Source: PR Times Japan Crowns “Cutest” High School And Junior High School Girls 2017-12-12 Tue 2017-12-12 Tue The now annual “High School Girl Miss Contest" (Joshi Kousei Miss Contest) by Model Press, a voting based competition to decide Japan's "cutest high school girl", is now gearing up for its 2018 edition. A pool of semi-finalists, representing different prefectures from the major regions of Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyuushuu, Okinawa, Kansai, and Kanto), were selected via voting on social media platforms. In the past, winners have been signed to talent agencies and promoted on television and in magazines. But this year marked the debut of the the event's "sister" contest, the "JC Miss Contest", which was held to determine the "cutest" junior high school student in the country. 3,200 contestants gathered from April, with the eventual winner "Saki" (Saki Arikawa) taking home the contest's main "Grand Prix" award and "Miruku" (Miku Ichinose) and "Juriri" (Juri Nishikawa) winning runner-up Grand Prix and a special Model Press award, respectively, on December 9th. Saki was awarded a special contract with a major entertainment label, as well as "PR ambassadorship" duties and a magazine appearance. Source: PR Times Source: PR Times As for the high schoolgirl contest, the prefectural representatives, which were trimmed from an initial pool of 330 contestants, have now been voted on via purikura photo sticker booths to determine the final contestants in an event held on March 27, 2018. While both the high school student and junior high school student contests are primarily based on aesthetics, the finalists are judged on individual performances and special talents, such as singing and dancing or English conversation ability. Here are the finalists for the High School Girl Miss Contest 2017-2018 edition. Tohoku Area Representative: Hikaru Source: PR Times Chugoku/Shikoku Area Representative: Nanami Source: PR Times Kanto Area Representative: Chihiro Source: PR Times Kansai Area Representative: Zawako Source: PR Times Chugoku/Shikoku Area Representative: Nanachara Source: PR Times Chubu Area Representative: Honopipi Source: PR Times Kyushuu/Okinawa Area Representative: Rio-chon Source: PR Times Kyushuu/Okinawa Area Representative: Meimei Source: PR Times While the high school version of the contest has become an annual event and platform for young girls to break into the modeling and idol industry, the debut of a junior high school version has raised some voices of criticism on Japanese social media. Two chief complaints seem to be that it may be exploiting girls for the sake of appealing to "lolicon" (shortened for "lolita complex", a fascination with and/or attraction to young girls), and also the concern over exposing young and possibly naive girls to the particularly strict and cut-throat aspects of the idol and celebrity industry in Japan. Source: PR Times By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:PR Times / ＜女子高生ラボ★47＞紹介動画 / PR Times Tags: Beauty Pageants / Contests / Cute / Girls / High School Girls / Japan / Miss Contest / Prefectures grape Japan Only in Japan Japan Crowns “Cutest” High School And Junior High School Girls Related Article Trailer For Mifune: The Last Samurai Documentary Shows Why The Legendary Actor Is So Celebrated Meet Chata, The Munchkin Cat With An Impossibly Adorable Sleeping Pose Breathtaking 8K Video Explores Beautiful Food And Scenery Of One Of Hokkaido’s Most Underrated Areas Starbucks Taiwan’s Beautiful Sakura Tumblers Have Japanese Coffee Fans Jealous Get A Taste Of Gotsubo’s Artistically Prepared Veggie Tsukemen This Outdoorsy Cat Loves Taking Hikes, And Will Even Take Lead On The Trail!