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JFTC Essay Competition for International Applicants in Japan, 2017

JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2017 to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

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The Ideal Future Free Trade System – Tasks and Solutions –

Free trade aims to achieve economic development by promoting free transactions of goods and services in a global economy which is becoming increasingly interdependent. On the other hand, protectionist movements also have been emerging, criticizing free trade for giving rise to increases in economic disparity and unemployment. As a result, growing arguments are being made on both sides for the advantages and disadvantages of a free trade system.

  • What advantages are people around the world gaining through free trade, and, to the contrary, what are the disadvantages?
  • What kinds of measures are conceivable in order to further increase the advantages while reducing the disadvantages?
  • In addition, what should “those concerned” do in order to achieve these measures?

In addition to your responses to these questions, please present your argument for what an ideal free trade system should look like in the future. In particular, essays which include analyses and suggestions about the part played by shosha companies are welcome.


One Grand Prize of ¥1,000,000
Three Prizes for Excellence of ¥200,000 each

The award winners from abroad will be provided with a round-trip air ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 5, 2018.


Chair: Mr. Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA

Vice Chair: Ms. Kaori Iida, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Vice Chair: Dr. Keiichiro Kobayashi, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University


Anyone can apply for the essay competition, regardless of nationality or age.


English (2,000-4,000 words) or Japanese (5,000-10,000 characters). Each essay MUST BE accompanied by an essay summary of no more than 400words in English/ 1,000 Japanese characters.

* One diagram or chart is counted as 200 words. If the number of the words, including diagram or charts, is less than half of 4,000 words or more than the limitation, such work could be disqualified.


September 8, 2017 at 24:00 (JST)
We cannot accept any essays after this time. The entry page will be really congested at around the deadline time. It is recommended to apply earlier to avoid technical difficulty accessing the page.

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