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April 2018

CFSCIJ

Visit by Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, Japan

On 16 April, a delegation from the Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, Japan (CFSCIJ), led by Mr Yoshifumi Ishizawa, the Chairman of CFSCIJ, visited Sydney. Consul-General Takewaka welcomed them to his residence and exchanged views in regard to the Japan-Australia relationship, particularly in the economic area, together with Mr Hiroyuki Nakazato, the Managing Director of JETRO Sydney.

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School visit programme

On 6 April, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for students studying Japanese language at Greystanes High School in western Sydney.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

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Port Stephens

Consul-General Takewaka’s Visit to Port Stephens

On 4 April, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Port Stephens, which formed a sister city relationship with Yugawara Town in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1998, and Tateyama City in Chiba Prefecture in 2009. Mr Takewaka met with Mayor Ryan Palmer and Mr Nigel Dique, Chairman of the Port Stephens Sister Cities Committee.

March 2018

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Consul-General Takewaka's Visit to Northern Beaches Council

On 28 March, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Northern Beaches Council and met with Mayor Michael Regan who took office after the September local government election last year. After the local government amalgamation, Northern Beaches Council has sister city relationships with Taito City in Tokyo (established in 1982), Odawara City in Kanagawa Prefecture (established in 1990), Tadaoka Town in Osaka Prefecture (established in 1995), and Chichibu City in Saitama Prefecture (established in 1996).

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Consul-General Takewaka visits the City of Parramatta

On 28 March, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited the City of Parramatta, which includes Westmead Medical Precinct and Olympic Park, and has been developing rapidly in recent years. Mr Takewaka met with Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson and the Lord Mayor expressed great appreciation for Japan’s interest in the City of Parramatta.

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School visit programme

On 28 March, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for students studying Japanese language at Orange High School, Orange Anglican Grammar School and Cowra High School.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

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Japanese Cuisine and Food Culture

On 24 March, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney and the Australian-Japanese Association in the NT co-hosted “Japanese Cuisine and Food Culture” with Mr Dekura, food researcher, in Darwin. Mr Dekura gave a lecture on the basics of Japanese cuisine (washoku) and Japanese food culture, as well as a demonstration of Japanese cooking.

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Consul-General Takewaka’s Visit to Snowy Monaro Regional Council

On 23 March, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Snowy Monaro Regional Council, which established a sister city relationship with Yamaga City in Kumamoto Prefecture in 1975, and Kusatsu Town in Gunma Prefecture in 1991. Mr Takewaka met with Mayor John Rooney, the President of Cooma Lions Club and the Principal of Monaro High School. After the meeting, Mr Rooney took Mr Takewaka on a tour of Snowy Hydro Limited.

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Port of call of the Japanese Antarctic Research Icebreaker ‘Shirase’ in Sydney

The Japanese icebreaker ‘Shirase’, carrying the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE), arrived in Sydney on March 20 on its way from Showa Station in Antarctica back to Japan. At a reception held onboard on the evening of the same day, Captain Koji Miyazaki, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka, The Hon. David Elliott, Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs and CDRE Luke Charles-Jones, CSC, OAM, RAN, Chief of Staff for Fleet Headquarters (representing Fleet Commander RADM Jonathan Mead) gave their speeches.

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“Enjoy My Japan” Campaign Launch Event

On 14 March, JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) hosted the “Enjoy My Japan” Campaign Launch Event in Sydney. During the event, special guest Mr Nick Farr-Jones, who is a former Wallabies Captain, introduced various Japanese attractions. Consul-General Keizo Takewaka, in his speech, expressed his expectation that this seminar would provide attendees with ample opportunity to develop new and exciting tour programs.

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Opening Lecture by Mr Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister

On 8 March, Mr Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, gave the opening lecture explaining the free and open Indo-Pacific strategy at the seminar, “Rethinking Security in the Indo-Pacific Region: A Diplomatic Debate”, co-hosted by the Centre for International Security Studies of the University of Sydney.

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JET Programme Returnee’s Night

On 2 March, the JET Programme Returnee’s Night was held at the Consul-General’s official residence to welcome the JET participants who returned last year. Consul-General Mr Keizo Takewaka delivered an opening address. In his address, he expressed his appreciation for their invaluable service to the programme and expectation that they will continue to enrich the relationship between Japan and Australia.

