How to Display Japanese Characters in Google Chrome


The Google Chrome Web browser is fully compatible with a broad range of languages in addition to its default, English. Japanese is one of the many languages you can use. Once you switch to it, Chrome's interface text will be displayed in Japanese characters and you can even tell Chrome to prompt to translate Web pages to Japanese. If at any time you want to switch back to English or another language, all you need to do is repeat the process.

  • Open Google Chrome and click the Chrome menu button on the right side of the address bar.

  • Click "Settings" in the menu, scroll to the bottom of the page and then click the "Show advanced settings" link. The page expands.

  • Click the "Languages and input settings…" button in the "Languages" section of the page and then click the "Add" button in the left pane.

  • Click the "Language" drop-down list to expand it and then select "Japanese." Click the "OK" button.

  • Click "Japanese" in the left pane and then click the "Display Google Chrome in this language" button in the right pane. If you want Chrome to prompt to translate pages, check the checkbox below.

  • Click the "Done" button and close Chrome. Start Chrome again; it now displays characters in Japanese.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you accidentally switch Chrome to a language you don't understand and you can't seem to get it back to the Language and Input Settings page, type "chrome://settings/languages" in the address bar, click the top option in the left pane (the top option is always English), click the button in the right pane and then restart Chrome.
  • Information in this article applies to Google Chrome 37. It may vary slightly or significantly in other versions.

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