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1310330 - Japanese text displays as strange characters when exporting a report to PDF format from Crystal Reports


  • Japanese characters display as strange characters in PDF document
  • When exporting a report that contains Japanese characters from Crystal Reports to PDF format, the generated PDF document displays incorrect characters.


  • Crystal Reports 8.5

Reproducing the Issue

  1. In Crystal Reports, open a report containing Japanese characters.
  2. Export the report to PDF format.
  3. When opening the generated PDF document, notice it displays strange characters instead of Japanese characters.


  • The PDF exporting driver in Crystal Reports 8.5 only supports latin character set.


  • Export the report to PDF format in Crystal Reports 9 or above, as the PDF exporting driver has been updated to support unicode characters, which by consequant support Japanese characters.


CR, Crystal Reports 8.5, CR 8.5 , KBA , BI-RA-CR , Crystal Reports designer or Business View Manager , Problem


SAP Crystal Reports 8.5