Announcement of the 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

  • 2017年01月30日

Submissions are now accepted for the 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest.
This international contest is 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.

The theme of the 2017 contest is: ”Demography of the world is experiencing a big structural change. While world total population is still growing, increasing number of countries are facing low fertility, rapid aging and even depopulation. Some are concerned about possible aging before societies become rich. Others are seeing continuing explosion of unemployed youth. Even in rich countries social security system is under pressure and generational conflict is on the rise. How the United Nations should cope with such demographic changes? Discuss the potential role of UN against this world phenomenon, “demographic tsunami”.

To enter the 2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest, please prepare a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation (your profession, university or whatever you do), age, gender, nationality, how you learned about this contest, mailing address, telephone/fax number and e-mail address.

Essay may be written in either English or Japanese.
It should be typed on A4-size paper with abstract.
The essay must be within 20 pages and the abstract in 2 pages.
In Japanese, the maximum page for essay is 30 pages and 3 pages for abstract.

Submission must be original and unpublished, must include reference notes and a bibliography if other author’s works are cited. The reference notes
are not counted among the 30-page restriction.

Submission is via e-mail attachment file

  • We solely accept essays by e-mail attachment; the address is
  • Please send your essay by e-mail attachment in ONE file, do not separate your cover sheet mentioned above, and use your full name as the document file title.
  • Due date
    March 31, 2017 0:00 am (at midnight on the 31st, Japan time)
  • Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.
    The grand prize (¥500,000), second prize (¥200,000) and honorable prize (¥50,000) will be awarded. The winners will be notified individually by September 2017.
  • The award ceremony will be held at the United Nations University, Tokyo in late September to honor the awardees.

For further information, please contact the Foundation: