The Miss Universe Japan 2011 contest took place June 17th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall and the winner is 24-year old Maria Kamiyama, a sales clerk from Osaka.  She stands 1.68 m tall and will represent Japan during the Miss Universe 2011 pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in September.

The runner-ups were Hibiki Nozu from Okinawa (1st) and Michiko Tanaka from Shizuoka (2nd).

The contest, originally stated for March 30th, had to be postponed after the massive earthquake that rattled the country on March 11th. The contestants spent the following months raising funds and contributing to various causes to help rebuild the cities affected by the disaster. Photo REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Winner