4 – Anpanman
3 – Mario
2 – Pikachu
1 – Doraemon
While foreigners themselves might have picked differently, remember that it’s Japanese netizens that are picking for characters that THEY think best represent Japan. This means that Doraemon and Anpanman rank higher than characters that more-mainstream foreigners might actually know more, like Hello Kitty, Goku, or Godzilla. But none the less, Doraemon is still very much known worldwide, and that is enough for the Japanese to vote the robot cat at #1.
So, which character do you think represents Japan the most?