JFTC invites applications for the JFTC Essay Competition 2016 aimed at encouraging students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

JFTC has been sponsoring the JFTC Essay Competition since 2005, to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

Essay Topic:

“Searching for a New Initiative in Global Trade and the Role of Japanese Companies.”

Worth of Award

  • One Grand Prize of ¥1,000,000
  • Three Prizes for Excellence of ¥200,000 each
  • The award winners from abroad will be provided with a round-trip air ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 5, 2017.

Qualifications:

Anyone can apply for the essay competition, regardless of nationality or age.

Judges:

  • 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
  • English (4,000words) or Japanese (10,000characters). Each essay must be accompanied by an essay summary of no more than 400words in English/ 1,000 Japanese characters.
  • One diagram or chart is counted as 200 words. If the number of the words, including diagram or charts, is less than half of 4,000 words or more than the limitation, such work could be disqualified.

How to Apply

  • Essays must be submitted in the specified format sheet downloaded from our website. Unless both essay title and summary are presented, such application shall be deemed incomplete and will NOT be evaluated.
  • All submissions must be original and should be submitted with an entry form completely filled out.
  • When you indicate sources cited, please put them concisely. Submitted work will not be returned.
  • Essays developed by teams will be accepted under the name of the representative of the team. Please be noted that when an essay developed by a team were awarded, only the representative of the team would be invited. When the result of the evaluation is announced, the name of the team is publicized.

 

Deadline

September 9, 2016 at 24:00 (JST)
We cannot accept any essays after this time. The entry page will be really congested at around the deadline time. It is recommended to apply earlier to avoid technical difficulty accessing the page.

  • Award winners will be publicly announced on December 9, 2016.
  • The award winners from abroad will be provided with a round-trip air ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 5, 2017.

Click here for more details and to apply