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There are a number of stylistic or aesthetic reasons to do so. Sometimes katakana is used for a native Japanese word because of the katakana's "international", "modern" or "high-tech" feeling: Why is Toyota typically written in Katakana? (トヨタ) ニッポン? Why Kana? However, katakana is also associated with oldness and tradition because it was the standard script ...


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I believe one can write a program to do this, but you can also estimate usage in the 2010s by using Table 5.9 of this book and assuming that the ratio of katakana to hiragana usage hasn't changed much since 1985 (hiragana remains dominant because most okurigana and particles are written in hiragana, although this assumption may underestimate % katakana ...


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