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Japan's triumph in the World Baseball Classic was mostly ignored (not us!), but there is one way it's paying dividends for you readers. We finally have a rock-solid (ayo!) reason to do a countdown of the baddest Japanese women in the world.

You Japan-o-philes already know, but the country is sick with the chick game—its booming gravure/A.V./bikini-idol industry churns out big-breasted, sweet-faced girls like the U.S. does delusional rappers. To keep it fair, we only selected a few of these models, 'cause otherwise we'd have to go 900-click-throughs on you. Without further ado, we present the 9 hottest women of Japan...

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#9. AI OTSUKA
CLAIM TO FAME: We were in Japan over Xmas break and couldn't escape this song—at the airport, in shopping strips, on TV, at Starbucks, wherever. Yeah, it's annoying as fuck, but the singer is kinda cute, in that artistic way.

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#8. HIKARU UTADA
CLAIM TO FAME: The bilingual singer—raised in Tokyo and NYC—is a huge star in Japan and is trying to break the U.S. market (on her second attempt) this year. Not only is she smart and cute, but she's a Tetris master, which counts a lot for the otaku set. Stay tuned for an exclusive Complex x Utada interview, coming soon.

 

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#7. (TIE) MINA FUJII and ROSA KATO
CLAIM TO FAME: We'd be remiss if we didn't include a couple hapas (word to Seattle). Mina (left, half-American) and Rosa (right, half-Italian) are popular actresses/commercial models in Japan. We first saw them as high school chums in the Japanese film Simsons. It's the best movie about curling ever, trust us.

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#6. (TIE) RIKA NISHIKAWA and AI TAKAHASHI
CLAIM TO FAME: Both are alums of Morning Musume, the J-Pop girl supergroup whose members change every year. In typical Asian-pop style, they look innocent enough to suggest pure hearts (a turn-on), but also sexy enough to inspire impure thoughts (also a turn-on). Basically, super-smashable.

 

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#5. MAYUKO IWASA
CLAIM TO FAME: Unlike a lot of her peers, this model/entertainer/actress has a hot face to match the ill body. We love it when that happens.

 

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#4. REON KADENA
CLAIM TO FAME: She's a model/actress who stopped doing nude photos. But who needs nude when she looks this awesome just listening to her iPod.

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#3. AKI HOSHINO
CLAIM TO FAME: The "angel of Japan," now 31, is a G.O.A.T. bikini idol and a muse of the streetwear world. You only wish your trifey could hold a candle to this.

 

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#2. MARIA OZAWA
CLAIM TO FAME: Responsible for more over-eager jerk-offs than the entire state of New Jersey.

 

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#1. RIO NATSUME
CLAIM TO FAME: It was a tough decision, but in the end we went with an official J-lady. That's not "J" as in Japan, fuck boy, but "J" as in...J-cup. Real talk, and all-natural to boot. She's gotta be number one (and TWOS) in our book. Click around here to get familiar.