30th North Zone Japanese Language Speech Contest

On October 28, MOSAI (Monbusho Scholars Association in India) organized the 30th North India Japanese Speech Contest at JNU, New Delhi. On the occasion, Mr. Kikuta, Deputy Chief of Mission, who was invited to this contest as Chief Guest, introduced the ongoing Japan Festival, which started from October 27.  He also expressed his expectations for Japanese Language learners and encouraged them, referring to the Memorandum of Cooperation signed with the Indian Government, in regard to promotion of Japanese Language education in India.
At this contest, 8 learners participated in the Junior category (for those who have experienced less than 500 hours of learning) and 6 in the Senior category (for those who have experienced less than 1,500 hours of learning). All the participants made their speech based on their personal experiences and their future dreams. While some could not respond appropriately to the questions posed by the Japanese Language expert, a majority of them could demonstrate their language skills by replying to such questions successfully. Judges praised most of the speakers, who chose familiar topics and spoke in appropriate speed. In addition, the judges gave practical advice on how to speak natural Japanese; taking care of accent, and to understand proper accent, listening to more and more Japanese spoken by native speakers.
In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the speech contest, one of the previous winners of the contest appeared on stage and encouraged the Japanese Language learners, referring to her own successful career as a skilled Japanese speaker.
Promotion of Japanese Language education not only helps to strengthen people-to-people exchange between Japan and India, but also leads to an improvement in the business environment for Japanese companies in India. Due to the reason, Japanese Language education is a very significant factor for deepening our bilateral relationship. Embassy of Japan would continuously endeavor for the promotion of Japanese Language education in India.

DCM Kikuta giving his address

DCM Kikuta and Ms. Himani, Winner of Junior category

DCM Kikuta and Mr. Ojha, Winner of Senior category

Group photo of Prize-winners, Guests and Organizers