A half-Indian woman has been crowned Miss Japan, the second year in a row a biracial person has won the beauty pageant, BBC reports.


Priyanka Yoshikawa, 22 and who also has an elephant training licence, said she would use her win to "change perceptions".


Last year's Miss Japan, Ariana Miyamoto was the first mixed-race person to win the pageant. Critics complained then that a "pure" Japanese should have won.Only about 2% of babies born every year in Japan are biracial, or "haafu", the Japanese word for half.


"We are Japanese," Ms Yoshikawa told AFP news agency. "Yes, my dad is Indian and I'm proud of it, I'm proud that I have Indian in me. But that doesn't mean I'm not Japanese."


She credited her win to Ms Miyamoto, saying she had helped show "mixed girls the way".


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