I am using Oracle 8 database .My application is in Java and it uses JDBC thin driver(classes12_01.zip) for database connectivity. Oracle 8 Server is installed on Japanese O.S . One of the tables contain japanese special characters. However when the program tries to fetch these characters using select query, following characters are getting garbled. '㌔㌘㍑㍉㌢㍍' , ①Ⅰⅰ However if same table is in Oracle 8i then all the characters are getting retrieved properly. Can anybody please guide me on above matter?