Yesha Callahan

Some Think Miss Universe Japan Is Not Japanese Enough

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Ariana Miyamoto is Japan’s first ‘hafu’ (a person of a mixed background) to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant. Miyamoto’s mother is Japanese and her father is black. Even though she speaks fluent Japanese and was raised in the country most of her life, there are some who object to her being chosen as Miss Japan. Sentiments have ranged from Miyamoto not looking Japanese, to why a ‘hafu’ is able to represent the country.

(“Miss Universe ‘Japan’ I? How can you get half Toka absolutely useless.”)

Although Miyamoto expressed her own hesitancy when it came to winning the crown, she said she looks to Mariah Carey for inspiration.

“She went through a lot of difficulties before becoming a popular singing sensation,” Miyamoto told Rocket News 24. “She faced some racial hurdles, similar to myself, but she overcame them and became a top star, so she’s been a big influence on me.”

Miyamoto doesn’t compete in the Miss Universe competition until next January, but until then, she says, she’s trying to remain focused.

“The world competition is going to be tough,” Miyamoto told Rocket News 24. “But I’ll believe in myself and continue doing my best.”

  1. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    You know being half black might hurt her since pageants seem to be allergic to black or mixed with black winners. The last black queen we had was Leila Lopes from Angola for Miss Universe. I wish her the best of luck. Japan will be ok. They already won a crown with a full Japanese beauty.

  2. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Beauty pageants are not exactly on the top of my worry list, but I do wish Miyamoto well. Whether some like it or not, she is a daughter of Japan.

  3. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Well too bad she was the one who was qualified. I hope she continues to do well even after the pageant.

  4. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Very pretty girl

  5. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    I am surprised the Japan even let her represent them. Good luck to her in the future

  6. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    I’m sure if she were mixed with European blood, they would have no issues with this “hafu”. Seeing as how most of Japanese beauty standards come from Western cultures. However, she’s obviously a strong woman and I wish her the best!

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply


      If she had the exact same features, with the exception of Blue eyes and Blond hair, would there be a problem? Me thinks not.

      After all the cartoon characters that are drawn and preferred by most Japanese resemble the blue eyed. blond hair archetype.

      Colonization is a hell of a drug.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply


      Actually, it might not be the case. I have a white european friend who had two mixed races children in Japan (half japanese, half white europeans) and people are not very accepting. According to her, a lot of mixed-races persons have the same experiences. There’s an ideology of racial purity that is very prevalent in Japan.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply


        It depends a lot of half mixed seem to prevail the most in the industry yet still come across a lot of prejudice. That said the darker mixed ones WILL have it worse due to not even having ‘desirable’ features while being an other.

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply


        This is interesting.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply


      Hahahaa I was gonna say that. Majority of them are so white obsessed it makes no sense. If she was half white they would have zero issues with her.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply


      Not true at all.

      • June 11, 2015 - Reply


        it is true. i am japanese. ive lived in japan and because i am mixed i was complimented a lot and rarely discriminated. asian countries/ japan mostly are obsessed with western beauty, many japanese men prefer blonde europeans to the japanese woman.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply


      That’s not true actually. The Japanese can be very xenophobic. She wouldn’t be considered Japanese if she was half white either.

      • June 11, 2015 - Reply


        xenophobic in the past sure, but japanese are really obsessed with western beauty/ european looks. this is true. i am mixed japanese and european and when i lived in japan i was almost sexually harassed many times, when i told my friends in japan about this they told me its because a lot of japanese men like western beauty and that almost every women in japan has met a groper (chikan is the term they use) in their life. girls with lighter hair and eyes are more likely to be attacked.

  7. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Ariana Miyamoto has a humble attitude about the situation. It is unfortunate that some people are bigoted against her, but her humanity should be acknowledged and respected. She is Japanese regardless of what the naysayers say. The fact is that people of color who exist globally want to express themselves and they are entitled to have their voices heard. I wish her even more blessings in her life.

  8. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    I can understand both sides of this situation. Its not a good idea to let foreigners in your country. They come and try to takeover. Look at Native Americans, they are living on reservations on their own land. Same can be said for countries in Africa. Chinese people come and open up a Chinese Restaurant and kick Africans out at 7:00 p.m.

    On the other side of the coin, one of her parents is Japanese. One of her parents is a native of Japan. That should count for something.

    • June 1, 2015 - Reply


      This is stupid. It’s fine to let foreigners into your country. What is not fine is being a bad guest in another person’s country. There are plenty of examples of positive exchanges between indigenous people and visitors from elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are some (*cough* Europeans) who have chosen to be bad guests AND bad hosts.

  9. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Let me guess, (voice dripping with sarcasm) It’s the Black half that bothers them? Right?

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply


      LOL. If she was half White they would be celebrating her.

  10. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    Most of the world is homogeneous. Ethnicity does not like bi-racial people. This is true everywhere.

  11. March 28, 2015 - Reply

    If they don’t want to run the risk of seeing other ethnicities, then they should change the name from, “Miss Universe Japan.”

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