Re: Japan opposes any proposals with 填NICODE is the only

From: Martin J. Duerst (
Date: Sun Apr 30 2000 - 02:16:09 EDT

It's getting easier to use "Unicode" in Japan. But it's not easy yet.
And just replacing it with JIS 221 may help in some cases, but may
make things worse in other cases.

Regards, Martin.

At 00/04/26 23:56 -0800, Markus Kuhn wrote:
>Gunther Schadow wrote on 2000-04-26 17:09 UTC:
> > - The representative from Japan, leader of both HL7 Japan and the=20
> > ISO TC215 delegation made a presentation that included the following
> > statement at the end:
> >
> > Japan opposes any proposals with 'UNICODE is the only way'.
>It is actually all very simple:
>For some obscure historical reasons and misunderstandings, "Unicode" is
>a taboo word in Japan. Simply replace in everything you say to Japanese
>people the word "Unicode" by "JIS X 0221", and your problem is solved.
>The two are technically the same, but the later is a Japanese National
>Standard and therefore it is the only politically correct way of talking
>to Japanese geeks about character sets.
>Try it, you will definitely be surprised how good this works ... !
>Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
>Email: mkuhn at, WWW: <>

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