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July 05, 2004

Government-sponsored National Competition

The education ministry has announced a second period for applications to take part in the national "Manabinpick" (a combination of "manabu", to learn, and "Olympics"). The deadline for submissions is July 28. The event seeks to find the most effective ideas and methods for increasing student motivation that have been in practice since last year. A ministry approval stamp of approval can result in considerable proactive support. So far there have been 19 approvals, of which two relate to English: the 4th English Speech Contest, sponsored by Asia University; and "ThinkQuest@Japan", a national contest to develop Web-based educational content, sponsored by Japan Association for Promotion of Internet Application in School Education (JAPiAS).
Manabinpick (Japanese)

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