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Is it possible to write Japanese Characters without environment? LaTeX is very popular in Japan, so I don't believe that Japanese always use environments for writing on their native language.

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Please see: Change XeTeX fonts automatically depending on Unicode blocks for typesetting CJK characters without special environments using Xe(La)TeX. –  hakaze Nov 21 '12 at 10:13
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There is pTeX (with pLaTeX) that was specially developed for Japanese, so this is what the Japanese generally use. It has been recently supplemented by UpTeX, that supports Unicode fonts. –  egreg Nov 21 '12 at 10:16
    
Phew! I was just about to submit a question for this, but luckily it popped up after I wrote about 99%. –  Trevor Alexander Jan 14 at 9:09

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you can use xelatex (documentation) or uplatex (documentation)

both can handle OpenType fonts. for uplatex you have to run the sequence uplatex->dvipdfmx

an example with uplatex

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