JFTC Essay Competition 2012 has been closed.
JFTC Essay Competition 2012
JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2012 to encourage students, young researchers and businesspeople to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.
|1. Essay Topic||
“Strategies for a Depopulating Japan”
The population of Japan peaked at 127.79 million people in 2004. According to the medium-variant projection of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, by 2030 it will decrease to 115.22 million and continue falling below the 100 million level to 95.15 million by 2050. A drastic decline of a population like this in a rapid aging society is expected to have negative impact in various areas of people's lives: Slowing the economic growth, draining the national revenue, and threatening the quality of social security systems. It can even cause a serious concern over the national security.
Moreover, population decline due to a low birth rate in an aging society is not a unique problem to Japan. It represents a concern that is coming up globally in many countries including China and European nations. Thus, the rest of the world is watching closely how Japan will effectively and appropriately cope with this issue.
We have seen a variety of proposals to keep our society of a dwindling population running: Measures to encourage people to have larger families, new business models that focus on enhancing the standards of living for aging population, reforms to the political and social security systems, and efforts to bring in manpower from overseas. However, none has proven remarkable effectiveness. Japan is facing this difficulty ahead of any other country in the world. What kind of country we should create in the future? And how can we achieve it? We solicit your suggestions and proposals that are unhampered by conventional ideas from all over the world without boundaries of age, gender or nationality.
One Grand Prize of 1,000,000yen
|4. Qualification||Anyone can apply for the Essay Competition, regardless of nationality or age.|
|5. Language||English (4,000words) or Japanese (10,000characters). Each essay MUST BE accompanied by an essay summary of no more than 400words in English/ 1,000 Japanese characters.|
|6. Deadline||September 15, 2012 at 24:00 (JST)
We CANNOT accept any essays after this time. The entry page will be really congested at around the deadline time. It is recommended to apply earlier to avoid technical difficulty accessing the page.
|7. Terms of Reference||Essays must be submitted in the specified format sheet downloaded from our website. Unless both essay title and summary are presented, such application shall be deemed incomplete and will NOT be evaluated. Also, all submissions must be original and should be submitted with complete fill out of an entry form. No previously published materials will be accepted. All rights to the award-winning essays shall be the exclusive property of JFTC.|
|8. Announcement||Award winners will be publicly announced on December 14, 2012.
The award-winners from abroad will be provided with a round trip airticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 8, 2013.
|9. Frequently Asked Questions||Please read the FAQ page.|
|10. Contact Address||Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc., Public Relations Group
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