Yuumi Kato (Mikan) is now Miss Universe Japan

Yuumi Kato (加藤遊海)was crowned the Miss Universe Japan yesterday (19 March) in the final of the Miss Universe Japan competition at Hotel Chinzanso in Tokyo. Yuumi represented Mie, a prefecture located in the southwestern part of Japan.

Yuumi was born in Japan and moved to Malaysia with her parents when she was five years old. She had lived and received her education in Malaysia before she went back to Japan when she was 16. She began to learn about Japanese culture upon her return to Japan.

In 2016, she debuted as an actress in a drama series named “J.K.K. season 2” (Hachamecha village) aired on TV3 in Malaysia — a collaboration of Japan and Malaysia. Yuumi played the role of Mikan Nakamura in the drama series, earning her fame as “Mikan” among Malaysian audience. In 2017, she made her debut on Japanese TV when she landed a spot on “Shimura Dobutsu En”.

Having been raised and educated in Malaysia, Yuumi is proficient in four languages, namely Japanese, English, Malay, and Chinese.

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