2022 / All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest hosted by Aurora Foundation through Zoom, June 5, 1PM

The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation aka the Aurora Foundation will host its the 18th annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 1.00pm.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest will be held remotely, online through Zoom.
This contest will provide opportunities for high school students studying the Japanese language in the United States (whose native language is not Japanese) to make presentations in Japanese and to inspire others to improve their proficiency in Japanese.
It is also hoped that the contest will encourage students to further their understanding of Japan, its people, and its culture.
The participants will be carefully selected from among those recommended by the organizers of regional contests held across the country.

Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation is currently accepting Application for All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
This year, the speech contest will be held remotely via Zoom.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Each applicant must;
1. Be the person recommended by the host organization of a regional Japanese language speech contest held in the USA or its territories between April 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. (Each regional contest can send only one person to participate.)

  1. Provide a recommendation form completed on the applicant’s behalf by an official representative of that contest.
  2. Be a high school student in the spring of 2022.
  1. Not be native speakers of Japanese of have a Japanese parent (Issei).
  2. Be a citizen of the USA or a Permanent Resident of the USA.
  3. Aurora welcomes all students learning the Japanese language in the USA to enter the Aurora Speech Contest.
    However, in order to enter the Overseas Students’ Japanese Speech Award Contest in Japan, the student must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the USA.
    If the winner is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the USA, we cannot send the contest winner as a USA representative. In that case the runner-up would be eligible.
  4. Not have had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six.
  5. Not have entered an International Speech Contest in the past.

Rules and Judging

  • Each speech must be five minutes or less in length.
  • The choice of topic is open.
  • Judges will base their decisions on the content and presentation of your speech
    as well as interviews in Japanese with the judges after each speech presentation.





Required Application Document

  1. the completed Application form  and Eligibility Questions
  2.  speech (script)    in applicants’ own handwriting or Direct input
  3. the completed  Recommendation Form
    by Representative of the local / regional speech contest


  • All applications must be submitted by E-mailed on or before Monday, May 2, 2022.
  • Send all required materials as attachments to speech@jlsf-aurora.org
  • Subject Line: 2022 Aurora Speech Contest