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2014 Toshiba International Foundation Essay Contest

2014 Toshiba International Foundation Essay Contest

Japan must look to the past and build the future. As it continues to recover from the devastation of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, it is also preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympiad. Strong currents of change are flowing through Japan and the wider world, the country faces many questions and must make choices, some of them tough. We ask our essayists to consider today’s Japan, and to explain and share their views on three points:


What does Japan need to reform, and what should it protect and preserve?

As a country, what kind of message should Japan be sending to the rest of the world?

What does the world expect of Japan?


Toshiba International Foundation

2014 Toshiba International Foundation Essay Contest


Grand Prize (1 person) – A 1-million yen research grant

Outstanding Performance Prize (2 persons) – 500,000 yen research grants

The three prize winners listed will be invited to receive their awards at a ceremony in Tokyo


30 October, 2014


  • Essay language and length: Japanese or English
  • Length: 3000 – 4000 Japanese characters, or 3000 – 4000 English words
  • Submitted essays must be unpublished.
  • The copyright of the winning essays will become the property of the Toshiba International Foundation.
  • Qualified entrants are young researchers engaged in Japanese studies; assistants or trainees at research institutions, art galleries, museums, etc., who are either enrolled in or who have completed a doctoral program at the time of application; lecturers, assistants and associate professors at universities who have yet to obtain tenure; all non-Japanese citizens.
  • The object of the contest is to promote Japanese studies overseas.
  • Applicants must attach the following when submitting their essays:

# Resume

# A statement of future aspirations

# Intended use of the research grant

# A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or leader

  • Method of submission: send to
  • Announcement of winners: March 2015
  • Award ceremony: May 2015, in Tokyo


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