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Dinner function with the Leader of the NSW Labor Party and Shadow Ministers

On 28th January, the Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Mr Masato Takaoka hosted a dinner function at his residence for NSW Labor MPs, which was attended by the Leader of the Party, Mr Luke Foley and 12 shadow Ministers. In their speeches, Mr Takaoka and Mr Foley both talked about the importance of Japan-Australia relations in areas such as economy, culture, tourism and sister cities.

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Inaugural Flight of ANA

On 12 December, the flight ceremony for the launch of the All Nippon Airways (ANA) inaugural flight between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney was held at Sydney airport. The ceremony was attended by Mr O’Dea, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Major Events and Tourism, Ms Kerrie Mather, Sydney Airport CEO and Mr Kenya Inada, ANA Senior Vice President. The Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Mr Masato Takaoka, welcomed the inaugural flight and delivered a congratulatory speech during the ceremony.

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The 2015 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students Awards Ceremony

On 3 December at the Consul-General’s official residence, the award ceremony for the 2015 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students was held. Around 85 people attended the award ceremony which included the prize-winning students, their family, school officials, sponsors and representatives from the NSW Department of Education.

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His Majesty the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception

On 1 December, at his residence, the Consul-General Masato Takaoka hosted a reception to celebrate His Majesty the Emperor’s birthday. With some 270 guests from various fields participating, the national anthems of both countries - “Kimigayo” and “Advance Australian Fair” - were performed by Australian sailors. Subsequently, Consul-General Takaoka and the Hon. John Ajaka, Minister for Multiculturalism of NSW, delivered their speeches.

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Matsuri in Sydney

On 7 November, thousands of people gathered at Darling Harbour’s Palm Grove to attend the 7th Annual “Matsuri in Sydney” presented by Matsuri Inc. As with previous years, the festival aimed to introduce Japanese culture through live presentations of Taiko drums and shakuhachi, Bonodori and Soran dancing, karate demonstrations and J-Pop performances. Calligraphy, origami and flower arrangement workshops were also offered as well as a range of Japanese food, travel advice and tourism information.

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Important Notice of Visa Applications

Due to the recent increase in the numbers of visa applications, application periods have been introduced for all the short term stay visas, depending on the departure dates from Sydney. These restrictions are not applicable to Working Holiday visa applicants and visa applicants with a “Certificate of Eligibility”

Application Periods

All the short term stay visa applicants who depart from Sydney between the 16th January and 31st January 2016 must apply from 4th January to 15th January 2016.

Please check the other dates below:


*Applications made outside the application periods will not be accepted. Please double check the application periods.

*For security reasons, the visa counter may be closed earlier if there are large numbers of visa applicants.

*For security reasons, numbered tickets may be distributed to applicants before office hours. In that case, a notice will be put on our website, so please check it beforehand.

*The application periods above are not applicable to Working Holiday visa applicants, and visa applicants with a “Certificate of Eligibility”.

Please click the link below if you intend to apply for a "Short Term Stay" visa.

Short Term Stay Visa


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