The Royal Thai Embassy and the Kanda University of International Studies held the 14th Thai Speech Contest at the Millenium Hall, Kanda University of International Studies. Mr. Atsushi Kasuga, Head of Southeast Asia Languages Department and Mrs. Achara Soontawnkrut, Minister of Economic and Investment presided over and gave an opening remarks.
Thirteen bachelor degree students of Thai Major from 4 universities took part in the contest namely Osaka University, Ritsumeikan University, Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages and Kanda University of International Studies. Mr. Miyauchi Takahisa, President of Kanda University of International Studies gave the closing remarks.
Every contestant had delivered the speech under the title of “Effort” and answered a question in Thai. The selection panel was comprised of representatives from Office of Economic and Investment Affairs, Office of Agricultural Affairs, Tourism Authority of Thailand in Tokyo and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
The outstanding prize for this year contest belonged to Ms. Shieko Maruyama the 1st year student from Kanda University of International Studies and Ms. Higari Shoda, the 2nd year student from Kanda University of International Studies, who received a round trip air ticket Tokyo-Bangkok, sponsored by Thai Airways International Co., Ltd and the Royal Thai Embassy. Other winners received a certificate, cash reward and books on Thailand supported by the Japan-Thailand Association, Dai Nippon Toryo Co.,Ltd, Japan Thailand Business Forum and NGO Khobkhunmak. Thai traditional dance and music were also performed at the event.