Understanding Japanese Information Processing, by Ken Lunde,
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. (1993). Provides a good overview of
character encoding issues, with particular emphasis on the problems of
The Unicode Standard, Worldwide Character Encoding, Version 2.0
(1996). Complete description of the Unicode character set, with a CD-ROM
illustrating all the defined characters. Not exactly fireside reading, but
very useful for practical work.