The 57th International Speech Contest in Japanese

The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with International Education Center and Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, hosted the 57th International Speech Contest in Japanese on June 18, 2016.
12 participants from 10 countries/regions have been chosen out of 80 contestants from 26 countries/regions in the preliminary round to participate in the Contest.
The participants made interesting speeches on what they think and how they feel through their daily life in Japan and exchanges with Japanese people.

The recipients of respective awards are as follows.

Foreign Minister's Award
Mr. Floris de Graaf
(Netherlands, Ritsumeikan Moriyama Senior High School, High school student)

Education Minister's Award
Ms. Elisa Francini
(Italy, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, University student)

Organizers' Special Award
Ms. Jung Daeun
(Republic of Korea, University of the Ryukyus, University student)

Audience-Judge Award
Ms. Putri Rejeki Rohmanita
(Indonesia, Miyazaki Information Business College, Vocational school student)

The videos of speeches by the 12 participants can be watched on the website of the International Education Center.

Participants

1. Ms. Sarigumba Maryann Banzali

  • Philippines
  • Kenshokai Moldau, special elderly nursing home
    Care staff

Photo of Ms. Sarigumba Maryann Banzali

2. Mr. Alex Kalyango

  • Uganda
  • Nihon University
    University student

Photo of Mr. Alex Kalyango

3. Ms. Li Yanxiu

  • China
  • Mie High School
    High school student

Photo of Ms. Li Yanxiu

4. Ms. Hnin Oo Kyaw

  • Myanmar
  • Osaka Jogakuin University
    Graduate student

Photo of Ms. Hnin Oo Kyaw

5. Mr. Floris de Graaf

Foreign Minister's Award

  • Netherlands
  • Ritsumeikan Moriyama Senior High School
    High school student

Photo of Mr. Floris de Graaf

6. Ms. Nguyen Thi Tra Giang

  • Viet Nam
  • Kumamoto University
    University student

Photo of Ms. Nguyen Thi Tra Giang

7. Ms. Jung Daeun

Organizers' Special Award

  • Republic of Korea
  • University of the Ryukyus
    University student

Photo of Ms. Jung Daeun

8. Ms. Roxanne Abe

  • Philippines
  • Yamate Kindergarten
    English instructor

Photo of Ms. Roxanne Abe

9. Mr. Boris Kuzmenko

  • Russia
  • Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    Research student

Photo of Mr. Boris Kuzmenko

10. Ms. Putri Rejeki Rohmanita

Audience-Judge Award

  • Indonesia
  • Miyazaki Information Business College
    Vocational school student

Photo of Mr. Guy Nebibanga Evina Bertin

11. Ms. Li Yixuan

  • China
  • Jissen Women’s University
    University student

Photo of Ms. Li Yixuan

12. Ms. Elisa Francini

Education Minister's Award

  • Italy
  • Hyogo University of Teacher Education
    University student

Photo of Ms. Elisa Francini

For the previous contests:

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The Japan Foundation
Japanese-Language Dept.
Planning and Coordination Section
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6066

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