Toyama Cup Speech Contest 2016 – College Students

by Lynn Moyers on April 6, 2016

Grand Prize winner receives a trip to Japan!

The annual Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest is sponsored by Toyama Prefecture and held every year in Toyama’s Sister State of Oregon. This Japanese speech contest for college/university students was first held to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of our Sister State relationship and has seen 251 students compete over its 19-year history. This year’s Speech Contest has a special significance due to the 25th Anniversary of the Oregon/Toyama Sister State relationship.

There are 2 Divisions depending on the number of years the student has spent studying Japanese and whether the student has experience with Japan, like being a home stay student or having a Japanese national as a parent. Division One is for students with less than 2 years of study. Division Two is for those with more than 2 years of Japanese study.

Prizes are awarded for first through third place in both Divisions, with the overall winner receiving a “Toyama Observation Trip”. The trip offers the opportunity to visit Toyama Prefecture, interact with the people of Toyama, and visit sightseeing areas. Flight and accommodation expenses are paid by Toyama Prefecture.

This year’s contest will be held April 24, 2016 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the World Trade Center in Portland. Sign up by downloading flyer and application package and returning it via email or postal mail to JASO. Instructions are included in the application. Be sure to read the Honorary Friendly Envoy Program document included with the application..

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