The 8th Japan Times Bee

The Japan Times is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 8th spelling bee in March, 2017. This is based on the success of our 7 bees to date, which saw participation from Japanese and International schools from all over Japan.

We will be accepting registrations for our 8th Bee shortly. This Bee is again endorsed by Scripps, the official Spelling Bee organization in the U.S.

The winner of the contest will  earn the right to compete  in the final of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. as the representative  from  Japan.  Round-trip travel and hotel accommodation will be provided for the winner of the contest and one escort.

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Registered Schools

The Japan Times is currently accepting registrations for the 8th Japan Times Bee to be held on March 4, 2017.

Schools registered so far are listed below.

We welcome more schools to join the competition,which is endorsed by Scripps, the official Spelling Bee organization in the U.S.


  1. Kakegawa International Christian School
  2. Horizon Japan International School
  3. India International School in Japan
  4. Tsukuba International School
  5. Global Indian International School (GIIS) Tokyo
  6. Katoh Gakuen Gyoshu Junior and Senior High School
  7. Okinawa Christian School International-Middle School
  8. Kaiyo Academy
  9. Gyosei International Junior High School
  10. Katoh Elementary School
  11. Linden Hall Elementary School
  12. Willpower Learning Institute
  13. Makuhari International School
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Important Deadlines / Key Dates

  1. Enrollment with Scripps and The Japan Times (Early Bird rate)
    by Oct 14th 2016  ($145)
  2. Enrollment with Scripps and The Japan Times (Standard rate)
    by Dec 12th 2016  ($220)
  3. Inform the JT about the date of your school bee
    by Dec 12th (or as soon as known based on the dates below)
  4. Conduct your school bee
    between Dec 13th & Feb 3rd 

Please note that school winners must satisfy both of the below age criteria to qualify for the Japan Times Bee:

  1. The speller must not have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before February 1, 2017.
  2. The speller must not have reached his/her 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2016.
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Congratulations, Sidaarth!

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Sidaarth Kumarevel, 12, from Tathva International Secondary School. (Satoko Kawasaki photo)

Congratulations to Sidaarth Kumarevel from Tathva International Secondary School in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward for winning the 7th Japan Times Bee! You can read our full report about the Japan Times Bee in the March 21st edition of The Japan Times. You can also read our recap on our website.

Participants gather for the 7th Japan Times Bee held in Tokyo on Saturday.

Participants gather for the 7th Japan Times Bee held in Tokyo on Saturday. | SATOKO KAWASAKI

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Schedule on March 19th (Sat)

  • 10:30 Registration
  • 11:00 Opening Remarks*
  • 11:30 Start Spelling Rounds
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Hour
  • 13:30 Restart Spelling Rounds
  • 14:30 – 14:50 Break
  • 14:50 Restart Spelling Rounds
  • 16:00 – 16:30 End / Awards**
* Please note that spellers who do not arrive by this time will be automatically eliminated
** End / Awards timing is tentative
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Registered Schools

The Japan Times is currently accepting registrations for the 7th Japan Times Bee to be held on March 19, 2016.

Schools registered so far are listed below.

We welcome more schools to join the competition,which is endorsed by Scripps, the official Spelling Bee organization in the U.S.

Enrollment ends Dec 11th 2015 (Fri)


  1. Abroad International School
  2. Axis Internationl School
  3. Bechtel Elementary School
  4. Bradford Academy
  5. Canadian International Elementary School Tokyo
  6. Canadian International Junior High School Tokyo
  7. Columbia International School
  8. Fukuoka International School
  9. Global Indian International School
  10. Gyosei International Junior High School
  11. Gyosei International Primary School
  12. Gyoshu Junior and Senior High School
  13. Hiroo Gakuen
  14. Horizon Japan International School
  15. India International School in Japan
  16. India International School in Japan (Primary)
  17. India International School in Japan at Yokohama
  18. K. International School Tokyo
  19. Kadena Middle School
  20. KAIS Elementary & Middle School
  21. KAIS International School
  22. Kaiyo Academy
  23. Kakegawa International Christian School
  24. Katoh Elementary School
  25. Kyoto International University Academy
  26. Makuhari International School
  27. Nishimachi International School
  28. Okinawa Christian School International
  29. Okinawa Christian School International (Middle)
  30. Sollars Elementary School
  31. Sullivans Elementary School
  32. Tathva International Primary School
  33. Tathva International Secondary School
  34. The Montessori School of Tokyo
  35. Tokyo YMCA International School
  36. Tsukuba International School
  37. Willpower Learning Institute
  38. Yokota West Elementary School

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Important Dates

  1. Oct 16th 2015: Early bird enrollment deadline
  2. Dec 11th 2015: Standard enrollment deadline
  3. Dec 15th 2015: Deadline to inform The Japan Times about the date of your local school bee.
  4. Jan 1st – Feb 15th 2016: Period in which to conduct your school bee.
  5. Feb 15th 2016: Deadline to conduct your school bee.
  6. Feb 15th 2016: Deadline to send your winner’s information to The Japan Times. (Via our website. A link will be created later)
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