[OS X TeX] bibtex and Japanese (or Chinese)

Jonathan Lewis jonathan_lewis at mac.com
Tue Nov 13 19:31:16 EST 2007

Dear Alex,

It goes without saying that you're more likely to find answers to  
these questions written in Japanese than in English :-)

I haven't tried this myself but the following page offers basic  
advice about Japanese in bibtex:


As far as sorting names is concerned, as with any other database of  
Japanese personal names, you create a field with the kana version of  
the name and sort on that.

As regards the order of name/surname, they enter names in the  
following format:

奥野 正寛 and 鈴村 興太郎

So no automatic ordering of name/surname takes place.

Jonathan Lewis
Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

> That's what it seems I'll have to do, though I don't know if I'll  
> be easily able to modify it to recognize Japanese names to  
> correctly order last names. That's also why I was hoping there was  
> a package for this.
> Googling again now, it seems biblatex might be a good package to  
> attempt this with, seeing as jurabib only got close to Chicago  
> format. Though the prospect of writing the format from scratch is  
> somewhat unsettling.
> Best,
> Alex
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