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What is the way to be able to type Japanese characters? Could someone make a how-to in order to explain the few steps to get it?

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Since Ubuntu 9.10, you just have to follow those few steps :

  • Install ibus-anthy
  • Go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard input methods
  • Accept to activate iBus (pop-up window)
  • Add Japanese-Anthy in the Method tab
  • Disconnect and reconnect
  • Open an input field (like Gedit for instance), hit Control + Space ; you should be able to type Japanese characters

In order to have iBus launched automatically on boot, go to System -> Administration -> Languages and select iBus as the input method.

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In 11.04+ is there any way to consolidate the ibus keyboard layout icon with the regular layout selector icon? – MarkovCh1 Jan 18 '12 at 12:38

Read the following:

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