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I want to insert a handful of Japanese (katakana) characters in a latex document. I am using texlive and pdflatex.

I know I can use a Japanese typesetting package, such as CJK, and do something like this:

\begin{CJK}{UTF8}{min}
ァィ
\end{CJK}

but I don't want to actually type (or copy/paste) the characters themselves, and I'd rather use the corresponding unicode, e.g. U+30A1.

I have tried \symbol{30A1} and \unichar{''30A1} with the packages:

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}

but neither work. I believe the corresponding fonts are installed, so maybe I am doing something wrong with the unicode?

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{bxcjkjatype}
\begin{document}
\begin{uCJK}\UTF{30A1}\end{uCJK}
\end{document}

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