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English speakers will change pronunciation and spelling of foreign words to make them easier to manage and we call this Anglicization. Japanese do this too, adding extra vowels to foreign words to make them roll off the Japanese tongue more easily. Is there a word for this, like "Japanization"? All I can find is "transliteration into Japanese", but that is awkward and sounds too mechanical.

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Japanese loan word phonology is what I'd call it in English. Google on that to see lots of information. –  John Lawler Jun 13 '13 at 17:23
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OED has

Nipponize verb

trans. To make Japanese in character.

1942   H. Mears Year of Wild Boar 82   We saw a modan-style movie-theater where the picture featured Harold Lloyd; but he was talking in Japanese, for they had Nipponized the sound track.

That's not quite the same as Anglicize and Anglicization, but Nipponization may suffice if you are using it in a similar context. OED mentions it can be spelled with or without an initial capital.

[Nippon is the Japanese name for Japan. Apparently Japan comes via Chinese.]

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Thanks. Exactly what I was looking for. –  Yaan Jun 13 '13 at 18:50
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Nipponize may be in the dictionary, but that doesn't mean that people will necessarily have heard it. –  Colin Fine Jun 13 '13 at 22:59
    
Note that the definition involves Japanese in character and thus refers to say adapting Shakespeare not pronouncing names from Shakespeare in Japanese. –  virmaior May 9 at 4:24
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Urban dictionary gives katakanize:

To transcribe an English word into the Japanese katakana alphabet by splitting it apart into intonational syllables.

Would you katakanize 'Larry' as 'Rarii?'

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