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There's a bug in the way Ubuntu displays Japanese fonts that I need fixed rather urgently.

The bug is that Ubuntu displays the wrong Japanese characters sometimes.

I'm studying Japanese, and having the wrong characters display is obviously problematic.

However, as you can see if you look at the most recent comments on the bug report, fixing the bug seems stalled on the fact that some specific fonts are probably broken, but I don't know which ones.

Here's what I think is happening. If Japanese text is used in a context where the specified font does not contain Japanese characters, then Ubuntu defaults to some other font for the words that are written in Japanese.

However, it is unclear to me what that default Japanese font would be, and how I can determine it.

Is there a way I can determine the default font being used when I see text on my screen that is showing the faulty characters?

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closed as off topic by Jjed, James May 10 '12 at 2:19

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This question should instead be filed as a bug report, and as such is off-topic, thanks! Instructions on filing a bug report are here. – Jjed May 10 '12 at 2:17
However, this bug is now fixed! – Jjed May 10 '12 at 2:17
@JacobJohanEdwards: Are you sure? The bug report simply says no activity for over sixy days, and the offered in the bug report was to remove certain fonts, not that those fonts had been fixed. – Questioner May 10 '12 at 4:06
Yes, かくれんぼ first-results 隠れん坊 for me with a default font configuration. – Jjed May 10 '12 at 4:09
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Source: bug 616169 comment made by martin-autotelic


I've solved this problem for me. Following information here: Basically I removed all Japanese fonts listed as installed in Synaptic, and then installed only these:


Now I am getting the correct kanji consistently. Unfortunately, I do not know which of the fonts I uninstalled was corrupted, as I do not have the time to test and experiment. I will report if I work it out, though.

If you want to exactly know what font is messing up you will have remove all of them and have to start adding fonts one at a time and check if the problems starts to show up (lot of work but if you do please update the bug ;) ) To give you a headstart these fonts in the ubuntuforums link mentioned in the quote have been called not to be the culprits by user Frantic_Earthling:

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