Student Essay Contest – Reimagining Japan

This is from nipponnomirai.jp. Contest winners can receive 250,000 yen or an iPad 2.

McKinsey & Company recently convened 80 thinkers in and outside of Japan to share their perspectives on the future of the country. The process evoked candid and creative answers that came together to form the book Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works.

To celebrate the publication of this special book and add to its rich mosaic of ideas, McKinsey & Company is organizing an essay contest. Participants are asked to select one of six essay themes addressing the future of Japan (details below), and submit essays of no more than 2,000 English words or 4,000 Japanese characters. The grand prize winner will be awarded ¥250,000, and five runners-up each will receive an iPad2. Winning student essayists will be recognized at an awards ceremony and their essays will be published on the Reimagining Japan website, http://www.nipponnomirai.jp.

Eligibility

【Student division】The contest is open to individuals of any nationality enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university program in Japan, and to Japanese nationals enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university program in abroad as of October 31, 2011

【General public division】The contest is open to individuals of any nationality who are living in Japan and to Japanese nationals who are living abroad under age 31 as of October 31, 2011

Submissions

Students are required to complete the online submission form and submit essays online and also send a copy by postal mail. The contest deadline is October 31, 2011* (submissions must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2011).

* Deadline has been extended to October 31 from September 30.

-Online: Please visit http://www.nipponnomirai.jp and click on the “apply” button to send your essay via e-mail (in .doc or .docx format) with your
①Name
②Address
③Telephone
④E-mail address
⑤Gender
⑥Date of birth
⑦Name of school/company
⑧Faculty&Major/department
⑨Class level(*student only)
⑩Theme
⑪Division(Student or General public)
-Postal address: Essay Contest Office, McKinsey & Company, Inc., Japan Roppongi FirstBuilding, 9-9, Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8509, Japan (please include your name, address, and telephone number)

Essays must be prepared in MS Word in either English or Japanese, and be no more than 2,000 English words or 4,000 Japanese characters in length. This count excludes any footnote citations or bibliography. The file size should be 10MB or less. Essays will not be returned after the contest.

Themes

Essays must cover one of the following six themes:

  1. Reimagining Japan “My vision” (the overall theme of Reimagining Japan)
  2. Revamping Japan’s economy
  3. Japan’s role in a globalized world
  4. Recapturing Japan’s leadership in technological innovation
  5. Developing the future leaders of Japan
  6. Revitalizing Japanese society

Judges

  • Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President, and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
  • William H. Saito, President of InTecur Inc.
  • (We are going to expand our list of judges before the end of the contest)

Winner notification

McKinsey & Company will notify winners by post an announcement on the websites in December 2011.

Awards

The grand prize winner will be awarded ¥250,000, and five runners-up will each receive an iPad2. Winning participants will be recognized at an awards ceremony, and their essays will be published at http://www.nipponnomirai.jp and other selected websites of McKinsey & Company.

All participants will be invited to a planned gathering with judges and senior McKinsey & Company consultants.

Conditions

Only one submission will be accepted per student. Students must work independently (no joint submissions). The work must be original and not previously published.

All participants who submit an essay agree that McKinsey & Company is permitted to display their essays on websites, and publish them in upcoming books and periodicals by McKinsey & Company.

The Reimagining Japan essay contest, essay submissions, and contest results are separate and unrelated to McKinsey & Company’s recruitment process. All decisions made by McKinsey & Company in relation to the essay competition are final.

Contact

McKinsey & Company, Inc., Japan, Essay Contest Office

–E-mail: nipponnomirai@mckinsey.com
–Address: Roppongi First Building, 9-9 Roppongi 1-chome Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8509, Japan

Contest organizers

McKinsey & Company, Inc., Japan; Shogakukan

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