Oricon ranks celebrities who dominated headlines for the fist half of 2017

Oricon has published a ranking based on how many times a celebrities name appeared in a headline. They chose to conduct the survey using “Yahoo! topics” and “LINE NEWS”, two of Japan’s top online news websites. The articles had to be published from January 1st, 2017 – June 30th 2017.

Some restrictions were implemented by Oricon while doing the count. First, any news related to criminal cases were not counted, as well as deceased celebrities. Athletes were not permitted in this count due to the much higher volume of sports articles in general, reporting real-time results and such. If a celebrity is apart of a group or band that was included in a headline, but not mentioned in the article itself then those do not count either. Lastly, if a celebrities name was mentioned due to them appearing on a TV program, but the actual article itself wasn’t about the celebrity then those did not count either.

With those stipulations out of the way lets get to the ranking! Who do you think made the top 10? Find out below

The number in brackets behind the celebrities name indicates the amount of articles.

1. Fumika Shimizu (226)

  • Retired from the entertainment industry at 22 years old to join a cult
  • Released a tell-all book, which revealed she had an affair with KANA-BOON bassist Yuuma Meshida.
  • Continues to use Twitter and regularly updates her personal blog.

2. Masaki Suda (181)

  • Obtained many high profile drama and film roles
  • Became a radio personality on “All Night Nippon”, and made his singing debut with the single “Mitakotomonai Keshiki”
  • Romantically linked to actress Tsubasa Honda

3. Gen Hoshino (180)

  • Main star of the hit drama series “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu”
  • Announcement of new single “Family Song”, first single since the release of “Koi” 
  • Released an essay book titled “Inochi no Shaso kara”
  • Numerous appearances on variety TV shows

4. Masahiro Nakai (166)

  • High number of articles about the disbandment of SMAP
  • After SMAP disbanded he appeared on an episode of “SmaSTATION!!” with Katori Shingo
  • Romantically linked to a dancer/choreographer

5. Kasumi Arimura (159)

  • Main star of the drama series “Hiyokko”
  • Known for her fun Instagram posts. She’s currently among the most followed Japanese female celebrities, with over 1.7 million followers.
  • Announcement of many high profile projects, such as the film “Narratage” where she co-stars with Arashi member Jun Matsumoto.

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  • Comments

    • H

      Matsumoto’s opinions are always controversial, not surprised. The other week he told Sasshi (after she mentioned when AKB started there were a lot of “ugly” members like her) that he thought 1st gen Morning Musume was hideous smh lol

      • The Dark Dudette

        :/ So he is the kind of person who makes mean-spirited comments in the name of humour and honesty?

        • Actually he is somewhat like that and sometimes not so yeah
          He is like that

    • yamakita

      #9 is cool!

      • Bubi.

        Miss Career Woman is giving Watanabe a run for ha money

        • yamakita

          She is 10x better than Watanabe!! She is actually funny!

          • Kyle

            agreed i think she’s so much more entertaining that naomi.

    • The Dark Dudette

      The first one reminds me… I was reading those netizen comments on MaiKaku several days ago and somebody commented if Yamapi would join Satomi’s religion. Its initials are SG (I think?) I don’t remember the name . I looked it up and there are articles out there claiming it is a cult. And a previous Arama post listed all celebrities who are into it on the article that had dating rumours of Satomi ( again ..lol) and Tackey.

      So is it like a ‘normal’ religious sect? Or a cult like Scientology is? Too many questions but I’d appreciate if somebody would throw some light on this . Thank you.

      • lovehello

        It’s called Happy Science and it is cult-like like Scientology. They have been targetting anime conventions, trying to promote their anime movie based on their religion. My friend went to a showing of it after we heard about it at a local US anime con. He said they were weirdly excited when he told them he was in the military and they repeatedly asked him to go to their main office to talk to them more.

        • The Dark Dudette

          Thanku for the response. I’ll look it up.

      • Bubi.

        I think you mean Soka Gakkai, which is different from Happy Science.

