Support for the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition

Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee strives to support college student’s negotiation skills, assist in upgrading higher education and contribute to global human resource development through the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition.

The 6th intercollegiate negotiation competition was held at Sophia University on December 1st and 2nd, 2007.
In addition to 14 schools who previously were part of the event, including: Osaka University, Gakushuin University, Kyushu University, Kyoto University, Keio University, Sophia University, Chuo University, University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, Doshisha University, Nagoya University, Hitotsubashi University, Hokkaido University and Waseda University which had participated in the previous competition, the University of Sydney participated again to form Team Australia jointly with University of New South Wales which were part of the competition for the first time as well Ritsumeikan University. In total, 250 undergraduate and graduate students from 18 universities performed enthusiastically.

Opening ceremony

Mitsuru Iba, Secretary General, Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee
General Manager, Corporate Communications Dept., Sumitomo Corporation

Performance in Japanese

Performance in English

   Round A/arbitration Round B/negotiation
Red Blue Red Blue
1 Gakushuin1 Keio1 Nagoya Hitotsubashi2
2 Chuo1 Kyushu1 Chuo2 Sophia2
3 Chuo3 Tohoku Doshisha1 Australia
4 Doshisha1 Sophia3 Osaka2 Kyushu1
5 Doshisha2 Tokyo1 Hokkaido2 Hitotsubashi1
6 Chuo2 Hitotsubashi2 Kyoto Sophia1
7 Hokkaido2 Keio2 Gakushuin1 Sophia3
8 Kyoto Tokyo2 Chuo1 Ritsumeikan1
9 Gakushuin2 Kyushu1 Osaka1 Tokyo2
10 Waseda2 Australia Doshisha2 Ritsumeikan2
11 Nagoya Sophia1 Chuo3 Keio2
12 Hokkaido1 Sophia2 Waseda2 Kyushu2
13 Waseda1 Ritsumeikan2 Gakushuin2 Tohoku
14 Osaka2 Hitotsubashi1 Hokkaido1 Tokyo1
15 Osaka1 Ritsumeikan1 Waseda1 Keio1
   Round A/arbitration Round B/negotiation
Red Blue Red Blue
1 Nagoya1 Australia Nagoya3 Hitotsubashi2
2 Doshisha2 Keio Nagoya2 Kyushu2
3 Gakushuin Hitotsubashi1 Waseda1 Tokyo
4 Nagoya Tokyo Nagoya1 Sophia1
5 Doshisha1 Kyushu2 Waseda2 Kyushu1
6 Osaka Sophia1 Doshisha1 Hitotsubashi1
7 Waseda1 Sophia2 Gakushuin Keio
8 Nagoya3 Kyushu1 Osaka Australia
9 Waseda2 Hitotsubashi2 Doshisha2 Sophia2

Problem setting and competition outline (Red vs. Blue companies)

The Red Company is an agriculture producer, processor and a distributor in the Negorand country which is classified as a developing country, and the Blue Company is a listed as centering on three businesses within the areas of food, environment and precious metals of the Arbitoria country which is classified as an advanced country.
The issues of the Round A “arbitration” in the first day was beef dealings between the two companies, as well as the points on using growth hormone and technical challenges with the use of E-mail. In the Round B “Negotiation” on the second day, the issues of debate were the interchange and revision of the price of corn for a long-term contract, injustices and problems with the quality control of the employees at the Yellow Company, a third company which is a partner company.

Party at the canteen of Sophia University

Guest speech
Professor Lucas Mistelis of Queen Mary,
University of London


Every year, the Sumitomo Public Affairs Committee receives assistance with the competition, this year they appreciated cooperation from people within judicial circles, professionals from each university as well as a Judicial Affairs Division from various corporations. As the competitions take place each year and students graduate, both male and female alumni return to the competition and now serve in various capacities such as judges for the competition.
A guest speaker was asked to participate as well, Lucas Mistelis, professor from Queen Mary, University of London, gave a speech and is an expert of arbitration methods.

Results of the 6th Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition

This year team Australia successfully turned away possible revenge from the universities in Japan from the previous year by winning again to defend their title. Team Australia has now been victorious two years in a row.

The final results for 2007 are as follows.
The 1st prize : Team Australia
The 2nd prize : University of Tokyo
The 3rd prize : Doshisha University
The 4th prize : Hitotsubashi University
The 5th prize : Nagoya University

Presentation of championship cup

Winning team : Team Australia