SOAS University of London

Guidance On Speeches

The following notes only apply if you are selected to take part in the Final Round:

Each candidate will be asked to speak on the topic “Doing Business with Japan” for between 8 and 10 minutes, followed by a Question & Answer session which will last for approximately 5 minutes. You can talk about cultural aspects in relation to business.

Should you have any difficulty in selecting a theme, we would be more than happy to advise you. 

Your speech should be between eight and ten minutes long. 

The main judging criteria are:

  • Good use of spoken Japanese
  • Communicative nature of presentation
  • How closely presentation is related to aims of Awards
  • Length of stay in Japan

The Final Round takes place before a mostly Japanese audience.

You may not use audio-visual aids.  You may also not read your speech.

You may be asked to change the title of your speech to meet publicity requirements.

Purpose of the Awards

To deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture by businessmen and women of the countries of the UK and 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; and to encourage and reward the efforts of students of the Japanese language, who will in the future make their own contribution to UK-Japan and EU-Japan relations.

Final Round and Awards Ceremony

The Final Round and Awards Ceremony will be held at the SOAS University of London in London. Those selected for the Final Round must be able to attend the ceremony.

Further guidance will be issued to Finalists after the telephone interviews.

Finalists may be required to participate in publicity for the Awards.

The organisers are ready to offer guidance on applicants' eligibility to enter the Awards or on choice of speech title if required. Please contact The Sir Peter Parker Awards Office.