For some reason I can't seem to use the Microsoft Japanese IME in Emacs, even though I can apparently use the Microsoft Chinese IME to input Chinese without problems. Even if I've switched to the Japanese IME, only English is entered, and I cannot change the input mode to Hiragana or Katakana. The only way to input Japanese seems to be to use the built-in Japanese input method in Emacs, which is much more inconvenient. Is there anybody who successfully managed to use external Japanese input methods in Windows Emacs?

I know that under Linux you must set LC_CTYPE to a CJK language in order to input such languages in Emacs. But since I can input Chinese just fine here, I don't think that's the problem.

The Emacs version I'm using comes from https://sourceforge.net/projects/emacsbinw64/

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Seems that if I go into Emacs with the Japanese IME already activated, the problem is fixed. I can use the shortcut for switching Kana/Romaji input as well, even though the IME icon in the status bar doesn't work.

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