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) was created in 1998 in response to Japan's then-recent lack of finalists at the Miss Universe pageant. It is a branch from the former Miss Japan 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 renamed as Miss Universe Japan contest. 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
2015 Ariana Miyamoto 宮本 エリアナ Nagasaki 2015 - TBA
2014 Keiko Tsuji 辻 恵子 Nagasaki United States 2014 - Unplaced
2013 Yukimi Matsuo 松尾 幸実 Mie Russia 2013 - Unplaced Best National Costume (4th Runner-up)
2012 Ayako Hara 原綾子 Sendai United States 2012 - Unplaced
2011 Maria Kamiyama 神山 まりあ Tokyo Brazil 2011 - Unplaced Best National Costume(5th Runner-up)
2010 Maiko Itai 板井 麻衣子 Ōita United States 2010 - Unplaced
2009 Emiri Miyasaka 宮坂 絵美里 Tokyo The Bahamas 2009 - Unplaced
2008 Hiroko Mima 美馬 寛子 Tokushima Vietnam 2008 - Top 15
2007 Akiko Chubachi 中鉢 明子 Tokyo Did not compete
Riyo Mori 森 理世 Shizuoka Mexico Miss Universe 2007
2006 Kurara Chibana 知花 くらら Okinawa United States 2006 - 1st Runner-up Best National Costume
2005 Yukari Kuzuya 葛谷 由香里 Ichinomiya Thailand 2005 - Unplaced
2004 Eri Machimoto 町本 絵里 Hiroshima Ecuador 2004 - Unplaced
2003 Miyako Miyazaki 宮崎 京 Kumamoto Panama 2003 - 4th Runner-up
2002 Mina Chiba ミナ千葉 Tokyo Puerto Rico 2002 - Unplaced
2001 Misao Arauchi 荒内美沙緒 Tokyo Puerto Rico 2001 - Unplaced
2000 Mayu Endo まゆ遠藤 Tokyo Cyprus 2000 - Unplaced
1999 Satomi Ogawa さとみ小川 Saitama Trinidad and Tobago 1999 - Unplaced
1998 Nana Okumura ナナ奥村 Tokyo United States 1998 - Unplaced

Miss Japan 1952-1995[edit]

The Miss Japan pageant existed from 1952 to 1997. 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. After a top 12 semifinalist placement in 1975, Japan managed to place only one more time prior to 1997, 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 16
1958 Tomoko Moritake United States 1958 - Top 16 Miss Congeniality
1959 Akiko Kojima United States Miss Universe 1959
1960 Yayoi Furuno United States 1960 - Top 16
1961 Akemi Toyama United States 1961 - Unplaced
1962 Kasuko Hirano United States 1962 - Unplaced
1963 Noriko Ando United States 1963 - Top 16
1964 Shizuko 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 10
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 Mayumi 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 Tshiro 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

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