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2017 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest – Japan

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The 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest is officially OPEN and Entries are now being accepted for this international contest. This contest is currently available to applicants who have interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession.

The theme of the 2017 contest is:

“Demography of the world is experiencing a big structural change. While world total population is still growing, increasing number of countries are facing low fertility, rapid ageing and even depopulation. Some are concerned about possible aging before societies become rich. Others are seeing continuing explosion of unemployed youth. Even in rich countries social security system is under pressure and generational conflict is on the rise. How should the United Nations cope with such demographic changes? Discuss the potential role of the UN against this world phenomenon, ‘demographic tsunami’.”

Benefits: A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000), and an honourable mention (¥50,000) will be awarded. The winners will be notified by September 2017.

How To Apply: Interested applicants should submit their essay along with a cover sheet listing their name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, telephone/fax number (if available), e-mail address, and a note on how they learned about the contest.

Essays should be sent to [email protected]. Please attach your cover sheet and essay as a single (one) document file, and use your full name as the document title.

Essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 2 pages (English) or 3 pages (Japanese). Essays may be written in either English (maximum 20 pages) or Japanese (maximum 30 pages).

Submissions must be original, unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited. Reference notes are not counted in the page limits.

Submission Deadline: The submission deadline for this contest is on 31st March 2017.

For more information, see the website of the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University (in English or in Japanese), or contact the Foundation by email at [email protected].

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