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July 2018

2018 JET Programme Farewell Reception 1

2018 JET Programme Farewell Reception 2

2018 JET Programme Farewell Reception 3

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JET Programme Farewell Reception

On 17 July, the 2018 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. The total number of new participants from New South Wales is 32.

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The Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association Inc, New South Wales Branch and Mrs Tae Gessner Tae receive Consul-General's Commendation

On 12 July, The Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association Inc, New South Wales Branch and Mrs Tae Gessner received Consul-General's Commendations.

The Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association Inc, New South Wales Branch was recognized for their contribution in promoting Ikebana and Japanese culture through the many exhibitions they have held since they were established in 1960.

Mrs Tae Gessner was recognized for her contribution in promoting kimono and Japanese traditional culture through her kimono dressing and kimono shows since her first kimono workshop in 2013.

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JCS Japanese School receive Consul-General's Commendation

On 11 July, JCS (Japan Club of Sydney) Japanese School received the Consul-General's Commendation. They were recognised for their contribution to language and cultural education in the Sydney Japanese community since 1992, and currently run three Japanese schools on Saturdays at Dundas, Edgecliff, and in the CBD.

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Calligraphy workshop at Gosford High School

On 5 July, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop at Gosford 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. 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

June 2018

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Consul-General Takewaka joins “SAKE MASTERCLASS & SHOWCASE”

On 21 June, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Japan Sake And Shochu Makers Association (JSS) held “SAKE MASTERCLASS & SHOWCASE” in Sydney. Sake makers from all over japan visited Sydney, and had business talks with local trading companies, representatives of local restaurants and sommeliers. JSS director, Mr Hamada and Sake sommelier, Mr Leigh Hudson, also gave lectures on sake.

In his speech, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka mentioned that there are many types of sake that not only match Japanese food, but also go well with Western cuisine. He trusted that the day’s business discussions and seminar would help create new and interesting opportunities for all parties involved.

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Calligraphy workshop at Tara Anglican School for Girls and Cammeraygal High School

On 20 and 21 June, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop at Tara Anglican School for Girls and Cammeraygal 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

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School visit programme

On 14 and 15 June, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held calligraphy workshops for students at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, Blue Hills College and Emmanuel Anglican 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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Consul-General Takewaka's visit to Blue Mountains City

On 14 June, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Blue Mountains City, which is a sister city of Sanda City of Hyogo Prefecture. After having talks with Mayor Mark Greenhill and Councillor Romola Hollywood on the previous day, Consul-General Takewaka met Deputy Mayor Chris Van der Kley, and Councillor Shae Foenander, as well as members of the Sister City Committee including Chairman Allan Graham, Ms. Colleen Kime and Ms. Leigh J. Roden.

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Matsuri Japan Festival in Parramatta 2018

On 9 June, “Matsuri Japan Festival in Parramatta 2018” was held in Parramatta. “Matsuri Japan Festival in Parramatta 2018” is a Japanese festival organized by the Japan Club of Sydney, and this was the first time it was held. Many people came to the festival and enjoyed Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana, and Origami, among other activities. The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop.

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School visit programme

On 7 and 8 June, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held calligraphy workshops for students at Rutherford Technology High School, Dungog High School, Belmont High School and Hunter Sports 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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Consul-General Takewaka's visit to Campbelltown City

On 6 June, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited Campbelltown City, which is a sister city of Koshigaya City of Saitama Prefecture. He met Mayor George Brticevic, General Manager Lindy Deitz, Ms. Amanda King, Coordinator Community Events and Activation, and Mr. David Simons, President of Campbelltown Koshigaya Sister Cities Association, and visited the Japanese Garden.

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76th Anniversary Memorial Service for HMAS Kuttabul

On 1 June, at the Kuttabul Naval Base, a memorial service was held to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Sydney Harbour by Japanese midget submarines. The Consul-General of Japan, Mr Keizo Takewaka, was invited to the ceremony and laid a wreath.

At the ceremony, the 21 names of the fallen sailors on the HMAS Kuttabul sunk in the attack, and the names of the six Japanese submariners who lost their lives, were read by a student from a local high school and a student from Sydney Japanese International School.

May 2018

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School visit programme

On 31 May, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for students at Pendle Hill 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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School visit programme

On 30 May, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for students 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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Sydney Consular Women’s Club luncheon

On 29 May, the Sydney Consular Women’s Club luncheon was held at the Consul-General’s residence. A kimono demonstration and a tea ceremony were also held at the luncheon.

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Japan Club of Sydney (JCS) 35th Anniversary

On 27 May, Consul-General Takewaka attended the 35th anniversary luncheon of the Japan Club of Sydney (JCS).

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Consul-General Takewaka joins “JAPAN ROAD SHOW”

On 22 May, JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) held “JAPAN ROAD SHOW” in Sydney. JNTO and guest speakers made presentations, and representatives from Japanese local governments and companies, as well as local tourism agencies, had active business discussions at the event.

In his speech, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka mentioned that Australian travelers to Japan spent the most among foreign travelers and this fact demonstrates the popularity of Japan as a destination of choice for Australians. He also expressed his expectation that this event is a great chance for participants to make new connections and build on the strong relationship between the Japanese and Australian tourism industries.

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Dinner with Ms Lisa Ono

On 18 May, Consul-General Takewaka hosted dinner for Ms Lisa Ono, a famous Japanese Bossa Nova singer who visited Sydney for her first-ever concert at the Sydney Opera House on 19 May. The dinner was joined by members of the Japanese community in Sydney.

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School visit programme

On 17 May, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney held a calligraphy workshop for students at Belmore South Public 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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Consul-General Takewaka’s Visit to the Hills Shire

On 8 May, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka visited the Hills Shire. He met with the Mayor of the Hills Shire Michelle Byrne, Cr Reena Jethi, the Hon. David Elliott, Minister for Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veteran Affairs, and the Hon. Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services. Both Ministers were elected as NSW Members of Parliament from the Hills Shire.

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The Medal of the Order of Australia for Mrs Tazuko McLaren

On 3 May, Mrs Tazuko McLaren (Japan Exchange Co-ordinator and Japanese language lecturer, Southern Cross University) received the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her longstanding service to education, and to Japan-Australia relations.

Consul-General Keizo Takewaka celebrated her achievement with Fr Paul Glynn who contributed to establishing the sister-city relationship between Yamato Takada City in Nara Prefecture and Lismore City Council.

April 2018

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

On 28 April, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Iwao Horii visited Cowra and met with Mayor Bill West and Cowra-Japan Society Director Tony Mooney. Mr Horii expressed his gratitude for Cowra's continued contribution to Japan-Australia relations, and exchanged views on how to strengthen ties in the future. He also toured the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, the Prisoner of War camp site, and the cemeteries where he laid floral wreathes to pay his respects to the fallen of both countries.

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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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“IKEBANA nature intertwining” Opening

On 15 April, Consul-General Keizo Takewaka participated in the opening of “IKEBANA nature intertwining”, hosted by the Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association NSW. The Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association NSW was established 58 years ago and this year marks the 21st exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden. The Australian Sogetsu Teachers Association NSW has also participated at the Matsuri-Japan Festival in Willoughby and the Matsuri-Japan Festival in Darling Harbour, contributing to the promotion of the Japan-Australia friendship.

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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

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.

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