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SB Student Wins Japan Center Essay Contest

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Elizabeth Kaufman with (from left to right) Iwao Ojima, President JCSB; Joe Warren, Vice-President, Canon USA; Yasuhisa Kawamura, Consulate General of Japan in New York.

Elizabeth D. Kaufman, a Stony Brook senior majoring in Health Sciences won the Best Essay Award in the College Division of the Japan Center’s Fifth Annual Essay Competition, jointly sponsored by the Japan Center of Stony Brook (JCSB) and Canon USA. Her award-winning essay was entitled “Shotokan: A Way of Life.” Kaufman was presented with the Award Certificate, $2,000 cash, and a Canon camera at the Award Ceremony held on May 1 at the Charles B. Wang Center.

The goal of the competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States and to help young Americans broaden their international horizons. This year the contestants were required to write about one or more aspects of Japan in relation to their personal view, experiences, and/or future goals. A total of 187 essays were received and carefully evaluated in two stages by a panel of judges composed of Stony Brook faculty.

The winner in the High School Division was Gen Ishikawa from Syosset High School.  To view all the winning essays and detailed information on other Japan Center programs, visit the JCSB site at

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