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>  Another issue is the parser - it's not designed to handle
>  Unicode files, so your source files would have to be in ASCII.
>  [...]
>  But with Japanese text stored as UTF8 in the file. The Lua parser
>  dies on the assignment statement.

"Dies"? Or do you mean syntax error?

Lua will not recognize "$B7zC[(J" as a valid identifier, but the `print(
"$B7zC[(J" )' should work. The main point is to handle Unicode data, not
Unicode identifiers.

-- Roberto