AIU Debating Society (AIUDS)- Saori Yamamoto, Sophomore

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Here’s a message from the head of AIU Debating Society (AIUDS), Saori Yamamoto.

An Invitation to the World of a Parliamentary Debate


At the AIU Tournament in 2019


AIU Debating Society (AIUDS), consisting of 26 friendly members, is open to everyone interested in the world of a parliamentary debate! In the parliamentary debate, a motion is announced 15 to 30 minutes (depends on the style) before the match begins. As you practice in AIUDS, you will become capable of structuring effective arguments in such a short time. A warm and safe environment of AIUDS will also make you feel comfortable sharing your ideas in front of others.


Participants in Wakaba Cup (a domestic debate tournament) in 2019


We have a regular debating practice, but we also have lectures to develop our speaking and critical thinking skills and deepen our understandings of a wide range of topics, including politics, economy, international relations, religion, and criminal justice. AIUDS has many other exciting events, such as AIU Tournament and Professors vs. Students Debate. AIU Tournament is a tournament within AIUDS, which provides an excellent opportunity for rookie debaters to enjoy debating! In Professors vs. Students Debate, AIU professors and AIUDS members have a heated debate on the audience’s motion.

Some members debate and judge at domestic and international competitions and are being very successful. Many exchange students have also won prizes while they are studying at AIU.

Due to COVID-19, we have been practicing, holding events, and participating in competitions online since last April. We can feel connected to other members and have opportunities to debate with debaters from all around the world.


AIUDS members after online Professors vs Students Debate in 2020


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