JFTC Essay Competition

Award Winners of JFTC Essay Competition 2016

December 9, 2016

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. who sponsors the "JFTC Essay Competition 2016" is very pleased to announce that we received a total of 189 submissions from 53 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 2016.
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 Ms. Kaori Iida, Senior Editor, Economic News Division, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Vice Chair Dr. Keiichiro Kobayashi, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Remarks by Selection Committee Chair

The Prize for Excellence of 200,000 yen

"Spelling out Value Propositions to Foreign Markets:
a Recipe for Japanese Firms to Move up the Value Chain in International Trade"

Mr. Xiaochen Su (U.S.A.)

"Japan: Not lost but RESET"
Ms. Jiaqi Zhang (Singapore)

"Japanese Companies towards Global Trades in Service Sector"
Mr. Sok Heng Lay (Cambodia)

Mr. Long Bao Vuong (Viet Nam)

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

"“SHOSHA-as-a-SERVICE”: The SHOSHA of Tomorrow’s business model for tomorrow’s business environment"
Mr. Baltazar Jr Sabado (Philippines)

Essay Requirements

Subject "Searching for a New Initiative in Global Trade and the Role of Japanese Companies."
Language English or Japanese
Length No more than 4,000 words (in English) or 10,000 characters (in Japanese)
Deadline September 9, 2016