1. Download Alibat v1.5 in the link within that blog. It is a .iso file. Mount the .iso file using Daemon tools. Install the game.
2. In Windows XP: Open the Control Panel. Double click on the Regional and Language Options icon to open the Regional and Language Options dialog box.
3. In the Regional Options tab, Standards and formats, on the dropdown list, select Japanese.
That's it. No patches. No cracks. No applocale or SBapplocale.
MAKE SURE YOU INSTALL EAST ASIAN OR JAPANESE FONTS. I'm guessing you already know how to do that.
Changing to a Japanese environment or Japanese locale is NOT NECESSARY.
Actually you are right about that, and that is the simplest way. I will update my entry too with your info. Thank you.