Headquarters for the Abduction Issue, the Government of Japan held an essay competition for junior high and high school students in Japan to offer them a chance to learn and understand the abductions issue by watching movies, a theatrical play, and reading publications on the abductions issue. 2,854 works were received from all over Japan, and as a result of the judging, three 1st prize winners, six 2nd prize winners, and six 3rd prize winners were selected. In addition, a new group prize has been set up for schools that have actively applied for this competition from this year, and seven schools have been commended this year. On December 11, a Commendation Ceremony for the Essay Competition was held at Iino Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and Mr. MATSUNO Hirokazu, Chief Cabinet Secretary and Minister in Charge of the Abductions Issue, awarded certificates of commendation to the winners of the 1st and 2nd prize.

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Award ceremony in Tokyo this year

List of Winners

Junior High School Category

【1st Prize】

  • SHINTANI Go

    7th grade, Sakai Municipal Tsukuno Junior High School

【2nd Prize】

【3rd Prize】

  • YOKOUCHI Runa

    9th grade, Ageo Municipal Higashi Junior High School

  • USHIJIMA Sae

    8th grade, Saga Municipal Josai Junior High School

  • MATSUMOTO Takara

    9th grade, Yahatahama Municipal Honai Junior High School

High School Category

【1st Prize】

  • UMEKAWA Tsutomu

    12th grade, Kumamoto Prefectural Yashiro Technical High School

【2nd Prize】

  • KUWANO Aoi

    12th grade, Kobe Yamate Girls' Junior & Senior High School

  • MIYAWAKI Hinata

    10th grade, Hyogo Prefectural Himejiminami High School

【3rd Prize】

  • IMAI Seiki

    10th grade, Niigata Prefectural Kashiwazakitokiwa High School

  • KITANO Yume

    10th grade, Hyogo Prefectural Himejiminami High School

  • NIKKUNI Moe

    10th grade, Fukushima Prefectural Aizunorin High School

English Essay Category

【1st Prize】

【2nd Prize】

  • MAEDA Moa

    8th grade, Shibuya Makuhari Junior High School

  • HIROSE Fuka

    11th grade, Gunma Kokusai Academy High School

Group Award

Kobe Municipal Tamatsu Junior High School

Tachikawa Municipal Tachikawadainana
Junior High School

Sakai Municipal Tsukuno Junior High School

Hyogo Prefectural Himejiminami High School

Fukushima Prefectural Aizunorin High School

Beppu Mizobe Gakuen High School

Gunma Kokusai Academy High School