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Nissan publishes winning entries of children’s book contest

‘Hug’ and ‘Yoneko, the Rice-Washing Ghost’ to be donated to libraries and child care facilities


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has published the two winning entries of the 33rd Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix, held last year.

The company will donate both books to about 3,500 libraries and 800 child care facilities near Nissan offices across Japan. Nissan is working with BL Publishing Co., Ltd. on the project.

Eri Ebata’s Kometogi-yuurei no Yoneko-san (“Yoneko, the Rice-Washing Ghost”) took first place in the storybook category. It’s illustrated by Yutaka Kobayashi, the winner of Nissan’s 28th Picture Book Grand Prix. Mifusama’s Gyu (“Hug”) won the picture book category.

The winners were chosen from 2,177 storybook entries and 324 picture book entries. The contest, open to works written in Japanese, has launched the careers of many writers and is part of Nissan’s commitment to enriching people’s lives by making positive contributions in the countries where the company operates.

Nissan has donated more than 220,000 books in Japan and to Japanese schools overseas since the program began in 1984.

Submissions for the 34th contest closed on Oct. 31. Nissan will reveal the winners in early March.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8% and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles a year.

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