The All Japan Youth English Oratorical Contest for the Mayor of Honolulu Trophy was conceived of by the late Mr. Yamaguchi, founder of ECC, back in the 1960s. After a series of hard negotiations with various people and organizations, such as the City of Honolulu, Hawaii, the City of Hiroshima, Japan and other distinguished sponsors, the contest finally materialized in 1971. Since then, the contest has provided young people the opportunity to think of ways to cope with various problems facing mankind today, and at the same time improve their ability in English as they discuss various topics with others.
This year's topic was "The Japanese way and the future."
A total of 154 high school students from all over Japan applied for the preliminary rounds. Only eight people, including Kumon's representative, were chosen to give a speech at the Osaka national finals.
2018 Kumon Kokusai Gakuen.