JFTC Essay Competition

Award Winners of JFTC Essay Competition 2012

December 14, 2012

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. who sponsors the "JFTC Essay Competition 2012" is very pleased to announce that we received a total of 216 submissions from 50 different nationalities for the competition this year.
After a strict screening of all the essays, the four submissions below have been selected as the winners of the competition in 2012.
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 Chair Professor Yoko Wake, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University
Vice Chair Mr. Kazuo Mori, Senior Staff Writer, NIKKEI INC.

Remarks by Selection Committee Chair

The Grand Prize of 1,000,000 yen

"Strategies for a Depopulating Japan"A British Model and a Japanese Legacy
Mr. Michael SULLIVAN (The United Kingdom, age 30)

The Prize for Excellence of 200,000 yen

"Strategies for a Depopulating Japan-Towards a More Inclusive and Happier Japan"
Ms. Kadri METSPALU (Estonia, age 27)

"Japan's Declining Population : The Need for a Comprehensive Approach to Reversing the Trend"
Mr. Anil NIRODY (The United State, age 69)

"Building a New Social Structure: Work and Employment Model of "Covering and Sharing"
Mr. Takashi ASANO (Japan, age 44)

Essay Requirements

Subject “Strategies for a Depopulating Japan”
Language English or Japanese
Length No more than 4,000 words (in English) or 10,000 characters (in Japanese)
Deadline September 15, 2012