Maria Kaneya crowned Miss World Japan 2020

18 Oct 2020 | Angelique Reyes

The organization of Miss World Japan crowned Maria Kaneya as the new Miss World Japan 2020 during the finals held 24th September 2020 at Hulic Hall in Tokyo. She has succeeded Miss World Japan 2019 Marika Sera for the title and will represent Japan at Miss World 2020 stage which will be held next year as this year’s Miss World is postponed due to covid19.

Maria hails from Akita Prefecture and is a member of the popular dance-vocal group GENIC. She is 18-years-old and stands 168 cm tall and is excited to represent the country at international stage. After winning the title, she stated, “I am grateful for the kindness and opportunity I’ve received. I will continue with high aspirations and devote myself to causes.”



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Miss World Japan 2020 Maria Kaneya’s court includes:

First Runner-up: Tamaka Hoshi

Second Runner-up: Maria Enna

Third Runner-up: Kana Yamaguchi

Thirty-five contestants competed at Miss World Japan 2020 and were judged under various categories such as top model, talent, sports, multimedia, Beauty with a Purpose, and among others. The diva impressed everyone at the competition with her strong performance and charming personality. “As a representative for Japan, I not only want to convey the good points of the homeland but also the problems outstanding for international friends,” she said.



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Maria is strong, confident, and determined to make the people of Japan proud. Her strong points are her speaking, improvisation and artistic talent and she is working on polishing her skills and abilities to impress everyone at the competition. The pop group ‘Genic’ she is a part of has been in operation since May and she explains that she has received enthusiastic support from her colleagues throughout the competition and she very grateful to have such supporting people around her. "My dream is to make Japan a better place through my music," she said.

The diva is interested in fashion and works as a photo model along with being invited to represent several small fashion brands in the country. Even though she is works as a model, she chooses healthy, discreet, and age-appropriate clothes in her daily life. In the past, the beautiful cherry blossoms country has never won the title and the best achievement is the beauty Midoriko Tokura in the top 3 in 1956. People of Japan have high hopes from Maria Kaneya.