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33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

Last date to apply

31 March 2017

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About Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest is organised in the fond memory of Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan and 1974 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. The Eisaku international contest is open to anyone with interest in both the United Nations University and the theme of the contest. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality or profession. The entries to be submitted for the contest should belong to the theme as given for the 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. Get the complete details on eligibility, application process, rewards, selection process, etc. 

  • The Last date to submit the entries: 31 March 2017.

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Theme of the Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

  • The theme of the contest: "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. 
  • However many other points are related to this theme which is discussed below:
    • Concerning about possible ageing before societies become rich.
    • Others are seeing continuing explosion of unemployed youth.
    • In rich countries, the social security system is under pressure and generational conflict is on the rise.
    • How should the United Nations cope with such demographic changes?

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Important Dates


Events Dates
Last date to apply 31 March 2017
(at midnight Japan time)
Winners announcement September 2017

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Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age Open for All
  • Nationality: The contest is open to citizens of all nationalities.
  • Age & Profession: There is no restriction related to the age and profession of the participants.
  • General Eligibility: 
    • 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest is open for participants from all nationalities without any restriction of age and profession, etc.
    • The participants have to write an essay which must be written in either English or Japanese
    • The essay must be within 20 pages and the abstract in 2 pages
    • In Japanese, the maximum page for an essay is 30 pages and 3 pages for abstract.

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Reward

The Grand Prize winner will get cash prizes worth 500,000 Japanese Yen (Approx. INR 2.6 lakh), various other prizes can also be won by the participants. The candidates are required to submit an essay either in English or Japanese written on the theme announced for the contest.

The participants would receive the rewards according to the position they hold. The prize money for each position is given below:

  • Grand Prize: The essay selected as the winner of the Grand prize will get cash prize worth 500,000 Japanese Yen (Approx. INR 2.6 lakh)
  • Second Prize: The winner of the second prize will get cash prize of 200,000 Japanese Yen (Approx. INR 1.07 lakh)
  • Honourable Mentions: Several candidates will be awarded the cash prize of 50,000 Japanese Yen (Approx. INR 26,000).

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Application form and Process

The participants willing to be a part of 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest can submit their entries either online or offline. The submission for the 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest can be done through both online or offline mode. The details related to the competition and its application process is given below

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The participants willing to apply for the 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest need to prepare the cover sheet in which the information related to the Name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone/fax number (if available) should be mentioned. 

The participants also need to prepare a note on how you learned about the contest which would also be sent along with the essay. Participants also need to understand the major points while writing the essay which is given below:

  • Theme: "Demography of the world is experiencing a big structural change."
  • Language: The essays can be submitted in either in English or in Japanese.
  • Word limit: For the essays written in English the word limit needs to be between 3,000–6,000 words, while for essays in Japanese the word count needs to be between 8,000–16,000 characters.
  • Abstract: The essay needs to be accompanied by an abstract of up to 450/1200 words in English/ Japanese.

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Entry Submission

The submission of the essay can be done either online or offline, and participants are requested to use any one of the submission methods. The details of submitting the essays through both the mode are given below:

  • For Online Submission: Both the cover file and the essay are to be sent as a single document. The title of the document needs to be the complete name of the participant and the document should be emailed to ‘essay@satoeisaku.com’.
  • For Offline Submission: For offline submission, 4 copies of the essay should be printed on A4 size sheets and postmarked before 31 March 2017. The address on which the documents are to be sent is:

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat
c/o United Nations University Library
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Selection Process

The winner of the contest will be notified by September 2017. The panel of judges will decide the winner of the Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. The decision of the panel would be final regarding the selection of the winners.

Winners who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Contact Details

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat
c/o United Nations University Library
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925

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