        At it’s core, it’s Buddhist, and a lot of Buddhists see it as a cult/militant political party that aims to establish theocratic rule in Japan. You can’t critique its teachings, no financial disclosure, people that leave are shunned, anything the religion does can be justified no matter how questionable, etc. AND its leader lives a lavish life so that’s a huge sign that it’s a money making scheme.

        • The Dark Dudette

          Thanku for the response. Religion at its core is a money making scheme after all *hides behind a wall*

          So is this cult , say, as dangerous as Scientology with numerous tours of kidnapping, ransom, pedophilia etc. Or is it just a ‘normal’ cult with the primary aim to get as many celebrity/powerful members as possible?

          • Bubi.

            “Religion at its core is a money making scheme after all” tea

            I don’t think it’s AS dangerous, but it’s not not dangerous. It hasn’t really shown anything to that level yet. A few known celebrities are Hisamoto Masami, Yamamoto Linda, Kishimoto Kayoko, Hikawa Kiyoshi, Ken Naoko, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi…and Western celebrities Tina Turner and Suzanne Vega are also said to have been members (erroneously? Not sure how they would know about it).

            • The Dark Dudette

              Thanku again. Very informative.

            • The Dark Dudette

              “Kusanagi Tsuyoshi”
              Ah. That explains why he ran around naked in a public place. Probably running away from the overlords :p

          • PigeonPop

            I’m not sure if I can consider them “dangerous” in the basic sense of the word (compared to, say, the yakuza), but they have succeeded in creating their own little sphere of influence within Japanese society. In addition to having strong ties to politics (Komeito), they have the money and connections to operate several government-approved fine art museums and educational institutions.

            To add on to what Bubi said, it’s the no-critique part of SG that’s probably the most significant. Unlike Happy Science / the Unification Church / Aum Shinrikyo offshoots etc., criticizing SG and its followers is a major taboo on big media.

            • The Dark Dudette

              “criticizing SG and its followers is a major taboo on big media”

              That makes it the polar opposite of Scientology then ,…as in the media in the US loves to crap on Scientology.

              Makes me see the whole Yamapi-Satomi affair in a new light. Considering how cult members are notorious for trying to recruit powerful people into their cult by bedding them ( *conspiracy theory time* )

              Well, at least it’s not as bad as the whole pedo+murder ring in Hollywood and the Children of God thing in Bollywood

            • Neutron

              What you meant that followers of SG are not allowed to critisize but outside of the groups especially in Japanese media and tabloids, Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakai was and still have bad reps and many publications and advertisements especially in trains depict Ikeda as evil and manipulator. Elites and upper class doesn’t like SG as it challenging their power by mobilizing Buddhist voters

    • The Dark Dudette

      Kasumi Arimura continuing to be relevant . Didn’t see it coming at all.

      #9 I like how Arama went for the prettiest pic they could find of hers

      • A bad pic doesn’t exist of that legend!

        • AoZora

          Sarcastic comment?
          Arimura’s whole face looks weird especially the jaw..

          • pondloso

            I think Ryan mean no.9

            • AoZora


    • Matcha

      Masaki Suda, you ba$tard!

    • Partay

      Suda is really working hard this year. I aint mad at him for that.

    • FoucaultAnderson


    • I want to be relevant :(

      Blouson Chiemi (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ ✧゚・: *ヽ(◕ヮ◕ヽ)

    • Brett

      7. Takuya Kimura (148)

      – Kudo Shizuka’s new album

    • a chicken nugget

      Not to be that person, but **first half? lol

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    • Urara Kasugano

      if suda masaki is romaticslly linked with honda tsubasa i have no complaints :)) same with Suzu Hirose because i wqs always tbibking she would take away my favorite actors but narita is not even the guy i know that well so i am happy about that.
      i am just wondering what made Suzu so dislikable to japanese neitizens because on some interviews or comments wherever someone mentiones her, there is always a comment about her being a bitch…so i was wondering if someone coulde elaborate on that..
      thank you in advance <3