Data: Japanese Fonts Environment Phototypesetting systems and font makers. Syaken Morisawa Ryobi Font makers. Dai Nippon Screen Font Works Ricoh ---> TrueType fonts (MS-mincho, MS-gothic; used in Japanese MS-Windows) (some further companies also make Japanese PS fonts, e.g. URW from Germany) Printing companies. Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) Tokyo Syoseki Printing Toppan Printing (these are only the biggest companies; many further printing companies are active in Japan) (Ref: `Dai' means `Big'. `Nippon' means `Japan'. `Syoseki' means `books'. Ricoh is not only a font maker.) 1. Syaken Co is the most famous and biggest company dealing with phototypesetting systems and fonts in Japan. 2. Syaken does not make PostScript Fonts. Their fonts are used only on Syaken's special phototypesetting machines which many printing companies use. 3. Morisawa made Postscript Fonts in cooperation with Adobe Inc. It is famous that their fonts have strong software copy protection. 4. There are inexpensive PS fonts called `HEISEI Mincho' and `HEISEI Gothic' made by the Nippon standard association (I don't know the exact English name of this association). These fonts are not so beautiful as Morisawa's PS fonts but cheaper. 5. In former times pure PostScript printers only had Morisawa's PS fonts as builtin fonts. Now there are also pure PS printers that use builtin Heisei fonts. 6. The dvi2ps program outputs Morisawa's font metrics. This document contains no information about the relation about ASCII Nihongo TeX and Syaken's phototypesetting machines. Version 1.0B4 (1996/02/09) written by email@example.com
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