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Japan's top consumer hits blend fantasy, reality

'Pokemon Go,' 'Your Name' lead our sumo-styled list for 2016

The "Pokemon Go" smartphone game, left, and anime movie "Your Name" were the top consumer phenomena of 2016.

TOKYO -- This year gave birth to many phenomena that excited consumers across different segments. But several that topped our sumo-style banzuke ranking of hit products and trends in Japan for 2016 took the extra step of blurring the line between reality and invention.

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