The 59th International Speech Contest in Japanese

The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with International Education Center and Iki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, hosted the 59th International Speech Contest in Japanese held on May 26, 2018.
12 participants from 11 countries were chosen out of 105 contestants from 27 countries/regions in the preliminary round to participate in the Contest.
The participants made impressive speeches on what they thought and how they felt through their daily lives in Japan and interacted with Japanese people.
The recipients of respective awards are as follows:

Foreign Minister's Award
ハラ ハティーブさん
(Syria, Meisei Institute of Cybernetics, Japanese language school student)

Education Minister's Award
Kateryna Novytska
(Ukraine, Keio University, University student)

Organizers' Special Award
Jan Hendrik Grigat
(Germany, Tokyo University, University student)

Audience-Judge Award
Rachel Elizabeth Blaine
(United States of America, Iki City Ishida Junior High School, Assistant language teacher)

The Speech videos can be watched on the website of the International Education Center.

Outline

Date Saturday, May 26, 2018
Starting time: 1:00 p.m.
Venue Iki-no-shima Hall Access
Iki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Participants

1. Mr. Shin Soonha

  • Korea
  • Sanyo Gakuen University
    Research student

Photo of Mr. Shin Soonha

2. Ms. Elena Strelkova

  • Russia
  • Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
    University student

Photo of Ms. Elena Strelkova

3. Ms. Aditi Chadha

  • India
  • Intercultural Institute of Japan
    Japanese language school student

Photo of Ms. Aditi Chadha

4. Ms. Han Binze

  • China
  • Okuchi Meiko Gakuen High School
    High school student

Photo of Ms. Han Binze

5. ハラ ハティーブさん

Foreign Minister's Award

  • Syria
  • Meisei Institute of Cybernetics
    Japanese language school student

Photo: recipient of Foreign Minister's Award

6. Mr. Garbuja Harka Bahadur

  • Nepal
  • Kokoro Medical & Welfare Professional College
    Vocational college student

Photo of Mr. Garbuja Harka Bahadur

7. Ms. Kateryna Novytska

Education Minister's Award

  • Ukraine
  • Keio University
    University student

Photo of Ms. Kateryna Novytska

8. Mr. Ndiayne Cheikh Ahmed Fadel

  • Senegal
  • JATCO Engineering Ltd.
    Office worker

Photo of Mr. Ndiayne Cheikh Ahmed Fadel

9. Ms. Cai Qian

  • China
  • Suzuyo & Co., Ltd.
    Office worker

Photo of Mr. Cai Qian

10. Ms. Rachel Elizabeth Blaine

Audience-Judge Award

  • United States of America
  • Iki City Ishida Junior High School
    Assistant language teacher

Photo of Ms. Rachel Elizabeth Blaine

11. Ms. Rohina Maherpour

  • Iran
  • Nihon University
    University student

Photo of Ms. Rohina Maherpour

12. Mr. Jan Hendrik Grigat

Organizers' Special Award

  • Germany
  • Tokyo University
    University student

Photo of Mr. Jan Hendrik Grigat

Previous Contests (in Japanese)

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