About the Display of Japanese Characters

Some computers may not properly display the Japanese characters used in this website by default. If you see a series of boxes, either blank or with small numbers within the boxes, you may need to install a language pack.


Wikipedia Help: Japanese has an excellent article, including testing, on Japanese font support for web browsers and operating systems.

Information for installing language packs

Microsoft Windows instructions:

Mac instructions:

  • By default, all necessary fonts should be enabled for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher (Jaguar, 2002). For multilingual update support, view Apple's website

Other OS instructions:

  • Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, FreeBSD, Gentoo, Mandriva, and openSUSE should all have proper langauge support. For instructions on further font support, view the Help: Japanese article referenced above.