WordPress’ free hosted service “WordPress.com” is now available in Japanese interface.
When I started translating strings on translate.wordpress.com a while ago, I thought it’s a pretty cool system to get people involved in translation. It was only recently that I was able to spend more time at it – but once I got going, I did 1000’s in a few days, i was pretty busy!
After the number of translated strings reached above Italian (which already has localized interface), I contacted the support team. The process of actually getting the Japanese site up was pretty quick and smooth – pretty impressive.
Once you are logged in, you can chose your blog’s language through Options » Languages menu. Make sure to pick the one that matches with the language you use to write your blog entries.
This is only a first step for promoting WordPress.com to Japanese users. But it’s also a pretty big step toward getting people more interested in both WordPress.org/WordPress.com. The team & community’s effort toward intarnationalization/localiazation is one of the biggest reasons why I keep using their product. Good job and thank you to all who made this happen!