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Could someone source that the word comes from German? The Japanese had intensive contact with Dutch seafarers from whom they borrowed a lot of words, so at first sight it seems more logical that the Japanese would have borrowed the word from Dutch arbeid (to which German Arbeit is a cognate). Morgengave (talk) 18:00, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

I don't know which is more definite, but the vast majority of sources seem to say that it is German. I don't know of any academic sources to check. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:02, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
This comes from a dictionary called Progressive: --Haplology (talk) 08:25, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
I am indeed more interested in academic resources. Etymologies are often copied between non-academic resources (without including references). What was the way the word was transmitted? Morgengave (talk) 09:34, 12 January 2013 (UTC)