JFTC Essay Competition

Award Winners of JFTC Essay Competition 2014

December 12, 2014

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. who sponsors the "JFTC Essay Competition 2014" is very pleased to announce that we received a total of 195 submissions from 41 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 2014.
We would like to express our congratulations to the winners and thank all participants for taking part.

Selection Committee
Chair Mr. Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA
Vice Chair Mr. Junichi Abe, Managing Director, Executive Editor, Editor in Chief, CHUOKORON MAGAZINE Division, Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.
Vice Chair Dr. Keiko Ito, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Senshu University

Remarks by Selection Committee Chair

The Grand Prize of 1,000,000 yen

"Shosha: Road Map for Future Development"
Mr. Shahadave Shrestha (Nepal, age 33)

The Prize for Excellence of 200,000 yen

"What to expect of the “SHOSHA” for the sake of Japan’s genuine globalization
– For the global presence with the global mind –"

Mr. Hiroaki Matsuyama (Japan, age 49)

"2020 - An Olympic Strategy to use Japan’s Methods, Pathways and ‘Wa’ for the World"
Mr. Ramesh Subbaraman (U.S.A., age 58)

"How Japan’s Cultural Capital Can Enrich The World"
Mr. Simon Campbell (U.K., age 34)

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

"Japan: Insight into World’s Future"
Ms. Lejla Hodžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, age 19)

Essay Requirements

Topic 1 — Future of the “SHOSHA” in the Global Economy
Topic 2 — Toward Developing Japan’s “Resources” by 2020:
A Strategy for Utilizing Them for the Benefit of the World
Language English or Japanese
Length No more than 4,000 words (in English) or 10,000 characters (in Japanese)
Deadline September 12, 2014