The 29th Annual Japanese Speech Contest Held

The 29th Annual Japanese Speech Contest organized by the Consular Office of Japan for students who are studying Japanese in middle and high schools, and Immersion program students of middle and high schools in Oregon was held on Saturday, April 15th, at the KPMG LLP office in Portland. The contest was successfully completed with the participation of 19 students from 10 schools. About 80 people were in the audience, including Japanese language teachers and the contestants’ families.

There were two divisions this year. Division 1 is for middle & high school students. Division 2 is for Immersion program students of middle and high school level or who are from homes where Japanese is spoken.

The contest was supported by the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon, Chef Naoko, City of Sapporo, Delta Air Lines, Japan-America Society of Oregon, Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, KPMG LLP, Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association, Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation, Shokookai of Portland.
A list of the winner’s names and schools is attached.

2017 - The 29th Annual Japanese Speech Contest Winners’ Name and School

Division I
1st Place Lucy Bishop <Beaverton High School>
2nd Place Maggie Wang <Lake Oswego High School>
3rd Place Aila Marie M. Reyes < Beaverton High School>

Division II
1st Place Sydney Jones <Grant High School>
2nd Place Aidan Austin <Mt. Tabor Middle School>
3rd Place Pierson Manome <Mt. Tabor Middle School>

Special Award “The Mayor of Sapporo Award”

Division I Lincoln Pierce <Pacific Crest Middle School>
Division II Nanami Buckendahl <Jackson Middle School>

Contact Mitsuko Kaneko at 503-221-1811 ext. 315, or send an e-mail to
for further information.