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JFTC essay competition 2007

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JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2007 to encourage students, younger researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

One Grand Prize of 1 million yen and three Second Prizes of 200,000 yen will be awarded to the best four submissions, as selected by the distinguished judges. In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will be provided with an air-ticket to Tokyo (Japan) in order to attend the award ceremony on January 9, 2008.

The subject of the essay is
“Global Capitalism and Japanese Companies”

Essays must be submitted by e-mail or mail no later than Sept. 30, 2007, and will not be returned.

Capital is becoming more liquid worldwide with the rise in oil money accompanying the skyrocketing of raw-material and energy prices, the increase in capital in Asian and other emerging economies, and heightened capital movement due to the appreciation of such currencies as the U.S. dollar and the euro. While this kind of global money supports the Japanese economy, this situation has brought into question how Japanese companies should be managed, including how they can best develop stakeholder relations and raise capital efficiency, with industry and corporate reorganization and the increase in the number of foreign investors. How should Japanese companies respond to the reality of this kind of global capitalism?

Essays may be submitted by anyone regardless of nationality or place of residence. Essays may be written either in English or Japanese, and must be no more than 4,000 words in English, including charts and tables. All submissions must be typed. Participants can only submit one essay.
Information regarding a) the title of the essay and b) a summary of the essay (about 400 words) should be provided on top of the essay, as well as the following information about the participant: c) name, d) age, e) address, f) telephone number, g) e-mail address, h) organization (university/company), i) nationality (if possible) and j) how the participant learned about the competition.

The Award-Winners will be publicly announced on Dec. 14, 2007 on our Web site ( and we will additionally notify the Award-Winners by e-mail, telephone or mail. Award-Winning essays and the names of their authors will be posted both on the Web site, “JFTC Monthly Bulletin” and “JFTC News.”
All submissions must be original. (No previously published materials will be accepted.) All rights to the Award-Winning essays shall be the exclusive property of JFTC.

Chair: Dr. Iwao Nakatani, Director of Research, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. and President of Tama University
Vice Chairs: Professor Yoko Wake, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University, and
Mr. Kazuo Mori, Senior and Editorial Writer, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.
Public Relations Group
Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc.
6th Floor, World Trade Center Building,
2-4-1, Hamamatsu-cho, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-6106, Japan
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