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About the PDWC (Parliamentary Debate World Conference)

At this Conference, specially selected invited Japanese high school students and top high school teams from over a dozen countries around the world will connect through international cultural exchange and parliamentary debate (teams of three students plus one accompanying teacher, or four participants from each school will attend).

The purpose of this conference is to support young people in becoming successful on a global stage, through providing opportunities for the serious exchange of opinions in a spirit of friendly competition with other high school students from around the world, thus developing their abilities to realize this future global society as well as fostering lifelong friendships.

① To offer high school students from Japan and around the world the opportunity to share diverse opinions through debate and develop friendships that will become the foundation for building a peaceful world

② For all participants to experience accepting diversity and learning to respect and understand each other as exciting and enjoyable by having each group introduce the history and culture of their region

③ To provide visiting students with the opportunity to see and learn about Japan, so they can share their experiences of Japanese culture and tradition with their communities around the world.

Additionally, this time, having invited world class mentors including the founder of the London, U.K. based organization Debate Mate, Margaret McCabe, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to engage in earnest debate and how to speak in public with sincere respect for the listener. We are confident that this will be an enriching experience not just for participants but also for visitors observing the conference.

Event Outline

"2017 PDWC: 2017 Second High School Parliamentary Debate World Conference"
Name "2017 PDWC: 2017 Second High School Parliamentary Debate World Conference"
Date February 9 ? 16, 2017
① Debate Conference and Competition: Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 12
② Excursion: Monday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 15
① February 9-12, 15-16:
Hotel Heritage
228 Oegawa, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken 〒360-0103
Tel: (81) 48-536-1212
(Japanese) http://www.hotel-heritage.co.jp/ google map
② February 13-15:
Hotel Angel Grandia
4707-1 Tsuchidaru, Yuzawa-machi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata-ken
Tel: (81) 48-536-1212
(Japanese) http://www.angel-g.co.jp/
(English)  http://www.angel-g.co.jp/english/ google map
Sponsor WakuPro Foundation
(2017 High School Parliamentary Debate World Conference Executive Committee)
Collaborator Debate Mate (U.K.)
Sponsoring Organizations The Musashino Bank, Ltd.
Bugin General Lease Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation、
SMBC Trust Bank Ltd.
Akagi Nyugyo Company Limited
Hotel Heritage Resorts、Tokinoyu Hot Spring
Agricultural Production Corporation Heritage Farm
K.K. Hotel Angel Grandia
K.K. Himawari
Naeba Shuzo, K.K.
System Advance Co., Ltd.
K.K. Nakadai Giken,
K.K. Nakadai Jimu Center
Team Kazuko
Westwood Capital (Asia) Limited
Supporting Organizations Saitama Prefecture
Saitama Board of Education
Kumagaya City
Kumagaya City Board of Education
Kumagaya International Friendship Association
Yuzawa Town
Yuzawa Town Board of Education
FM Fuji
FM Kyoto
FM Yokohama
FM Fukushima
The Saitama Shimbun

Television Saitama
Diverse speakers will speak on a variety of topics regarding the topic of PEACE from the past to the present, and participants will debate about how to create true peace in the future from various angles. After the debates, in which teams argue from assigned positions, extra time is taken to share and explore honest views and feelings, to bring the exchange beyond the competitive level.
Debate Style British Parliamentary Style is the traditional style of debate that began in England and has spread throughout the world. Different motions for each match are announced shortly before that match, so the speeches are nearly extemporaneous. Government/Proposition and Opposition teams respectively present their arguments and rebuttals; points of information may be offered during the opponent's speech.
At the 2017 PDWC, six students compete in two teams of three. Preparation time from announcement of the motion until beginning of match is approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Each speech is four minutes in length. Participants develop the ability to speak in a dignified, respectful, and confident manner.


Feb. 9, 2017 3-4 Shuttle trips from Airport to Hotel
Registration upon arrival
18:00:Pre-event banquet
Feb. 10, 2017 AM Check-in and Registration
07:00 Breakfast Served
09:00 Ice Break Leadership Program
10:30 Training Debate (Confirmation of Rules, Warming Up)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Training Debate
14:30 Opening Ceremony (Guest speaker 1-1) ※ Photo
15:15 Mixed Debate 1-1 (Teams formed of members from different countries)
16:30 Break
16:40 Speech 1-2 (Theme of keynote relates to next debate topic)
17:00 Mixed Debate 1-2 (Teams formed of members from different countries)
19:00 Welcome Party (Culture Night)
21:00 Activities end, Free time
Feb. 11, 2017 07:00 Breakfast Served
08:30 Assembly
09:00 Speech 2-1 (Theme of keynote relates to next debate topic)
    Round, Break
10:30 Speech 2-2 (Theme of keynote relates to next debate topic)
    Round 2-2
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Speech 2-3 (Theme of keynote relates to next debate topic)
    Round 2-3
14:30 Reflection
15:30 Recreation (Introducing each country) ※Group Photo
18:00 Dinner
18:30 Announcement of Winners of friendly debate
21:00 Activities end, Free time
Feb. 12, 2017 07:00 Breakfast Served
08:30 Assembly (Some Japan Teams 08:00 Check out)
08:45 Special Interview Video 3-1
    Round 3-1
10:10 Speech 3-2
    Semi finals 3-2
12:00 Lunch *Calligrapher at 12.30
13:00 Keynote Speech 3-3
13:30 Finals 3-3
14:30 Closing Ceremony (Guest speaker, Awards Ceremony, Song.)
15:00 Afternoon Tea
16:45 Afternoon Tea Close
19:00 Dinner
21:00 Activities end, Free time
Feb. 13, 2017 08:30:Check Out (Pack for 2 days, keep large luggage at Heritage)
09:00:Depart (Travel by bus)
11:30:Oshino Hakkai (http://www.vill.oshino.yamanashi.jp/)
13:00:Lake Kawaguchi (https://www.fujisan.ne.jp/)
17:00:Angel Resort Yuzawa (http://www.angel-g.co.jp/english/)
Feb. 14, 2017 All day:Skiing
(Instruction provided for Beginners. Advanced courses (slopes) also nearby)

≪For teachers≫
09:30:Leave Angel Grandia Hotel
10:00:Arrive at Daigenta, begin snowshoeing experience
11:30:Soba noodle making (at Daigenta), lunch
13:30:Depart for Angel Grandia Hotel

【Supplies】snowshoes, poles, and shoes are available for rental.
【Dress】ski wear?especially gloves, hat, sunglasses?or equivalent is needed;
(Possible to rental the ski wears at the Angel Grandia Hotel.)

【Note】If guide determines that there is danger, guide may cancel event even after event has begun.
Feb. 15, 2017 08:00:Check out
08:30:Depart (Travel by bus)
08:50:Take Bullet Train to Tokyo
10:50:Tokyo (Tokyo Sightseeing)
18:30:Dinner at Hotel Heritage
Feb. 16, 2017 Various checkout times
3-4 Shuttle trips to Airport from Hotel