The 5th Nihongo Taiken Contest in Kuala Lumpur

Date: 22 August 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 01:00pm onwards
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
183, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Online Application

(A) Requirements
  1. Applicants must be Malaysians.
  2. Applicants who have passed JLPT N4 OR have the Japanese proficiency level of JLPT N4 and above.
  3. Able to participate in the winning tour to Japan (date to be confirmed) if selected as one of the winners.
  4. Able to obtain VISA to enter Japan.
(B) Application procedure
  1. Application method
    a. Online (Apply Here)
    b. Submit hard-copy by hand/courier (Download)
  2. Documents required
    i. Application Form
    ii. Identity Card or Student Card Copy
    iii. Passport size photo (proper photo, white background only)
         *All submitted documents will not be returned.
  3. Application period: 13 May 2019 (Monday) – 5 July 2019 (Friday)
  4. Closing date: 5 July 2019 (Friday)
  5. Please submit all documents by hand or courier to:
    A to Z Language Centre (Damansara)
    70B Jalan SS21/62,
    Damansara Utama,
    47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
    TEL: 03-7728-4662 / 011-366-98-366
(C) Winning prizes
  1. Grand prize:
    8 Days 7 Nights All Expense Paid Tour to Tokyo, Japan (5 winners)
    Date: [ To Be Confirmed – Expected to be in January 2020 ]
    Itinerary: Introduction tour to the Japanese education system, short trips, free-and-easy group activities, etc.
  2. Consolation prize: Japanese traditional gift (15 winners)
(D) Contest details
  1. All participants are required to answer 30 MCQs in the preliminary round.
    *all questions will be read out loud by the host.
  2. 15 – 20 participants will advance to the final round, where they will be asked to prepare a 3-minute speech based on the topics given.
  3. The topics will only be announced on the day of the competition.
  4. 5 finalists will be chosen to represent Malaysia for the trip to Tokyo, Japan.
(E) Downloads
  1. What are the 30 MCQs based on?

    There are no specific topics/genres that the MCQs are based on.

  2. Can I know the theme/topics for the speech so that I could prepare in advance?

    The theme for the speech will only be announced on the contest day itself.

  3. Can I use English (or any other languages/dialects) while giving the speech?

    No. Participants are only allowed to use Japanese during the contest.

  4. What time will this event end?

    The contest is expected to end latest by 5:00pm.

  5. I have never taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT); can I still participate?

    Yes. As long as you have the Japanese proficiency level of JLPT N4 and above, you are eligible for the contest.

  6. I’ve never taken JLPT, but I can speak simple Japanese. How can I check if I am eligible for the contest?

    You can give a try at the sample questions provided in JLPT's official homepage.
    Click Here

    To put it simply, you have to be able to describe the followings in Japanese:

    1. Able to introduce yourself and give detailed information.
      I was born in Johor but my family moved to Kuala Lumpur when I was 9 years old due to my father's job.
    2. Able to give reasons for decisions, justify and explain.
      Takana could not make it to the party because his son is not feeling well. Takana is taking his son to the hospital.
    3. Able to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and can pick up necessary information from short conversations.


  7. If I am chosen as one of the winners for the trip, can I choose to go to Japan some other time instead?

    No. If you are not able to go to Japan on the mentioned dates, your prize will be forfeited.

  8. If I am chosen as one of the winners for the trip, can I plan my own itinerary instead of following what was planned?

    No. You are required to follow the itinerary given by the organizers. For safety reasons, all participants are also required to move in groups during the “free & easy sessions”.

  9. I have taken part in the Nihongo Taiken Contest before; can I participate again this year?

    Yes, but only if you were not one of the winners who won the trip to Japan in the previous contests.

Do you have more questions?
Contact Regina through Whatsapp/LINE! 011-366-98-366

Online Application