JFTC Essay Competition

Award Winners of JFTC Essay Competition 2008

December 15, 2008

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. sponsors of the "JFTC Essay Competition 2008" are very pleased to announce that we received a total of 151 submissions from 35 different nationalities for the competition this year.
After a strict screening of all the essays, the four submissions below have been selected as the Prize Excellence of the competition in 2008. Unfortunately, however, there was not one that the Selection Committee members should strongly back for the Grand Prize of 1 million yen.
But this year, we have decided to award a Selection Committee Chair's Special Prize to an outstanding essay by the writer in his or her teens.
We would like to express our congratulations to the winners and thank all the participants for taking part.

Selection Committee
Chair Dr. Iwao Nakatani, Director of Research, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. and Professor, Dean, Renaissance Center, Tama University
Vice Chairs Professor Yoko Wake, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University
Vice Chairs Mr. Kazuo Mori, Senior and Editorial Writer, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.

Remarks by Selection Committee Chair

The Prizes for Excellence of 200,000 yen

"Reinforcing the Japanese Brand as Environmental Leader :
  The Role for Corporations"

Ms. Kamila PIECZARA (Polish, age 24)

"Anatomy of Japanese Business Leading to Sustainable Growth"
Mr. WONG, Chun Yiu (Chinese, age 30)

"Japanese Environmental and Energy Services - The Dark Horse"
Dr. Ananya MUKHOPADHYAY (Indian, age 41)

"From 'Differential-Oriented Management' to 'Integral-Oriented Management' –  Three Paradigm Shifts"
Mr. Naoki ABE (Japanese, age 25)

The Selection Committee Chair's Special Prize of 100,000 yen

"Japan's Green Technology for Earth and Economy"
Ms. Shellen HALIM(Indonesian, age 19)

Essay Requirements

Subject "The Possibility of 'Japanese-Style Business Models' for Preserving the Earth"
Language Essays may be written in English or Japanese
Length No more than 4,000 words in English
Deadline September 30, 2008