Latest Controversy: Many people in Japan are abusing former Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu after she said in a recent radio program that she is “embarrassed” by the behavior of Japanese politicians who question their country’s responsibility for forcing women into sexual slavery in World War II. Yoshimatsu has apologized on the social media, saying some of her words may have been lost in translation and reiterating that she was referring to women who had been forced into sexual slavery. She added she was saddened by the fact that the so-called comfort women had been forced to undergo such horrific treatment.
Old Controversy: Teary-eyed Ikumi Yoshimatsu had confessed that she could not fulfill her duties as Miss International properly and hence gave up the crown. She gave details on the same on her Facebook page. “Harassment and intimidation from one man has deprived me of the role of Miss International,” she wrote. “I have had to fight back tears of mortification.” According to her, the man is “the executive of a top talent agency and an influential figure in the media and entertainment industries.” She said that this person “has stalked me for the past year – harassing me, intimidating me, threatening me and obstructing my business.” This top executive has even threatened the organizers of the Miss International pageant, she said.