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I have been able to replicate your problem using the provided shapefile (original). I've opened original.shp in R using both maptools and rgdal and have successfully plotted it. I've also been able to open this unedited file in QGIS 2.8 and ArcMap 10.1. In all cases the Japanese characters in the attribute table displayed correctly. However, when I edited ...


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Recently, i also encounter problems with Chinese character read in dbf file ! Here is the convert tool for shapefile to geojson via web browser without server-side code and supporting non-english encoding, just need to upload the zip file and set the encoding (Shift_JIS) for the correctly display Japanese text. http://gipong.github.io/shp2geojson.js/ It ...


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Using the version 1.2 of H2GIS (java spatial database) here: http://search.maven.org/remotecontent?filepath=org/orbisgis/h2-dist/1.2.0/h2-dist-1.2.0-bin.zip You can load the file into the database using the right encoding. H2GIS is able to find the right encoding in the dbf header, however under windows the encoding name is not supported. Unzip the file. ...


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If you only need to do the job once and there is no need to go to scripting then one simple way is to convert the data with OpenJUMP. Activate the charactes set selection from menu Customize - Options Open your dataset as Shift-JIS Save data back with Save as... and select UTF-8 charset


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To change the strange letters, rightlick on the layer in the table of content, -> Properties, General tab. There you find the Data source encoding combo box. Depending on the source of your data, utf-8, System or some windows codepage will bring you the correct display of the data.


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ogr2ogr man page says that this should work ogr2ogr --config SHAPE_ENCODING Shift_JIS japan_ver72_utf8.shp -lco ENCODING=UTF-8 Have you already tried it ? (Probably needs linux version of ogr2ogr)



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