International Exchange Group, Hiroshima University
On March 2nd 2019, the third Japanese Essay Speech Contest was held at the Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, University of Social Sciences & Humanities (USSH), where the Hiroshima University (HU) has its Vietnam Center.
This contest was co-hosted by Hiroshima University Vietnam Center, Komaru Transportation Foundation, and the Faculty of Japanese Studies, Vietnam National University, USSH. Its theme was “transportation.” After the essay contest was announced to the universities within southern Vietnam, 54 students from 11 universities applied to take part, and 10 students were then selected to present their speeches at the auditorium of USSH. At the venue, an audience of around 400 people, comprising Japanese language students and teachers were gathered.
At the beginning of the contest, Mr. Shigehiro Komaru (Senior Managing Director of Komaru Transportation Foundation, and Representative Director and President of Fukuyama Transporting Co., Ltd.), Prof. Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan (President of USSH) and Executive and Vice President Toshiyuki Sato from HU, gave their opening addresses. In addition, Mr. Isao Iijima (Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister) and Mr. Jun-ichi Kawaue (Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City) delivered their speeches in which they endorsed the event for promoting friendship between Japan and Vietnam, and fostering human resources who will encourage greater communication and collaboration between the two countries.
Following the opening addresses, 10 students made speeches in fluent Japanese, and after careful consideration Nguyen Thuy Giang from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law was awarded first prize.
At the end of the contest, Mr. Shinichi Asazuma from the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam made his speech, followed by the closing remarks by HU President Mitsuo Ochi. The audience listened enthusiastically until the very end of the contest.
Group photo taken after the contest