MANGALURU: Mastering the Japanese language to obtain a Japan work visa helped Dacklen D’Souza, a student of the Mangalore Institute of Technology and Engineering, Moodbidri , to win the global Japanese Online Speech Contest.
He won the prize during the 10th Kake International Japanese Online Speech Contest. He was learning the Japanese language under the Silverpeak Centre of Excellence in Japanese Language and Culture. The winner was announced on February 26.
The contest was held online this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Silverpeak Global was the regional partner for the event in India. The international event had 87 entries from India, along with participants from the United States, South Korea, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Ten top contenders from across the world competed for the final speech contest and Japanese proficiency under the theme of ‘What We Can Do Now-Overcoming Difficulties Against the Spread of the New Coronavirus’. Dacklen represented India in the finale, after he was selected the regional winner, after two fiercely competitive rounds at the nationals. The runner-up was Hirushi Netaara from Sri Lanka, the special jury prize was won by Ha Joo-yeon from South Korea, and the Mayor’s Award went to Nuru Abida Haniawati from Indonesia.
The event was jointly organised by Kake Educational Institution, Japan, and was supported by the ministry of education , culture, sports, science and technology, government of Japan and the Embassy of Japan in India.
Dacklen, the global champion of the contest, has been trained and certified for Japanese N3 level at the MITE Silverpeak CoE for Japanese Language and Culture by Radheika Sriraman and Ihara Takamichi, the Japanese language teachers. The MITE-SPG CoE is a first of its kind in the state of Karnataka that provides an integrated course schedule for learning Japanese language by experts from SPG . The CoE trains students to achieve linguistic competence and proficiency to clear JLPT N5, N4 and N3 while they graduate. A total 40 Students of MITE-SPG CoE have undergone the training in 2020, and completed the N3 level certification, and are selected for offers in top tier MNCs in Japan.