used when I was a student at Waseda University. The original list can be found at Japanese Words