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The Apple Japanese Language Kit contains everything you need to easily add Japanese to your documents. The kit can be used with your Apple Macintosh computer to run Japanese applications and include Japanese text in letters, presentations, and reports. You can even work with files created using KanjiTalk, Apple’s Japanese version of the Macintosh operating system.

Whether you’re a desktop publisher or business professional, you can use the Language Kit to create materials such as brochures, posters, business cards, presentations, and restaurant menus in Japanese. Students and teachers can use it to run interactive Japanese-language programs and produce compelling term papers in Japanese. Although the Japanese Language Kit does not translate text, it does let you easily input, edit, and print in Japanese.

The Japanese Language Kit works as an extension to Mac OS software version 7.1 or later. It also allows you to run Japanese applications. Because the Language Kit uses the operating system you already have, there is no need to store an additional system on your hard disk. The Japanese Language Kit also contains Kotoeri, the same easy-to-use input method that is included with KanjiTalk.

Almost every major software program has a version that has been localized for Japanese. All you need to run them is the Japanese Language Kit and System 7.1 or later. You can even use nonlocalized programs that take advantage of WorldScript, such as Nisus Writer, WordPerfect, and WorldWrite. WorldScript simplifies the way in which a single operating system can support multiple languages.

The Japanese Language Kit comes with three Kanji TrueType fonts, that produce high-quality output from any Macintosh compatible printer. Documentation is provided in both Japanese and English, and you can type using either the roman or the kana keyboard layout. These features make the Language Kit easy to use whether you’re a native speaker or just learning Japanese.



  • Create documents and presentations in both Japanese and English, or Japanese and other languages supported by your system
  • Produce promotional materials, foreign- language textbooks, bilingual educational materials, and more
  • Insert Japanese text into letters, presentations, spreadsheets, and other documents
  • Boost language learning by using inter- active practice drills and other learning tools

Ease of use

  • Installs quickly and easily
  • Easily create, edit, and print Japanese
  • Comes with an input guide that includes instructions in Japanese and English


  • Runs applications that have been localized for Japanese, including WordPerfect, Aldus Persuasion, FileMaker Pro, and Lotus 1-2-3
  • Recommended for all QuickDraw printers; also works with PostScript-compatible printers
  • Runs on all Macintosh compatibles; 68020, 68030, and 68040 processor–based computers; and Power Macintosh computers


  • Comes with three Kanji TrueType fonts: HonMincho, MaruGothic, and Osaka
  • Lets you display, edit, and print files created using KanjiTalk, the Japanese version of the Macintosh operating system

Technical Specifications

Compatible applications

  • The Japanese Language Kit can be used with a variety of applications localized for Japanese. They include:
    • Acta 7 J
    • Canvas J
    • ClarisImpact J
    • ClarisWorks J
    • Director J
    • Eg Word J
    • FileMaker Pro J
    • FreeHand J
    • GreatWorks J
    • HyperCard J
    • Illustrator J
    • Lotus 1-2-3 J
    • MacDraw Pro J
    • MacWord J
    • MacWrite II J
    • PageMaker J
    • Persuasion J
    • Photoshop J
    • Premiere J
    • QuarkXPress J
    • SoundEdit J
    • SuperPaint J
    • WordPerfect J
  • The Japanese Language Kit can be used with many nonlocalized programs that employ Apple WorldScript software technology. These programs include:
    • AllPage
    • AllScript
    • Logo Vista E to J
    • Nisus Writer
    • WinText
    • WorldWrite
    • WordPerfect

Note: Apple has tested a limited number of applications; these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Many nonlocalized applications that do not employ WorldScript software technology may provide limited functionality and allow input of Japanese characters.

Printer support

  • Recommended: QuickDraw printers, including the Apple StyleWriter line, the Apple Personal LaserWriter line, and the ImageWriter line
  • PostScript-compatible printers, including Personal LaserWriter printers (although PostScript printers can produce Japanese, performance may vary)

System requirements

  • Apple Macintosh computer with at least 5MB of RAM (8MB recommended for multiple applications)
  • Hard disk with approximately 30MB of RAM available
  • Apple SuperDrive floppy disk drive or CD
  • Apple Macintosh System 7.1 or later
  • An application that is localized for Japanese or that uses WorldScript software technology

See Also