Speech Contest



29th Annual Speech Contest [2015]
Each year since 1987, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago sponsors a Japanese language speech contest to promote the study of Japanese in the Midwest. The contest is held in the auditorium of the Japan Information Center on the fourth Saturday in March. Please refer to the eligibility requirements and browse the results and entries from past competitions below. If you have any further inquiries related to the contest, you may contact the JIC at jic@cg.mofa.go.jp with the subject line: "Japanese Language Speech Contest."

29th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago (2015)
Date & Time: Saturday March 21, 2015, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Application Deadline: February 12, 2015 (Please note that all materials below must arrive in the Japan Information Center by this date regardless of the postmarked date)

29th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago Application Forms:
  • Application Information [PDF]
  • Application Form [Excel]

  • [NEW] The following signatures are required:
    1) The Applicant
    2) The Instructors
    3) Guardian (for those under 18 years old)
  • Handwritten Speech Draft [Official Draft Form]
  • Cassette tape or CD recording of your speech in Japanese
Place: Japan Information Center
Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Purpose: To promote the study of Japanese language in the Midwest and deepen the mutual
understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago
The Japan America Society of Chicago
The Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International

Subject: Any topic is acceptable
Categories: Contestants will be divided into one of the following four categories:
I. Elementary & Junior High School Students
  II. High School Students with less than three years of Japanese
  III. High School students with three or more years of Japanese
    College Students & Adults with less than one year of Japanese
  IV. College Students & Adults with more than one year of Japanese
Eligibility: This contest is open to all individuals who reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin and have not:
I. lived in Japan for two or more years in total since 2005
  II. come from homes where Japanese has been spoken regularly
  III. participated twice in the same category of this contest in the past
Judging Criteria: Content, Organization, Language, Delivery, and Memorization
Grand Prize: Round-Trip Airline Ticket to Japan
(Please see other prizes in the Results PDFs listed below)
Past Contest Results:
2015 Grand Prize Winner
Ms. Errol Phalo [center-left] with
Ms. Keiko Yanai,
Acting Consul General of Japan at Chicago
Mr. Ichiro Hidaka,
Vice Chairman of the PR Committee at the JCCC
Mr. Yuji Oka,
Vice President and Regional Manager at Japan Airlines
Speech scripts for the: Grand Prize Winner
Ms. Errol Phalo [2015]
Macalester College

Special Award Winner
Mr. Hui Zhang [2015]
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Osaka Award Winner
Mr. Hassan Awaishi [2015]
(University of Chicago)

Grand Prize Winner
Mr. Phillip Bachman [2014]
(University of Minnesota)

Osaka Award Winner
Ms. Danielle Parsons [2014]
(IPFW - Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne)

Grand Prize Winner
Mr. Wonwoo Choi [2013]
(Washington University in St. Louis)