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Consul-General’s Commendation to the Australia-Japan Society of Coffs Harbour

On 21 August, the Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Mr Masato Takaoka, honoured the Australia-Japan Society of Coffs Harbour with the Consul- General’s Commendation, at an event celebrating the Society’s 25th Anniversary. The Australia-Japan Society of Coffs Harbour has been making remarkable contributions to promoting grassroots friendships between Japan and Australia , including sister-city relations between Coffs Harbour and Sasebo.

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55th Anniversary of Ikebana International Sydney Chapter

On 21 August, Consul-General Masato Takaoka attended a luncheon to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the founding of Ikebana International Sydney Chapter. The Consul-General congratulated the chapter on the milestone and thanked past and current members for their long-time dedication and passionate commitment to promoting ikebana. He said that their efforts had brought Japan and Australia ‘closely and beautifully together’.

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Japan Reports

The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney's Quarterly Newsletter

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JET Programme Farewell Reception

On 10 July, the 2015 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Farewell Reception was held at the Consul-General’s official residence. The number of new participants is 29 for New South Wales and 118 for Australia. The participants will be assigned to schools and municipalities throughout Japan to assist with language education and with projects related to international activities etc.

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Consul-General Masato Takaoka’s visit to Cowra

On 23 June, Consul-General Masato Takaoka made an official trip to Cowra and visited the Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries, the Prisoner of War Camp Site and the Japanese Garden. Mr Takaoka, along with Mayor of Cowra Council Cr Bill West, laid flower wreathes at the cemeteries and planted a cherry tree at the Prisoner of War Camp Site.

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