The Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University is now accepting entries for the 28th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to all; there are no restrictions on age, nationality or profession.
The theme of this year’s contest is: “In a situation where a devastating natural disaster has occurred, and people remain apprehensive about a possible reoccurrence, prompt measures and efforts for prevention as well as restoration are indispensable. What are the role and potential efforts of the United Nations in such a case?”
Your essay may be in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). English essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words; Japanese essays should include an abstract of up to 1,200 characters.
Your essay must be original and unpublished, and must include reference notes and a bibliographys if other authors’ works are cited.
Please submit your entry in quadruplicate (four copies) with a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, and (if available) telephone/fax number and e-mail address. The submission deadline is 31 March 2012.
Submitted essays will not be returned. Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.
A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000) and several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded. The winners will be notified by June 2012; those who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.
The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest was inaugurated in 1980, and has been held annually since 1990. It is supported by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, which was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.
Submit your entry by post to:
The Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University
c/o United Nations University Library
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
For further information, please contact the Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org).