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Ohio Japanese SPEECH CONTEST

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Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the annual Ohio Japanese Speech Contest to promote Japanese language learning in the state of Ohio. The Contest showcases achievement in Japanese language learning and presents ideas and experiences that promote JASCO’s mission, that is to enrich lives by bringing Ohio’s Japanese and American communities together.

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2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2023

UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY

The 2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest will be a single open category. Two top speeches will be recognized with the competition awards. In addition, special awards may also be given in such categories as College, High School, and Best Pronunciation. 


Participants of the finals will perform from memory an original speech of their own creation in front of a panel of judges and audience. Following the speech, the panel of judges will ask questions related to the speech. The Q&A portion is conducted in Japanese as well.

Application Information
Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the 2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest, one must:

  • Be 15 years or older at the time of the finals (March 25, 2023)

  • Have learned to speak Japanese through an intentional study

  • Have lived in the state of Ohio for at least 24 months, although not necessarily consecutively

    • Be committed to participate in the finals in person at the University of FindlayParticipants who are minors must be accompanied by a teacher, parent, guardian, or other authorized chaperone.

 

Please note that individuals who grew up in a primarily Japanese-speaking environment (family or school) may not apply. 

 

If you have any questions about eligibility, please consult the 2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Handbook (downloadable below), or contact JASCO at jasco@jas-co.org
 

Application process

Applications must be submitted via the form on the JASCO website by Friday, February 17, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

Your application must include:

  • A written representation of your speech; one of the following:

    • ​A short synopsis (1 or 2 paragraphs) of an original speech in Japanese 
      OR

    • An original Japanese speech

  • An audio recording of your a) synopsis OR b) your original speech ​

Speech Topic

The speech content is open to the extent that the topic relates to JASCO’s mission to bringing Ohio’s Japanese and American communities together.

2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Handbook

For full details about the 2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, download the 2023 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest handbook.

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SPONSORS

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SPONSORS OF THE 2022 OHIO JAPANESE SPEECH CONTEST:

CENTRAL OHIO JAPANESE ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE (COJAC)

CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN IN DETROIT

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR JAPANESE STUDIES

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