Why does Firefox disable some Japanese character sets?

Firefox 3.5.5 on Mac. Started yesterday at a point. My Japanese character selection (Kotoeri) disables all but Romaji. The only way to get others (like Hiragana and Katakana) back is to restart Firefox. It seems visiting certain web sites may trigger it, but don't know exactly. Why is this happening?
It started from one of these and their links:
I tried to recreate the situation, but couldn't. I will report back if I find one that triggers.

You can check for issues caused by plugins (plugins are not affected by Safe mode).
You can check for problems with current Flash plugin versions and try these:
*disable a possible RealPlayer Browser Record Plugin extension for Firefox and update the RealPlayer if installed
*disable protected mode in Flash 11.3 and later
*disable hardware acceleration in the Flash plugin

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