How do I get Japanese input on 18.04? I have gone and installed Japanese as a language and experimenting, I can change the language setting to Japanese and restart. This shows all my menus in Japanese. But I want to be able to use a regular US keyboard to produce Japanese characters.

I have installed ibus-anthy and I can 'switch' languages via the top right menu or the super+space key combination.

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But in ja mode, English characters are still produced. My experience with different OSes has been that in a Japanese input 'mode', US key combinations will produce the appropriate hiragana, etc.


You should go to Region & Language and add the Anthy or Mozc input method to the active input sources. Once done, you can switch to Anthy (or Mozc) and start typing Japanese characters.

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  • Awesome. 日本語でどうもありがとうございました!! – timbo Oct 15 '18 at 1:41
  • In 18.10, there seems to be no "Region and Language" (using Cinnamon desktop). Do you know where this went by any chance? – Kingsley Sep 8 '19 at 0:45
  • @Kingsley: It probably didn't go anywhere. Region & Language is a GNOME thing, and the OP of this question is on Ubuntu with a GNOME desktop. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Sep 8 '19 at 0:56

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