The runners-up (equal ranking) from left to right, Mayu Kubota, Hitomi Yoshioka and Eri Yasuda. Hikaru Kawai won the top model award.
Japan had never won Miss World but won Miss Universe for the first time in 1959 with Akiko Kojima.
And for a second time with Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007. She achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition, which advanced her to the top ten and the evening gown competition, in which she placed fourth. Mori's kimono-inspired black/floral evening gown of choice came from the Spring/Summer 2007 collection of Gucci.
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