Keio Univ. student to represent Japan at Miss World

Keio University senior Kanako Date is Japan’s representative to the Miss World 2018 competition to be held on China’s Hainan Island from Nov. 9 to Dec. 8.

The 21-year-old Date, a descendant of feudal lord Date Masamune, topped a field of 30 finalists, selected from 7,210 applicants, in Tokyo on Tuesday.

«I’m just surprised,» Date said. «I believe it (the Miss World contest) will be a world I’ve never seen. I’ll do my best.»

Last year’s Japanese representative was also a Keio University senior — Haruka Yamashita.

Asked if she has something in common with her great ancestor, Date said, «I hate to lose. I’m sure he brought his best to whatever he faced. I also have thick eyebrows like him!»

All — Kyodo News+

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