A Vietnamese student at a Japanese university was named Miss Beppu of Beppu City in southern Japan, Asahi newspaper said Tuesday.
Ton Diep Nhat Trang, 22, is studying at Oita prefecture's Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. She promised she would work hard during her two-year stint as Miss Beppu.
Trang, from Ho Chi Minh City, also said she would promote her home city in Japan and elsewhere.
An official involved in the event said it was not surprising to have a non-Japanese Miss Beppu because Beppu has many foreign students.
"Though she is not fluent in Japanese, she will probably leave a [good] impression on those who hear her," he added.