Atlanta Campus to Host Annual Japan Academic Challenge and Japanese Speech Contest


ATLANTA – Mercer University will host high school and college students from across the Southeast for the 12th annual Japan Academic Challenge and 26th Annual Japanese Speech Contest on March 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m., on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.

The two events, which will take place in Day Hall, are co-organized by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta.

“We are honored to have been asked to co-host this event. It's a pleasure to witness firsthand the amazing talent and learning that is taking place in the state of Georgia and to be a part of the continued relationship development between the U.S. and Japan,” said Julie Strecker, director of international programs at Mercer.

The Japan Academic Challenge is a quiz-show style competition that tests high school students' knowledge of Japanese culture, history, grammar and language.

The Japanese Speech Contest involves high school and college students presenting memorized presentations entirely in Japanese. There are three divisions of competition.

In addition to the co-organizers, support for this year's events was provided by Mercer, the Japan Foundation and the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the Japan-America Society of Georgia at (404) 842-1400 or