How to set up a Japanese 108-key keyboard?

Up to now I have used a US keyboard in Windows and Ubuntu and I have used the IME (Microsoft IME on Windows and Mozc on Ubuntu) to input Japanese text.

Now I have a Japanese keyboard with double layout (see picture below) and I can’t get it to use the hiragana inscribed on the keys. Does anybody know how to do this (in Windows or in Ubuntu)? Can it work with my OS language being English?

For windows: If you go to the third option on this site it’ll explain how to set up the physical keyboard. The image below shows how to do it as well, which is just from that site.

Although now that I look at it, I think the first option on that site allows you to switch between an English layout and the Japanese layout, so if that’s what you’re looking for I’d try that.

Hopefully that helps.


Thanks for your answer. Unfortunately I had already done this.

But now it is working after I discovered some IME settings (right-click on the IME symbol in the taskbar to get there).

  1. I had to set “Use Kana input for hardware keyboard”.


  1. There is a bunch of shortcuts to know.
    The most important one is the first one: the key marked 半角・全角 switches between Japanese and alphabetic input.

The next step will be to make it work in Linux.


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