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- This page is intended to be an introduction to the Japanese language for those with no knowledge of the language. For more detailed and technically correct information on Japanese, Wikipedia's Japanese language page would probably be a good place to start.
- The following are Japanese characters: 日本語です. If they don't appear similar to this image: , see the Operating System Support subsection for instructions.
Elementary Japanese Tutorial
Japanese on Gamehiker Wiki
Operating System Support
Many computers with English or other Western operating systems don't show Japanese script by default.
If you see boxes, question marks or mojibake (odd symbols) mixing into the first part, you still do not have support for East Asian characters.
Check for Support
1. This is Japanese text as it appears on Japanese websites and Gamehiker Wiki:
- 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. 
Otherwise, update your system manually with these language support packs: here
Windows XP and Server 2003
The Windows CD-ROM is needed while installing support for East Asian languages. (Non-East Asian localizations only)
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.
Install the appropriate ttfonts packages.
For Fedora Core 3, the package is ttfonts-ja (Japanese).
As of Fedora Core 4, you need fonts-japanese.
Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu
Installing the ttf-kochi-mincho package will add support for displaying Japanese text in the Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu distribution. You can do this with the following command:
- apt-get install ttf-kochi-mincho
Install a Japanese font package. The most common is ja-ipafonts.
- emerge media-fonts/ja-ipafonts
Also, put useflag 'cjk' to /etc/make.conf and update your system
- emerge -uDN world
A lot of the information on this help article was borrowed and adapted from Wikipedia's Help:Japanese page, especially the operating system support.
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