31 March 2020
The Fifteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students was held at King's College London on Saturday 29th February 2020.
Ellis Warren, a 4th year student of Japanese and Economics at SOAS, won Second Prize in the Speech Category of the contest for his speech titled: The Power of Diversity: The future of Japanese Society where foreign students play an increasingly important role.
Sacha Oriet, a 2nd year student of Japanese at SOAS, won Second Prize in the Individual Presentation Category of the contest for his speech titled: The Swiss Army - A means to achieve neutrality.
Emma Kirk Martin, a 4th year student, was also one of the finalists for the Speech Category and gave a speech titled: The role of the family in the increasingly isolated Japanese society.
The annual Japanese Speech Contest for University Students in organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and The Japan Foundation. The event provides an opportunity for students from the UK and Ireland to demonstrate their Japanese speaking skills.
This year there were fifty-six applications from nineteen universities. There were nineteen applications for Ellis' category. Ellis competed against four other Speech Category finalists on Finals Day to win Second Prize. There were twenty-two applications for Sacha's category, and he also competed against four other Individual Presentation Category finalists on Finals Day to win Second Prize.
The Japan Research Centre at SOAS would like to congratulate Ellis, Emma and Sacha for their outstanding performance.