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30th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

30th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

30th Eisaku Sato Essay ContestSubmissions are now being accepted for the 30th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality or profession.

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest was inaugurated in 1980, and has been held annually since 1990. It is organized by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, which was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.


”Discuss the merits and demerits of extending long-term assistance to developing countries whose own self-help efforts are inadequate, as well as potential measures that could promote greater self-help efforts.”


Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University


A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000) and several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded


31 March, 2014


  • Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters).
  • All essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).
  • Submission must be original and unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.
  • To enter the 2014 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. please submit four copies of your essay along with a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, and (if available) telephone/fax number and e-mail address, to:

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat
c/o United Nations University Library
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925, Japan

  • Please note that submitted essays will not be returned.
  • Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.
  • The winners will be notified by June 2014.
  • Winners who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.


For further information, please contact the Foundation: e-mail, tel./fax 03-3409-0707.


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  1. How can nigerians submit?

  2. Pls does it mean,one cant post his work to the organizers e-mail account? If yes,what kind of post will be required,or which nigerian postal agency has the ability to post one’s work?

  3. Hello Friends,I mailed the esteem organizers of the contest in relation to the posting of one’s work-they said,those outside Japan have the leeway of sending their work to their the e-mail account,so friends! guess we got a chance to show the world what Nigerians! Can do positively with the pen!

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