Eisaku Sato Essay Contest 2016 is open!

Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation accepts applications for the 32nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest 2016. Winners will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (Japan Time) on 31 March 2016.


* Applications are open to anyone with interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic.

*There are no restrictions as to age, nationality or profession.


  • Grand prize (¥500,000)
  • Second prize (¥200,000) and
  • Several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded.

Contest Theme:

“Considering the multiple and pressing challenges the United Nations faces today, what is the proper role of the Secretary General as top international public servant? Discuss the required qualities and discipline of a Secretary General in view of the practices and achievements of the successive Secretary Generals.”

Submission Guidelines:

1) Persons living outside of Japan may submit their essays via email or by postal mail.

2) If submitting by email, attach your cover sheet and essay as a single (ONE) document file, and use the full name as the document title.

3) Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). All essays should be printed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).

4) Applicants must submit the essay along with a cover sheet Listing name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone/fax number (if available), and a note on how to learned about the contest.

Postal submissions should be addressed to:

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat

c/o United Nations University Library

5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

Tokyo 150-8925


Please note that submitted essays will not be returned. Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.

For more information, contact the Foundation by email at [email protected]

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest 2016 official website

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