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From my experience, furigana can be written in either but it is usually written in hiragana. There are a few exceptions that will almost always be written in katakana, but I've only seen one or two words so far that do that. In other circumstance (not articles, books, papers, etc) katakana may be used. For example, when filling out paperwork in Japan, ...


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What you're talking about is called furigana (振り仮名). It's normally written in hiragana script, except maybe in dictionaries sometimes when katakana is used to indicate the Chinese reading. Another case for using katakana as furigana is when you want to write a foreign pronunciation for a word written in kanji. The Wikipedia page for furigana gives the ...



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