Miss Universe Japan criticized for being 'not Japanese enough'

Miss Universe Japan Staying Positive Despite Race Critics


"Not Japanese enough" is the criticism the winner of Miss Universe Japan is getting as the biracial beauty queen gets ready to represent the island nation.

Ariana Miyamoto's mother is Japanese and her father is African-American, making her the first black-Japanese contestant to represent Japan. CBS reports reports in Japan, mixed-race children made up just 2 percent of the country's births in 2013.

And critics say biracial people in Japan aren't as widely accepted as full-blooded Japanese people.

In fact, being half-Japanese even has its own term - "hafu."

Miyamoto doesn't seem like she's letting the negativity affect her, though. In an interview with Bloomberg, she said she wants to use the pageant to spread awareness.

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Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan 2015, poses for a photograph in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, April 3, 2015. Japan's first biracial beauty queen doesn't see her crowning as a sign the country's ingrained aversion to immigration is softening. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participtaes in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega onstage during The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Miss Columbia Paulina Vega walks the runway during the Miss Universe Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega onstage during The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega (L) is crowned Miss Universe 2014 by Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler (R) during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participtaes in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
(L-R): Miss France Camille Cerf; Miss India Noyonita Lodh; miss italy Valentina Bonariva; and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega pose on stage during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega poses on stage during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Paulina Vega,Gabriela Frankova and Ivana Misura participates in Miss Universe - Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Miss Columbia Paulina Vega participates in Miss Universe - Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Paulina Vega,Gabriela Frankova and Ivana Misura participates in Miss Universe - Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Atlantico department's contestant Paulina Vega walks the runway in the evening gown competition of the Miss Colombia beauty pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on November 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Eitan Abramovich (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantico department's contestant Paulina Vega reacts as she is being crowned Miss Colombia 2013 in the evening gown competition of the Miss Colombia beauty pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on November 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Eitan Abramovich (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2015 onstage during The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
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"I want to tell the world about racial discrimination," she said. "I want to use my involvement in the pageant in the Miss Universe competition to travel to other countries and talk to people who have experienced the same things I have, and I hope to be able to give them courage."

And a writer for Yahoo says Miyamoto's distinct look might help her out: "Miyamoto faces a high chance of doing well in the Miss Universe pageant. ... Countries that have changed their judging standards from local ideals of beauty to globalized ideals of beauty have done well."

Miyamoto will compete against more than 80 contestants for the 2015 Miss Universe title.

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