An event to announce winners of the 25th "A Brief Message from the Heart" Letter Contest was held at the Takamuku Community Center in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, on January 26, 2018. In this annual contest sponsored by Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee, contestants compete by writing memorable short letters on a given theme.
The 2017 competition's theme was "To My Mother," and 140 letters were honored (5 Grand Prizes, 10 Excellence Awards, 20 Sumitomo Awards, etc.) from 38,182 letters. At the venue, four students from Maruoka Junior High School of Sakai City read the award-winning letters, which were notable for their illuminating insights on this theme.