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Japan’s Beauty Queen Shows Sympathy to Comfort Women
Japan’s beauty queen Ikumi Yoshimatsu expressed her sadness toward former Korean sex slaves called “comfort women” in a recent press conference

“(As a Japanese) I feel ashamed that such comfort women existed,” said the former Miss International in a CBS radio interview in the United States. “I think there are between 80,000 and 200,000 survivors from the sex slavery run by the Japanese military”

The softly spoken and willowy beauty was under fire from Japanese rightists for her comments about the comfort women.
Ikumi Yoshimatsu was crowned Miss International Japan 2012 in November 2011 in Tokyo. She represents Japan in the Miss International 2012 pageant held in Okinawa in October 2012.

With the hometown advantage, she beats 68 contestants from around the world to be the first Japanese representative to win a Miss International tittle.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu (吉松育美) was born on June 21, 1987. She is Japanese beauty pageant titleholder, opinion leader, actress, book author, and social activist.

She rose to international fame when she became Miss International 2012 held in Okinawa. It was Japan's first Miss International win in the 52-year history of the pageant.

Her pageant participations is as follow.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu is not new to beauty pageants. Her participation in pageants dated back to 2007.

- 2011/11 Miss International Japan 2012
- 2011/ 5 Miss Earth Japan 2011, Top 3 Miss Water.
- 2010/ 9 Miss Tourism Queen of the year, Top 20
- 2010/ 7 World Next Top Model in Lebanon, Top 12, Miss Elegant.
- 2010/ 5 Miss Bikini International, Miss Bikini Healthy
- 2007/ 2 Miss Universe Japan.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu profile:
Born: June 21, 1987
Hometown: Tosu, Saga Prefecture
Height: 1.70m
Measurements: 88 – 61 – 90
Hobby: running, yoga, reading, watching movies
Skill: English
Shoes size: 24.5cm
Blood type: O
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