Call for Entries for the 30th Japanese Essay Contest for Foreign Technical Intern Trainees and Trainees

We will hold the 30th Japanese Essay Contest for Foreign Technical Intern Trainees and Trainees in FY2022.
Please check the application requirements and tell all technical intern trainees and trainees about the program.

Call for Entries (PDF)

1.Eligibility

Foreign technical intern trainees and trainees who are residing in Japan during the application period
*Excluding those who will be residing in Japan on April 1, 2022, with a different status of residence, including designated activities and specified skills
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2.Application period

Friday, April 1, 2022 – Friday, May 13, 2022
Postmarked no later than deadline

3.Theme

Please write about anything you desire. There is no specified theme.

4.Language

Japanese

5. Essay Format

Self-written essay on 3 pages of A4-size 400-character Japanese manuscript paper (written vertically or horizontally)
Be sure to write your essay title and name in the margin of the Japanese manuscript paper.
Japanese manuscript paper:   Vertical (PDF)   Horizontal (PDF)
*Essays typed using a computer or word processor; photocopies will not be accepted.
*You may use any writing utensil. Please write legibly.

6.How to apply

Only one application per person will be accepted. The essay must be original, unpublished, and handwritten.
Please complete the designated application form, and be sure to attach it to your entry and mail them in.
Application form: PDF WORD
*Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.
Please check in advance with your supervising organization or implementing company concerning application form attachments and application form content.

7.Prizes

First Prize (4 or so technical intern trainees and trainees)…Letter of commendation and cash award (50,000 yen)
Second Prize (4 or so technical intern trainees and trainees)…Letter of commendation and cash award (30,000 yen)
Third Prize (20 or so technical intern trainees and trainees)…Letter of commendation and cash award (20,000 yen)
Honorable mention (20 or so technical intern trainees and trainees)…Cash award (10,000 yen)

30th Anniversary Special Prize (1 or so technical intern trainees and trainees)…Letter of commendation and cash award (40,000 yen), commemorative item
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the contest, we will choose a recipient and award an anniversary special prize for particularly outstanding essays from the viewpoint of “writing about your technical intern training, what you acquired through the training, and your desire to apply those skills in your home country.”
*Prize-winning essays and a list of all applicants will be included in The Award-winning Essays Collection of the Japanese Essay Contest. A copy of the collection will be given to each applicant.

8.Announcement of winners

Winners will be notified through their accepting organization. At the same time, their names will be posted on the JITCO website in mid-August 2021.

9.Points to Note

(1) JITCO will not respond to any inquiries concerning the screening process.
(2) Entries that do not satisfy the application requirements will not be screened.
(3) Personal information that is entered on the application form will be used only within the scope necessary for JITCO to administer the contest.
Please be sure to read and agree to our Handling of Personal Information before applying.
(4) Submitted essays will not be returned.
(5) JITCO retains the copyright to all submitted essays.

10.Mailing Address

Essay Contest Secretariat, Japan International Trainee & Skilled Worker Cooperation Organization (JITCO)
Igarashi Building 11th floor, 2-11-5 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023

11.Inquiries

Essay Contest Secretariat
Phone: 03-4306-1184 / Fax: 03-4306-1119