Japanese Speech Contests are an annual series of events sponsored by the Japan Foundation and organized by universities across Canada.  Students studying Japanese at universities are eligible to participate. Contests usually take place in March each year.

Regional Contests

There are currently seven regional contests including the Atlantic Canada Japanese Speech Contest (ACJSC) in which four universities — St. Mary’s, UNB, St. Thomas and Mount Allison — participate. 

The 20th Atlantic Canada Japanese Speech Contest (ACJSC) was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at St. Mary's University.

The following students from Mount Allison participated in the contest.

BEGINNERS CATEGORY Speech contest poster for 2017

  • Alexander Little  (3rd prize)
  • Margaret Hancox  (Effort Award)


  • Sarah Rollins (2nd prize)
  • He Huang  (Effort Award)
  • Steven Mayes

ACJSC 2018

A collection of MtA students' speeches are available here:

The 21st ACJSC  will be hosted by Mount Allison University in March 2019.

National Contest

The regional winners of the first prizes are invited to compete in the Canada National Japanese Speech Contest (NJSC).  The NSJC 2018 was held at the University of Alberta on March 24, 2018.