From September 6 to October 31, 2017, the organizing board received 104,966 entries, four times higher than that of 2016. Of the number, there were 96,871 slogans submitted by children aged 6-10 and the remainder by those aged 11 upwards.
This year's entries focused on popularizing necessary behaviors and rules which directly affect the consciousness of people while participating in traffic. The organisers selected the most 20 outstanding slogans for awards.
A slogan penned by Tran Thanh Van, a fourth grader of Doan Thi Diem primary school in Hanoi, was selected to appear on posters to raise public awareness of traffic safety nationwide in 2017-2018.
She will receive a prize worth VND2.2 million (US$200) and a round-trip air ticket from Vietnam to Tokyo presented by Japan Airlines.
Lauding the winners of the contest, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Kunio Umeda hoped that the “Doraemon with traffic safety in Vietnam” programme will continue to enhance traffic safety for Vietnamese people and promote the Vietnam-Japan friendship.
Initiated by Mainichi Newspaper Co. Ltd, the contest on the official slogan of the traffic safety programme has been held in Japan over the past 52 years, raising people and students’ awareness of traffic regulations and safety.
In Vietnam, it was co-organised by the Mainichi Newspaper, the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Education and Training.
Japan first launched a traffic safety programme featuring Doraemon 30 years ago, when about 15,000 Japanese people were killed by traffic accidents every year. Japan is now one of the countries with the safest traffic network in the world, while its people have very good road sense. The number of traffic-linked deaths has shrunk to around 4,000 a year.
By Linh Bui