I wanted to install the Japanese language on my ubuntu 16.04, but following some tutorials, I realized that it was not present in the language-support panel, in install/remove languages. In almost every discussion I have seen on this topic, people could choose a wide variety of languages, but I can only choose between French or English. The only person with the same problem magically solved it with a apt-get update, but it didn't work for me. Here is a picture.

Install/Remove language menu

What can I do ?

My ultimate goal is to be able to type japanese like in windows (typing in romanji, which converts into kana and kanjis), and I found tutorials but it requires the support of the japanese language.

Thanks !

  • sudo apt update by itself solves nothing because it does nothing else than checking the repositories for newer versions of installed packages. Follow it by sudo apt full-upgrade and it may work because the second command is what downloads and installs the updates you need. – user692175 Nov 2 '17 at 2:00
  • If what @MichaelBay suggested does not help, can you please start Language Support from terminal with the command gnome-language-selector. Then click the Install / Remove Languages... button, and let us know any messages which show up in terminal. Copy the output and paste it into your question (by editing it). – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Nov 2 '17 at 2:06
  • I did the full-upgrade, and it didn't change anything. No message appears in terminal when I click the Install/Remove Languages button. – Pietrovosky Nov 2 '17 at 3:01
  • Do you have a working Internet connection? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Nov 2 '17 at 4:22
  • Yes I do, it's perfectly working. – Pietrovosky Nov 2 '17 at 4:47

I have no idea why the not installed languages don't show up in that list.

But these are some steps to let you type Japanese anyway:

  • Install Fcitx

    sudo apt install fcitx
  • Install a Japanase input method engine

    sudo apt install fcitx-mozc
  • Make Fcitx the input method framework

    im-config -n fcitx
  • Reboot

  • Go to System Settings -> Text Entry and add Mozc to the input sources

  • Sorry for the late response. I think I may have a problem with my packages because i get an error message, saying that there is no version that can be installed. Mozc cannot be found either... – Pietrovosky Nov 6 '17 at 0:18
  • @Pietrovosky: If you need help to sort out that package issue, I'd suggest that you ask a new question, where you provide as much details as you can about the problem. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Nov 6 '17 at 0:37
  • OK, I tried few things first, and magically... it worked, even though I don't know why. I have downloaded the fcitx and fticx-mozc packages from a website and tried to install them. I got an error message concernings missing librairies, but they were recognized anyway, but still did not work. My package manager (I think) said that the packages were corrupted, and I needed to do apt-get -f install. I did that, which removed the two packages. Next thing, I launch the language support window, it proposes an update, and magically all languages appear now. Thanks to everyone for their help ! – Pietrovosky Nov 6 '17 at 5:42

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