Tokyo Academics is excited to announce our first annual writing competition! Starting this year, we will be offering Japan’s students (both Japanese and International schools), aged 18 and under, an annual forum to communicate their hopes, dreams, fears, and concerns about the world, the future, and more. As an educational institution in Tokyo, Japan, we not only support the development of reading and writing skills and critical thinking capabilities, but also a greater perspective going beyond the day-to-day priorities of our students.



The theme of our inaugural competition: What is Japan’s role in the international community?

Despite its relatively slow economic growth of the past 25 years, Japan’s story in more recent years has been that of reascendance to the international stage.

Please let us know what you think Japan’s relationship with the world is / should be, focusing on one or more of the following dimensions: Politics; Economics; Society; Culture; Technology



  • Judging: Submissions will be judged primarily on the quality of analysis and quality of research. We expect a high level of grammar, form, style and mechanics from all entries. Successful entries will answer multiple aspects of our prompt and demonstrate a clear passion for the topic.
  • Eligibility: The competition is open to all citizens and residents of Japan aged 18 and under as of July 1, 2018, and enrolled in school.
  • Submission and deadline: Submit an essay between 1,200 words and 1,500 words to by 11:59PM of June 30, 2018. You may find our entry form here (link).
  • Awards: The winner and runner-up will receive a ¥100,000 and ¥50,000 scholarship, respectively, from Tokyo Academics.


Terms and Conditions

All entries must abide by the following term and conditions:

    1. The competition is open to nationals or residents of Japan.
    2. Entrants must be 18 years of age or less at the time of submission.
    3. The maximum word count is 1,500 words, regardless of topic.
    4. Entries must be written in English.
    5. Only one entry per participant is allowed.
    6. The final copy submitted for the competition must be the entrant’s own work, and cannot be excessively corrected or improved by another person. You may receive input or assistance from others, but the essay must be your own work. Plagiarism is taken very seriously and is grounds for disqualification.
    7. Winners and Runners-up of the competition will have their full names, schools, essays and photographs displayed on the Tokyo Academics website and communications channels.
    8. Please send your essay in PDF format. No other formats will be accepted as valid entries in the competition.
    9. All entries must be submitted by e-mail and attached document to before 11:59PM (Japan Standard Time) on June 30, 2018.
    10. All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have for the pieces they submit, but by entering our competition, each contestant consents to the use of his/her name, and/or pieces or parts thereof in any advertisements, educational materials, research or media and publicity carried out or produced by Tokyo Academics without further notice or compensation.
    11. Tokyo Academics retains the right to change the prize of the competition if circumstances make this necessary.
    12. Sources: Standards of content and style from current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers will be expected for (1) documentation of sources in the text of your memo; (2) the format of the list of works cited; and (3) margins and indentation. A bibliography following the MLA Handbook must be included. Essays should use a variety of sources—academic journals, news magazines, newspapers, books, government documents, publications from research organizations. General encyclopedias, including Wikipedia, are not acceptable as sources. Websites should not be the only source of information for your essay; when you do use online sources they must be properly cited.