Third install of Ubuntu on 3rd machine. Never had an issue getting Japanese language (kana) input, but suddenly I can't find the settings I'm used to!

Trying to get Anthy installed, but it's not showing up in the Region & Language options. When searching for Japanese input sources, my options are:

  • Japanese
  • Japanese (Dvorak)
  • Japanese (Kana 86)
  • Japanese (Kana)
  • Japanese (Macintosh)
  • Japanese (OADG 109A)
  • Japanese (PC-98)

Installing Japanese and Japanese (Kana) has given me the option to select them in my input methods, but input remains English.

Where can I find the settings/files to input text in Japanese kana?

This question can be considered a precursor to the solutions provided in this related question:

Enabling/installing Japanese input

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    1. Install the ibus-anthy package, 2. Relogin Aug 29, 2019 at 15:42
  • askubuntu.com/questions/1053157/japanese-default-input-mode/…, during this setting, open configuration panel and set the input mode to Kana from Romaji. You can install ibus-anthy (Gunner's suggestion)or fcitx-anthy instead of fcitx-mozc, but I am not sure it works perfectly as fcitx-mozc does. Aug 29, 2019 at 22:31
  • @GunnarHjalmarsson, would that be via sudo apt-get install ibus-anthy? @SadaharuWakisaka, are you recommending an alternative package to anthy? Can you give me more details because I do not understand what you are suggesting to do?
    – Pinkie B
    Aug 30, 2019 at 14:51
  • @PinkieB: Yes. Then, when you have logged out and logged in again, you should see Japanese (Anthy) among the input sources. The ones you listed above are XKB keyboard layouts, and indeed not sufficient for inputting Japanese. Aug 30, 2019 at 15:50
  • @SadaharuWakisaka: My understanding is that the OP is on a standard Ubuntu machine, i.e. with the GNOME desktop, and in that case it's not likely that any Fcitx method works very well. Aug 30, 2019 at 15:53

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After install the japanese language on a Gnome/Ubuntu 18.04:

  1. Install, at least one, IMF (ibus comes by default on Ubuntu):
    • sudo apt install ibus, and/or;
    • sudo apt install fcitx
  2. Install, at least one, japanese IME for your IMF:
    • if using ibus:
      • sudo apt install ibus-mozc, and/or;
      • sudo apt install ibus-anthy, and/or;
      • sudo apt install ibus-kkc, and/or;
      • sudo apt install ibus-skk.
    • if using fcitx:
      • sudo apt install fcitx-mozc, and/or;
      • sudo apt install fcitx-anthy, and/or;
      • sudo apt install fcitx-kkc, and/or;
      • sudo apt install fcitx-skk.

With that, select the input method (IME) from your language selector on icon tray (IMF).

  • the IMF (ibus) on Gnome Status Menu (is represented by a language icon selector).
  • all (my) selectable IMEs (portuguese, spanish, english, japanese-mozc, japanese-anthy, japanese-kkc, japanese-skk) from this IMF (ibus).

ibus menu and selectables IMEs

Or you can use the Gnome shortcut to fast-switch between IMEs: hold Super and press Space.

gnome menu shortcut to select IMEs

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