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JFTC Essay Competition 2008

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JFTC (Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc.)
is contributing to the prosperity of the Japanese economy and the development of international society through the promotion of trade.

JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2008 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 Award-Winners will be provided with an air-ticket to Tokyo (Japan) in order to attend the award ceremony on January 9, 2009.

The subject of the essay is
“The Possibility of ‘Japanese-Style Business Models’ for Preserving the Earth”


With the rapid growth in world population and the rise of emerging economies, demand for resources such as minerals, energy, food, and water has increasingly tightened. While this puts new constraints on corporate activities, companies are now required to strike a balance between their business practices and the global environment toward sustainable economic growth. How will Japanese companies adapt themselves and respond to such circumstances? Will they be able to translate them into business opportunities with new technologies and innovative thinking? In order to make sustainable growth a reality, how can management philosophy, know-how, and technical capabilities of Japanese corporations be best applied in developing countries and the rest of the world? We welcome your positive suggestions on this theme.

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.

Essays must be submitted by e-mail or mail no later than Sept. 30, 2008, and will not be returned.

The Award-Winners will be publicly announced on Dec. 15, 2008 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 Professor, Dean, Renaissance Center, 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.

Essay should be submitted to:


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
Tel: +81-3-3435-5964   e-mail:    




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