"Shudanteki jieiken" (the right to collective self-defense) and "Dameyo, Dame Dame" (You must not do that) were among the top buzzwords and phrases voted the most popular or influential in 2014 on Monday by a publishing company.
Usually, one word or phrase is voted most popular but U-Can said this year it was awarding the title to two winners.
The 10 winning expressions were picked from a list of 50 words and phrases submitted last month, Sports Nippon reported.
"Shudanteki jieiken" has been talked about a lot in the media since July when the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe adopted a resolution dropping the ban on Japan's right to exercise collective self-defense. "Dameyo, Dame Dame" was popularized by the female comic duo Nippon Erekiteru Rengo.
Other expressions in the top 10 were "Yokai Watch" (ghost watch), which is a popular animation among children, "Arinomamade," the Japanese title of the song "Let It Go," from Disney's monster hit film "Frozen," as well as "matahara" (maternity harassment, referring to pregnant women who are discriminated against at the workplace).
The rest of the top 10 are "kiken doragu" (dangerous drugs which replaced the term loophole drugs), "kabe-don" (which refers to usually a guy leaning over a woman, pressing her against a wall, his hand slammed up on it), "Carp-joshi" (female fans of the Hiroshima Carp baseball team), "Gokigenyo" (a popular expression in NHK's morning drama series) and "Legend" (referring to veteran ski jumper Noriaki Kasai).© Japan Today