INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS ESSAY COMPETITION

Sakari Mesimäki was among the seven winners in the international section of the Viksu essay competition organised annually by the Finnish Academy. On 7th April, in the main hall, financial prizes, framed certificates and cuddly toy frogs were awarded to contestants by the Chairman of the Suomen Akatemia Markku Mattila and the Minister of Education Henna Virkkunen. Music was provided by Idols star Antti Tuisku.

AICE student Sakari and his proud parents (not to mention teacher!) listened to a glowing appraisal of the historical investigation conducted on the topic: How far, and in the face of what impediments, have Japanese historians managed to portray a historically accurate interpretation of events in Nanking in the 1930s? The work was commended for choosing to focus on a non-European topic and for having done so in a comprehensive and systematic manner, which was "almost perfect".

In Finnish:

Tutkimus on erittäin onnistunut ja muodollisesti lähes täydellinen yhteenveto japanilaisen historiankirjoituksen ongelmista Nankingin verilöylyn suhteen. Kirjoittaja on välttänyt ottamasta kantaa itse verilöylyyn, mikä on erinomaisen oivaltava ratkaisu. Tutkimuksen kohteena ovat siitä kirjoitetut esitykset, ei tapahtuma itse, ja valitsemalla puolensa kirjoittaja olisi heikentänyt mahdollisuuksiaan pohtia historiantutkijoiden ja muiden japanilaisten vaikuttajien näkökulmia puolueettomasti. Erinomainen työ!

This was praise indeed and richly deserved. Congratulations on this fine achievement, Sakari! Where you have led, may others follow.

David Crawford