First Japanese language contest


On 24th February 2024, the Embassy of Japan in Zambia and Hokkaido University Africa Office co-hosted the first time ever Japanese Language Contest at the multipurpose hall of the Embassy.
A total of 19 contestants demonstrated the results of their respective Japanese language study and daily practice in two categories: reading of assigned texts and free theme recitation. A number of audience cheered the contestants and praised their performance.
At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Takeuchi and the guest of honour, Dr. Martin Mushumba, Acting Director General of the Higher Education Authority, addressed to the contestants and audience. Ambassador Takeuchi explained the history of Japanese language education in Zambia and encouraged the contestants, while Dr. Mushumba explained the importance of learning foreign language to understand different cultures and the growing interest in the Japanese language among Zambians.
The jury selected top three winners in each category, who were awarded with certificates and prizes giveaway by Ambassador Takeuchi and Dr. Mushumba.
We hope that the contest will further increase the interest in the Japanese language in Zambia, and deepen mutual understanding between Zambia and Japan through, thereby further tightening  the tie between the two countries.
To read Ambassador Takeuchi's speech at the event, click here.