Most Tweeted Celebrities of 2016

Who is the most talked about this year in Twitter? We brought you the top twitter trends, topics and hashtags from Twitter Japan, now we get down to most popular celebrities.

The Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories content and information trend analytics company revealed its research on the Most Tweeted Celebrities of 2016. The top 10 most tweeted in 5 categories are listed below for the period covered January 1- December 11. The analytics company has several other reports, so you may want to look into other categories/ topics that are of interest to you.


  • Male celebrities (individuals)
  • Female celebrities (individuals)
  • Male celebrities (group)
  • Female celebrities (group)
  • 2D character

Top 11- 20 here

Aside from the 8 Johnnys names, Mamoru Miyano and Gen Hoshino make up the top 10. Voice actor Mamoru Miyano is cast in the anime broadcast of “Yuri!!! on Ice” and “Bungo Stray Dogs” this autumn season, both of which are included in the TOP 10 list of most tweeted anime titles this year. Gen Hoshino is cast in the hit drama “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu”. The drama consistently increased its ratings from the first episode.

Top 11- 20 here

Actress Suzu Hirose took the first place. She appeared in several movies such as “Chihayafuru”, “Your Lie in April” and “Ikari”. She also appeared in more than 10 commercials. Becky, who got into a scandal early this year, ranked second. Tomohide is Kang Ji Young’s kanji name and she ranks 3rd! Satomi Ishihara appeared in several movies and dramas including “Shin Godzilla” and “Jimi ni Sugoi!”. On the other hand, Yui Aragaki is cast in the hit drama “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu”.

Top 11- 20 here

Tweets for SMAP has sharply increased this year, due to the disbandment issue that has been talked about since the beginning of the year. Arashi gained nearly 10 million tweets, pulling away from the rest.

Outside of the top 10, ONE OK ROCK ranks 15th place with 1,530,911 tweets. RADWIMPS, responsible for the OST of hit movie “Kimi no na wa” is at 17th place with 1,237,340 tweets.

Top 11 – 20 here

This year, Nogizaka46 overtook AKB48 in Oricon total sales earning 7.4 billion against AKB48’s 6.9 billion yen. Similarly, Nogizaka46 ranked first in number of tweets. 4th place goes to Keyakizaka46, who debuted with “Silent Majority” this April. Hirate Yurina, 14 yrs old and the youngest of the group, was selected as center. The group also became a topic due to their “NAZI-style” costume controversy.

Top 11 -20 here

All 6 characters of the Matsuno sextuplets in the anime series “Osomatsu- san” made it to the top 10. Yuri Katsuki, main character of hit anime series “Yuri!!! on Ice” is in 5th place. The show is the most-tweeted anime show of fall 2016 with 1,440,596 tweets compared to 348,109 of the season’s second most popular show, Haikyu.

Included in the top 10 in this category are political figures, talents and athletes. Hiroki Narimiya’s scandal and retirement made lots of news this year end.