This template should not be used for words that contain on or kun readings outside the jōyō kanji table (also at ) or words which don't contain any kun readings. Such words are outside the scope of the notification. The original notification is from 1973, but it was amended in 1981 when the jōyō kanji table was issued.
Some notes from the preface and usage notes of the notification:
- The notification provides the basis for okurigana usage in laws, official documents, newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, and similar places where modern Japanese is written using the readings given in the jōyō kanji table.
- The notification does not attempt to regulate the use of okurigana in science, technology, art, and other special fields or in writing of individuals.
- The notification does not apply to proper nouns or kanjis used as symbols.
- Okurigana is not used for on readings, and they are not mentioned in the rules except where necessary.
- "付表の語" rules treat difficult cases in the jōyō kanji table's word list attachment (付表).
- Whenever there's doubt whether something is permissible use (許容) or not, the general rule (通則) is to be followed.
Examples for each rule: