Ikumi Yoshimatsu Wins Miss International Title

A Japanese woman won the title of Miss International Sunday in this year’s contest in Naha, capital of the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu, a 25-year-old model from Tosu, Saga Prefecture, said, “I wasn’t sure whether I was dreaming or it really happened…I think women will become opinion leaders in the future, and I said in my speech during the contest how I want to work from now on.”

Yoshimatsu is the first Japanese winner of the title since the contest, one of the three major beauty pageants in the world, started in 1960.


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