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Kyoto iUP Student Ms. Yang Jau-Rung Wins 3rd Place in Summer 2021 Japanese Language Speech Contest - Semi-annual Contest Sponsored by FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. -

Kyoto iUP students Mr. Ryu Junsun (2nd year, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies), Ms. Yang Jau-Rung (1st year, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies), and Ms. Putri Jean Keiko (1st year, Faculty of Agriculture) participated in the Summer 2021 Japanese Language Speech Contest, and Ms. Yang Jau-Rung won 3rd place. The three-day semi-annual event is sponsored by leading Japanese retail holding company FAST RETAILING CO., LTD., parent of eight apparel brands including UNIQLO.

Participants at the recent competition attended lectures about the history and management philosophy of FAST RETAILING on the first and second days. On the third day, after shopping at either a physical UNIQLO store or the company EC site, participants gave speeches on a theme set by FAST RETAILING, which this time was "My Recommendation for FAST RETAILING."

All three Kyoto iUP students prepared their speeches based on individual perspectives and rehearsed them several times ahead of the contest. Third-place winner Ms. Yang focused hers on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in developing countries and offered recommendations to revitalize the region where UNIQLO has production bases.

A total of 12 international students studying in Japan participated in the contest and gave unique speeches in fluent Japanese. After each presentation, there was time to receive comments from the FAST RETAILING judges, which was a great experience for Kyoto iUP students. We believe that this speech contest is a valuable opportunity to interact with international students studying Japanese at other universities, and therefore hope that Kyoto iUP students will actively participate in future FAST RETAILING speech contests.