California State University, Los Angeles, will be hosting a Japanese Speech Contest from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at CSULA.

The contestants should be non-native speakers of Japanese and current students of the Japanese language at high schools, two-year colleges, and universities, who has not lived in Japan for more than two consecutive years after the age of 6.

Each contstant will speak on a topic of his or her choice, and the time limit of the speech will be 7 minutes.

The selection of 25 contestants will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be accepted until the limit of 25 is reached. Prizes include gift certificates redeemable at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Additional prizes are contingent upon funding.

If any of you are interested in participating in the contest, please contact your instructor at UCI first. Further questions can be addressed to Dr. Toshiko Yokota at