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Miss Universe Japan

Miss Universe Japan
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Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Tokyo
Location
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Membership
Miss Universe
Official language
Japanese
Team
MUJ
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Website Official website
Formerly called
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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

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

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 23x15px 2014 - Unplaced
2013 Yukimi Matsuo 松尾 幸実 Mie 23x15px 2013 - Unplaced Best National Costume (4th Runner-up)
2012 Ayako Hara 原綾子 Sendai 23x15px 2012 - Unplaced
2011 Maria Kamiyama 神山 まりあ Tokyo 23x15px 2011 - Unplaced Best National Costume(5th Runner-up)
2010 Maiko Itai 板井 麻衣子 Ōita 23x15px 2010 - Unplaced
2009 Emiri Miyasaka 宮坂 絵美里 Tokyo 23x15px 2009 - Unplaced
2008 Hiroko Mima 美馬 寛子 Tokushima 23x15px 2008 - Top 15
2007 Akiko Chubachi 中鉢 明子 Tokyo Did not compete
Riyo Mori 森 理世 Shizuoka 23x15px Miss Universe 2007
2006 Kurara Chibana 知花 くらら Okinawa 23x15px 2006 - 1st Runner-up Best National Costume
2005 Yukari Kuzuya 葛谷 由香里 Ichinomiya 23x15px 2005 - Unplaced
2004 Eri Machimoto 町本 絵里 Hiroshima 23x15px 2004 - Unplaced
2003 Miyako Miyazaki 宮崎 京 Kumamoto 23x15px 2003 - 4th Runner-up
2002 Mina Chiba ミナ千葉 Tokyo 23x15px 2002 - Unplaced
2001 Misao Arauchi 荒内美沙緒 Tokyo 23x15px 2001 - Unplaced
2000 Mayu Endo まゆ遠藤 Tokyo 23x15px 2000 - Unplaced
1999 Satomi Ogawa さとみ小川 Saitama 23x15px 1999 - Unplaced
1998 Nana Okumura ナナ奥村 Tokyo 23x15px 1998 - Unplaced

Miss Japan 1952-1995

The Miss Japan pageant had 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 23x15px 1952 - Unplaced
1953 Kinuko Ito 23x15px 1953 - 2nd Runner-up
1954 Mieko Kondo 23x15px 1954 - Unplaced
1955 Keiko Takahashi 23x15px 1955 - 4th Runner-up
1956 Yoshie Baba 23x15px 1956 - Unplaced
1957 Kyoko Otani 23x15px 1957 - Top 16
1958 Tomoko Moritake 23x15px 1958 - Top 16 Miss Congeniality
1959 Akiko Kojima 23x15px Miss Universe 1959
1960 Yayoi Furuno 23x15px 1960 - Top 16
1961 Akemi Toyama 23x15px 1961 - Unplaced
1962 Kasuko Hirano 23x15px 1962 - Unplaced
1963 Noriko Ando 23x15px 1963 - Top 16
1964 Shizuko Matsumoto 23x15px 1964 - Unplaced
1965 Mari Katayama 23x15px 1965 - Unplaced
1966 Atsumi Ikeno 23x15px 1966 - Unplaced
1967 Kayoko Fujikawa 23x15px 1967 - Unplaced
1968 Yasuyo Iino 23x15px 1968 - Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1969 Kikuyo Osuka 23x15px 1969 - 4th Runner-up
1970 Jun Shimada 23x15px 1970 - 3rd Runner-up
1971 Shigeko Taketomi 23x15px 1971 - Top 12
1972 Harumi Maeda 23x15px 1972 - Top 12
1973 Miyoko Sometani 23x15px 1973 - Top 12
1974 Eriko Tsuboi 23x15px 1974 - Unplaced
1975 Sachiko Nakayama 23x15px 1975 - Top 10
1976 Miyako Iwakuni Template:Country data Hong Kong 1976 - Unplaced
1977 Kyoko Satoh 23x15px 1977 - Unplaced
1978 Hisako Manda 23x15px 1978 - Unplaced
1979 Yurika Kuroda 23x15px 1979 - Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1980 Hisae Hiyama Template:Country data South Korea 1980 - Unplaced
1981 Mineko Orisaku 23x15px 1981 - Unplaced
1982 Eri Okuwaki 23x15px 1982 - Unplaced
1983 Yuko Yamaguchi 23x15px 1983 - Unplaced
1984 Mayumi Niiyama 23x15px 1984 - Unplaced
1985 Hatsumi Furusawa 23x15px 1985 - Unplaced
1986 Hiroko Esaki 23x15px 1986 - Unplaced
1987 Hiroe Namba 23x15px 1987 - Unplaced
1988 Mizuho Sakaguchi 23x15px 1988 - 3rd Runner-up
1989 Eri Tshiro 23x15px 1989 - Unplaced
1990 Hiroko Miyoshi 23x15px 1990 - Unplaced
1991 Atsuko Yamamoto 23x15px 1991 - Unplaced
1992 Akiko Ando 23x15px 1992 - Unplaced
1993 Yukiko Shiki 23x15px 1993 - Unplaced
1994 Chiaki Kawahito 23x15px 1994 - Unplaced
1995 Narumi Saeki 23x15px 1995 - Unplaced

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