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Pazir Winner of Japanese Contest

November 18, 2019

Bilal Pazir

Bilal Pazir

Bilal Pazir, a student of Dr. Makiko Fukuda, is the winner of the J.LIVE Talk 2019 (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) contest, beating finalists from Georgetown University and George Washington University. The annual event, which is modeled after TED talks, provides a platform for students to showcase their proficiency in Japanese, share ideas, and polish their public speaking skills. 

In his winning talk, Pazir spoke of his love for Japanese and his desire to continue studying languages, which he developed after visiting the town of Minamisanriku, Japan in high school.

“The kindness of the people and the courage I observed while there had a great influence on me and still motivates me to continue learning Japanese,” he said.

He plans to pursue a career that involves putting his Japanese skills to use.

Pazir flew to Washington DC to participate in the final round where he won a six-week instensive Japanese language course at a university in Tokyo, a round-trip air ticket to Toyko, and a $2700 stipend.

Bilal was one of nine finalists selected from students across the United States.  


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