The 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dublin Integrated Education Center
Ohio University Dublin Center
6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016

Japanese Language Learners in Ohio!
It's time to showcase your accomplishments and win prizes!


$2,000 Prize for 1st Place
$200 Prize for 2nd Place
Consul General's Award trophy for 3rd Place

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Information


Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 


(Detailed schedule to be announced in 2020)


Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center

6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016


Applications and speeches must be received by the JASCO office by Friday, February 7, 2020. 

*Late applications will not be considered.


Please submit the following 4 items by email to JASCO at

  • A completed Application Form with your signature
  • An original Japanese speech (handwritten or typed). Please use the designated paper found below.
  • An English translation of your speech
  • An audio recording of your speech (mp3 format preferred)


The speech must be under 3 minutes in length (each speech will be timed, and points will be deducted if it is longer than 3 minutes).


Any topic is acceptable. The speech must be your own original work.


  • High School Level
    • Applicants who are currently studying Japanese in High School.
  • College Level 
    • Applicants who are studying Japanese in 1st – 4th year College level courses.
  • Advanced Level
    • Applicants who are applicable to one of the following:
      • Have stayed in Japan for a TOTAL of 6 months or longer (including multiple shorter stays e.g., 2-month stay for 3 times)
      • Have taken the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N2 or N1 and passed.
      • Are beyond college level (beyond 1st – 4th year levels).

Use the below flow chart to determine your participation level.

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Speech-Writing Materials

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Eligibility Information

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Sponsors

The 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest is made possible through the support of the following organizations and individuals:

    Shoko Yoshitake 

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for the Ohio Japanese Speech Contest? Contact us at

Statement of Purpose

Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the Ohio Japanese Speech Contest, offering an opportunity for Japanese-language learners to showcase their achievements. The objective of this event is to foster Japanese language education throughout the state of Ohio by supporting the continued effort of local public schools and colleges to improve the quality of the Japanese-language learning environment.

The winners of the contest will receive prizes that will encourage them to continue studying Japanese language. This competition not only provides highly motivated students across the state with the chance to improve their Japanese language skills, but also inspires and encourages others to broaden their understanding of Japan, its culture, and the strong ties between Japan and United States.

In Collaboration With:

The Japanese Student Organization (JSO) at 
The Ohio State University

Students assist JASCO in planning of the speech contest as well as in managing and coordinating the day-of activities. They have no direct influence in the screening and judging process. 

Snapshots from the 2019 Japanese Speech Contest

2020 VENUE: Dublin Integrated Education Center

Dublin Integrated Education Center

Ohio University Dublin Center
6805 Bobcat Way

Dublin, OH 43016


For questions, contact Benjamin Pachter (JASCO Executive Director) via email or call the JASCO Office at (614) 300-3054.

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