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


The Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for Secondary School Students in NSW and the NT was held annually by our Consulate from 2014 - 2020.

We would like to thank all the students for their outstanding contributions over the years, and the teachers and schools that supported their entries. Finally, we would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors and supporters for their assistance in running the contest.


We are delighted to announce the results of the 2020 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for Secondary School Students in NSW and the NT.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the contest was held slightly later than usual, but we were delighted to receive many interesting essays again this year, almost as many in total as we received in 2019.

2020 Results click here

Aim of the Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest

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.

Entry Qualifications

The contest is open to students enrolled in New South Wales and Northern Territory secondary schools, both public and private, including seventh year primary schools in the Northern Territory.

The level at which a student is eligible to enter is in accordance with the school year she/he is presently in. (See Divisions below.)

Previous winners of a First Prize in the Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW & NT Secondary School Students are ineligible to win the First Prize in the following year, but are still welcome to enter and compete for the other prizes.

Entry documents, including the 'Entry Guidelines', are at the bottom of this page.




Essay Topics

Senior Division – 1300-1600 words

Consider an aspect of Japanese culture that has been embraced in Australia. Introduce it and explain why you think it is popular in Australia.

Junior Division – 700-1000 words

Situation: you have the chance to visit Japan. Perhaps you are into sport, design, the tea ceremony, all things anime, or ramen. There are many more things you could choose and that is up to you! What would you like to see and experience in Japan? Introduce and explain your choice.



The first place winner in the Senior Division will receive a return economy class air ticket* to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines.

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

“Outstanding Essays” in both divisions will receive $50 worth of goods, courtesy of Tokyo Mart.

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

Each prize winner will also be awarded a certificate.

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 2021 and travel must be completed before 30th June 2021 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.



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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.

2020 Essay Cover Sheet

2020 Entry Guidelines

2020 Essay Contest Poster