Background of contest

This contest aims to encourage Japanese language learners to strive for greater excellence as well as deepen understanding and relationships between Singapore and Japan. It was initially developed by the Japanese Cultural Society in 1968 and only contained the Adult Category. The increase in popularity of studying Japanese as a 3rd language prompted the Japanese Association to organize a Students’ Eloquence Contest in 1955. These 2 contests were then combined in 1996 to form the Japanese Speech Contest and the format has been retained to date.