11th Annual Japanese Speech Contest for University Students

29th Feb 2016

The 11th Annual Japanese Speech Contest for University Students was held on Saturday, 27th February 2016 in the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Jointly organised by the British Association of Teachers of Japanese (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation, this year the finalists were selected from among 87 students from 19 different universities in all three categories.
The standard of the finalists was extremely high, and the judges had a difficult task in deciding between them, but eventually selected Ms Laura Onciu (3rd Year, University of Newcastle) as the winner in the Speech Category for students studying Japanese as a major part of their degree. Ms Onciu impressed the panel with her speech, entitled, '"Norms" that create reverse discrimination - Adverse effects of conventional wisdom in Japan", and with the naturalness of her Japanese, depth of knowledge of her material, and ability to answer questions. First prize in the Individual Presentation category, for students studying Japanese as a minor subject, went to Mr Dennis Sun (1st Year, SOAS) for his presentation on 'The Internet in China: Communication and Communism'.

Congratulations to all participants and their teachers, friends and supporters, who contributed to making the day so memorable.

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