During the event, returnees were invited to make presentations about their experiences during the programme, as well as network with other attendees, including representatives from CLAIR Sydney and JETAA NSW.

February 2018

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Consul-General Takewaka’s Visit to Goulburn Mulwaree

On 27 February, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Goulburn Mulwaree Council, which has a sister city relationship with Shibetsu City in Hokkaido prefecture. In addition to a meeting with the Mayor, Cr Bob Kirk, Consul-General Takewaka participated in a reception hosted by the Goulburn Mulwaree Council and exchanged views with council members, city officials, police officials, school officials and others. Consul-General Takewaka also paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Member for Goulburn.

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Kazuyuki Nakane visits Sydney 1

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Kazuyuki Nakane visits Sydney

On 23 February, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Nakane, visited Sydney, and met with the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

State Minister Nakane said he would like to build a closer working relationship with Pacific Island nations based on the common notion of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” through platforms like the PALM8 (8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting) being held in May, and to strengthen the special strategic partnership between Japan and Australia.

In response, Minister Fierravanto-Wells explained that Japan’s vision of the Indo-Pacific region had many points in common with Australia’s, and she could see many areas in which the two nations could cooperate.

After a short exchange about each nation’s work in the region, the ministers agreed that, including at PALM8, Japan and Australia would continue to work closely together.

Also, State Minister Nakane joined the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services, the Hon. Raymond Williams for lunch where they exchanged a wide range of views about the relationship between Japan and Australia. He then met President of the Legislative Council of NSW, the Hon. John Ajaka, and discussed the strengthening of relations between Japan and NSW.

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Consul-General Takewaka’s Visit to Darwin

On 19 February, a commemorative service was held in the Northern Territory city of Darwin, to remember the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Consul-General Keizo Takewaka was invited to participate and laid a wreath.

During his visit to Darwin, Consul-General Takewaka paid a visit to the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Hon. Vicki O'Halloran AM. Consul-General Takewaka also met with the Chief Minister, the Hon. Michael Gunner, the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Kon Vatskalis and members of the Japanese community in Darwin.

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Discover Tokushima Tourism Seminar

On 6 February, the Discover Tokushima Tourism Seminar was held in Sydney. The seminar highlighted Tokushima’s attractions, its natural beauty and outdoor activities such as rafting. There was also a performance of Awa Odori, a traditional folk dance performed during festival periods in Tokushima. The Consulate’s latest issue of 「Japan Reports」 covers the attractions of Tokushima.

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Japan-Australia Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) Industrial Utilisation Workshop

On 6 February, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka attended the Japan-Australia Quasi-Zenith Satellite System Industrial Utilisation Workshop. In his opening remarks, Mr Takewaka mentioned the MOC on innovation signed between Japan and Australia, and noted innovation is a crucial driving force for the region as well as both nations’ prosperity. The seminar attracted around 130 attendees from Australia and Japan.

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Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sydney “New Year Seminar”

On 5 February, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka attended a New Year Seminar organised by the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sydney. In his opening remarks, Mr Takewaka touched upon the Japan-Australia relationship being as prosperous as ever, as he wished for JCCI’s continued success, and the further deepening of economic ties between Japan and Australia. The seminar was followed by lectures from Dr Richard Koo of the Nomura Research Institute, and Mr Yuji Shimanaka of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd.

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Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Iwao Horii visits Sydney

On 3 February, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Iwao Horii visited Sydney. During the visit, Mr Horii visited a Japanese Language Supplementary School and spoke with teachers and observed lessons. Mr Horii also met with Father Paul Glynn and exchanged views on the Australian-Japanese relationship. After the end of World War II, Father Glynn promoted reconciliation between Australia and Japan, and was devoted to establishing the first sister city between the two countries.

January 2018

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2018 Swimming NSW State Open Championships

Between 19 and 21 January, the 2018 NSW State Open Championship was held at the Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The Japanese national team took part and Australian Olympic Medalists also participated. On 20 January, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited the championships to support the team as well as to award medals. Young swimmers of “Tobiuo Japan” (a nickname of the Japan national swimming team) performed strongly, winning the women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay and other events.

