I suppose my next step is to take it to somewhere that repairs electronics. Is it rare to find a place that will only charge upon diagnosis or repair? Cause I hate the thought of someone charging me $50 to tell me they don't know what's wrong or can't fix it. I just want to know what to expect since my japanese is intermediate at best, so it may be difficult for me to shop around for a place that might supply this service.
As far as results of opening my monitor:
I opened it up but didn't see anything burnt, crusty/leaking, bulging capacitors, or any broken off solder.
Got my volt meter out and made sure all of the transistors had a connection.
A handful of resistors showed connectivity (via OHM setting on my volt meter); though I imagine doesn't mean anything (I don't know enough about circuits).
I'm not sure about Japan in regard to finding a reasonable place that does repairs like that. I suppose though that there are plenty around. It may be worth while to take a look around for a new monitor, as there is no doubt plenty of LCD, LED, etc... manufacturers that call Japan their home.