2019 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

With the advent of the new Japanese Imperial era of "Reiwa" (令和), how do you expect Japan-Australia relations to continue to develop, given the significant developments and milestones that occurred during the preceding "Heisei" (平成) era?


Junior Division – 700-1000 words

There are a number of environmental issues currently affecting the world, from waste management to sustainability and climate change. Consider the different approaches Japan and Australia are taking to address such environmental issues and discuss what each country can learn from the other.


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**.


Special Northern Territory Prizes***

The first place winner in the Senior Division for the Northern Territory will receive $100 worth of books of the winner’s own choice, courtesy of Books Kinokuniya.
The first place winner in the Junior Division for the Northern Territory will receive $100 worth of books of the winner’s own choice, courtesy of Books Kinokuniya.


“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 and plaque.


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 2020 and travel must be completed before 30th June 2020 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.

***In the case of insufficient entries, the prize may not be awarded.


Major Sponsors

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Kinokuniya logo   Tokyo Mart logo

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.


2019 Essay Cover Sheet

2019 Entry Guidelines

2019 Essay Contest Poster


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


Deadline: Wednesday 21 August 2019