Viewing Japanese Text on Naruto 2

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Included on certain pages of this site are Japanese characters, which for some people may not work. Of course, if you can't read Japanese, correcting this may not be of much help, but either way, we felt it was necessary to at least explain how for those interested.

Firstly, this is not a problem caused by Naruto 2. It's a problem with your computer/browser viewing Japanese, no matter where it happens to be located. To avoid this, some websites use programs to generate all Japanese characters into images, so you may remember having seen some Japanese characters before.

これは日本語のテキストです。読めますか?

If the characters above look like the ones in this illustration

then you have Japanese support installed or enabled in your OS. If not, and you’d like to be able to see the Japanese characters, you’ll need to install or enable Japanese support.

Reading Japanese on a Windows PC:
If you are using a non East Asian version of Windows, the procedure for setting up your PC to read and write Japanese depends on the flavor of Windows you are running.

Users of Windows 95/98/ME must install the Microsoft Global IME (Input Method Editor) and associated fonts. Users of Windows 2000 and Windows XP Pro do not have to download the IME or fonts, although they will need to install them since they are not installed by default.

To installed the Japanese IME, start by opening the Control Panel (Click the "Start Menu" and chose the "Control Panel"). After that, click the "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options" icon. Then select the "Add Other languages" task.

You should then see the "Regional and Language Options" dialog box as shown below. Two things need to be done here:

1. Click on the "Install files for East Asian Languages" check box (This ensures that the correct fonts are installed).

2. Then click the "Details" button.

You should then see the "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog box.

In "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog box we need to add the Japanese IME and the Japanese Keyboard components.

Click the "Add..." button.

You should now see the "Add Input Language" dialog box, now choose "Japanese" in the "Input language" combo box.

Still in the "Add Input Language" dialog box, in the "Keyboard layout/IME" combo box, choose "Microsoft IME Standard 2002 ver. 8.1". Finally, you can now click the "OK" button.

You should end up with a "Japanese" entry under "Installed Services". Be sure that there is also a keyboard entry under "Japanese" and that it is the "Microsoft IME Standard 2002 ver. 8.1" and NOT just "Japanese".

Finally click the "OK" button. You may be asked to put your Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD drive so that the relevant files can be copied across to your hard drive. That's it. After rebooting you should now see the IME icon in your task bar that has a Japanese option when it is clicked... like this:

For more information on viewing Japanese on other Windows versions, you can check out this site, which is quite detailed. A little too detailed ^_^.

Reading Japanese on a Macintosh:
Mac OS9 comes with language kits that can be custom installed. If you already have an older version of Apple's Japanese Language Kit, you will need to custom re-install the kit again from the Software Install disc. This will provide the upgraded JLK that is compatible with OS9.

If you use Mac OSX, then you should be able to view Japanese by just changing several preferences. If not, then installing the same CDs used for OS9, will work for OSX.

 

Because of the high numbers of different systems and browsers, and my lack of knowledge for the majority of them, I could not accurately write this section, and used this site as the basis for this page. Which if you are still having trouble, I highly suggest.

 


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