Ukrainian-Born Miss Japan Sparks Debate on What It Means to Be Japanese

TOKYO—The crowning of Ukrainian-born model Karolina Shiino as the winner of the Miss Japan contest this week has triggered a social media debate on what it means to be, and look, Japanese. The 26-year-old model, who was born in Ukraine and looks Caucasian, has lived in Japan for more than 20 years and is a naturalized citizen. O…

 

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