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Speaking Japanese

The panel of judges
The panel of judges

In collaboration with the KAKE Educational Network in Japan, Sputnik held the 8th KAKE Gakuen Challenge Cup International Japanese Speech Competition - 2018 successfully under the patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka. Many International and local Japanese experts took part in the event which was held at the J. R. Jayawardene Centre, Colombo-7 recently.

The guest of honour at the event was Dr. Dilrukshi Ratnayake, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya. Kawakami Takayuki, the First Secretary Public Relations, Information and Culture Exchange Division, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka, Professor Patrick Ratnayake, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, Ms. Naho Komatsubara, Lecturer of the Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, Kamiya Masashi, Managing Director of Spice Up Lanka Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and KAKE representative Luchi Tomoya were the panel of judges.

Hiran delivers his speech.

The champion of this national level competition was Hiran Kalindu Karunarathne (16) of Trinity College, Kandy. Preceding International champion winner Ravindu Wickremasinghe of Trinity College attended the event as a special guest.

National champion of 2016 Miyuranga Premawardene also a product of Trinity College, Kandy coordinated the event. Praises and credits should be dedicated to the principal, and the Japanese language teacher W. M. R. Kumarie of Trinity College who had immensely contributed to the national and international achievements of these students.

The first runner up of this competition was Chethani Maya Wijeyasiri of Sumana Balika Vidyalaya, Ratnapura while the 2nd runner up was Sandunika Ruwanthi Hemasinghe of the same school. Participation certificates and prizes were earned by Imasha Ravindi Niroshini, Gayathri Uththara Bandara, Chalani Bhagya Herath of Sumana Balika Vidyalaya, Ratnapura, Vishmi Warnika Kulawansha of Ferguson High school, Rathnapura, Tilini Chathurika Weerakoon of Maliyadewa Girls School, Kurunegala, Hansani Kaushalya Hewavitharana of Viharamaha Devi Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Kiribathgoda, and Yasindu Bandara Walisundara of Trinity College, Kandy. The extreme commitment of all contestants as well as the Japanese language teachers and parents were highly commended by the panel of judges. The national level champion Hiran Karunarathne was awarded a scholarship to Japan by KAKE Educational Institution appreciating his commitment and achievement. He is scheduled to be in Japan from November 14 to 19. Preparations for the Grand Finale of the 8th KAKE Gakuen International Japanese Competition are being made where all national level champions from KAKE affiliated countries from around the world will partake on November 16, 2018. Hiran Karunarathne will be taking part in this grand event representing Sri Lanka. Dr. Eshantha Ariyadasa, Director General of Sputnik International, the KAKE Liaison Officer will be accompanying Hiran to the event. Young Voice wishes Hiran the best for the Grand Finale and hopes he will bring the international championship trophy to Sri Lanka.

Sputnik Japanese Campus in Kurunegala which organises this speech competition is one of the outstanding Japanese language service providers in Sri Lanka. With a qualified team of local and native Japanese language lecturers, Sputnik has 18 years of remarkable service in providing quality education of Japanese language and culture locally and internationally.

Sputnik provides full- time and part- time Japanese language courses and directs students for globally - recognized Japanese language proficiency tests. It also offers free academically and culturally valued scholarships to Japan. Being affiliated to the KAKE Educational Institution which consists of a University network of Okayama University of Science, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts and Chiba institute of Science, Sputnik also provides student visa consultation for these 3 universities for Sri Lankan students to actualize their higher educational dreams.