On October 28th, we held the 2nd Japanese Essay Speech Contest in Jakarta, Indonesia where the PERSADA-HU Collaboration Project Center is located.
The contest was held jointly by PERSADA-HU Collaboration Project Center and Komaru Transportation Foundation. The theme of the essay was “Transportation.” 118 essays were submitted after recruiting entries from 10 universities which take a lead in Japanese language education in Indonesia. 37 essays chosen by the universities were then narrowed down to 10 finalists who presented their speech at the contest held in the Darma Persada University lecture hall. There were about 150 audiences on the day, including Japanese language students and teachers.
The contest started off with welcome speeches by Mr. Shigehiro Komaru, Executive Director of the Komaru Transportation Foundation and President of the Fukuyama Transporting Co. Ltd., Mr. Ismadji Hadisoemarto, Vice President of the Association of Indonesian Alumni from Japan (PERSADA) and Dr. Dadang Solihin, Rector of Darma Persada University.
Mr. Ryo Nakamura, Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, the guest of the event offered the words of encouragement saying that such events not only promote friendship between Japan and Indonesia, but also nurture individuals who will build a bridge between the two countries.
10 students then presented their speech in Japanese fluently. Based on the judges’ strict and fair reviews, Ms Auliah Catur Roudhotunnisa from Airlangga University was chosen to be the first prize winner of the contest.
At the end of the contest, Executive and Vice President Toshiyuki Sato made closing remarks to conclude the event. The audience listened enthusiastically until the very end.
The 10 participating universities:
Universitas Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia University of Education, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Universitas Hasanuddin, Universitas Darma Persada, Universitas Airlangga, Universitas Udayana
First prize winner, Ms Auliah Catur Roudhotunnisa and Mr. Komaru
International Exchange Group, Hiroshima University