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Satoko Okutani, a sophomore at Shoei Girls’ High School in Tokyo, took first prize Friday in an English-language speech contest sponsored by Asia University, in which she urged Japanese to love their country more.

Chiaki Oda, a senior at Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Marie Yanaka, a sophomore at Shirayuri Gakuen in Tokyo, were awarded joint second prize.

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