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The Embassy of Japan, Qatar University and the Japanese Teachers’ Association in Qatar (JALTAQ) organised “The 9th Annual Japanese Speech Contest” at Qatar University recently. The event coincided with the 6th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador of Japan Seiichi Otsuka off ered his prayers to the victims of the tragedy. Ambassador Otsuka also expressed his appreciation to the sponsors for supporting this annual event, especially to Qatar University where the contest has now been held for two consecutive years.

“Since its start in 2009, the speech contest has evolved into the ideal platform for Japanese language learners in Qatar to showcase their skills in a rewarding environment,” Ambassador Otsuka added.

Twenty-one Japanese language learners participated in the contest under three categories and made speeches in front of the audience. The fi rst prize went to Ibrahim Abbas Ahmed, with a speech titled “How I learned Japanese”.

In addition to the eloquent speeches made by the 21 contestants, the programme also included two performances. The fi rst was traditional Japanese martial art “Aikido” demonstration by Rika Nakamae, who is currently on a visit to Qatar from Kyoto in Japan, in collaboration with Doha-based Aikido Club. The other was a Japanese traditional comedy known as “Rakugo” by the Japanese club in Qatar University.

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