Tokyo, Feb.20, 2018 – The Japan Times, Ltd. is pleased to announce that the 9th Japan Times Bee will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Each year, the winner of The Japan Times Bee is sponsored and sent by The Japan Times to compete in the nationally-televised Scripps’ National Spelling Bee final in the U.S. The U.S. is the birthplace of the spelling bee and the winner(s) of the national U.S. final is / are invited to meet the President at the White House. It is a popular national U.S. event.
The Japan Times Bee, which was first held in 2010, is Japan’s spelling competition for students from Japanese and International schools in Japan and is fully endorsed by Scripps in the U.S.

This year, 42 schools from all 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 15* year old school children show off their impressive spelling skills.

The 8th Japan Times Bee (March 4, 2017)
The 8th Japan Times Bee (March 4, 2017)
Winner of the 8h Japan Times Bee
Winner of the 8h Japan Times Bee
Details of the 9th Japan Times Bee
Dates: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 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; The New York Times
Sponsored by: Costco Wholesale Japan, Ltd.; Yours Corporation LTD;
University of Southern California; Benesse Corporation; Nifco Inc.
Participating schools: 42
Participants: *Spellers who have not reached their 15th birthday on or before Aug 31st
2017 and who have not passed the 8th grade on or before Feb 1st 2018.
(1 student representative from each registered school)
Website : http://spelling-bee.japantimes.co.jp/
☆The event will be broadcast live on the day. Details will be on the website shortly.

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: pr@japantimes.co.jp
(Include “9th JT Spelling Bee” in subject line)
●Fax: 03-6869-2198

Application Form

■Company name:
■Publication name:
■Journalist’s name:
■Telephone no. :
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Press-related enquiries:
The Japan Times, Ltd.
Ms. Sasaki, Corporate Affairs Management
E-mail: pr@japantimes.co.jp

The press release may be downloaded in PDF format