Dec 14, 2016

Japan to hold contest for 2020 Games license plate design

The transport ministry will hold a contest to decide a background design for special license plates commemorating the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Funds raised through the project will benefit barrier-free busses and taxis. Applications will be accepted through a special website between Jan. ...

Gaza entrepreneurs pitch business ideas in Japan-sponsored contest

Aug 16, 2016

Gaza entrepreneurs pitch business ideas in Japan-sponsored contest

Japanese youths have sponsored a business contest in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza to promote economic independence among young people in the self-governing Palestinian territory. Ten teams of entrepreneurs competed in the contest on Wednesday and Thursday last week. It solicited business ideas that ...

Nov 30, 2015

JNTO launches video contest for non-Japanese

The Japan National Tourism Organization has announced it will hold a video contest for non-Japanese tourists and residents as part of a campaign to promote the country through foreigners’ eyes. Those who wish to participate in the”My Japan Story Video Challenge” contest should post ...

Feb 9, 2015

Bizarre hole-digging contest in Narita draws all kinds

A team of women dressed as fish and half-a-dozen Harry Potter impersonators were among those whose efforts ended in glorious failure at Japan’s national hole-digging championships, organizers said Monday. A group of burly diggers from Saitama Prefecture took home the first prize of ¥100,000 ...

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest

Oct 10, 2014

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest


An arresting image of a man dressed as a superhero parking his bicycle was on Thursday named winner of the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize for the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2014 photography contest. Roman Malyshev, an attache at the Russian Embassy, won for his ...

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

Nov 15, 2013

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

A South Korean high school student has won the top award in a Japanese-language speech contest in Okayama. Kim Nae-yong, 17, defeated 11 other foreign contestants Friday with a speech in which she expressed her desire to “act as a bridge between South Korea ...

/ Aug 22, 2013

Security contest for IT engineers kicks off in Yokohama

Japan’s largest hacking contest, aimed at fostering engineers able to counter cyberattacks, began Thursday with a regional preliminary in Yokohama. SecCon 2013, organized by a nonprofit group and sponsored by the government, for the first time brought together university students and adult contestants who ...