If you would like to try your luck at winning some cash (top prize 100,000 yen!) while speaking your mind on some subject related to Japan, how about trying out for the Japanese speech contest by foreigners scheduled in October? This year's event will be held at The Tsuchiura Shimin Kaikan and is open to all foreigners living in Japan. Fifteen will be chosen to participate, each giving a speech of 5 minutes or less. The subject is the speaker's choice, with the only limitations being that it must not be a political speech or one that involves religious proselytization.
The program is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 24, with the announcement of winners and closing remarks finishing by 4:30 pm. It is being sponsored by the Tsuchiura Kijo Lion's and Lioness' Club, and in addition to the 100,000 yen top prize, there will be two 50,000 yen and three 20,000 yen winners, along with other prizes.
In order to apply, send an outline of your proposed speech in Japanese (about 200 characters or so) by Oct. 10 to 4-16-1 Shimo Takatsu, Tsuchiura 300-0812, c/o Masahiro Yokoyama. Tel. 0298-23-2011. Include, of course, your name, age, nationality, number of years in Japan, address, occupation and place of work along with tel. numbers and the theme of your talk.
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