Debate (fun things)

State of Maine Japanese Speech Contest Outline

The Contest this year is held on Friday March 14, 2003, 7:00 ~ 8:15 p.m., in Muskie Archives at Bates College.

The goal of this event is to enable students to use Japanese in a real-life situation.


  • Beginner Level (students in 1st year Japanese): up to 3 students from each institution;
  • Intermediate Level (students in 2nd or 3rd year Japanese): up to 2 students from each institution;
  • Advanced Level (students in 3rd or 4th year Japanese): up to 2 students from each institution;
  • **The assignment of the level to which each student is placed may be discussed among the organizers.


  • Each student will speak for three to seven minutes depending on the level.
  • Each speaker will choose his/her own topic/theme.
  • The students are encouraged to use vocabulary and grammar patterns they have learned in class. Memorizing a paper filled with words and grammar the speaker does not have a command of will defeat the contestユs purpose.
  • Instructors of Japanese classes are encouraged to incorporate the preparatory work for this event (draft writing and practice speaking) in their semester curriculum. Ideally, each institution will host an in-house speech contest to select the seven (or less) finalists.


  • Topic
  • Speed & Time
    • 3 minutes for the Beginning Level
    • 3 to 5 minutes for the Intermediate Level
    • 5 to 7 minutes for the Advanced Level
  • Intonation
  • Pronunciation
  • Eye contact


  • The Consulate of General and a few JASM members will be judges this year.


  • Prizes in the form of certificate will be provided for the first and second places in each level, and a book for other participants (speakers) this year.

Annual Bates-Colby Debate in Japanese Language

  • Time:  Usually in Winter Semester
  • Place:  Bates or Colby, alternating as host
  • Bates & Colby students are mixed up and divided into Pro. and Con. teams.
  • In1998
    Zoe & Greg gave a summary speech.  The students were nervous before they started.  However, they said, “It was a lot of fun.  I am happy doing this!” after they finished.

    Topics to date

  • 2001 Winter at Bates:  Will Japan be better in the twenty first century or not?
  • 2000 Winter at Colby:  Should Japan make English the second official language or not?
  • 1999 Winter at Bates:  Is Japan all right in the future or not?
  • 1998 Winter at Colby:  Is Japan’s Westernalization a good thing or not?
  • 1997 Winter at Bates:  Which is better to live in Japan or the U.S.?
  • 1995 Winter at Colby:  Which people are happier, the Japanese or the Americans?
  • 1994 Fall at Bates:  Individualism VS. Groupism
  • 1993 Winter at Colby:  Which has a better future, the Oriental or the Western countries?  “Nihon wa daijoobuka? (Is Japan all right in the future?)”
  • Videotapes of those debates are available.  Contact Ofuji.