It does not seem that we can search a one-letter word. When we type a single letter in the search box, it takes us to an explanation of how to search instead of the search result. Example: Search 僕.

Many words in Japanese consists of a single letter, and this restriction is pretty inconvenient.

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    We seem to be breaking a lot of the SE systems. Guess that's what we get for being the first site revolving around a language totally different from English.
    – Troyen
    Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 20:25

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A workaround or kind of this is

  • to put it in the double quotes "僕",
  • or (a hack?) by putting dummy stars 僕**
  • or old but still usable wildcard expressions 僕~~
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    I have never thought of adding double quotes. Thanks! Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 4:21

Since a search change a few weeks ago, this now works. It was important for our sites with heavy use of unicode characters that this be supported...so now it is.

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