On Sunday, March 28, the 32nd National Japanese Language Speech Contest was held online as a virtual event, co-organized by the Canadian National Japanese Language Speech Contest Organizing Committee and the Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE).
This year, 23 contest winners from 6 regions across Canada progressed to the Nationals. The 1st place winners in each category were – in order of appearance: (Beginner) Heshan Wadumasethrige of York University, Ontario; (Intermediate) Peter Zang of York University, Ontario; (Advanced) Dylan Kim of Mount Allison University, New Brunswick; and (Open) Lilika Zheng of York University, Ontario. The Outstanding Effort award went to (Advanced) Shoni Coyle of the University of British Columbia. The first place winners in each category received the Prince Takamado Japan Canada Memorial Fund scholarship.
The contest was live-streamed online and the video of the event can be watched here