On July 7th, 12th Japanese Speech Contest was held by Nago International Exchange Association. Eight participants from Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Cambodia, and Mongolia made their speech on what they have been thinking in Okinawa.
For the first prize, Mr. Amol Dahal, an OIST technical staff from Nepal was chosen with his speech titled, “Personal Growth since I Came to Japan.”
Mr. Dahal came to Kochi prefecture on the following day of 2011 March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, and had learned agriculture for five years there, prior to moving to OIST. Three years have passed since he started research at OIST. Looking back, he commented, “As the proverb says, life is full of its ups and downs, and my happy days have come. Now I am working at a neurobiology research unit at OIST. I hope my work would contribute to the development of science and technology, raising the proud of Okinawa. I would also like my research to be useful for my country, Nepal.”
Other awardees are as follows;
2nd Prize: “What I felt about Okinawa” by Ho Yu Jong (Korea, Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa)
3rd Prize: “Image of Japan for Cambodian People” by Pitch David (Cambodia, National Institute of Technology, Okinawa College)
4th Prize: “Fighting with Pancreas Cancer” by Hong Huat Hoh (Malaysia, OIST)