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Koiku to Souksha Co., Ltd. Press release Number of teams applying is the highest ever! 6099 teams of junior high and high school students from all over the country competed against each other to determine the teams that will participate in the Qu

Education and Research Co., Ltd.
[Press Release] The number of teams applying is the highest ever! 6099 teams of junior high and high school students from all over the country competed against each other to determine the teams that will participate in the Quest Cup 2024 National Tournament, an exploration learning festival!
305 teams from 167 schools participated in the national tournament. General viewing is also possible on February 24th and 25th with advance reservations!
Japan’s largest inquiry learning festival “Quest Cup 2024 National Tournament” (sponsored by Kyoiku to Souksha Co., Ltd. / Quest Cup Executive Committee) will be held on February 12th (online), 24th, and 25th (real time), 2024. : Meiji University Nakano Campus) will be held for three days.
The “Quest Cup 2024 National Tournament” is a festival where junior high and high school students from all over the country who have been working on this year’s inquiry learning program “Quest Education” communicate their achievements over the past year to society. It started in 2005 and this year marks the 19th time. The theme of this year’s tournament is “@Jibun”. The works that are filled with the discoveries students have made, the questions they have about society, and the future they want to live in will deeply move their hearts.
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This year, there were 8 programs in 5 divisions, and 6,099 teams from 410 schools from 36 prefectures, a new record high, applied.As a result of screening in each division, 305 teams from 167 schools were selected to participate in the national competition.
▼Preliminary results for each division
Quest Cup 2024 Official Website
[Judges and commentators in each category]
The judges and commentators for the five categories included people who are active on the front lines. We accept serious suggestions from students. (Titles omitted)
[Image 2:×328.jpg] Message from Seiichiro Yonekura, chairman of the judging committee “Don’t be afraid to be different! Read the print, but don’t read the atmosphere! If you’re not kind, you don’t deserve to live!”
◆Corporate Research Division “Corporate Access”
Experience an internship at a real company and explore the meaning of working. judging committee
Seiichiro Yonekura Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University Professor, Hosei University Graduate School /
       Social Innovation School President (Examination Committee Chair) Yuki Anzai Representative Director and Co-CEO, MIMIGURI Co., Ltd. / Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo
Makiko Kishi Associate Professor, Faculty of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University
Yasuko Kimura “Everyone’s School” first principal
Tetsuo Goda Deputy Director-General, Agency for Cultural Affairs / Visiting Professor, Hyogo University of Education
Koichiro Komikawa Professor, Faculty of Career Design, Hosei University / Director, Center for Teacher Training, Hosei University Saki Yamakawa Founding member and director of Kamiyama Marugoto National College of Technology / Director and CBO of ECOMMIT Co., Ltd. Kanji Miyaji President and Representative Director, Kyoiku to Kenshosha Co., Ltd. / Representative Director, Teachers Initiative General Incorporated Association
◆Entrepreneur category “Small Start”
Experience product development using cutting-edge methods and learn entrepreneurial spirit and skills.
judging committee
Akira Ishikawa Representative Director, Incubator Co., Ltd. / Visiting Professor, Meiji University Business School
Wataru Iwasaki Director, Vesicle Co., Ltd.
Kazuki Obata Representative of Gemtre Co., Ltd.
Black Swan Award Jury
Chiemi Iwata Specially Appointed Lecturer, Faculty of Business Design, Momoyama Gakuin University
Yoshinobu Hayata Professor, Faculty of Social System Design, Eikei University / Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Prefectural University of Hiroshima
◆Career exploration section “Role Model”
Learn from the lives of our predecessors and explore your own values. judging committee
Naoki Ota, Editor-in-Chief of the LGBT entertainment site “Motivated Beauty” ◆Career exploration section
“My Story”
Reflect on your past and write your own history.
“The Vision”
We explore our own vision based on the concept of “living in the moment.” commentator
Yuma Konishi Documentary writer/journalist
◆Social Issues Exploration Division “Social Change/Social Change English” Discover familiar social issues, think of solutions, and communicate them to society.
change maker
Kenta Aoki Chairman of NPO SALASUSU / Chairman of Certified NPO Kamonohashi Project
Hisashi Oiwane Director, Musuhi Co., Ltd. / Director, Satsuma Leadership Forum SELF
Takashi Kawazoe Representative Director, CarePro Co., Ltd. / Advisor, Tokyo Women’s Medical University
Fumi Goda Representative Director, TIEWA Co., Ltd. / Editor-in-Chief, Palette Talk
Yukie Kobayashi Co-Representative, NPO LOOB JAPAN / Philippine Executive Director
Takashi Sasaki Director, FoundingBase Co., Ltd.
