Jftc essay 2014

Jftc essay 2014

December 12, 2014

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. who sponsors the «JFTC Essay Competition 2014» is very pleased to announce that we received a total of 195 submissions from 41 different nationalities for the competition this year.
After a strict screening of all the essays, the four submissions below have been selected as the winners of the competition in 2014.
We would like to express our congratulations to the winners and thank all participants for taking part.

The Grand Prize of 1,000,000 yen

«Shosha: Road Map for Future Development»
Mr. Shahadave Shrestha (Nepal, age 33)

The Prize for Excellence of 200,000 yen

«What to expect of the “SHOSHA” for the sake of Japan’s genuine globalization
– For the global presence with the global mind –»

Mr. Hiroaki Matsuyama (Japan, age 49)

«2020 — An Olympic Strategy to use Japan’s Methods, Pathways and ‘Wa’ for the World»
Mr. Ramesh Subbaraman (U. S.A., age 58)

«How Japan’s Cultural Capital Can Enrich The World»
Mr. Simon Campbell (U. K., age 34)

The Selection Committee Chair’s Special Prize of 100,000 yen

«Japan: Insight into World’s Future»
Ms. Lejla Hodžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, age 19)

Jftc essay 2014

JFTC Essay Competition is not held in 2018.

About the JFTC Essay Competition

JFTC has been sponsoring the JFTC Essay Competition since 2005, to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

Past Competitions and Winners

An index of past essay topics, winners and prize-winning essays.

Jftc essay 2014

JFTC Essay Competition 2017 has been closed.

JFTC 70th Anniversary JFTC Essay Competition 2017

JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2017 to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

The Ideal Future Free Trade System
– Tasks and Solutions –

Free trade aims to achieve economic development by promoting free transactions of goods and services in a global economy which is becoming increasingly interdependent. On the other hand, protectionist movements also have been emerging, criticizing free trade for giving rise to increases in economic disparity and unemployment. As a result, growing arguments are being made on both sides for the advantages and disadvantages of a free trade system.

  1. What advantages are people around the world gaining through free trade, and, to the contrary, what are the disadvantages?
  2. What kinds of measures are conceivable in order to further increase the advantages while reducing the disadvantages?
  3. In addition, what should “those concerned” do in order to achieve these measures?

In addition to your responses to these questions, please present your argument for what an ideal free trade system should look like in the future. In particular, essays which include analyses and suggestions about the part played by shosha companies are welcome.

[Tips on writing your essay]

  • When writing your essay, various approaches are conceivable, including a comparison of the past history and the present, or an introduction to and comment on theories, which are not limited to your logical composition or reasoning. We ask for constructive and concrete suggestions that go beyond any analyses.

One Grand Prize of ¥1,000,000
Three Prizes for Excellence of ¥200,000 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 5, 2018.