SOLVED! “Japanese IME Is Not Ready Yet”

The design, functionality and versatility of Windows 10 make it one of the most adaptable operating systems nowadays. Depending on the users, Windows 10 can be used for education, research, desktop publishing and entertainment. Considering the qualities of Windows 10, it’s natural for the operating system to be well-received in multiple countries including Japan. However, many users keep receiving an error message that says Japanese IME is not ready yet while setting up Japanese keyboards in Windows 10.

What Might Have Gone Wrong

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Keyboard Layout

An incorrect keyboard layout would result in all sorts of error messages. Because of that, if you cannot get Japanese IME to work, you should take your keyboard layout into account. 

Default Input Method

A mismatched default input method can cause Windows 10 to display the Japanese IME error message. On the bright side, it takes little time and effort to configure the default input method.

“Japanese IME Is Not Ready Yet”: Recommendations

Set The Japanese IME As Your Default Input Method

First and foremost, you should set the Japanese IME as the default input method for your keyboard. 

  • Step 1: Install the Japanese IME language pack.
  • Step 2: Open Start menu then hit the gear icon to open Settings.
  • Step 3: Choose Time and Language, look to the left and go to Language tab.
  • Step 4: Scroll downwards and select Choose an Input method to use as default.
  • Step 5: Underneath Override for default input method, click the drop-down menu and choose Japanese IME.
  • Step 6: Click Save to apply the changes.
  • Step 7: Restart your computer.

Keyboard Troubleshooter

Keyboard troubleshooter of Windows could address multiple issues including those that plague Japanese IME. To make use of keyboard troubleshooter, you should go through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & security, choose Troubleshoot and pick Additional troubleshooters.
  • Step 3: Run Keyboard troubleshooter and follow the instructions to apply its fix.

Adjust The Language And Input Method

Changing the language and input method can help you type in Japanese and dismiss the “Japanese IME is not ready yet” error message. 

  • Step 1: Press Alt + Shift and switch to Japanese.
  • Step 2: Go to the taskbar and look for the A icon.
  • Step 3: Right-click the A icon then turn on Kana input or enable Katakana/Hiragana.

Change The Keyboard Layout

To type smoothly in Japanese, it is important to adjust the keyboard layout of your computer. 

  • Step 1: Install the Japanese language pack.
  • Step 2: Switch to Japanese.
  • Step 3: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 4: Navigate to Time and language, choose Language, select Japanese and pick Options.
  • Step 5: Choose Change layout.
  • Step 6: Open the drop-down menu and select Japanese.
  • Step 7: Click OK then restart your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does IME mean?

IME stands for Input Method Editor (IME).

How is the IME important in Windows 10?

IME enables the user to change the keyboard from one language to another. IME is accessible through the Taskbar and highlighted by the active, selected language.

Which one is more popular, Katakana or Hiragana?

In standard forms of Japanese typing, Hiragana is more popular. Moreover, Hiragana is also utilized for Furigana, a reading aid that illustrates the pronunciation of Kanji characters.

How can I activate the Japanese IME keyboard?

Open Start menu then go to Settings. Proceed to Time & language and click on it to activate that option. Open up Region & language and choose Add a language. While there, choose 日本語 – Japanese. Afterward, Japanese IME will be visible on the bottom right corner of your taskbar.

Which method is the best for beginners?

The easiest way to begin learning Japanese language typing is to use romaji. As the name suggests, romaji involves writing Japanese phrases using the Roman alphabet.

Tips And Tricks

  • To switch quickly from one language to another on your keyboard, you can use two different shortcuts. One is pressing Alt + Shift and the other is Alt + Tilde (~). The Tilde key is located on the top left corner of your keyboard (below Escape).
  • While typing in Japanese, you may accidentally enter kanji 慎重 instead of 身長. While they both read the same (shinchou), they have different meanings. To correct your work, execute a reconversion. This is a process where the kanji selection list is called back for a word that has already been typed out. To do so, select the accidentally entered word and right-click it. In the drop-down menu, select Reconversion. A list will emerge and you can select the semantically correct Japanese word.
  • Always activate IME when typing in Japanese because it has a built-in functionality that identifies conversions you use often and prioritizes them. It also detects and automates non-standard conversions as well.
  • Inserting mini hiragana characters (あいうえおやゆよつ) is very helpful while typing in Japanese. This can be achieved by prefixing your sound of choice with an L which means little. An example is L + U = ぅ. Keep in mind that this shortcut is only effective in vowel characters such as ya/yu/yo and tsu. These characters are the only ones that can be made small.
  • A quick tip for forcing the N character is by using the apostrophe. For example, you want to type the word 勧誘, which in romaji is kan’yuu. It is wise to insert an apostrophe in the middle of the word. The main purpose of this punctuation is to indicate that this word is read as かん + ゆうand not か + にゅう. By doing so, you can make a distinction while typing in Japanese. Moreover, hitting N twice informs the IME that you intend to use the ん character.

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