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“Join the Dots” opening reception

On 16 January, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka partcipated in the opening reception of “Join the Dots” held at the Sydney Opera House. At the opening reception, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, mentioned the further deepening of Japan-Australia relations through culture, in her speech. “Join the Dots” is an art project linking the Art Museum and Library in Ōta, Guma-prefecture and the Sydney Opera House.

https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/Kids-and-Families/2018/join-the-dots.html

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Consul-General Takewaka’s visit to New Caledonia

From 11 to 13 January, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited New Caledonia. Mr Takewaka met with the Japanese Association in New Caledonia, Amicale Japonaise (New Caledonia Japan Friendship Association) and representatives of Japanese businesses. He laid a wreath at the Japanese cemetery and held discussions with government officials in New Caledonia.

December 2017

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Consul-General Takewaka visits Rangers Valley feedlot

On 14 December, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Rangers Valley feedlot with the Hon. Thomas George, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of NSW.

During their stay, the Consul-General and the Deputy Speaker were given a tour of the feedlot by Mr Keith Howe, Managing Director of Rangers Valley Cattle Station Pty Ltd.

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"Matsuri - Japan Festival"

On 9 December, around 50,000 people gathered at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour for the annual "Matsuri - Japan Festival". The festival aimed to introduce Japanese culture through live presentations of Taiko drums and Bonodori performances. Tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami and flower arrangement workshops were also offered, as well as a range of Japanese food, travel advice and tourism information. The Consulate-General of Japan also had a booth distributing brochures introducing Japanese culture and activities of the Consulate, as well as the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

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Japan Information Night

On 7 December, JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) hosted the Japan Information Night in Sydney. Representatives from Japanese local governments and companies introduced the extensive charms of Japan. In his speech, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka expressed his expectation that this seminar would provide attendees with ample opportunity to develop new and exciting tour programs.

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The 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students Awards Ceremony

On 6 December, at his residence, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka held the award ceremony for the 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students. Around 80 people attended the award ceremony which included the prize-winning students, their families, school officials, sponsors and Japanese language teachers. Consul-General Takewaka presented awards, plaques and prizes to the 26 student winners and the School of the Year.

We would like to congratulate the prize winners and all the students who took part in this year’s competition, as well as thank the official sponsors for their generous support.

Please click here for the official results of the 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students.

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His Majesty the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception

On 5 December, at his residence, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka hosted a reception to celebrate His Majesty the Emperor’s 84th Birthday and more than 300 guests participated from various fields. The national anthems of both countries were performed by a leading seaman and an able seaman from the Royal Australian Navy. Subsequently, Consul-General Takewaka and Dr Geoff Lee, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, delivered their speeches. Then, guests enjoyed the Kagami-biraki (ceremonial breaking open of the sake barrels), and the Hon. Tom Bathurst, Chief Justice of NSW and Mr Takewaka gave the toast.

In his speech, Consul-General Takewaka said that the year 2017 began with the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Australia, that top-level talks were regulary held, that this year marked the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Australia Commerce Agreement and that we enjoy the excellent bilateral relationship between Japan and Australia. He also mentioned the Hon Gladys Berejiklian’s visit to Japan as her first official overseas mission, which aimed to not only strengthen trade and cultual ties between Japan and NSW, but also foster active sister-city and sister-state relationships and student exchange.

At the reception, sushi, sake and Japanese food were offered and a booth introducing Japanese airline companies was set up. A Japanese Taiko Drumming group also gave a live performance.

November 2017

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Consul-General's visit to the Central Coast

On 30 November, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of Central Coast Council, which was established through the merger of Gosford City and Wyong Shire councils in May of this year. Edogawa-ku, Tokyo formed a sister city relationship with Gosford City in 1988.

Consul-General Takewaka met with Mayor Jane Smith who took office after the September local government election this year. He also visited the local Japanese Garden.

