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:
3. Atsuko Maeda (AKB48)
4. Shojo Jidai
6. Tomomi Itano (AKB48)
7. Yuko Oshima (AKB48)
8. Mariko Shinoda (AKB48)
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.