Uezu from Urasoe wins chance to compete in International Public Speaking Competition in London

Uezu from Urasoe wins chance to compete in International Public Speaking Competition in London

Marino Uezu


February 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo



On February 3, a preliminary round of the “International Public Speaking Competition 2018” sponsored by the English-Speaking Union was held in Tokyo. Marino Uezu from Urasoe City (a freshman at Ochanomizu University) won this round.

As a representative of Japan, she will participate in the world event held in London starting on May 14.

Uezu said, “I will practice and practice so I do not regret [being unprepared].

I want to surprise the audience with how well Japanese people can speak English.”



The participants compete by making a 5-minute speech about a topic assigned to them and answering questions from judges, then giving a 3-minute speech on a theme picked in a raffle.

They are judged on their expressive abilities in English.

Entrants must be 20 years old or under to qualify.

About 30 people participated in the preliminary round in Japan, and representatives from more than 50 countries will participate in the world competition.

A representative from Japan has never been named within the top seven finalists.



She has asked a previous representative from Japan and native English speakers to be an audience her practice speech.

She said, “I will prepare thoroughly so as to avoid any regrets.”



Uezu has participated in numerous English speech contests, such as when she was selected to represent Okinawa at the Takamado Cup of All Japan Junior High School English Speech Contest during her time at Okinawa Catholic Junior High School.

Last April, she became a college student in Tokyo.

She is affiliated with the Japan National Student Association Fund and volunteers teaching English to junior high school students.


(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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