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Friday, 25th November 2011
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Womens football team a hit with Japanese

It seems taking the title for the 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany has done more for the Japanese team than just boosted its confidence.

The home-side was ranked number four on the 2011 Hit Products in Japan report issued by Dentsu Inc this month.

According to the report, Nadeshiko Japan entered high into the list as it helped raise the country’s spirits in the aftermath of the March 11th disaster, as previously the team had not made the cut.

It came one position ahead of custom-made girl group AKB48, whose size, as well as popularity, just seems to grow and grow.

Interestingly, more material goods made the top spots as smartphones and LED light bulbs took the number one and two positions, respectively.

Major pop culture figure Lady Gaga hit the list at number 13 for the first time, while recently deceased Steve Jobs also made a debut at 17th position.

This could reflect newfound regard for the Apple co-founder after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

Twitter and other micro-blogging sites slipped 16 places on the previous year as they ranked 18th.

Posted by Susan Ballion

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