A story in The Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's national newspapers, says that Nikon has taken the lead in digital SLR sales over the past six months in the Japanese market, assuming the top spot from perennial sales leader Canon. The article quotes a report by a Tokyo research firm that puts Nikon at 47.5-percent market share, vs 36.5-percent for Canon, from January to June 2007.

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