Japan Center Essay Competition

The aim of the Japan Center Essay Competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States and to help young Americans broaden their international horizons. Contestants should write, in English, one or more aspects of Japan including art, culture, tradition, values, philosophy, history, society, politics, business, and technology in relation to their personal views, experiences, and/or future goals.  (Contestants do not need to have any experience in visiting Japan or studying Japanese. 

11th Competition (CLOSED; The result will be posted on our website by April 10, 2016)

Rules and procedures




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Past competitions:10thPhoto

10th Competition  (2014-2015)

9th Competition (2013-2014)

8th Competition (2012-2013)

7th Competition (2011-2012)

6th Competition (2010-2011)

5th Competition (2009-2010

4th Competition (2008-2009)

3rd Competition (2007-2008)

2nd Competition (2006-2007)

1st Competition (2005-2006)


Sponsor: Canon U.S.A.    

SupportersConsulate General of Japan in New York; Professional Education Program at Stony Brook University (SBU); DoIT Training / Division of Information Technology (SBU); Pre-College Japanese Program (SBU)

JCSB Board Member in Charge: Yoko Ojima  

Canon U.S.A. Representatives in Charge: Mindy Miller-Roesch

Organizing Committee: Eriko Sato (Chair), Carolyn Brooks, Marlene Dubois, MaryAnn Hannon, Melissa Kavanah, Patricia Marinaccio, Joan Miyazaki, Chikako Nakamura, Shingo Omori, Atsuko Oyama, Mitsuko Post, Gerard Senese, and H. Mae Sprouse 


The Japan Center at Stony Brook• Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5343 • Phone: 631.632.9477• Fax: 631.632.4098 
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