China takes first place by country


The participating teams' total score determines the countries' ranking in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The country rankings have also been confirmed with the announcement of individual results on July 12th, Wednesday.

China secured the first place for the fifth consecutive year. Among the 112 teams participating this time, they were the only team to have all members win gold medals, making it an impressive first place.

The United States, South Korea, Romania, and Canada occupy the second to fifth places, with Japan following in sixth place. A total of 618 participants took part in this contest, including 67 female participants.

Socialising at a sporting event


On July 11, a sports event was held at Kanda University of Foreign Studies located in Miham-ku, Chiba City, for contestants who wished to participate. Football in the morning and tennis in the afternoon. 8 players and 1 guide played tennis. The players arrived at the venue, a 20 minute walk from the hotel where they were staying, at around 2pm. Although the weather was unfortunately extremely hot, the players and student volunteers played doubles in a mixed team and enjoyed socialising and playing against each other for two and a half hours.

Experience of Japanese culture through tea ceremony


On the afternoon of the 9th, after the exams were over, a tea ceremony experience event was held at "Koubai" on the 1st floor of TKP Garden City Makuhari as an opportunity to experience Japanese culture.

Michael Hardy Sōgetsu, an instructor of the Urasenke tea ceremony and a resident of Kyoto from the United States, served as the instructor. The contestants sat in the formal seiza posture, enjoyed wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets, and drank matcha, powdered green tea.

The first day of the competition


On Saturday, July 8th, the first day of competition for the 64th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Japan began.

At 8:00 a.m., the doors of the competition venue opened, and the contestants entered with only a zippered bag containing writing utensils and other essentials, showing a relaxed demeanor. Some teams formed circles with the contestants and deputy team leaders, synchronizing their shouts of encouragement. The contestants will have four and a half hours to work on solving three problems.

The splendid opening ceremony showing-up each team with diverse personalities on the stage


On the afternoon of July 7th, the opening ceremony of the 64th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Japan took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

The ceremony began with a powerful performance by the Wadaiko group, Arakawa Shachu, followed by speeches from Ms. Nagaoka Keiko Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (Honorary Chairperson of IMO 2023 Organizing Committee), Gregor Dolinar, the President of the IMO Board (Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), and Takeshi Soeda, the Chairman of the IMO 2023 Organizing Committee (President and CEO of Gibraltar Life Insurance Co., Ltd.). At the end of Dolinar’s speech, Keisuke Koide, a member of the Japanese team (Nada High School, 3rd year), was called upon to the stage to represent the participating contestants and make a solemn pledge in English to compete fairly and honestly.