HOWTO Install Japanese Input on Debian Sarge (using SCIM)

This article was first written in December 2005 for the BeezNest technical
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This article explains how to install the SCIM (Simplified Chinese Input Method) together with enough Japanese resources to enable Japanese input on your desktop (GNOME 2 in this case). SCIM is a software that can run as a daemon in order to enable special, on the fly, character substitution while you type something on a normal keyboard.