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. 

12th Previous Year12th Competition Deadline:

January 8th, 2017

Rules and procedures




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Sponsor: Canon U.S.A.    

SupportersConsulate General of Japan in New York; Professional Education Program at Stony Brook University (SBU); Pre-College Japanese Program (SBU) 

Past competitions:

11th Competition (2015-2016)

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)

JCSB Board Member in Charge: Yoko Ojima  

Canon U.S.A. Representatives in Charge: Dawn Shields

Organizing Committee: Eriko Sato (Chair), Roxanne Brockner, Carolyn Brooks, Marlene Dubois, MaryAnn Hannon, Patricia Marinaccio, Joan Miyazaki,  Francesca Nakagawa, Chikako Nakamura, 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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