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2012 JFTC International Essay Competition


JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2012 to encourage students, young
researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of
national and international importance.

JFTC is involved in a wide range of activities with the objective of
contributing to the prosperity of the Japanese economy and the development
of international society through trade. Most importantly, JFTC functions to
develop a consensus within the business community regarding various
trade-related problems, and actively presents specific proposals to the
government and related organizations for the solution of such problems.
JFTC has been highly lauded in various quarters for its past achievements.


“Strategies for a Depopulating Japan”

The population of Japan peaked at 127.79 million people in 2004. According
to the medium-variant projection of the National Institute of Population
and Social Security Research, by 2030 it will decrease to 115.22 million
and continue falling below the 100 million level to 95.15 million by 2050.
A drastic decline of a population like this in a rapid aging society is
expected to have negative impact in various areas of people’s lives:
Slowing the economic growth, draining the national revenue, and threatening
the quality of social security systems. It can even cause a serious concern
over the national security.

Moreover, population decline due to a low birth rate in an aging society is
not a unique problem to Japan. It represents a concern that is coming up
globally in many countries including China and European nations. Thus, the
rest of the world is watching closely how Japan will effectively and
appropriately cope with this issue.

We have seen a variety of proposals to keep our society of a dwindling
population running: Measures to encourage people to have larger families,
new business models that focus on enhancing the standards of living for
aging population, reforms to the political and social security systems, and
efforts to bring in manpower from overseas. However, none has proven
remarkable effectiveness. Japan is facing this difficulty ahead of any
other country in the world. What kind of country we should create in the
future? And how can we achieve it? We solicit your suggestions and
proposals that are unhampered by conventional ideas from all over the world
without boundaries of age, gender or nationality.


Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC), Japan.


One Grand Prize of 1,000,000yen. Three Prizes for Excellence of 200,000yen each. The award winners from abroad will be provided with a round trip air ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 8, 2013.


September 15, 2012 at 24:00 (JST)

(We CANNOT accept any essays after this time. The entry page will be really
congested at around the deadline time. It is recommended to apply earlier
to avoid technical difficulty accessing the page.)


  • Anyone can apply for the Essay Competition, regardless of
    nationality or age.
  • Maximum word count for each essay is 4,000 words. Each
    essay MUST BE accompanied by an essay summary of no more than 400 words in
  • Award winners will be publicly announced on December 14, 2012. The
    award-winners from abroad will be provided with a round trip air ticket to
    Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 8, 2013.
  • Essays must be submitted in the specified format sheet. Unless both essay
    title and summary are presented, such application shall be deemed
    incomplete and will NOT be evaluated.
  • Also, all submissions must be original and should be submitted with complete fill out of an entry form (Download Entry Form).
  • No previously published materials will be accepted. All rights to the
    award-winning essays shall be the exclusive property of JFTC.
  • To see details of past competitions by the JFTC and the winners, click here.


Chair Dr. Iwao Nakatani, Director of Research, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.; and Chairman of Fushiki and Vice Chair Professor Yoko Wake, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University Vice Chair Mr. Kazuo Mori, Senior Staff Writer, NIKKEI INC.


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  1. Pls make clear how we can submit the essay after downloaded the entry form.Thx

  2. @ Adeyemi Adekunle, thanks for your inquiry. After downloading and filling the entry form, simply send it together with your essay and summary to the specified email address as attachments.
    Hope that helps? If you still aren’t clear on this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to ask here or contact me.

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