On Friday, December 18th, the results from the 3rd Speech Contest hosted by the Consulate General of Brazil in Nagoya were announced. Two students of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of Brazilian and Portuguese Studies won in Category III (contestants must be over 15 years of age, and of Japanese or nationalities other than Brazilian); the winners are first-year student Eri Kato who won 1st place, and fourth-year student Hiroki Matsuoka who came in 2nd place.
The speech contest, unlike previous years, was based on videos submitted by contestants for the juries to judge. The theme this year was “30 anos depois: Meu sonho para o futuro da comunidade brasileira no Japão (30 years later: dreams for the future of Japan’s Brazilian communities)” and students gave their speech on how they view the future of Brazilian communities in this country 30 years from now.
In her speech, Kato said, “I hope that our society will be a place where Brazilian children are free to choose whatever academic and professional paths they wish to take.” Regarding her achievement, she commented with excitement, “I am very happy that I won, and I couldn’t have done it without the support from my professors and family.”
Matsuoka, the runner-up of the contest, gave his speech based on a dream that he had. “I hope to help create a society where we can live together in the same environment, where nationalities aren’t obstacles anymore.” On his performance in the contest, he said, “I regret that I didn’t win first place, but I certainly gained a lot from this experience. I would make use of this opportunity to achieve success after I graduate.”
Consulate General of Brazil in Nagoya “3rd Speech Contest” results
Speeches by award winners
*Speech by Matsuoka is from 6:04 and Kato’s is from 7:40
Consulate General of Brazil in Nagoya website