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Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:00 am
by jaystarkey
I'm new to languages and after searching the forums for a few hours without resolution, decided to post here.

I'm highly motivated to switch from phpnuke to Joomla because my site was recently hacked and I really want to make the switch.  The site has both Japanese and English.  phpnuke was nice because you could specify which articles would show up in Japanese, Englsih, or both.  Anyhow, I think Joomla is a much better alternative.  I've installed 1.5 (most recent nightly build) in anticipation of the move to it when it is official and more stable in the future.

How can I set up Japanese in Joomla 1.5?  Is there already a language pack available?  Can't wait to see how this multilingual thing works.

Thank you!

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:04 am
by itochan
There are many changes between original and Japanese version.
When you use original with Japanese language pack, probably you will see many garbled characters in your site.
So please use JP version.

You can download Joomla! 1.0.9 JP at Joomla! Japan
( We have not yet Joomla! 1.0.10 JP )

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:13 am
by jaystarkey
I actually ended up using Joomla 1.0.10 English w/ Japanese language pack (EUC) and Joomfish.  That seems to be working.  I'm afraid of the admin panel in Japanese since I can't read Japanese all that well.  The problem is that any english on the site is converted to various kanji if it has apostrophes in it.  Will English show up OK if I use the Japanese joomla?  What exactly is the difference between the two?

Can I use Joomfish with the Japanese version?


Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:40 am
by winmonaye
Are you having any issue with your Joomla Fish or translation? 文字化け?
I have Joomla 1.0.13 and Joomla Fish 1.8. I am having issue after I saved translation, the translation in Japanese character get broken.
I've attached the image, Please someone help.
Other than that, everything looks great and appreciate everybody hard work.

Anywhere, I want to know the differences between Japanese version and English version too. Can someone Answer?

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:56 am
by tidehawk
I have also been looking for a Japanese Language pack for Joomla 1.5 (I'm also looking to swtich my Japanese/English site from Postnuke)

I was looking into the Joomla 1.5/Jfusion/PhpBB3 combo - as I use phpbb2 with my Postnuke site

Today in my search I come upon this:

It seems as though this is an English version of 1.5 yet it seems to have Japanese installed, not only for Joomla 1.5 but for phpbb3!

How is this possible?

There is no author/credit as to who did this on the site.... can anyone help me out?



Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:30 pm
by winmonaye
I don't know about PHPBB3 but you can download Japanese language pack for 1.5 from following.
Its full 1.5 not just language file, but I am sure you will find what you need from there... I haven't try it yet.. ...

There is language package you can download from following:,

I believe its for 1.5 , again I haven't try it yet..

And people who are using Joomla 1.X and if you are translating using Joomla Fish, you will need to change character in MySql to utf. Otherwise you will have garble character in database but not in frontsite though.

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:02 am
by GrouchyGaijin
Hi all,

I'm having Japanese trouble too.
I'm running Joomla 1.5.8
Before I installed anything special I have been able to add some Japanese to my site. I can add Japanese to information about content

( ... twins13mos)

However when I try to enter Japanese in an article I get ??? where Japanese should be. How do I change or add support for another character set?

I installed both and
I can change the back end and front end languages for users to Japanese, however if I do and set the back end language to Japanese the control panel changes to Japanese while even if I change the front end language to Japanese I still see ??? instead of text.

I'm really confused as to why some Japanese text is displayed while other Japanese text is not displayed.

but I can't add Japanese to articles.

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:09 am
by How2getdotnet
I get an error while trying to install "ja-JP_Joomla_1.5.8_site"... (perhaps because I have the 1.5.9 version of Joomla!?)

The error-message I get is:

JInstaller::install: File '/customers/[WEBSITENAME]/httpd.www/[DIRECTORY]/tmp/install_498138dbc5dd5/ja-JP_Joomla_1.5.8_site/ja-JP.com_menus.ini' does not exist.

Any suggestions as to what I can do?

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:02 am
by toshiki
> The error-message I get is:
> JInstaller::install: File '/customers/[WEBSITENAME]/httpd.www/[DIRECTORY]/tmp/install_498138dbc5dd5/ja-JP_Joomla_1.5.8_site/ja-JP.com_menus.ini' does not exist.
> Any suggestions as to what I can do?

Remove a line which contains 'ja-JP.com_menus.ini' from install.xml in your ja-JP_Joomla_1.5.8_site kit and it will be installed successfully.


Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:02 am
by How2getdotnet
Thank you VERY much Toshiki! :D
It worked like a charm...

- Sassi

Re:(日本語) Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:50 am
by cgilldesign
Here's the link for the Japanese (日本語) language packs, both Admin and Site side. Maybe save someone some time searching :eek: : ... ge%20Packs

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:01 am
by timtecsa
I assume the Japanese (日本語) language packs downloads are for Joomla itself. Is there a Joomfish version? I understand that both Joomla and Joomfish language extensions are required to use Joomfish. I don't see any Joomfish for Japanese on the Joomfish site.

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:37 pm
by cgilldesign
Here is the JoomFish Japanese (日本語) ver 2.0.2: ... er202.html

On the profile, there will be a button that has "ダウンロド" written in it, for those who can't read Japanese that's the button you want to click to start the download. You may find it easier to just slap the URL into google and have the page translated to your language or the page may show up in your region for all I know, I'm in Tokyo so I'm stuck with Japanese...... :D

Hope that helps....

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:12 am
by timtecsa
Thanks cgilldesign. I'll give a try when I'm more awake:-) Tim

OK, I tried to install the file "" but I get "Error! Could not find an XML setup file in the package." message. On the site I'm just beginning to set up I've noticed that although I have managed to post an article in 4 languages in addition to default of English, the SEO URL for Japanese is odd. Is this because of the missing JA Joomfish file? See below: ... ution.html ... ution.html

Note that the category (finishing) is replaced by "-or-". Maybe another problem?

Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:25 am
by cgilldesign
Not really sure what that "-or-" replacement is all about... for SEO purposes, it shouldn't be any problem though.

As for the XML Error: Lack of a XML file and the disorganization of the zip is the problem. Here's the fix and I'm also going to upload the file:

1.) Download another Language Pack from Joomfish. Choose the English pack which is located here: ...
2.) Next, create a new folder with the name "joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2".
3.) Inside the new joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2 folder, create two new folders called "admin" and "site".
4.) Open the English language Pack and copy the "install.xml" file, then paste that bad-boy into your new joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2 file. You can close the English file after that. :eek:
5.) Now we have to head back to the original joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2 file you downloaded yesterday at: ... er202.html. Take all the text files from the "administration" file and put them into the "admin" folder of your new joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2 file. There should be 13 text files inside. Path:\administration\language\ja-JP. Do the same with the "site" folder by copying the text files from the /languages/ja-JP, there should only be 2 files inside.
6.) Almost there.... open the "install.xml" you pasted in the new joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2 folder with your favorite text editor. You need to change the following:
<name>English</name> to <name>Japanese</name>
<tag>en-GB</tag> to <tag>ja-JP</tag>
under the <files folder="admin"> and <file folder="site"> tags, there is a bunch of lines that kind of look like this: <filename>en-GB.com_joomfish.ini</filename>
All we need to change now is that "en-GB" part to "ja-JP" on ever filename and save it.
7.) Lastly, take your newly created joomfish_lang_ja_2.0.2 file and create a zip file out of it. Now your ready to install it through your admin panel on Joomla!

This can work for any language as long as you have all the text file translations.....

I'm going to get in contact with the person who created the original Japanese LangPack to add this file to their downloads section instead of the one they had. Then we should be able to get it posted on the Joomfish language extensions. Hope that helps and sorry for the length of the post.


Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:06 pm
by timtecsa
Thanks Chad, That works fine. BTW the "official" German Joomla translations site is a wonder to behold. Try finding just the translation files:-)

Thanks again,


Re: Japanese Language for Joomla 1.5

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:22 pm
by tandali
I have an old site with Joomla and I'll fix it in the first issue. It was easy to access and I am happy. Thank you for sharing this story.