If you're looking to play FFXI in English, wait for the English (American) version. And getting a JAP v9 shipped here will cost you lots (plus the system itself is about 500 US I believe... maybe more). And if you want to get it modded it'll probably run you another two hundred.
It's a good deal/system, but like anything good it'll cost you.
Version 9 will come stateside eventually though.
ALLERGY ALERT: The above post may be nuts.
N64, GBA, both un-modded.
NTSC U/C PS2 v4 w/No Solder v4 (SOLD, DRE... Laser Died
NTSC U/C PS with Plugmod (SOLD to pay for above