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Nissan announces winners of 34th children’s book competition

Winning entries to be published in December


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the winners of the 34th Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix competition, organized by the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka.

Tomoko Shoji of Hyogo Prefecture won the Storybook Grand Prize for “Buu Buu Mama” (“Oink Oink Mama”). Wadaai of Fukuoka Prefecture won the Picture Book Grand Prize for “Koguma no Aarii to Akai-Boushi” (“A Bear Cub Named Early and the Red Hat”).

The competition attracted 2,993 entries from amateur authors and illustrators between July and October last year, comprising 2,508 children’s storybooks and 485 picture books. The program is part of Nissan’s corporate citizenship activities.

“Buu Buu Mama” is about a boy and his mother, who has been transformed into a pig by a spell. The judges praised the author’s humorous depiction of love within a family, in a story of magic that turns into reality. In “Koguma no Aarii to Akai-Boushi,” a bear cub finds a red hat, and he and his father endeavor to return the hat to its owner. The judges cited the beauty of the book’s elaborate pictures.

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, three storybooks and two picture books received Special Prizes, and 20 storybooks and 10 picture books received Prizes for Excellence.

Grand Prize and Special Prize winners will receive cash and commemorative goods. Nissan will distribute leaflets introducing prize-winning works at Nissan Galleries throughout Japan, and the two Grand Prize winners will be published by BL Publishing Co., Ltd. in December.

The Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix aims to help develop children’s imagination and creativity. It commemorates the 1984 opening of the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, which is Japan’s first comprehensive center for international children’s literature. By publishing the winning works, the competition gives talented amateur authors and illustrators the opportunity to take their work professional. More than 114,000 entries have been received in the 34 years since the start of the program, and 61 books have been published.

Over the years, Nissan has donated more than 230,000 books to approximately 3,500 libraries and 800 child care facilities across Japan, as well as to Japanese schools and Japanese language schools overseas. Nissan has also conducted initiatives related to children and books, such as storybook readings at the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery in Yokohama.


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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 cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part ofNissan 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 sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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