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Saki Nara, 15, and Ayumi Yoshida, 10, showed off their mastery of public speaking Sunday to emerge as the winners of the All Japan Junior English Speech Contest, delivering pitch-perfect monologues that won the hearts of judges and spectators alike.

The 33rd installment of the annual contest saw the participation of 1,600 elementary school students and 450 junior high school students, with 23 of the top performers in the elimination rounds taking the stage at Uchisaiwaicho Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, for the finals.

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