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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The 7th Japan Times Bee

The Japan Times is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 7th spelling bee in March, 2016. This is based on the success of our 6 bees to date, which saw participation from Japanese and International schools from all over Japan.

We will be accepting registrations for our 7th 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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Sean Fogerty holds the trophy for the 6th Japan Times Bee on March 14, 2015. (Satoko Kawasaki photo)

Congratulations to Sean Fogerty, age 13, from Robert D. Edgren High School on the Misawa Air Base for winning the 6th Japan Times Bee!

Following 19 rounds, the championship round came down to Fogerty and Ganesh Gautham Elango, from K. International School Tokyo in Koto Ward.

The winning word was “snood,” which means “a net or fabric bag for confining a woman’s hair pinned or tied on at the back of the head.”

Sean will represent Japan in the upcoming Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

A job well done to all the participating spellers!

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Schedule – March 14, 2015 –

10:30 Japan Times Cafe will open  *We will provide light refreshments.

11:00   Registration at the reception desk

11:20    The Japan Times Bee starts

16:00    Awards ceremony

16:30     Estimated End

*There will be one 20 minute break during the contest

Please make sure your speller arrives in plenty of time on the day. We will not be able to delay starting the Bee for late arrivals.

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Oral Vocabulary element

We will have a formal Oral Vocabulary Round on March 14th.  This information was announced several times, but we would like to remind you of this.

This will be inserted after the break in the latter rounds.
Spellers will be eliminated if they fail to get the definition correct.

As such, we advise you to practice for and have this Oral Vocabulary element.

All materials for the vocabulary round section can be found in your teacher’s beehive on the Scripps website. The vocabulary round or rounds can be inserted into your bee at any point.

We will start our 2015 Japan Times bee with a warm up spelling round where spellers WILL NOT be eliminated for making a mistake. The purpose of this warm up round is to get used to using the microphone.

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Dear schools,

All participating schools, good luck with your local school Bee.

Please remember to send us your winner’s information no later than Feb 15th.

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