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July 28, 2015
Rits Uji students reach the finals at NFLJ Japan Debate Championship
A team of debaters from Ritsumeikan Uji reached the final match and placed second place at the recent National Forensic League Japan (NFLJ) 2015 championship tournament held at Shinagawa Joshi Gakuin and Roppongi Hills Academy in Tokyo. A second team reached the semi-finals and placed tied for third in the tournament. The tournament was attended by 28 schools and 71 teams debate teams from Japan, China, and Taiwan. The theme of the tournament was “On balance, Artificial Intelligence is beneficial for humanity,” and debaters conducted extensive research on both sides of the theme in advance of the tournament.
16 teams advanced to Day II which was held at Roppongi Hills Academy, including three teams from Ritsumeikan Uji. In the semi-finals, two Ritsumeikan Uji teams met each other, and Team A consisting of Soi Kiuchi and Shu Amano, both second year students in our IB Diploma Course, advanced to the final match. After starting the tournament with a win and a loss, the team won six games in a row on their way to the finals. Although the Ritsumeikan team fell to a team from St. Mary’s International School in the finals, Soi and Shu won an all expenses paid trip to the NFLJ U.S. tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2016.
Ritsumeikan Uji re-started a debate team this spring and sent four teams to the Tokyo tournament. We offer our congratulations to the finalists and to all teams who competed strongly and are excited to be a part of the growing debate community in Japan and East Asia.
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