Call for Applicants to

Japanese Speech Contest
for Students in Sweden

Saturday, 9 February 2019, 10:00–17:00,
at Stockholm University, Kräftriket, Stockholm

Grand Prize: Stockholm–Tokyo Flight Ticket

Honour Prizes by the Ambassador of Japan.

High Prizes: Winners for each category.

Certificate of Participation for all participants.

Award for a nice-try.

The Grand Prize will be awarded to a contestant who have not previously won it. The air ticket may have some restrictions of use during certain periods.

Contest Rules

How to Participate

Please send an email to speech@st.mofa.go.jp, with the following details:

  1. Student category (high school or university).
  2. Name and age.
  3. Phone number and e-mail address.
  4. Name of your school (and faculty for university students).
  5. A certificate of registration (only for university students).
  6. Length of studying Japanese or length of living in Japan.

Application deadline: 25 January 2019

After the deadline, the Embassy will provide further details, such as directions to the venue and contestant registration numbers.

Jury

Represented by

  • Japanese Businessmen's Club
  • Japanese Association in Stockholm
  • Stockholm University, Department of Asia, Middle East and Turkish Studies
  • Former Ambassador of Sweden to Japan
  • Embassy of Japan in Sweden

Executive Committee of the Japanese Speech Contest for Students in Sweden (EC)

  • Japanese Businessmen's Club
  • Japanese Association in Stockholm
  • Stockholm University, Department of Asia, Middle East and Turkish Studies
  • Former Ambassador of Sweden to Japan
  • Embassy of Japan in Sweden

Program

10:00Registration
10:20Introduction
10:30-11:15Speeches 1
11:15-11:20Break
11:20-12:10Speeches 2
12:10-13:10Lunch
13:10-14:00Speeches 3
14:00-14:45Jury Deliberation
14:45-15:45Awarding Ceremony
16:00-17:00Fika

Subject to change.

Första plats i gymnasiegruppen

Comment by Ms. Rosa Leschly, Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Japanese Speech Contest for Students in Sweden

This was the second year I participated in the Speech contest. For me, not only has this contest provided the perfect opportunity to test out the Japanese that I have studied over the years, it encouraged me to push the boundaries of my knowledge of both the Japanese language and delivering speeches. As a high school student, I have yet to write a lot of formal texts in Japanese, so while writing my speech I worked with using the appropriate formal words, as well as expressions that help set the tone. Participating in the Speech contest gives you the chance to be wonderfully nerdy about language usage.

As rewarding it was to perform my own speech, as inspiring was it to hear the other participants' speeches. The speech themes always enables you to present a topic close to your heart. I have always been taught that in order to deliver a successful speech, only two things are necessary: genuine interest in the topic, and the enthusiasm for conveying it to others. Both years I have participated in the contest, I have left Stockholm feeling immensely motivated to learn more about the Japanese language and culture.

With the round-trip ticket to Japan I won, I was able to spend a month in Japan during the summer vacation, where I studied more Japanese as well as reunited with my families and friends from my exchange year. Japan will always be my second home, and as soon as I come back from a trip there, I am planning my next one. I know that in the future I will continue learning about Japan, and I look forward to hopefully participate in securing and improving the diplomatic relations, so that they may last another 150 years.

Sponsors

Tomoku Hus
Mitsubishi Corporation
SC Motors Sweden
Toyota Material Handling
Sun
Nikkei Europe
Suzuki Garphyttan
Japan Airlines
JTB
Fiji Water
QP Miljö
JSTV