Morisawa universal design font BIZ UD to be available via Google Fonts

Morisawa Inc. (president and CEO: Akihiko Morisawa; headquarters: 2-6-25 Shikitsu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka; Main: 06-6649-2151; "Morisawa" hereafter) will provide the universal design font BIZ UD to Google Fonts, a font service library offered by Google.

As a universal design (UD) font, BIZ UD was developed to ensure legibility and readability. Its superior readability draws on extensive end-user evaluation. The font is a good choice where information must be conveyed accurately – in educational settings, corporate communication environments, and other places using ICT. Implementing BIZ UD in Google Fonts and making it available in Google Workspace has enabled documents with broad compatibility.

Providing BIZ UD via Google Fonts will make the font available in Chrome OS™ and Google Workspace. We encourage more people around the world to improve their communication by choosing effective fonts, and we hope that the power of typography will make information more accessible.

In this release, the font is provided through a SIL Open Font License, enabling use based on this license.

Launch date

April 1, 2022

Included typefaces

BIZ UDGothic
BIZ UDGothic Bold
BIZ UDPGothic Bold
BIZ UDMincho
BIZ UDMincho Bold (available from November 2022)
BIZ UDPMincho Bold (available from November 2022)

Font format

TrueType and OpenType

Compatibility with existing fonts

The TrueType version is fully compatible except for four characters (0x3099, 0x2dc, 0x9b1d, and 0x29fd7) added for backward compatibility that enable input of all characters of IPA Font Ver. 003 (latest version). This makes the font more convenient for educational use compared to the fonts previously introduced for Microsoft Windows 10 (October 2018 Update or later) and Windows 11.
Also for improved usability, BIZ UDMincho Bold and BIZ UDPMincho Bold have been newly developed with several characters conforming to IPA Font specifications, which distinguishes them from fonts provided elsewhere.
The OpenType version has a proprietary specification and is not compatible with Adobe Japan 1 fonts.

Character sets

Windows-31J, JIS X 0213:2004, original

Note on this service

Any support inquiries regarding the fonts provided by Google Fonts should be submitted to Google.

Evidence on Morisawa UD font readability

Google Fonts

Google Fonts is a library of 1,394 open-source font families and APIs for convenient use via CSS and Android™.

SIL Open Font License

The SIL Open Font License (OFL) is a free, libre, and open-source license specifically designed for fonts and related software based on experience in font design and linguistic software engineering.


Tokyo Head Office, Font Solutions Section, Global Management Department, Morisawa Inc.

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