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Do you also declare the character set, by using the Content-Type meta tag? You should do this. If you have not done this, then maybe Google is not seeing the content in the way that it should?
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="ja">
There are specific encodings for Chinese, Chinese traditional, Chinese simplifed, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and many others.
There can be problems with character support within some browsers. Mozilla seems to come with good support in the basic installed version.
UTF-8 will be the best long term solution, but still a little while away from that being completely universal. May that day come a little sooner.
Supporting links from one web page with one encoding to another web page using another encoding for the filename can sometimes cause problems.