The 55th International Speech Contest in Japanese

The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with International Education Center and Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, hosted The Fifty-Fifth International Speech Contest in Japanese on May 24, 2014. (The outline is described below.) 12 winners from 10 countries/regions have been chosen out of 97 applicants from 22 countries/regions in the preliminary round to participate in the Contest.
Participants made interesting speeches on what they think and how they feel through their daily life in Japan and exchanges with Japanese people.

Recipients of respective awards are as follows:

Foreign Minister's Award

Education Minister's Award

Special Award by Three Sponsors

Audience-Judge Award

You can watch the videos of speeches by the 12 participants on the website of International Education Center .


Date Saturday, May 24, 2014
Starting  time: 1:00 p.m.


1.Ms. Yona Nancy

  • India
  • Nagoya Institute of Technology
  • Graduate student

Ms. Yona Nancy

2.Mr. Salatkiewicz Michal Mateusz

  • Poland
  • University of the Ryukyus
  • University student

Mr. Salatkiewicz Michal Mateusz

3.Ms. Xia Tian

  • China
  • Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
  • University student

Ms. Xia Tian

4.Ms. Stancu Andreea-Mihaela

  • Romania
  • Nara University of Education
  • University student

Ms. Stancu Andreea-Mihaela

5.Mr. Colin Bruce Wilson

Special Award by Three Sponsors

  • USA
  • The IR Corporation (IRC)
  • Office worker

Mr. Colin Bruce Wilson

6.Mr. Ouk Sokhen

  • Cambodia
  • Soka University
  • University student

Mr. Ouk Sokhen

7.Ms. K C Sita

  • Nepal
  • Housewife

Ms. K C Sita

8.Mr. He Xiaoen

Foreign Minister's Award

  • China
  • Shimane University
  • University student

Mr. He Xiaoen

9.Ms. Canbeiro Laura Thao

Audience-Judge Award

  • France
  • University of the Ryukyus
  • University student

Ms. Canbeiro Laura Thao

10.Mr. Jung Sangjin

Education Minister's Award

  • Korea
  • International School of Business
  • Vocational school student

Mr. Jung Sangji

11.Ms. Andassova Maral

  • Kazakhstan
  • Research Institute, Bukkyo University
  • Fellow

Ms. Andassova Maral

12.Mr. Wang Tong

  • China
  • Kumamoto Gakuen University
  • University student

Mr. Wang Tong

For the previous contests:

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