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Ariana Miyamoto entered the Miss Universe Japan beauty contest after a mixed-race friend committed suicide.Social media lit up after Miyamoto's victory in March, many critics complaining the title should have gone to what they called a "pure" Japanese, rather than a "haafu" (the Japanese pronunciation of "half", a word used to describe mixed race).Miyamoto, who turns heads in Japan with her caramel skin and height of 1.73 m, admitted she has had to toughen up.Some point to the success of mixed-race celebrities such as Rola – a model of Bengali, Japanese and Russian descent – and half-British singer and actress Becky as proof of Japan's openness to change.Miyamoto argues that any shift still favors Caucasian or Eurasian lineage in an overwhelmingly homogenous country, where multiracial children make up just two percent of those born annually.
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