The Japan Times, Ltd. is pleased to announce that the 10th Japan Times Bee will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

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, 41 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 9th Japan Times Bee (March 3, 2018)
The 9th Japan Times Bee (March 3, 2018)
Winner of the 9h Japan Times Bee
Winner of the 9h Japan Times Bee

Details of the 10th Japan Times Bee *As of Feb. 7

Dates: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11:00-16:00 (End time is approximate)
Venue: Tokyo Global Gateway (2-4-32 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer: The Japan Times, Ltd.
Supported by: Embassy of The United States Tokyo; The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Sponsored by: Costco Wholesale Japan, Ltd.; Gurunavi, Inc.; Benesse Corporation; Frijoles inc.
Participating schools: 41
Participants: *Spellers who have not reached their 15th birthday on or before Aug 31st
2018 and who have not passed the 8th grade on or before Feb 1st 2019.
(1 student representative from each registered school)
Website: https://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 “10th JT Spelling Bee” in subject line)
  • Fax: 03-6869-2198

Application Form

Fill out my online form.

Press-related enquiries:
The Japan Times, Ltd.
Ms. Sasaki, Corporate Affairs Management Ms. Kumano (PR)
E-mail: pr@japantimes.co.jp
TEL: 050-3646-0789

The press release may be downloaded in PDF format