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Japan’s top baby names for 2015: Will Naruto-influenced monikers still reign supreme?

Choosing a name for your newborn son or daughter can be tough. Not only are you responsible for bestowing a name upon another human being—a collection of vowels and consonants that that will stick with them for life and likely have a profound effect on how people initially perceive their owner—but if you live in a country like Japan, then you not only have to choose the baby’s name, but how it will be written in kanji characters as well. Talk about pressure.

But that’s the reason we have baby name lists! For the past two years we’ve been keeping track of the most popular names for baby boys and girls in Japan, and this year we’re keeping up the tradition. Take a peek at what trends are spreading through Japan by seeing which names are in this year and which are out.

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“And the Winner is…”: A Selection of Some of the World’s Fascinating No. 1s!

Everyone knows Mt. Everest is the tallest Mountain in the world!  It is named after Colonel Sir George Everest, a surveyor who surveyed Mt. Everest in the mid 1800s.  Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach its summit in 1953.

Here are some of the world’s most fascinating Number ones!  Some of them are familiar, others not.  All  23 are number one in one way or another.  Read More