It was an all Kyushu U finals at this year’s Winter Exchange Debate Contest held at Kyushu University’s Ito Campus on Saturday, January 11. The 2020 edition of the annual tournament, which has been held for more than 15 years in either summer or winter, saw 14 teams consisting of a total of 49 students from Kyushu U, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka University, and Kindai University debate the pre-announced resolution “The Japanese government should abolish the death penalty.”
Primarily for students in the Kyushu area who learned to debate in their university or high school classes, this year’s tournament was sponsored by the Japan Debate Association (JDA) Kyushu Chapter and co-sponsored by Kyushu University’s Faculty of Languages & Cultures and the School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, with support from KIKAN Education—which oversees the undergraduate core curriculum.
The Kyushu University Science A team of Kaoruko Shiozaki, Daiki Someno, Norifumi Ochi, and Akari Taniguchi faced off against the Kyushu University Science E team of Takeyori Nishijima, Taisei Miyata, and Soohee Shin in the tournament’s final round after winning their two preliminary rounds. The E team won the final round, and Taisei Miyata received the Best Debater Award based on the decision of the final-round judges, which consisted of university professors, a high-school teacher, and a graduate student.
The Kyushu U teams were all well prepared with their opening speeches—called Constructive Speeches—and rebuttal briefs, demonstrating their achievements in active learning based on the KIKAN Education course “Academic English B: Integrated” taught by an adjunct professor Hirofumi Kamada.