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Girraween High School Calligraphy Workshop 1

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School visit programme

On 30 November, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for 60 students studying Japanese language at Girraween High School.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

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St George Girls High School Calligraphy Workshop 1

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School visit programme

On 29 November, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for 30 students studying Japanese language at St George Girls High School.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

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Visit by the Delegation from Nagaoka City

On 23 November, a delegation from Nagaoka City, led by Mr Shinji Takami, Deputy Mayor and Ms Mai Nakamura, Goodwill Ambassador of Sports, visited Sydney. Nagaoka City will host many exchange programs including a pre-camp of the Australian National Swimming Team in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. They visited the Australian Olympic Committee and the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

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Nichigo Press 40th Anniversary Party

Nichigo Press 40th Anniversary Party

Nichigo Press 40th Anniversary Party

Nichigo Press 40th Anniversary Party

Nichigo Press 40th Anniversary Party


On 17 November, Consul-General Takewaka attended the Nichigo Press 40th Anniversary Party. Nichigo Press received the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of their contribution to deepening the mutual understanding between Japan and Australia through their free Japanese newspaper and English-language periodicals introducing Japan and its culture.

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21st Japanese Film Festival

21st Japanese Film Festival

21st Japanese Film Festival

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Opening Ceremony of the 21st Japanese Film Festival


On 16 November, the opening ceremony of the 21st Japanese Film Festival was held in Sydney. In his opening speech, the Consul-General of Japan, Mr Keizo Takewaka, wished the Festival success and expressed his expectation that every year people could make new discoveries at the Japanese Film Festival - discoveries that would in turn make them want to learn more about Japanese culture. At the ceremony, Councillor Robert Kok of the City of Sydney, Mr Yoshiyuki Kishi, a film director, Ms Mugi Kadowaki, an actress, and other distinguished guests also gave a few words. The ceremony was followed by the screening of the movie “Mumon: The Land of Stealth” and both attracted large audiences.

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Australia-Japan Roundtable joined by the Hon Gladys Berejiklian as a guest speaker

On 6 November, the Australia-Japan Roundtable was held at the residence of Consul-General Keizo Takewaka. The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, joined as a guest speaker and many Japanese companies participated. Consul-General Takewaka expressed in his opening address that Japan and Australia, including NSW, have shared a strong bilateral relationship in various areas such as economic, political and people-to-people exchange, and there remains immense potential from the ongoing and active engagement between us. The Premier also expressed the strong relationship between Japan and NSW in her speech.

October 2017

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Haldon Street Festival

On 28 October, the City of Canterbury Bankstown held the Haldon Street Festival. As part of the Festival, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney presented the performance of a dance group, Sydney Soran Odoritai, to introduce Japanese culture.

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Ikebana Lunch

Luncheon with Ikebana International Sydney Chapter

On 27 October, Consul-General Takewaka invited members of Ikebana International Sydney Chapter to a luncheon at his residence.

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Meeting with The Hon. Thomas George, MP

On 25 October, Consul Omae met with The Hon. Thomas George, MP at the Japan Centre at Southern Cross University and interacted with students and Japanese exchange students at the university.

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Granny Smith Festival

On 21 October, the City of Ryde held the Granny Smith Festival. As part of the Festival, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney presented the performance of a dance group, Sydney Soran Odoritai, to introduce Japanese culture.

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Mayor of Toda City in Saitama Prefecture visits Liverpool City

From 19 to 22 October, the Mayor of Toda City in Saitama Prefecture, Mr Kunio Jinbo, led a delegation to visit Toda City's sister-city, Liverpool City. On the evening of 20 October, a dinner party commemorating the 25th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the two cities was hosted by Cr Wendy Waller, Mayor of Liverpool City Council. Consul-General Keizo Takewaka also attended the dinner.

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Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Ceremony and Reception for NICHIGO PRESS

On 17 October, at his residence, Consul-General Takewaka held the Foreign Minister's commendation ceremony and reception for NICHIGO PRESS in recognition of their contribution to deepening the mutual understanding between Japan and Australia through their free Japanese newspaper and English-language periodicals introducing Japan and its culture.

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The reception jointly hosted with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations on the occasion of the International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference in Sydney

On 10 October, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka jointly hosted a reception with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) at the Consul-General’s residence on the occasion of the International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference in Sydney.

Mr Martin Šolc, the President of the International Bar Association, the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of NSW Court of Appeal, Justice Julie Ward Chief Judge in Equity, NSW Supreme Court, and Mr Mitsuhiro Wada Vice-President of the JFBA attended the reception.

Consul-General Takewaka noted the importance of the “Rule of Law”, the Japanese government’s support of women's rights, and touched upon North Korea’s human rights violations, including the abduction issue.

