Okinawa has another opportunity to present itself to the world.
A 24-year-old Okinawan has been selected Miss Universe Japan. She will represent the country at the Miss Universe Champion Tournament in Los Angeles in July.
A Japan competition that began with 4,200 entrants wound up with 12 in Tokyo for the finals. Kurara Chibana won the competition. The Tokyo Jouchi University graduate, who is an activist performing volunteer work, is promoting her plan for a ‘Stop AIDS Foundation’ while making leadership the cornerstone of her social welfare activities.
Chibana’s father says “I can’t meet her often because she’s in Tokyo and we’re in Okinawa, but when I heard the news about her championship, it made me feel great. I think she was chosen because of her kind heart.” He predicts his 173cm tall daughter will represent Okinawa well, and thinks she’ll win the 2006 world championship.
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