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I am getting a problem with fonts on my machine sometimes showing as Chinese/Japanese characters (I'm not sure which).

This happens in many apps, although the ones where it is easily reproducable include Pages '09 (Mac App Store version):

And in the "Type your password to confirm" dialogue box when installing applications:

I am running OS X 10.7.2 on a 27-inch, Mid 2011 iMac. I do not use any "Font management" apps although I've installed a few fonts from Font Squirrel in the past.

(I could not embed the images because I have no reputation on this site).

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Are you sure you have the proper localization settings? – Vlad Jan 30 '12 at 10:25
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Sometimes this kind of problem can be solved by going to system preferences/language & text/language and using the Edit button to uncheck the box for Japanese, and then restarting.

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Yes, that worked! Thank you. – Shaun Jan 30 '12 at 16:54

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