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Courtesy visit to the Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon. Nicole Manison MLA, Northern Territory
Courtesy visit to the Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon. Nicole Manison MLA, Northern Territory

Courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Mr Kon Vatskalis
Courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Mr Kon Vatskalis

Courtesy visit to the Administrator of the Northern Territory, His Honour the Honourable John Hardy AO and Mrs Hardy
Courtesy visit to the Administrator of the Northern Territory, His Honour the Honourable John Hardy AO and Mrs Hardy

Consul-General Takewaka’s Visit to the Northern Territory

The Consul-General, Mr Keizo Takewaka, visited Darwin from the 8th to 9th of October 2017. During his visit, he met with various people including the Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon. Nicole Manison MLA, and the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Mr Kon Vatskalis. Consul-General Takewaka also paid a visit to the retiring Administrator of the Northern Territory, His Honour the Honourable John Hardy AO and Mrs Hardy.

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Burwood Festival

On 8 October, Burwood Council held the Burwood Festival. As part of the Festival, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney presented the performance of a drumming group, Wadaiko Rindo Sydney, to introduce Japanese culture.

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(From your left, Ms Margaret Beckett, Cr Denise Knight, Consul-General Takewaka, and Mrs Degens)

Consul-General Takewaka visits Coffs Harbour

On 6 October, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Coffs Harbour, which established a sister city relationship with Sasebo City in Nagasaki Prefecture in 1988. Consul-General Takewaka met with the Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Cr Denise Knight, and was given a tour of the Japanese Gardens. The Consul-General also met with Ms Margaret Beckett, President of the Australia-Japan Society of Coffs Harbour and Mrs Patricia Degens, inaugural President of the Australia-Japan Society of Coffs Harbour.

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Consul-General Takewaka visits the City of Orange

On 3 October, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Orange, which established a sister city relationship with Ushiku City in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan in 1990. The Mayor of the City of Orange, Reg Kidd, expressed great appreciation for friendship with Ushiku City such as the high school student exchange program.

September 2017

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2 and 3 to GO!

On 27 September, with two years to the Rugby World Cup and three years to the Olympic Games, a reception named “ 2 and 3 to GO!” was held at the Consul-General’s residence to encourage sports exchange between Japan and Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The reception was attended by many distinguished guests including Mr John Coates AC, the President of the Australian Olympic Committee and the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, representatives of the various Australian Olympic and Paralympic sports organisations, legendary rugby players who participated in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, including Wallabies Nick Farr-Jones, Peter Grigg, Michael Lynagh, Simon Poidevin and Ross Reynolds, Mr Toshiyuki Hayashi, who was the captain of the Japan National team at the tournament, and Mr Yoshihiro “Demi” Sakata, the first Japanese Inductee to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The grand reception was graced with a special message from the Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, HE Mr Shunichi Suzuki, which was read out by the Consul-General.

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Australia, Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar 2017

On 26 September, the Australia, Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar 2017 was held by Australian & Japanese Economic Intelligence. In his opening address, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka explained that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement and that the Australia-Japan relationship is more important than ever for the stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

Approximately one hundred Japanese and Australian business and economic professionals participated in this seminar where the current economic conditions in Japan and Australia were outlined by three experts in the field, including Mr. Yoshiki Takeuchi, Director-General of the International Bureau in Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

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The Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Palalympic Games, Minister Suzuki, visits Sydney

On 22 September, the Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Minister Shunichi Suzuki, visited Sydney.

During his visit, Minister Suzuki visited the headquarters of Australia Rugby Union. He discussed with CEO Mr Bill Pulver the best way for Japan to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Minister Suzuki also met with CEO of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Mr Charles Moore, and visited various sports facilities and the former athletes village. They both exchanged their opinions on how to effectively maintain the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games after their completion.

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48th NSW Japanese Speech Contest

On 16 September, the “48th NSW Japanese Speech Contest” was held at the University of Sydney, which brought together about 100 contestants. Winners from each division will progress to the “48th Japanese Language Speech Contest Finals” on 7 October.

