The 8th Japanese Language Speech Contest was held at the Embassy of Japan on Saturday, 21st March 2015. The speech contest attracted about 200 participants among them 13 Japanese language speech contestants and 5 Japanese cultural presenters.
The contest was organized by the Japan Information and Culture Centre (JICC), the Japan Foundation (JF) and the Japanese Language Teachers Association of Kenya (JALTAK).
Sponsors of the contest included H.I.S Kenya Ltd. (travel agency), Panafricamed Ltd (Valdivia), Rohto Mentholatum (Kenya) Ltd (healthcare), DoDo World! (travel agency), Mitsui and Co. Ltd (general trading company), Toridoll Kenya Ltd (Teriyaki Japan) and JKUAT Nissin Foods Ltd (instant noodle).
The Japanese Language Speech Contest was officially opened by the Embassy of Japan’s, Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Mikio Mori and Mr. David Maina Kamau, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Mr. Kamau is an alumnus of the Japanese Language Program for Foreign-Service Officers and Public Officials a program which offers training to participants in the Japanese language as well as activities to understand Japanese culture and society.