Pune: The Consulate General of Japan in Mumbai, the Japan Foundation and the Indo-Japanese Association, Pune, jointly organised the 30th West Zone Japanese Language Speech Contest 2018 at Sancheti Hall in the Indian Medical Association building on Tilak Road on Saturday.
Participants from various levels (n4 and above) were given nearly 4 minutes to speak in Japanese on any topic they wished to follow by a question-answer session conducted by the judges.
Ariq Ishi won the contest while Sayali Daundkar and Vinayak Koli were the second runners-up from the junior level group. Swarali Bapat won the contest in the senior level group while Ambika Bapat and Mugdha Nanai emerged as the second runners-up. The Members of Japan Foundation, Katsunori Kono, Kuriyama Yuzo and Haga Hiroshi judged the speech contest. The winners from each zone (North, South, East, West) will meet for the National Level Japanese Language Speech Contest.
“Japan is dominated by a middle-aged population. Therefore, the young Japanese students have a huge opportunity of learning this foreign language, as Japan is scouting for more youths for jobs in business, science, arts and many more. Many former students are now working in different companies in Japan,” said Vaijayanti Ambekar, a teacher at the Indo-Japanese Organisation.