Read Japanese READ ME Text Files with Notepad++, Google Translate

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Read Japanese READ ME Text in English!

When using MikuMikuDance and searching the web for MMD info, you often come across Japanese web pages and documents. Now, you can translate Japanese text files into almost English! Using these instructions, you will be able to recover the Translate Japanese into English in just a few easy steps.Japanese text and allow Google Translate to take a shot at the translation. When you do it, you will see that the translation is not perfect … the two languages have a different structure and different subtleties that Google Translate just can’t figure out. The translation is often “pretty good” … allowing you to guess at the true meaning of the written text.

I learned how to do this from the article posted on Following up on those instructions, here is how I have learned to do it …

Translate an entire Japanese Web Page

To translate an entire Japanese web page, go to and set the windows, there, to translate from Japanese into English.

Google Translate takes a stab at showing you Japanese Pages in English!

Now visit your Japanese web page in another window, highlight its web address URL, Copy it (Control c), and paste that URL (Control v) into the “Japanese” window of Google Translate.

Paste the Japanese page's URL into Google Translate, then click the English link.

Click the English link to see the Japanese page in pseudo-English!

Translate READ ME text into English

Per the instructions at, I downloaded Notepad++.

With Notepad++ installed, Open the folder containing your Japanese Read Me file and Drag and Drop that file into the Window of Notepad++. You will see gibberish.

Click the Encoding tab and follow your nose to the Japanese SHIFT-JIS link …

Select Japanese Shift JIS from the Encoding dropdown in Notepad++.

You will get a warning window about “can’t be undone” click “OK”.

You will see the gibberish convert into Japanese or into more gibberish. NOW, select All (Control a), Copy (Control c), and Paste it into the Google Translate Window (Control v).

In the English window of Google Translate, you will see English … or gibberish!

Your text may not translate if you've opened the Japanese Zip file incorrectly!

If Gibberish: A.) copy/pasting your Read Me text may not work. Be sure to drag/drop the file name into the Notepad++ window … or … B.)  Maybe you did not open your downloaded Japanese ZIP file correctly. English language computers usually scramble Japanese-language files and file names … unless you use the proper routine to open Japanese ZIP files.   Go back to your downloaded ZIP file and “unzip it”, again, following those instructions.


It was worth the effort! Google Translate now shows you the Read Me text in English.


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