Results of the 27th Japanese Public Speaking Contest (1 March)
On Saturday 1 March, the 27th Japanese Public Speaking Contest was held at the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague.
Ambassador Tsuji mentioned in his speech that it was the first time for him to present this Japanese Public Speaking Contest since his arrival in the Netherlands and that he would like to enjoy himself thoroughly. Ambassador Tsuji expressed the hope that the Japanese language skills of the participants would be used to the fullest in this contest.
This year’s theme served greatly to learn what the participants wished to convey to the people of their own country and to learn what they were interested in within the culture of Japan, not only based of their everyday study of the Japanese language, but also outside their language study. The participants picked the aspect of the culture they were most interested in.
A special mention should go to a 17-year-old high school student who made a great and composed speech about “Noh”, to the extent that he did not seem like a high school student. It goes without saying that he made a great impression on the panel of judges.
(Sponsored by: The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Netherlands, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Canon Europe Ltd., Nikon Europe B.V., Restaurant Benkei, Restaurant KOBE, FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. and Yakult Europe B.V.)