enabling Japanese (a mere draft)

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http://crunchbanglinux.org – I need the ability to input Japanese, and so do a hundred million or so Japanese people. Getting a keyboard with a mere hundred keys to produce stuff like 魑魅魍魎 is not a simple task, and there are competing software packages that offer to do the job. The wiki of this site has a well-intentioned page on this, "HOWTO Configure IBus-anthy or Scim-anthy to enable Japanese input", but although this bills itself as "a very basic guide to setting up Japanese input on Crunchbang", it's alarmingly and I think unnecessarily complex, not least because it starts by talking (HowTos)