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 provided.
The 21st NJSC, 2010
The 2010 NJSC will be held at York Univeristy, Toronto, on March
28, 2010, Sunday.
Please fill out the application form
and fax it to Norio Ota.
Please look at the following cover page for further information
- 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
- Mr. Masayuki Suzuki,
Director, the Japan Foundation Toronto (Welcome remark)
- Professor Fumiko
Ikawa-Smith, McGill University, the Japan Study
Association of Canada (Welcome remark)
- Ms. Debbie Danbrook,
Shakuhachi performer (March 27, 2010 at the Welcome Dinner
- We pay the lowest possible airefare.
- You MUST book your
own flight using the Booking
Request Form as
soon as the regional contest is over.
try to book your flight so that you will arrive at
Toronto (Pearson) 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.
send it to Norio Ota
- Please memorize your speech completely and observe the
The entire contest will be vide-streamed. The link
A panel presentation and discussion by former
participants on speech contests and Japanese language
- Comments and questions are welcome on-line using the
Judges ask each contestant up to three questions in
Japanese re the 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
demonstration 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
- 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.