Asia & Oceania

Japanese-Indian Priyanka Yoshikawa is Miss Japan 2016

Japanese-Indian Priyanka Yoshikawa has been crowned Miss World Japan 2016, only a year after Ariana Miyamoto faced backlash for becoming the first black woman to represent Japan at the Miss Universe Pageant.

Priyanka Yoshikawa will have the opportunity to represent Japan at Miss World 2016 on December 18, 2016 in Washington D.C.

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A social media frenzy entailed after Miyamoto’s trail-blazing triumph as critics complained that Miss Universe Japan should represent a “pure” Japanese rather than a someone of mixed race.

“Before Ariana, mixed girls couldn’t represent Japan,” Yoshikawa told AFP in an interview. “I didn’t doubt it or challenge it until this day. Ariana encouraged me a lot by showing me and showing all mixed girls the way.“

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Yoshikawa, born in Tokyo to an Indian father and a Japanese mother, vows to continue the fight against racial prejudice in Japan, where only two percent of those born annually are of mixed race.

“We have problems, we’ve been struggling and it hurts. When I came back to Japan, everyone thought I was a germ,” Yoshikawa confesses. “Like if they touched me they would be touching something bad. But I’m thankful because that made me really strong.”


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