Japanese characters in attribut table not showing properly?

Discussion created by ryukyutwo on Jan 20, 2011
Latest reply on Jan 20, 2011 by ryukyutwo
Not sure where the problem lays,

but much of the GIS datasets on the Japanese government's website are XML data.  They offer a program called KSJTool that converts the XML data into shapefiles that can be used for ArcGIS.

the problem is that when I load it in ArcMAP (Arcgis 9.2), the attribute table has (???) in places where there is normally a Japanese character.  for example Tokyo would have two ??.

now I'm trying to figure out if arcMap/arcgis desktop cannot read the japanese characters, and if so, how to make it readable.


if KSJtool screwed it up?