This page will tell you how to display Japanese characters on your computer. Japanese characters are used in some articles on WikiJET but many computers with English or other Western operating systems don't show them by default.

Check for Support[]

If you see boxes, question marks or mojibake mixing into the first part, you still do not have support for East Asian characters.

1. This is Japanese text as it appears on Japanese websites and WikiJET:

かつ、尊厳と権利と について平等である。

2. Compare it to this picture of what it should look like:


Windows 95, 98, ME and NT[]

Your system should offer to download Asian fonts by default while viewing pages in those languages, just as long as you're using Internet Explorer. [1]
Otherwise, update your system manually with these language support packs: here

Windows 2000[]

Instructions for Windows 2000

Windows XP and Server 2003[]

The Windows CD-ROM is needed while installing support for East Asian languages. (Non-East Asian localizations only)

Instructions for Windows XP and Server 2003

Windows Vista[]

Windows Vista includes proper support for Japanese characters by default. You can actually type in Japanese or view Japanese with the default tools.

Mac OS X[]

By default all necessary fonts and software are installed in all versions of Mac OS X from 10.2 (2002) and higher.

For Mac OS X 10.1 multilingual software updates are available as free downloads from Apple's website. The Asian Language Update will install support for Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

External links[]

List of free Japanese fonts

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