2017 NFLJ National Tournament

Entry now closed

2017 NFLJ National Tournament

NFLJ, also known as National Forensic League Japan, is an organization that organizes speech and debate competitions throughout Japan for high school youth. The mission of NFLJ is to provide opportunities for youth in Japan to flourish in global society. NFLJ hosts yearly tournaments for Japanese youth to compete and network with future global leaders via speech/debate.
In 2017, NFLJ will host the debate competition at iCLA in Yamanashi!


All participants will be eligible to receive NFL points based on their tournament record of wins and/or losses.


Successful winners will be given the opportunity to participate in the world’s largest speech and debate competition, the US National Tournament (June 2018).*

* The winners will have the right to apply for the participation at the tournament, but it does not guarantee participants will receive airfare, housing or other stipend from NFLJ.


Both members of the 1st Place team from the 2017 Japan National Tournament will earn DELTA Airlines flight tickets to compete in the 2018 US National Tournament hosted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Scheduled).

※These flights tickets covers the round-trip cost from/to Tokyo (Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport).

Tournament Summary


August 6th(Sun) 7:00 – 20:00 (Scheduled)
iCLA, Yamanashi Gakuin University (Kofu, Yamanashi)
Debate preliminary rounds (Public Forum: 4 preliminary rounds)
Debate elimination rounds
Main event (Greetings from the organizer, keynote talk, debate final, award etc.)
Debate [Public Forum Debate] 2 vs. 2 debate

Debate topic :
Resolved: On balance, governments should guarantee a universal basic income for all taxpaying members of a society.

*Original Oratory Speech will not take place this year.


Applicant requirements
  1. High school or vocational high school students (all nationalities).
    *For the international schools, 9th grade or greater.
  2. If the accommodation is required, at least one adult needs to accompany.
  3. As a general rule, maximum 4 teams can apply from the same school.
  4. As a general rule, every two teams from the same school must be accompanied by one judge.
Application method Fill out the form and submit by the deadline.

Entry now closed
Application starts May 1st, 2017 (Mon)
Deadline June 23rd, 2017 (Fri)
Membership fees JPY 1,500 per individual
(If already a NFLJ member, not required).
Participation fees JPY 5,000 for debate per individual


6/23(Fri) Application deadline 7/7(Fri) Notify the selected individual/team for the competition 7/14(Fri) Fee payment deadline *Participation shall be finalized upon receipt of payment 8/6(Sun) 2017 NFLJ Japan National Tournament *Selection of the NSDA US National Tournament participants 2018 June NSDA US National Tournament *Scheduled to happen in Florida

NFLJ Official Partner Kinki Nippon Tourist Travel Services

Information about Travel & Bento delivery services

KNT, our official partner, will take your orders of accommodation and bento delivery services.
In order to request KNT’s services, please read the below information (Application Form & Explanation Letter), and apply by clicking on the “Download Travel Application Form” button.

NFLJ Official Partner近畿日本ツーリスト

Order from here

Explanation Letter (*Please read)

※For inquiries about KNT services, please contact KNT directly at:
Kinki Nippon Tourist, Shutoken Kokusai Koryu Center

〒112-0014 東京都文京区関口2-3-3 目白坂STビル7F
TEL:03-6861-2290 担当:大和・斎藤・関本

Organizers & Sponsors

Main Organizer

一般社団法人 National Forensic League Japan



Nominal Support

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
U.S. Embassy in Japan

Special sponsor

Kinki Nippon Tourist

Other sponsors


Media Partner

ASAHI Shimbun

Entry here

  • 企業スポンサーになる
  • プロモシオンビデオ