How to view japanese characters

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If you want to read and/or write japanese characters on your western computer, you have to install the right fonts. Here’s what to do on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

Japanese characters on Windows XP

MS Windows can automatically install all the japanese (and more) fonts. You will need to have the installation CD/DVD :

Now you can read (and write) Japanese (and other east asian) characters.

Japanese characters on Mac OS X

Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) installs the “Asian Languages Support” package by default ; so reading and writing japanese should be straight forward. In case you did a custom installation and didn’t install them, you can do it now:

Quite simple.

Microsoft japanese fonts

In case you’re using some other operating system (such as NetBSD), you can get japanese font from Microsoft’s website. Here’s the list :


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