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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 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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28th Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

The 28th Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese will be held on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

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: