STARS:Word Processing for the Japanese Language


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Toshiba introduced the JW-10 word processor for the Japanese language in 1978. Based on a 1967 proposal by Toshihiko Kurihara, it provided methods for converting kana to kanji, and the Roman alphabet to kana and kanji. These word-processing technologies were rapidly adopted throughout Japan. People preferred kana input initially, but Roman alphabet input gained in popularity as personal computers replaced word processors. Japanese-language word processing was subsequently applied to the Internet and cell phones, where it revolutionized communications and the availability of information. It contributed to economic growth, cultural change, and enhanced living standards throughout Japan.




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