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Jun Sato

Twenty beautiful young Japanese women will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Miss Universe Riyo Mori when they vie for the title of Miss Universe Japan on May 11. Twenty finalists (from a pool of 3,000 applicants) were selected and introduced at a “Countdown Party” at Audi Forum in Harajuku, under the watchful eye of Miss Universe Japan national director Ines Ligron and Audi Japan President Dominique Boesch. The Japan final will be held at Tokyo International Forum on May 11, with the winner receiving an Audi TT Coupe. Following three months of training, she’ll then represent Japan in the final in the Bahamas on August 23. CB




Actress Haruka Ayase, 24, and musician Masaharu Fukuyama, 40, have been ranked the most “marriageable” celebrities among men and women aged between 20 and 44, according to the results of a survey by dating site Match.com… TV personality Hideyuki Nakayama, 41, and beach volleyball player Miwa Asao, 23, have been awarded first prize at the 3rd Oral and Nutrition Education Awards, in honor of their pearly whites… Actress Ryoko Yonekura, 33, helped launch jewelry brand Tiffany’s new collection by wearing ¥8 million worth of bling. CB


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What goes into Japan’s favorite genki drinks?

Lipovitan D
Made by: Taisho Pharmaceutical

Price: ¥153

What’s in the bottle: Japan’s oldest energy drink has been sold here since 1962. It contains the same amounts of taurine (1,000mg) and inositol (50mg) and slightly less caffeine (50mg) than a can of Red Bull in the West, plus vitamins B1, B2 and B6.

Good for: Getting you through a long day.
Ukon no Chikara
Translation: Turmeric Power

Made by: House Foods

Price: ¥200
What’s in the bottle: 30mg of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, plus a dash of vitamins B6 and E. Though billed as an energy drink, it’s commonly drunk before imbibing alcohol in the belief that this helps prevent hangovers.

Good for: Feeling perky the morning after… maybe.
Minmin Daha
Translation: Sleep Beater

Made by: Tokiwa Pharmaceutical

Price: ¥315
What’s in the bottle: Keep tiredness at bay with this blend of unspecified quantities of coffee and chrysanthemum extract, plus vitamins C, B1, B2 and B6. What’s wrong with just drinking coffee? Don’t ask.

Good for: Overtime and late-night study sessions.
Lipovitan D Super
Made by: Taisho Pharmaceutical

Price: ¥263

What’s in the bottle: This turbo-charged descendent of the original Lipovitan D packs twice as much taurine and inositol, while throwing some ginseng extract (130mg) and vitamin E into the mix for added zip.

Good for: Getting you through a really long day.
Solmac Ichoeki
Translation: Solmac Gastrointestinal Liquid

Made by: Taiho Pharmaceutical

Price: ¥368
What’s in the bottle: This blend of herbs, licorice, turmeric, ginseng, cassia and clove extracts helps settle the stomach… and tastes absolutely vile. Which probably means that it works, of course.

Good for: Relieving indigestion and hangovers.
Chocola BB Light 2
Made by: Eisai

Price: ¥153

What’s in the bottle: The low-calorie option for hard-working OLs, Chocola peps you up with a combination of taurine (500mg), caffeine (50mg), amino acids and vitamins B1, B2 and B6.

Good for: Staying awake during epic photocopying sessions.
S.Cup
Made by: SSP

Price: ¥153

What’s in the bottle: Similar ingredients to Lipovitan D, with one exception: the 100mg of carnitine chloride, an amino acid that acts as an appetite stimulant and has anabolic properties.

Good for: Body-building salarymen, perhaps?
Uruoi Biritsu
Translation: Moisture Beauty Balance

Made by: House Foods

Price: ¥230

What’s in the bottle: Billed as a “functional beverage,” Uruoi Biritsu contains a “perfect ratio” of collagen (4,000mg), elastin (80mg) and hyaluronic acid (5.3mg), all of which are claimed to slow the aging process.

Good for: Staying pretty.


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