Megumi Shimonaka Representative of the Indian education support “Mind and World Multiplication Project” / Simultaneous interpreter Mizuki Takahashi Deputy Director, Overseas Business Bureau, NPO Accept International
Norihiko Tsuzuki, Chairman, NPO Origami / Chiba University Graduate School of Humanities and Public Studies, Doctoral Program
Masaaki Tokuri Director and co-founder of BowL Co., Ltd. / Director of Porine General Incorporated Association
Daiki Fujii Director, AfriMedico, a certified NPO
Hiroshi Yamazaki Representative Director, NPO Whole Earth Nature School Seiichi Lee Borderless House Co., Ltd.
Byeong Sik Lee Representative Director of Certified NPO Learning for All ◆Regional Research Division “Engine”
Local junior high and high school students and businesses work together to discover the potential of the region and plan and present innovation plans to improve the region.
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keynote speech
Hiroaki Miyata Professor, Keio University School of Medicine judging committee
Koji Isosumi Director, Education and Industry Office, Service Policy Division, Commerce and Service Group, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Hironari Inoue Representative Director, CoIU Establishment Fund Daisuke Sakamoto Representative Director of Chiikizukan Co., Ltd. / Director of Local University Co., Ltd.
Rie Noritake 100BANCH Organizer / Representative Director of Hyakubanchi General Incorporated Association
What is “inquiry learning” and “Quest Cup National Tournament”? “Inquiry learning” is rapidly spreading in schools. With the revision of the curriculum guidelines, “comprehensive inquiry time” will be made compulsory in high schools from 2022, and exploratory learning will be incorporated into subject studies and entrance exams. In 2005, we began offering the inquiry learning program “Quest Education” ( This year, it is Japan’s largest inquiry learning program, with approximately 85,000 students (as of October 2023) participating in 410 schools nationwide. The “Quest Cup National Tournament” is held every year as a culmination event to share the results of students’ pursuits with society.
Quest Cup 2024 National Tournament Overview
[Schedule and content] *Event content is subject to change.
Day1: February 12, 2024 (Monday/Holiday) 9:50-15:00
[Held Category] Social Issues Exploration Category “Social Change” (First Stage) “Social Change English”
[Implementation format] Online (Zoom)
[Participants] Approximately 600 people (junior high and high school students/jury members)
Day 2: Saturday, February 24, 2024, 11:30-17:00
[Holding category] Corporate exploration category “Corporate Access” (first stage)
・Career exploration section “Role Model” “My Story” “The Vision” [Implementation format] Real event (Meiji University Nakano Campus) [Participants] Approximately 1,200 people (junior high and high school students, judges, general visitors)
Day3: February 25, 2024 (Sunday) 10:30-16:30
[Holding category] Corporate exploration category “Corporate Access” (Second Stage)
・Entrepreneur category “Small Start”
・Social Issues Exploration Division “Social Change” (Second Stage) ・Regional Research Division “Engine”
[Implementation format] Real event (Meiji University Nakano Campus) [Participants] Approximately 500 people (junior high and high school students, judges, general visitors)
*General viewing is available on the 24th (Sat) and 25th (Sun) (advance application required, admission restrictions apply) *The recording of the day will be distributed on the official tournament website at a later date.
■Official website
Quest Cup 2024 Official Website
[Sponsored by] Quest Cup Executive Committee / Kyoiku to Kenkyusha [Sponsor] Aeon Retail / Okamura / Kimono Hearts / Shionogi & Co. / Daiwa House Industry / Techmatrix /
Nifco / Panasonic Energy / Fuji Pharmaceutical / Fujitsu / Menicon / Yoshinoya Holdings /
LINE Yahoo (alphabetical order)
Eikei University / Digital Hollywood University / Momoyama Gakuin University    Mitou General Incorporated Association / 1on1 college
[Sponsor] Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (application pending) / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education / Kanagawa Prefectural Board of Education / Gunma Prefectural Board of Education / Saitama Prefectural Board of Education /
Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education / Chiba Prefectural Board of Education / Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education / Nagasaki Prefectural Board of Education /
Nagano Prefectural Board of Education / Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education Hokkaido Board of Education / Yamagata Prefectural Board of Education
Aomori City Board of Education / Amagasaki City Board of Education / Iizuka City Board of Education / Osaka City Board of Education / Kyoto City Board of Education / Saitama City Board of Education / Shizuoka City Board of Education /
Numazu City Board of Education / Fukui City Board of Education / Fukuyama City Board of Education / Yokohama City Board of Education     Okayama Prefecture Private Education Association/Kyoto Prefecture Private Junior and Senior High School Federation
   Hiroshima Prefecture Private Junior and Senior High School Association [Cooperation] Hitotsubashi University Innovation Research Center / Meiji University School of Global Japanese Studies
[Koiku to Kenkyusha Co., Ltd.]
Address: 6F Higashietsu Hakutaka Building, 4-9 Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0081
Established: November 26, 2004
Capital: 163.38 million yen
Business content: Planning, development, production and sales of inquiry learning programs such as “Quest Education”, educational support business
Officer: Representative Director and President: Kanji Miyaji Director (part-time): Seiichiro Yonekura (Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University, Professor of Hosei University)
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