Similar products exited for Windows 3.x, too, I think. Like "Win/V", which is a pun on DOS/V. Demo here.
Anyway, that's likely not what the OP wants to know.
Rather, the reverse -> An English version of Windows that runs on PC98, but also can display Kanji etc.
The closest thing that comes to mind is a such version of Windows 3.1.
It's listed at WinWorldPC, I think. It's called "Windows 3.1 [English w. Japanese Support]".
Can't provide a link, unfortunately. Also it's not for PC98 - merely for bog standard PC/ATs (called DOS/V PCs in Japan).
However: The fact that such a version exists, at all, makes it possible that PC98 had gotten, at some point, such a version, too. Albeit being very rare/obscure.
Maybe it was especially made for foreigners working in Japan on PC-98 machines. Ambassadors, US american co-workers in big companies or researchers etc. Who knows ?
Also interesting, perhaps:
"NEC PC-98 computers run MS-DOS. This is not the same MS-DOS as on American computers;
this version of DOS only works with PC-98. Various versions of MS-DOS exist for PC-98,
but when buying a PC-98, MS-DOS 3, 5, and 6.2 are the options you will likely be choosing from.
Old PC-9801 games usually have issues with anything newer than MS-DOS 3.3.
Many early PC-t98 games do not need DOS; they “self boot” similar to the IBM “PC-Booter” games.
Generally, unless you are buying a PC-9801, you probably should go after MS-DOS 5.0 or MS-DOS 6.2.
These two OS work with nearly all PC-98 DOS games, and are usually already installed on the HDD,
if the computer includes one. MS-DOS 5 and 6.2 are available on 3 1/2 floppy disks.
Windows also exists on PC-98, but unless it is Windows 3.1 (which includes DOS 5),
AVOID WINDOWS AT ALL COSTS. NEC Windows 95 and NEC Windows 98 have issues running many PC-98 DOS games,
and often have driver-related issues. Windows 2000 on PC-98, the last version of Windows available on PC-98,
will not run PC-98 games at all (NT Kernel issues).
All PC-9821 and some PC-9801 have the PC-8801‘s Operating System, N88-BASIC, built-in.
This OS is practically useless for DOS games, but it has a variety of other functions.
FreeDOS(98), FreeBSD(98), and Linux for PC-9821 all exist for the PC-98. FreeDOS(98) has been confirmed
to run Corpse Party and Lotus Land Story by me, 98digger, but for unknown reasons (that are probably specific to my setup)
I am having issues running anything else. Please check the “Projects” section on the r/pc98 wiki for more information."
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/pc98/wiki/guides/buy … uideby98digger/
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