Coming to a Screen Near You: The Canada National Japanese Speech Contest
The National Japanese Speech Contest in Canada was created in 1989 by the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa to promote Japanese language education across the country.1 Every year, many provinces hold their own speech contest and the 1st place winners from each of the four categories (beginner, intermediate, advanced and open) are sent to compete at the national level. This year, there are representatives from seven provinces.
The contest provides an opportunity for people to connect, test their Japanese proficiency and showcase their public speaking skills. Multiple sponsors such as the Japan Foundation and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto help to make each contest better than the last.