It was the mainland asian version of Demon's Souls that had English text - there are quite a few games like this, like Risen or other games that originally came from the west. In regards to actual Japanese titles, there are just about 0 RPGs that are import friendly for someone with 0 Japanese skill. That being said, however, there are lots of games that are import-friendly outside of those genres.
Like scrolling shooters? Just about any of them are great, since there's usually only one or two menus. Same goes for fighting games.
What you do want to make sure about, however, is your console's ability to play import titles.
The following consoles are Region Free:
The Xbox 360 is PARTIALLY region free (depends on the piece of software) and the Wii is completely region-coded. Check Play-Asia.com for any Xbox 360 game you're interested in, as they have a pretty comprehensive list of what works on what region.