The data is in. Based on the number of tweets between January to June of 2018, here are the Top 20 most popular Japanese celebrities that are beloved among Korean fans!
20. Yuya Tegoshi (NEWS) — 386,070 Tweets
Yuya Tegoshi from the Japanese boy group NEWS takes #20 with 380K+ tweets!
19. Subaru Shibutani (Kanjani 8) — 390,300 Tweets
Subaru Shibutani actually announced earlier this year that he will be leaving the Japanese boy group Kanjani 8 to pursue music education.
18. Jaejoong (JYJ) — 391,050 Tweets
JYJ‘s Jaejoong is Korean, but is the only Korean idol to be featured in the Top 20 of this list. His popularity in both Korea and Japan prove he’s an Asian super star!
17. Ren Osugi — 401,260 Tweets
This veteran actor passed away from heart failure earlier this year.
16. ELLEGARDEN — 413,910 Tweets
The Japanese rock band ELLEGARDEN came in #16 with 410K+ tweets!
15. Keyakizaka46 — 429,230 Tweets
Keyakizaka46 is a popular Japanese girl group that debuted in 2015. With almost 430K tweets, this idol group ranked #15 on the list!
14. Masaki Aiba (Arashi) — 429,890 Tweets
Masaki Aiba from the beloved Japanese boy group Arashi is well-known for his gentle nature.
13. Jun Matsumoto (Arashi) — 441,640 Tweets
Jun Matsumoto, also from the Japanese boy group Arashi, is often called “MatsuJun” by his fans.
12. Rina Ikoma (Nogizaka46) — 448,750 Tweets
Rina Ikoma from the popular Japanese girl group Nogizaka46 was also a part of AKB48‘s Team B between 2014 to 2015.
11. Mai Shiraishi — 478,240 Tweets
Another member of Nogizaka46, Mai Shiraishi ranked #11 on the Top 20 most popular Japanese celebrities in Korea!
10. Kanjani 8 — 515,500 Tweets
Kanjani 8 as a group ranked #10 on the list! Now a six-member group after losing Subaru Shibutani ranked #19 on this list, Kanjani 8 is “the best, the strongest”.
9. TOKIO — 561,020 Tweets
TOKIO, now a four-member Japanese rock band, lost member Tatsuya Yamaguchi earlier in 2018, after he sexually harassed a teenage girl.
8. SexyZone — 571,390 Tweets
This Japanese boy group ranked #8 on the Top 20 Most Popular Japanese Celebrities in Korea with over 570K+ tweets!
7. Sho Sakurai (Arashi) — 582,300 Tweets
Sho Sakurai from the boy group Arashi is not only an idol, but also a songwriter, rapper, actor, and even a newscaster!
6. Momoiro Clover Z — 600,210 Tweets
Momoiro Clover Z, often referred to by MCZ or Momoclo, is one of few mega-hit girl groups from Japan, along with AKB48. While some find their concepts childish, Momoiro Clover Z songs have been proven bops!
5. Kis-My-Ft2 — 662,350 Tweets
Kis-My-Ft2 came in #5 on the list! This seven-member boy group’s funky fun name comes from combining the members’ last name initials!
4. Kazunari Ninomiya (Arashi) — 693,830 Tweets
Kazunari Ninomiya, or Nino, is a member of Arashi who had over 690K+ tweets tweeted about him just in 2018! That puts him at #4 on the Top 20 Most Popular Japanese Celebrities in Korea!
3. AKB48 — 740,470 Tweets
AKB48, the inspiration behind the most trendy TV program Produce 48, is at #3 on the list! Since the group’s debut in 2005, AKB48 rewrote the history of the Japanese idol industry with record-breaking hit songs.
2. Yuzuru Hanyu — 1,115,740 Tweets
Yuzuru Hanyu is a men’s singles figure skater who has been crowned 2017’s Most Popular Athlete in Japan. His wild list of world records prove he is one of the greatest male figure skaters in the world!
1. Nogizaka46 — 1,304,040 Tweets
Japan’s legendary 36-member girl group Nogizaka46 takes #1 most popular Japanese celebrity in Korea! A fierce rival group to AKB48, Nogizaka46 became the first Japanese artist to appear on Billboard’s Social 50 chart.