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Japan’s best global brands for 2009 are shown in the chart below:

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Source: Interbrand

The above list, created by the leading brand consultancy Interbrand, is the first ranking of global brands that originated in Japan. Automobile and electronics brands dominate the Top 30 list showing the importance of these two sectors to Japan. Most of these brands are popular worldwide.

Some of the companies listed in the US include the owner of Toyota and Lexus brands - Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM), Sony (NYSE:SNE), Nissan Motor (OTCPK:NSANY), Hitachi (HIT), Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC). The complete list of Japanese ADRs trading on the organized US exchanges can be found here.

Source: Japan's Top 30 Brands