Documentation says utf-8 unicode is the default settings on Linux. Our MySQL server has default server and database character set settings set to UTF-8 Unicode and collation set to utf8-unicode-ci.
Whenever we try to insert records that contain Japanese characters they are displayed as boxes. For example, trying to insert this ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ in a query shows up as rectangular boxes.
Russian and Polish character are displayed correctly. If the default character set is UTF-8 why isn't MySQL displaying the characters properly? In the knowledge base we see where using a SET statement helped some people. However, that hasn't helped us. Any suggestion will be appreciated.