@4th Onkyo Braille Essay Contest
November 28, 2006
Onkyo Corporation

Thank you for the waves of emotion that youfve sent us from all around the world. Congratulations are due to Ms. Miki Tanabe from YamatoCity, Kanagawa, who won our highest award, the Otsuki Prize, in the domestic Japan section and to Mr. Nikhil Jain from India, who won the inaugural Otsuki Prize in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia section.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 4th Braille Essay Contest, co-sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and the Braille Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper Group.

This contest was created with the hope of establishing a bridge between the worlds of Braille and sound for the visually impaired. We announced our call for entries in March, 2006, and subsequently received 76 essays from within Japan, 17 from the Asia-Pacific region in the international section and 38 from the inaugural Middle East, Central and Southern Asia section.

We are truly grateful for all the moving essays we received for this contest. We have donated Japanese Braille Books, which compile the prize-winning essays from all sections, to schools for the blind and other community groups for the visually impaired. Starting this year, wefve also compiled an English Braille Book of winning essays in the Japan and International sections, which will be donated to relevant groups in participating regions as well as in other countries around the world, including Europe. This way, the wave of emotions will spread out even further.

In order to enrich the musical experience of the visually challenged, Onkyo Corporation will continue its efforts to create audio systems with greater ease-of-use and enhanced new technologies that support the disabled. Once again, we wish to express our thanks for the numerous remarkable entries we received. These essays will surely inspire us to create more innovative and attractive products in the future.
  • The award ceremony for the Japanese section held at the end of October when we invited the Otsuki Prize winner, Ms. Tanabe, to our headquarters.
  • The award ceremonies for the International section held in the respective country of each prize winner.
Click here for information about this contest in the Japanese section and the Asia-Pacific region of the International section.
Click here for information about this contest in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia regions of the International section.

 


Mr. Naoto Otsuki
President and CEO
Onkyo Corporation
Mr.Naoto Otsuki

To people all over the world, the waves of positivity are spreading.

Our Braille Essay Contest, inaugurated in 2003 and now in its fourth year, attracted the participation of recently visually impaired people from 11 counties in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia regions, including Jordan, Iraq, India and Bangladesh.Many thanks are due to all of the entrants. Our hopes have been raised for building a bridge between the worlds of Braille and sound.

Nothing inspires people like the basic will to live that is the bedrock of what it means to be human. To sense the beauty and strength in the hearts of visually impaired people--something normally beyond the comprehension of us fully sighted people--is one of my greatest pleasures.I was profoundly inspired by many of the applicants in 2006.

Mr. Nikhil Jain from India won the Otsuki Prize in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia regions of the International section, and Mr. Mg Pyay Pyo Paing from Myanmar won the Otsuki Prize in the Asia-Pacific region of the International section. Their essays tell us much about their wonderful attitudes and their ability to take positive action, such as writing a music composition or trying to organise a rally. We got to see how they use Braille as a way to support their lifefs work.

Congratulations to Ms. Miki Tanabe, who won our highest award, the Otsuki Prize, in the Japanese section. With the support of your family, you worked very hard to make your dream come true. You also showed the determination to overcome many setbacks. I especially enjoyed hearing about your student trying to cheer you up by saying, "Teacher, youeve got guts." I felt envious, but at the same time I was glad to have been privy to such a touching moment. The Runner-up prize-winning essay by Ms. Kumiko Tanba, "A Ray of Light," is like an exhortation to fully sighted people to try harder to appreciate the gift of light. I found her message greatly encouraging, too.

Mr. Akira Yamamoto and Ms. Yoko Kanbayashi each received a Highly Commended prize, while the younger entrants, Mr. Yuuki Fujinawa and Tomoyo Takaki, each received a Special Award. All of their essays gave me a wonderful sense of interacting with people who have most commendable ambitions. I want to thank you all for your efforts.

Our company will continue to build on our ten-year history of "barrier-free" activities designed to offer beautiful sound and a more comfortable audio experience to everyone around the world. Again, we thank all of the applicants and wish you all the best in the future. Also, we wish to express our gratitude to the Mainichi Shimbun Corporation, who co-sponsored this event, to the WBU-AP (World Blind Union Asia-Pacific), to the ABU (Asian Blind Union) and to each local organization overseas.


Click here to access the award-winning essays from the Japan section
Click here to access the award-winning essays from the Asia-Pacific region of the International section
Click here to access the award-winning essays from the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia regions of the International section


Onkyo Corporation promotes "barrier-free" living through its user-friendly stereo systems. Technical support kits for the visually impaired are provided free of charge. Please visit the Onkyo Barrier Free site, "Rakuraku-kan," for more details.
The Technol Eight Group helps to promote barrier-free access to information through its Braille printers. Click here for more information.
Click here to access the award-winning essays from the 1st Onkyo Braille Essay Contest.
Click here to access the award-winning essays from the 2nd Onkyo Braille Essay Contest.
Click here to access the award-winning essays from the 3rd Onkyo Braille Essay Contest.


yContact Informationz
For further information, please contact Mr. Miyahara at the following address.

Onkyo Corporation
Strategic Management Dept.
2-1 Nisshin-cho, Neyagawa-shi
Osaka 572-8540
Japan
Phone: 81-72-831-8008
Fax: 81-72-833-5222


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