How to Display Japanese Characters in Google Chrome

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How to Display Japanese Characters in Google Chrome
Google Chrome was released atop the open source Chromium browser and modified by Google. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Google Chrome is the open-source Web browser software created and distributed by Google. As with many of Google's products, Chrome was released as a beta, or test-level, product rather than as a finished product. Google is known for doing widespread beta testing with such products as its e-mail client, Gmail or its satellite image viewer Google Earth. Since the beta philosophy has permeated the Google culture, some features may not be ready upon release, such as multi-language support. However, you can add in the ability to display other languages, including Japanese, through the options menu.

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  1. 1

    Open Google Chrome then click on the wrench icon in the upper right hand corner. Click "About Google Chrome" and allow the software to check for an update. Download and install the update. You will need to restart Chrome for the update to take effect. If you don't have Chrome currently installed you can download the most recent version of Google Chrome from

  2. 2

    Open the up-to-date version of Chrome then click the wrench icon and click "Options." Click "Under the Hood" on the left then under the "Web Content" heading click the "Languages and Spellchecker" button.

  3. 3

    Click the "Add" button then scroll down to "Japanese" and select it then click "OK." Open a new tab and browse to: to view the Japanese version of Google and test the Japanese language installation.

Tips and warnings

  • Note, this will allow Google Chrome to display Japanese characters, but does not affect the characters your computer will type. That setting is determined by your computer's operating system.

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