Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that March has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and have revealed their rankings for that month. Many trends have to do with the anniversary of the great Tohoku earthquake for the month of March 2012.

(If you want to go back in time and compare what trended in the past, you can check out February’s rankings here.)

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[Word Ranking] – [Previous Month]

1. Earthquakes – #1

2. Trains – #2

3. Karaoke – #7

4. Graduation – NEW

5. Vacation – #5

6. Graduation Ceremony – NEW

7. Rola – NEW

8. iPad – N/A

9. Silent prayer – N/A

10. Precure – #6

[Hashtag Ranking] – [Previous Month]

1. #precure (TV anime ‘Precure’) – #1

2. #nowplaying (What music they’re listening to now) – #3

3. #nitiasa (Super Hero Time Sunday Morning Anime) – #2

4. #nicovideo (Nico Nico Douga) – #11

5. #agqr (Bunka Broadcasting Digital Radio ‘Cho! A&G’) – #6

6. #inuboku (TV anime ‘Youko x Boku SS’ official hashtag) – #5

7. #amagamiss (Game/Anime ‘AMAGAMI SS’ and ‘AMAGAMI SS+ plus’) – #9

8. #ladygo (Radio program ‘A&G NEXT GENERATION Lady Go!!’) – #12

9. #g_age (Anime ‘Gundam AGE’) – #4

10. #sht (Super Hero Time) – #8

[Celebrity Ranking for March 31st]

1. AKB48

2. Shoujo Jidai (SNSD)

3. Kis-My-Ft2

4. Momoiro Clover Z

5. Takahashi Daisuke

6. Perfume

7. Maeda Atsuko (AKB48)

8. Yoochun (JYJ)

9. T.M. Revolution

10. Tohoshinki (TVXQ)

11. Changmin (TVXQ)

12. EXILE

13. Ariyoshi Hiroiki

14. KAT-TUN

15. Kawagoe Tatsuya

16. DAIGO

17. Yunho (TVXQ)

18. SHINee

19. Fujii Takashi

20. Mr. Children

Period: March 1, 2012 ~ April 1, 2012 4 AM

Number of Tweets: 1,145,720,017

Average tweets per day: 36,958,710

Day with most tweets: March 31st – 41,181,670 tweets

Popular day and time of the week: Tuesday 11 PM – 3,206,113 tweets

Most popular day: Sunday – 38,518,770 tweets

Most popular time: 11 PM – 3,150,897 tweets

What they’re using to tweet: PC (21.9%), Cellphone (17.8%), PC/Cellphone (10%), Smartphone (41.4%), API (BOT)(6.9%), Link service (1.7%)

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