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Japanese Speech Contest: Spoken Business Japanese

Dedicated to the memory of the late Sir Peter Parker

The purpose of the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese is to deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture by businessmen and women of the countries of the European Union through study of the Japanese language, and to contribute to goodwill and mutual understanding with the people of Japan through better communication.

The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese were established in 1990 by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. The Awards are widely recognised as having made a significant contribution to the recent growth in the use of Japanese in business, as well as having benefited participants in their professional careers.

The 24th Sir Pater Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese was held on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at SOAS.

8 Finalists and Speech topics:
  • Mr ¬†Alexander Hart, Self Employed

Added value in the Japanese music business - what can the UK industry learn?

  • Mr Yann Marischael, The Freedown Food Company Ltd

Understanding the Meanings and Functions of Apologies in the Workplace Across Cultures

  • Mr Angus Turvill, Translator

The Business of Literature: The Future of Japanese Literature Translation and Publication

  • Mr Mihai Scumpieru, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V

"Globalisation and the challenges faced by the Japanese companies"

  • Mr Chris Ward, Chard Estate Agents

Honne and Tatemae: A very Japanese way to do business

  • Mr Dan Thomson, Tile Hill Wood School

Going deeper: Communication 2.0

  • Mr Jonathan King, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited

Project Finance and the Rising Sun

  • Ms Mara Yamauchi, Self Employed

Japan and The Marathon: an enduring partnership 

Prizewinners and finalists of previous years: