Japanese Input on Linux Mint 14 Nadia (MATE)

December 10th, 2012

This tutorial will show you how to install Japanese input IME (日本語入力方法) in Linux Mint 14 under the MATE desktop environment. Japanese IME is required to be able to type in Japanese. It is pretty easy to get working, so let’s start.

Click on the Mint Menu and select System → Software Manager.

In the Enter your password to perform administrative tasks dialog box, enter your system password and press OK.

In the Software Manager, search for ibus.

Select ibus by double clicking it.

Click Install.

Software Manager will now download and install IBus in the background.

While IBus is installing, search for anthy.

Select ibus-anthy by double clicking it and click Install.

Software Manager will now download and install ibus-anthy in the background.

When the activity bar on the bottom shows 0 ongoing actions, installation is complete.

Close Software Manager.

From the Mint Menu, select to System → Control Center.

Open Language Support.

If you get the dialog box that says The language support is not installed completely, select Install to install them now.

Note: You may get an error when trying to Install at this point. Continue on anyways, as it seems like a bug in Mint and still lets you install Japanese input method.

In the Authenticate dialog box, enter your system password and press Authenticate.

On the Language Support screen, select Install / Remove Languages….

Scroll down and check Japanese, and then press Apply Changes.

The Applying changes popup screen will display. Wait for it to finish applying changes. It may take a few minutes.

On the Language Support screen, press the Keyboard input method system: drop down and select ibus.

Then press Close.

On the Control Center screen, scroll down and select Other → Keyboard Input Methods.

You may get a popup dialog box that says Keyboard Input Methods (IBus Daemon has not been started. Do you want to start it now? Select Yes to start IBus.

The IBus daemon is now started and the IBus preferences screen will now display.

On the IBus Preferences screen, go to the Input Method tab.

Select the Customize active input methods check box.

Press the Select an input method dropdown and select JapaneseAnthy.

Press Add on the IBus Preferences screen to add the Anthy Japanese input method.

Press Close to exit the IBus Preferences screen.

You should now have a keyboard input method icon displayed in the bottom panel.

Open a text application like Text Editor.

Click the keyboard icon and select Japanese – Anthy.

The IBus keyboard icon should have changed to the Anthy Aち icon. If it does not show up, log out and log back in. It should now show up. I recommend logging out and logging back in just to make sure it starts properly. It may show up but give you a No Input Window error if it doesn’t start up properly. You can also try to restart Ibus from this menu.

Anthy is now activated. To toggle between English and Japanese input, press Control + Space Bar. The IBus icon will now change to the Anthy Aち icon, indicating that you can type in Japanese.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can type in 日本語.

Note: Sometimes the input method reverts back to English if you are changing back and forth between windows and applications. Just press Control + Space Bar to toggle back to Anthy if this happens.

8 Responses to “Japanese Input on Linux Mint 14 Nadia (MATE)”

  1. Xmodulo says:

    Very good tips. Thanks for sharing it.
    Any way to change the shortcut key?

  2. Aoi says:

    Thank you so much. =)
    I used to put ibus on ubuntu but didn’t remember all these steps. You also made me install the entire language support for french, which is kinda usefull. One more time thanks a lot. =D

  3. Max says:

    Thank you very much for the step-by-step breakdown with images. You made the process very painless… perfect since it’s first thing in the morning!

  4. Kwisatz says:

    Great tutorial, and the kanji selection is very good too.

  5. Owen says:

    Great site, great tutorial.
    Have a different but related question: how to install mint as Japanese system in a multi user / multi language environment?

    I share a PC with my GF, and she wants to use menus etc in Japanese.

    I’ve localized it and set up several different users (1 English admin, 1 J admin, 1 English guest, 1 J guest.) and set each one to use theier respective language in the user accounts section. I can type Japanese no problem in my English account.

    But when I boot up or switch users, Mint (14 Nadia btw) always goes to English. I choose japaneseguest for example, and it goes nto an English system even tho the account is set for Japanese. I even moved Japanese to the top of the language preferences list. I can switch languages at the login window, get Japanese menus, it will boot into a slightly Japanese environment. Files like “documents” are in katakana but many other parts of the system are in English. And even that is flaky. One more reboot seems to fix it, but then the next time I have to go thru the whole process again.

    It’s hard to put all of this in detail, but in short, I have to tell it each time what language to boot into, and even then it doens’t always work properly. I’m sure there is somethng I’m missing — I just want my PC -phobic GF or guest to be able to select japaneseguest at the login window, type the password and get a Japanese environment.

    Lookd around onnet, hard to get info.

  6. ChibiPad says:

    Hello I have a problem on Qiana (MATE environment)

    I never get the keyboard input method icon displayed in the panel…

    What should I do?

    (sorry for my poor english level, I am heavily englished-handicapped: I am French ;p )

  7. linux vps says:

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  8. Rukhsana says:

    Spaleta: Thanks to you I’ve been able to get deeper it seems the GTK3 theme I use (an olsidh copy of Adwaitha) to supplement the GTK2 one is triggering a bug in Adwaitha gtk3 engine, I don’t know where though, but at least I can print and use gucharmap and gedit again.

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