Beauty Queen Wants Japan to Open Minds and Borders


Japan’s first biracial beauty queen doesn’t see her crowning as a sign the country’s ingrained aversion to immigration is softening. “Japan is always saying it’s globalizing, but I feel it hasn’t yet dealt with basics such as racial discrimination,” said Ariana Miyamoto, who has a Japanese mother and African-American father. Popular opinion is against opening up Japan to foreign workers, despite …

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