Miss Universe Japan

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Miss Universe Japan
Motto Intelligence, Sensitivity, Humanity, Inner Surface-Confidence
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Tokyo
Location
Membership
Miss Universe
Official language
Japanese
Team
MUJ
Website Official website

Miss Universe Japan (Japanese: ミス・ユニバース・ジャパン) is a national Beauty pageant in Japan to select an official candidate for the Miss Universe pageant.

History[edit]

When the Miss Universe Japan pageant was founded in 1998, it was run by French national director Ines Ligron. Until 2007, the organisation managed to produce one winner, two top 5 runners-up and one top 15 semifinalist at the Miss Universe pageant. Ligron was catapulted to the international spotlight when Riyo Mori won the second Miss Universe crown for Japan in 2007. In 2009, Ligron left the organisation which resulted in a different team now leading the organisation.

Titleholders[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

In 1998 the pageant was renamed Miss Universe Japan. The winner of Miss Universe Japan (MUJ) represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Japan Japanese Represented Placement Special Awards
2017 Momoko Abe 阿部桃子 Chiba TBA TBA
2016 Sari Nakazawa 中沢 沙理 Shiga
2015 Ariana Miyamoto 宮本 エリアナ Nagasaki Top 10
2014 Keiko Tsuji 辻 恵子 Nagasaki
2013 Yukimi Matsuo 松尾 幸実 Mie Best National Costume
(4th Runner-up)
2012 Ayako Hara 原 綾子 Miyagi
2011 Maria Kamiyama 神山 まりあ Tokyo Best National Costume
(5th Runner-up)
2010 Maiko Itai 板井 麻衣子 Ōita
2009 Emiri Miyasaka 宮坂 絵美里 Tokyo
2008 Hiroko Mima 美馬 寛子 Tokushima Top 15
2007 Riyo Mori 森 理世 Shizuoka Miss Universe 2007
2006 Kurara Chibana 知花 くらら Okinawa 1st Runner-up Best National Costume
2005 Yukari Kuzuya 葛谷 由香里 Aichi
2004 Eri Machimoto 町本 絵里 Hiroshima
2003 Miyako Miyazaki 宮崎 京 Kumamoto 4th Runner-up
2002 Mina Chiba 千葉 美苗 Tokyo
2001 Misao Arauchi 荒内 美沙緒 Tokyo
2000 Mayu Endo 遠藤 真由 Tokyo
1999 Satomi Ogawa 小川 里美 Saitama
1998 Nana Okumura 奥村 ナナ Tokyo

Miss Japan 1952-1995[edit]

The Miss Japan pageant existed from 1952 to 1995. During that period, the pageant managed to produce a winner and three top 5 finalists at the Miss Universe pageant. In 1959, Akiko Kojima claimed the first crown for Japan.[1] After a top 12 semifinalist placement in 1975, Japan managed to place only one more time prior to 1995, when Mizuho Sakaguchi took fourth place in 1988.

Year Miss Japan Placement Special Awards
1952 Himeko Kojima
1953 Kinuko Ito 2nd Runner-up
1954 Mieko Kondo
1955 Keiko Takahashi 4th Runner-up
1956 Yoshie Baba
1957 Kyoko Otani Top 15
1958 Tomoko Moritake Top 15 Miss Congeniality
1959 Akiko Kojima Miss Universe 1959
1960 Yayoi Furuno Top 15
1961 Akemi Toyama
1962 Kazuko Hirano
1963 Noriko Ando Top 15
1964 Chizuko Matsumoto
1965 Mari Katayama
1966 Atsumi Ikeno
1967 Kayoko Fujikawa
1968 Yasuyo Iino Miss Congeniality
1969 Kikuyo Osuka 4th Runner-up
1970 Jun Shimada 3rd Runner-up
1971 Shigeko Taketomi Top 12
1972 Harumi Maeda Top 12
1973 Miyoko Sometani Top 12
1974 Eriko Tsuboi
1975 Sachiko Nakayama Top 12
1976 Miyako Iwakuni
1977 Kyoko Satoh
1978 Hisako Manda
1979 Yurika Kuroda Miss Congeniality
1980 Hisae Hiyama
1981 Mineko Orisaku
1982 Eri Okuwaki
1983 Yuko Yamaguchi
1984 Megumi Niiyama
1985 Hatsumi Furusawa
1986 Hiroko Esaki
1987 Hiroe Namba
1988 Mizuho Sakaguchi 3rd Runner-up
1989 Eri Tashiro
1990 Hiroko Miyoshi
1991 Atsuko Yamamoto
1992 Akiko Ando
1993 Yukiko Shiki
1994 Chiaki Kawahito
1995 Narumi Saeki

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Girl Beauty Queen". The Sydney Morning Herald. July 26, 1959. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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