Ten "hagoita" battledores with drawings of people who were Japan's top newsmakers in 2011 were exhibited at a Kyugetsu Co. doll shop in Tokyo's Taito Ward starting on Dec. 7.
The images of 16 people were drawn on the paddles, including the coach and captain of Japan's World Cup champion women's soccer team Nadeshiko Japan, a few members of female idol group AKB48 and child actress Mana Ashida.
Of the 16, seven are women or girls, tying 1992 for the most female representatives. It is the 26th year the hagoita battledores of the year's top newsmakers have been put on display.
The battledores are scheduled to be shown in the shop until Dec. 9. After that, they will be displayed in department stores and other shops in various parts of Japan.
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