* High School Senior Division: Ms Vicky Feng
* Open Beginner Division: Ms Cassandra Kwok
* Open Division: Ms Holly Huynh
* Background Speaker Division: Ms Jung A. (Monica) Lee

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Japan-Northern Territory Business Forum

On 12 September, the Northern Territory Government hosted the Japan-Northern Territory Business Forum in Sydney, inviting Japanese companies. Northern Territory Chief Minister, The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, attended the event and expressed in his opening address that the territory and Japan have kept a good relationship, regardless of the chief minister’s change, and he expected that it would continue in future. Consul General Keizo Takewaka expressed in his address that he hopes that Japan and the government of the Northern Territory will work together for the sustainable development of the region through agricultural cooperation, business partnerships and infrastructure advancement.

At the event, where more than 40 Japanese businesses attended, trade and investment opportunities in the Northern Territory across the energy and minerals, agribusiness, infrastructure, international education and training, and tourism sectors were explained.

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Kanazawa Hakka Inbound Promotion Seminar

On 12 September, the Kanazawa Hakka Inbound Promotion Seminar was held in Sydney by “Kanazawa Hakka”, which consists of eight hotels in Kanazawa. Consul-General Keizo Takewaka expressed his expectation that tourism to Japan would increase referring to the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) and the launch of a direct flight between Sydney and Osaka.

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Matsuri Japan Festival in Willoughby 2017

On 9 September, “Matsuri Japan Festival in Willoughby 2017” was held in Chatswood. “Matsuri Japan Festival in Willoughby 2017” is a Japanese festival organized by the Japan Club of Sydney with support from Willoughby City Council, and this was the third time it was held. Many people came to the festival and enjoyed Japanese drumming performances, calligraphy, Japanese tea ceremony, and Ikebana among others.

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Gosford High School Calligraphy Workshop 1

Hunter Sports High School Calligraphy Workshop 1

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School visit programme

On 6 September, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for 26 students studying Japanese language at Gosford High School and 16 students at Hunter Sports High School, and later, on 11 September, a calligraphy workshop for 38 students studying Japanese language at Gosford High Shool.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

August 2017

St John's Park High School Calligraphy Workshop

St John's Park High School Calligraphy Workshop 1

St Columba's Catholic College Calligraphy Workshop

School visit programme

On 22 August, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a school visit programme, including calligraphy workshop and kimono demonstration, for 32 students studying Japanese language at St John's Park High School, and earlier, on 17 August, a calligraphy workshop for 7 students studying Japanese language at St Columba's Catholic College.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

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St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School Calligraphy Workshop 1

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School Calligraphy Workshop 2

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School Calligraphy Workshop 3

Calligraphy workshop at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

On 10 August, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for 49 students studying Japanese language at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, as part of the school visit programme.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

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Hunter Sports High School Calligraphy Workshop 1

Hunter Sports High School Calligraphy Workshop 2

Hunter Sports High School Calligraphy Workshop 3

Calligraphy workshop at Hunter Sports High School

On 4 August, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for 48 students studying Japanese language at Hunter Sports High School, as part of the school visit programme.

The Consulate-General of Japan offers the school visit programme, including calligraphy workshops, for schools in NSW and NT. Please contact the Information and Culture Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney for more information:

TEL: 02-9250 1000
Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

July 2017

2017 JET Farewell Reception

2017 JET Farewell Reception

2017 JET Farewell Reception

2017 JET Farewell Reception

2017 JET Farewell Reception

2017 JET Farewell Reception

2017 JET Farewell Reception

JET Programme Farewell Reception

On 11 July, the 2017 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Farewell Reception was held at the Consul-General’s official residence. Consul-General Mr Keizo Takewaka delivered an opening address. In his address, he offered his congratulations to the JET Programme participants and expressed his expectation that the participants will enjoy their life in Japan and form bonds with Japanese people.

The participants will be assigned to schools and municipalities throughout Japan to assist with language education and with projects related to international activities, etc. The total number of new participants is 36 from New South Wales (2 of them have already departed for Japan).

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15th Anniversary of Books Kinokuniya Sydney 2

15th Anniversary of Books Kinokuniya Sydney 1

15th Anniversary of Books Kinokuniya Sydney

On 7 July, Books Kinokuniya celebrated its 15th Anniversary of the establishment of Books Kinokuniya Sydney. Consul-General Mr Keizo Takewaka delivered a congratulatory speech at the ceremony. In the speech, he expressed his expectation that Japan-Australia relations will further develop, referring to the fact that the branch has been contributing to Japan-Australia cultural exchange.

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