Why Does Google Think I’m Japanese?

Oh Google, master of the universe, why do you puzzle me so? I am but a middle-aged boy from Connecticut who speaks English and English only. Yet my Gmail account, often as not, displays ads in Japanese.

“Ads are selected for relevance and served by Google computers using the same contextual advertising technology that powers our AdSense program. This technology enables Google to target dynamically changing content such as email or daily news stories.”

google-thinks-I'm-Japanese.jpgGotcha–but I still don’t speak Japanese.

This has been going on for a while. Maybe they’ve heard of my fascination with Asian women and decided to do me one better. Nah. Probably not.

If you can figure out why Google thinks I’m turning Japanese, I’m really turning Jpaanese, they really think so, would you let me know?

7 Responses to “Why Does Google Think I’m Japanese?”

  1. John says:

    I’ve also noticed that sometimes the Firefox Tab in the taskbar at the bottom of the page is also in Japanese. This happens even if I’m not in gmail.

  2. dave says:


    You are not alone, in having incorrect language ads.


  3. Mike says:

    Here’s another strange one… I continue to get Arabic and Middle Eastern based ads on Facebook and some other sites that have Google ads since my trip to Dubai. I understood when I was over there that the ads were a result of my ISP location but I still find it funny that it serves them up even though I am firmly planted in Connecticut. Perhaps there are some type of cookies that relate location, etc. back to Google? Who knows. -Mike

  4. Rajesh Khilari says:

    My google web search, gmail, blog and everything that is related to google continues to display ads and info in Japanese when I don’t read or understand that language. I have done and re-done the settings. But it appears as if google is hell bent upon teaching me Japanese.

  5. My computer at work (suburb of Milwaukee, WI) always thinks I’m in Manchester, CT.

    I’ve changed it a couple of times but it always reverts back to Manchester…???

  6. Jake says:

    my google is exactly like that except its full japanese not just the adds

  7. Candace says:

    That page will show you how to fix it. And the Settings is 設定 in japanese in case you can’t read which one to click on the Gear menu in the top right corner…

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