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Japanese Speech Contest: Spoken Business Japanese

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Prize winners for the 29th Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

All finalists' video presentations will be published on this webpage very soon.

First Prize winner:

Mr Graeme Lawrence (Hitachi Europe Ltd)

30 years working with Japanese firms: Some tips for achieving a successful workplace

Second Prize winner:

Ms Jusztina Bukta (Bloomberg LP)

What does it mean to speak Japanese as a foreigner?

Third Prize winner:

Mr Robert Maracine (University of Bucharest, MA student)

Generation Y to Generation Z: Understanding the youngest employees

Special Prize Winner

Ms Melissa Parnaby (Hokuriku Bank)

Brexit and Japan-UK relations

Other finalists:

Mr Joshua Gallagher (Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies)

From Silver to Gold: The Benefits of An Ageing Society

Ms Hannah Eastham (The Japan Society)

Reflections on the past for the future of doing business with Japan

Mr Glenn Kembrey (Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer)

Working together: Partnerships between Japanese and foreign companies

Ms Susan Cooper (Mitsui & Co. Europe)

Plastic, Packaging and Perfectionism in Japan

Prize winners for the 28th Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

First Prize winner: 

Mr Richard Brash (Postgraduate, University of Edinburgh) 

Unity in Diversity

Second Prize winner: 

Miss Chiara Comastri (Postgraduate, Osaka University)

Do we really want foreigners? Doubts and contradictions in the Japanese companies’ hiring system

Third Prize winner: 

Mr Warren Stanislaus (Postgraduate, University of Oxford)

Lessons from London: Unlocking Japan’s tourism industry potential for 2020 and beyond

Special Prize winner:

Ms Jiaang Zhao (Postgraduate, University of Birmingham)

When in Japan, do as Japanese do? --- The ‘chowa’ between localization and uniqueness of overseas enterprises in Japan

2018 Finalists Presentations

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 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.
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The results of the 27th Sir Peter Parker Awards

First prize winner:

Miss Phillippa Harvey (Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International LTD)

Less is More: How Shorter Working Hours Could Boost Japan's Productivity

Second prize winner:

Miss Chiara Comastri (Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies)

Overcoming Language Barriers in Healthcare: The Importance of a Medical Interpretation System in Japan

Third prize winner:

Mr Jonathan May (Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ)

Business Communication: The Second Language Barrier

Special prize winner:

Mr Victor Chuah (Japan Local Government Centre)

Problems in Japan, Answers in Europe

2017 Finalists' Presentations

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Prizewinners and finalists of previous years: