Japanese Microsoft IME Japanese input NOT working

It's been like this for 3 or 4 days, not really sure when it turned out to be like this.

Basically, I can still alternate between JP and ENG keyboards (using ALT+SHIFT), but the Japanese keyboard is acting like an English keyboard (the characters I am using right now), beforehand I pressed ctrl+caps to enable the Japanese input, but now it's only enabling/disabling the caps-lock function. It's like my Japanese keyboard is a normal English keyboard, but I know it's changing between keyboards because of some keys that actually are from the Japanese one.

One more thing, I noticed the Language tab is "transparent", it used to display the keyboards before (ENG, PT, JP which are the ones I used) and when I click it, nothing happens.

My windows is updated and already tried reinstalling the Japanese keyboard, nothing worked.

The transparent Language tab: 

A work around that worked for me was also installing the French language. I don't need it, but after I installed the French the Japanese IME started working. I can select Hiragana now. So with EN/FR/JP, it works. 

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Last updated June 27, 2020 Views 16,520 Applies to: