Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Receiving Submissions


The Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University is receiving submissions for the 29th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest.  The contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic.

Mr. Eisaku Sato, Former Prime Minister Japan

The topic for the 2013 contest is “Many people expect the United Nations to play a major role in world peace and in protecting the safety and welfare of people worldwide.”  Interested contestants are expected to express their views on whether the United Nations is sufficiently responding to these expectations or not.  Contestants who believe the United Nations has failed in that role should discuss the causes and constraints for failure while those that believe it has succeeded should discuss some recent success cases.

Eligible essays may be in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters).  All essays should be typed on A4-size paper.  Essays in English language should include an abstract of up to 450 words while those written in Japanese should include an abstract of up to 1,200 characters.  All essays must be original, unpublished, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.

Prospective contestants are expected to submit four copies of their entries with a cover sheet detailing their names, affiliations, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, and (if available) telephone/fax number and e-mail address.

The deadline for submission of essays is March 31, 2013.  Essays that fail to follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.

Winners will be notified by June 2013 and those who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.  A grand prize of ¥500,000, a second prize of ¥200,000 and several honorable mentions attracting ¥50,000 each will be awarded to winners.

Entries should be submitted by post to: The Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, c/o United Nations University Library, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.  Tokyo 150-8925, Japan.

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest was inaugurated in 1980 and has been held annually since 1990. It is supported by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, which was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.

Further information about the essay contest can be obtained from the Foundation at sato.eisaku.mf@unu.edu.