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2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students


The aim of this essay contest is to encourage and develop a better understanding of Japan, and Australia-Japan relations, amongst secondary school students in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.




Essay Topics

Senior Division – 1300-1600 words

Japan is due to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic Games in 2020. What are some of the lessons Japan can learn from Australia’s own hosting of these major sporting events, to lead to the success of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games?


Junior Division – 700-1000 words

Japan is becoming a popular tourist destination for more and more Australians. For example, many Australians enjoy visiting Japan during the winter months for skiing and snowboarding; “Kumano kodou” in Wakayama prefecture is a famous pilgrimage route; and “Edo Wonderland” in Tochigi prefecture is a popular venue for school trips. What advice can you give to enhance Japan to be a friendlier environment for tourists from Australia?


The first place winner in the Senior Division will receive a return economy class air ticket* to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines. In addition, the first place winner will be provided with a 7-day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary Class) and 3 nights accommodation at Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo (conditions apply, subject to availability), courtesy of JTB Australia Pty Ltd.


The first place winner in the Junior Division will receive $300 worth of books of the winner's own choice**.


There will be prizes awarded in both divisions for “Outstanding Essays” and “Highly Commended Essays”.


Each prize winner will also be awarded a certificate, plaque and other Japanese goods.


The School of the Year award will be given to the school with the highest percentage of top quality essays, as deemed by the judges. The school will receive $400 worth of books**.


Please note that no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the prize conditions. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.


*The definition of ‘return economy class air ticket’ is an international flight between Sydney and Tokyo (Narita) only, including fuel surcharges. Ticket must be issued by 31st March 2017 and travel must be completed before 30th June 2017 or within 3 months from date of issue. Booking conditions apply, subject to availability. The cost of airport taxes and domestic airfares is the responsibility of the prize winner. Prizes and prize conditions are not negotiable, transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for other prizes. Previous first prize winners are ineligible to win the first prize in the same division, in the following year.

**Arranged with the cooperation of Books Kinokuniya.


Major Sponsors

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Entry Documents

NOTE: All entries must have a completed entry cover sheet attached.
Please read and follow the Entry Guidelines carefully before submitting your essay.


2017 Essay Cover Sheet

2017 Entry Guidelines

2017 Essay Contest Flyer (Senior)

2017 Essay Contest Flyer (Junior)


Please feel free to print out or forward the contest flyer.


Deadline: Wednesday 23 August 2017

Past Results

2016 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest

2015 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest

2014 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest