JFTC Essay Competition

Award Winners of JFTC Essay Competition 2010

December 14, 2010

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. who sponsors the “JFTC Essay Competition 2010” is very pleased to announce that we received a total of 161 submissions from 32 different nationalities for the competition this year.
After a strict screening of all the essays, the five submissions below have been selected as the winners of the competition in 2010.
We would like to express our congratulations to the winners and thank all participants for taking part.

Selection Committee
Chair Dr. Iwao Nakatani, Director of Research, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Fushiki-an
Vice Chairs Professor Yoko Wake, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University
Vice Chairs Mr. Kazuo Mori, Senior Staff Writer, NIKKEI INC.

Remarks by Selection Committee Chair

The Grand Prize of 1,000,000 yen

"Change Japan by changing the world: Towards a country of entrepreneurs"
Mr. Hirotsugu OHBA (Japan, age 34)

The Prizes for Excellence of 200,000 yen

"Reconstruction of Japan: prescription to transcend a downsized Japan"
Mr. Samuel GUIBERTEAU (France, age 31)

"A smaller, but happier country with increased mobility"
Mr. Yu NODA (Japan, age 27)

"Internal Reforms as a Prescription for the Revival and Reconstruction of Japan"
Mr. Phetkeo POUMANYVONG (Laos, age 31)

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

Ramesh KRISHNAN (India, age 22)

Essay Requirements

Subject “Reconstruction of Japan: Prescription to Transcend a Downsized Japan”
Language English or Japanese
Length No more than 4,000 words (in English) or 10,000 characters (in Japanese)
Deadline September 15, 2010