Miss Universe Japan

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Miss Universe Japan
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
2016 Sari Nakazawa 中沢 沙理 Shiga TBA
2015 Ariana Miyamoto 宮本 エリアナ Nagasaki Top 10
2014 Keiko Tsuji 辻 恵子 Nagasaki Unplaced
2013 Yukimi Matsuo 松尾 幸実 Mie Unplaced Best National Costume
(4th Runner-up)
2012 Ayako Hara 原 綾子 Miyagi Unplaced
2011 Maria Kamiyama 神山 まりあ Tokyo Unplaced Best National Costume
(5th Runner-up)
2010 Maiko Itai 板井 麻衣子 Ōita Unplaced
2009 Emiri Miyasaka 宮坂 絵美里 Tokyo Unplaced
2008 Hiroko Mima 美馬 寛子 Tokushima Top 15
2007 Akiko Chubachi[1] 中鉢 明子 Tokyo Did not compete
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 Unplaced
2004 Eri Machimoto 町本 絵里 Hiroshima Unplaced
2003 Miyako Miyazaki 宮崎 京 Kumamoto 4th Runner-up
2002 Mina Chiba 千葉 美苗 Tokyo Unplaced
2001 Misao Arauchi 荒内 美沙緒 Tokyo Unplaced
2000 Mayu Endo 遠藤 真由 Tokyo Unplaced
1999 Satomi Ogawa 小川 里美 Saitama Unplaced
1998 Nana Okumura 奥村 ナナ Tokyo Unplaced

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Miss Universe Riyo Mori's Disciplined Life". AsianOffbeat. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Japanese Girl Beauty Queen". The Sydney Morning Herald. July 26, 1959. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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