The Japan Times, Ltd. is pleased to announce that the 7th Japan Times Bee will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Winner of the 6th Japan Times Bee
Winner of the 6th Japan Times Bee
The Japan Times Bee, which was first held in 2010, is a spelling competition for students from Japanese and International schools in Japan. It is the only bee held in Japan that is officially recognized by the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States. Each year, the winner of The Japan Times Bee earns the right to compete in the nationally-televised U.S. final.

This year, 40 schools from around Japan will participate in the Japan Times Bee. Each school holds their school bee to determine their representative participant in advance.

Journalists are encouraged to attend the bee, to witness the competition and to see 8 to 14 year old school children show off their impressive spelling skills.

The 6th Japan Times Bee (March 14, 2015) Winner of the 6th Japan Times Bee
The 6th Japan Times Bee (March 14, 2015) Winner of the 6th Japan Times Bee

Details of the 7th Japan Times Bee

  • Dates: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:30-16:30 (End time is approximate)
  • Venue: Japan Times Nifco Hall (4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
  • Organizer: The Japan Times, Ltd.
  • Supported by: Embassy of The United States, Tokyo; The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; International New York Times
  • Sponsored by: Costco Wholesale Japan, Ltd.; Yours Corporation;

    University of Southern California; Simmons Co., Ltd.; Nifco Inc.

  • Participating schools: 40
  • Participants: Children or students aged 8 to 14

    (one student representative from each school)

  • Website :

*The event will be streamed live on Ustream (

Application to Report on the Bee

Journalists interested in reporting on the bee should fill in the following form and return it by email or fax.

●Email: [email protected]

(Include "JT Spelling Bee" in subject line)

●Fax: 03-3452-0659

Application Form