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May 25, 2006

Japanese Wins English Toastmasters Event

(Japan) A Japanese woman, Setsuko Fujiyama from Hiroshima Prefecture, has won the District 76 Toastmasters Japan English Speech Contest which was held recently. Fujiyama, one of eight speakers which included four native English speakers, discussed the importance of respecting all people as individuals given that every person is unique. "What I learned from my children is that we must not compare one person to another," said Fujiyama. Second and third prizes went to Tokyo residents, James Coleand and Robert Burnside respectively. Japan Toastmasters which was modeled on the American equivalent, was established in 1954, and now has 75 clubs with over 2,000 members.
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