The National Japanese Speech Contest (Canada) was established in
1989 under the auspices of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa in order to
promote the Japanese language education in
Canada. NJSC has been sponsored by the Japan Foundation and held at a
different location annually. Consulates General of Japan, universities
and corporations have provided various suppot and assitance in making
this event a very successful and important event. NJSC is organized by
a regional organizing committee.
Thank you very much for
your participation and support!
I have received very positive feedback from many
people. Norio Ota
Who can participate?
The first prize winners of the four categories (Beginners',
Intermediate, Advanced and Open) in the regional speech contests are
eligible to participate in NJSC. Airfare and accommodations are
The 21st NJSC, 2010
The 2010 NJSC will be held at York Univeristy, Toronto, on March 28,
and fax it to Norio Ota.
Please look at the following cover page for further information (under
- Mr. David Tsubouchi, Board of
Governor, York University (Welcome remark on behalf of York University)
- Mr. Nobuaki Yamamoto, Deputy
Consul General, Consulate General Japan, Toronto (Welcome remark)
- Mr. Masayuki Suzuki, Director,
the Japan Foundation Toronto (Welcome remark)
- Professor Fumiko Ikawa-Smith,
McGill University, the Japan Study Association of Canada (Welcome
performer (March 27, 2010 at the Welcome Dinner Reception)
- We pay the lowest possible airefare.
- You MUST book your own flight using the
Form as soon as the
regional contest is over.
Airport between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00
p.m. on March 27. The committee will send someone to meet you at
the airport and drive you to York University.
- It is not advisable to make other
personal arrangements in conjunction with this event.The Committee
would not be responsible for any
such personal arrangements.
- A collection of the speeches will be published after the contest.
Please submit your speech using the following on-line manuscript paper.
Please send it
to Norio Ota
- Please memorize your speech completely and observe the given
The entire contest will be vide-streamed. The link is:
A panel presentation and discussion by former participants on
speech contests and Japanese language study.
- Comments and questions are welcome on-line using the above link.
Judges ask each contestant up to three questions in Japanese re
content of the speech.
- This is a part of the assessment of each speech.
- Questions will be adjusted to each level.
Welcome dinner reception:
- All the participants are invited to the welcome dinner reception
on March 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Michelangelo's Restaurant (Atkinson
College) with guests and the Organizing Committee members. Smart casual
or business attire, please.
- Professor Lorna Wright, Associate Vice President International,
York University, will welcome the participants and guests.
- Mr. Nobuaki Yamamoto, Deputy Consul General, and Mr. Masayuki
Suzuki, Director, the Japan Foundation Toronto, will welcome the
participants and guests.
- Professor Haideh Moghissi, Associate Dean External, will welcome
the participants and guests on behalf of the Faculty of Liberal Arts
& Professional Studies.
- Ms. Debbie Danbrook will
present a shakuhachi lecture
during the reception.
- The Japan Foundation
- Astellas USA Foundation
- Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd.
- Consulate General of Japan, Toronto
- Mr. Lewis Murray MacKinnon and Carlson Wagonlit Clarke-Way Travel
- Canon Canada Inc.
- Subaru Canada Inc.
- Canada Planners International Services Inc.
- Hasting Park Foundation
- York University
This event would not be possible without generous donations
by many organizations and corporations. The Organizing Committee is
grateful for their support for 2010 NJSC.
The Committee would appreciate donations - prizes, scholarships and
operational funds. Tax receipts will be issued through the Hastaing
Park Foundation. Please find further information in the following
Request for donations.