Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese


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The Japanese Speech Contest for Spoken Business Japanese was established in 1990 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), London, and the Language Centre of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

The Sir Peter Parker Awards for this Contest are widely recognised as having made a significant contribution to the recent growth in the use of Japanese in business, as well as having benefited participants in their professional careers.

Purpose of the Awards

The purpose of the Awards is to deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture by businessmen and women of the countries of the European Union through study of the Japanese language, and to contribute to goodwill and mutual understanding with the people of Japan through better communication.

The following students have all been winners at the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese.


Second Prize Winner: Miss Chiara Comastri (MSc in Modern Japanese Studies 2016/2017) Do we really want foreigners? Doubts and contradictions in the Japanese companies’ hiring system

Third Prize winner: Mr Warren Stanislaus (MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies 2011/2013) Lessons from London: Unlocking Japan’s tourism industry potential for 2020 and beyond 

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Second prize winner: Miss Chiara Comastri (MSc in Modern Japanese Studies 2016/2017) Overcoming Language Barriers in Healthcare: The Importance of a Medical Interpretation System in Japan


Special prize winner: Mr Artur Olszewski (MSc in Modern Japnanese Studies 2015/2016) Japanese Corporate Governance Reform : Reinvigorating Corporate Japan?