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Pazir to Compete in Finals of Japanese Contest

October 11, 2019

Bilal Pazir

Bilal Pazir

Bilal Pazir, a student of Dr. Makiko Fukuda, has advanced to the final round of the J.LIVE Talk 2019 (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement). The event is modeled after TED talks and provides a platform for students to showcase their proficiency in Japanese, share ideas, and polish their public speaking skills.

Pazir developed his passion for studying Japanese 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.

Bilal is one of 9 finalists selected from students across the United States.  He will perform live at George Washington University on November 10, 2019, competing for cash prizes and an opportunity to study abroad in Japan.


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