I got a JAP Wii when I was in Hong Kong in February this year - it was chipped (not sure which chip) but it worked well and for the price I got it at you couldn't really complain! lol!.. the one thing that bugged me though was the fact that I couldn't read Japanese! so after browsing this forum, I eventually found a solution and installed the Homebrew Channel and then used AnyRegion Changer v1.1 - which worked great!! I also Everything is in English now and I can read all the menu's for the first time! lol!.. my question is that should I have WiiConnect24 enabled or disabled? - it's currently set to disabled but obviously things like the news channel and weather channel require this to be enabled.. just curious!