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June 16, 2003

Princess Addresses New Contest Committee

Princess Takamado attended a ceremony last Friday to announce a new student committee for the annual speech contest named for her late husband. The princess is honorary patron of the "H.I.H. Prince Takamado Trophy All Japan Inter-Middle School English Oratorical Contest", which has been held annually since 1949 and is run by the Japan National Student Association (JNSA) Fund. Originally named the H.I.H. Prince Takamatsu Trophy, the event is also sponsored by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. In her address to the ceremony, held at the newspaper's head office, the princess said, "As this year's contest will be the first one since I became the lone honorary patron, I believe it will become the one that will stay in my mind. Therefore, I hope you do your best." Prince Takamado died shortly after last year's contest. The committee is chaired by Kenichiro Matsunaga, a junior at Tokyo University.

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