The Japan Foreign Trade Council Essay Competition 2014

Deadline: 12 September 2014
Open to: students, young researchers or business people around the globe
Prize: 200.000 JPY (1,458 EUR) to 1.000.000 JPY (7,290 EUR)


The Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC) is calling for students, young researchers or business people around the globe to participate in the JFTC Essay competition 2014 and express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.
You can choose between the following two topics:

  • Future of the “SHOSHA” in the Global Economy;
  • Toward Developing Japan’s “Resources” by 2020: A Strategy for Utilizing Them for the Benefit of the World.

If you choose the first topic, make sure that you review all information about SHOSHA: their funciton and activitiesresearch on SOGO SHOSHA: Origins, Establishment and Development and also their handbook (available on their webpage).


Anyone can dive in the essay competition regardless of nationality or age.


The Japan Foreign Trade Council will award:

  • 1.000.000 JPY (7,290 EUR) for the winner;
  • up to 3 awards of 200.000 JPY (1,458 EUR)-Prize of Excellence.

The winners announcement will be made on 12 December 2014. For the international winners JFTC will provide round-trip air-ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on 7 January 2015.


You can submit your application through the entry form available here. After you provide the required information, your essays must be submitted in а specified format sheet. Applicants must  present both essay title and summary for the application to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not evaluated. Essays in English must be 4,000 words& in Japanese language must be 10,000 characters. Please note that previously published materials are not eligible for submission.

For additional information please visit the official website. 


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