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October 29, 1936
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Title||Miss Japan 1959, Miss Universe 1959|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Miss Japan 1959 (Winner), Miss Universe 1959 (Winner)|
Akiko was a 22-year-old model from Tokyo, Japan when she bested four other finalists from Norway, the USA, England, and Brazil for the 1959 Miss Universe crown in Long Beach, California. At 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), Akiko measured 37–23–38 inches (94–58–96 cm), which many believed as "incredible dimensions". She denied having undergone breast surgery. Akiko settled into a quiet married life after her reign. Forty eight years later another Japanese national, Riyo Mori, won the Miss Universe pageant in 2007.
- "Japanese Girl Beauty Queen". The Sydney Morning Herald. July 26, 1959. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
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