"Beauty, intelligence, and home economics are all traits that symbolize human nature. Please exemplify these qualities to the best of your abilities. Teen of Japan 2005 will now begin."
—Minako's commences the competition.[src]

Minako Yamanaka (山中 美菜子 (やまなか みなこ) Yamanaka Minako) was the chairperson of the Teen of Japan executive committee. She was also a judge during the 2005 TOJ.[1]


During the 2005 TOJ, Minako served as a judge and the committee's chairperson. She was consistently impressed by Ayano Kurimaki, who ended up winning based on points. However, she and the other judges agreed to award Tsukushi Makino one million yen, because the child judges called it a draw.[1]

Behind the scenes