AKB48 tops Yahoo! celebrity search term ranking for 3rd consecutive year

TOKYO —

Mega-popular idol group AKB48 have triumphed again in the Yahoo! Japan annual celebrity search term ranking.

According to the search giant, AKB48 was the most popular Japanese celebrity search term among Japanese people for the third consecutive year in 2012.

The top 10 are:

1. AKB48
2. Arashi
3. Atsuko Maeda (AKB48)
4. Shojo Jidai
5. KARA
6. Tomomi Itano (AKB48)
7. Yuko Oshima (AKB48)
8. Mariko Shinoda (AKB48)
9. EXILE
10. Tohoshinki

Former AKB48 members Atsuko Maeda and Tomomi Itano, who made their solo debuts this year, feature in the top 10 alongside their former band thanks in part due to the influence of the AKB48 brand. The ranking applies to searches carried out between Jan 1 and Oct 31, 2012.

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  • 2

    Mirai Hayashi

    People still use Yahoo?

  • -1

    smithinjapan

    Ummm... Yahoo! and Yahoo! Japan are quite different.

  • 0

    zichi

    In Japan, Yahoo more than Google is the No1 search engine used. Yahoo Japan is a separate company from Yahoo.

  • 1

    titaniumdioxide

    No one really gave GANGNAM a damn huh?

  • -1

    shinhiyata

    I search for Tomomi and Mariko everyday.

  • 0

    titaniumdioxide

    Here are my personal top 5 Yahoo search! 1. GOOGLE 2. Gmail 3. Youtube 4. Japan Today 5. exotic breed cats

  • 0

    AKBfan

    Lot of baby lotion and tissue sales owed to Yahoo.

  • 0

    greenlight

    At least it's not Kim Kardashian

  • 0

    Tyler Lau

    Itano's still in AKB.

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    lostrune2

    The ranking applies to searches carried out between Jan 1 and Oct 31, 2012.

    We just lost 2 months! Wha-ha-happened?!

    Yahoo Japan not a fan of November and December!

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/11/17/sorry-santa-google-cancels-december-in-android-4-2/

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    lostrealist

    isn't real top 10 looks like this

    1. AKB48
    2. Arashi
    3. Maeda Atsuko
    4. Oshima Yuko (AKB48)
    5. Shoujo Jidai
    6. EXILE
    7. Tohoshinki
    8. Mr.Children
    9. Momoiro Clover Z
    10. Shinoda Mariko (AKB48)

    http://promo.search.yahoo.co.jp/ranking/2012/name.html

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