Speech Contest Information 2021

The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation, in conjunction
with the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese,
will host its 17th annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest.


The contest will provide opportunities for young learners of Japanese to make
presentations in Japanese and to inspire more students to improve their proficiency
in Japanese. It is also hoped that the contest will encourage students to further
their understanding of Japan, its people, and its culture.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest will be held remotely, online through Zoom,
this year. Each participant will be logging in synchronously for this virtual event. 


Presented by
Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation
(DBA Aurora Foundation)


American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles


Rules and Judging
Each speech must be five minutes or less in length.
The choice of topic is open.
Judges will base their decisions on the content and presentation of your speech as well as interviews in Japanese
with the judges after each speech presentation.


The contestants will take part in the17th annual contest, to be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021.



Eligibility & Application Requirements
Each applicant must;

  1. Be the person recommended by the host organization of a regional Japanese language speech contest held in the USA
    or its territories between April 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. (Each regional contest can send only one person to participate.)

  2. Provide a recommendation form completed on the applicant’s behalf by an official representative of that contest. 

  3. Be a high school student in the spring of 2021.

  4. Not be a native speaker of Japanese of have a Japanese parent (Issei).  

  5. Be a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the USA.
    Aurora welcomes all students learning the Japanese language in the USA to enter the Aurora Speech Contest.
    However, in order to enter the Overseas Students’ Japanese Speech Award Contest in Japan, the student must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the USA.
    If the winner is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the USA, we cannot send the contest winner as a USA representative. In that case the runner-up would be eligible.

  6. Not have had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six. 

  7. Not have entered an international speech contest (Japanese speech contest -organized by E.G.G., JSA Planning Committee) in the past.


Required Application Documents

  1. a completed application form and Eligibility Questions 

  2. a copy of the speech (script) in the applicant’s own handwriting or direct input

  3. a completed Recommendation Form by a representative of the regional speech contest



  • One winner will receive a $500 scholarship
    and a trip to the Overseas Students' Japanese Speech Award (JSA) contest to be held in Japan in the summer of 2021 (if not cancelled).

  • One runner-up will receive a $300 scholarship. 

  • Each of the other participants will receive a $100 scholarship.



  • All applications must be submitted by E-mailed on or before May 10, 2021

  • Send all required materials as attachments
    to speech@jlsf-aurora.org

  • Subject Line: Aurora Speech Contest 


Contest Schedule 

  • May 10, 2021
    All applications must be submitted by E-mailed on or before May 10, 2021

  • TBD
    Announcement of the participants

  • Saturday, June 26, 2021
    Speech Contest (via Zoom)


All inquiries and requests for applications from representatives interested in entering the winners of their own speech contests should contact
the Aurora Foundation by e-mail at speech@jlsf-aurora.org for further information.