I am Keizo Takewaka, Consul-General of Japan in Sydney. I wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has so kindly assisted me since I assumed this post at the end of October 2016.
Our Consulate-General has jurisdiction over New South Wales (NSW) and the Northern Territory. Centred on Sydney, NSW has a long history of exchange with Japan and it also has a strong economy. More than 30,000 Japanese people live in NSW. With Darwin as its hub, the Northern Territory is close to South-East Asia and it is a region expected to undergo further development in the future. In January last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Australia, and in January this year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Japan. The ‘special strategic partnership’ between Japan and Australia continues to strengthen.
At last December’s ‘Matsuri-Japan Festival’ held in Sydney, approximately 50,000 people participated and enjoyed a variety of Japanese cultural performances and activities. Japanese language and sports exchange both flourish in Australia. In addition, there are many active sister-city relationships which have engaged in exchange over decades, fostering friendship between us. This is all thanks to the effort of many people and their contribution is greatly appreciated.
I would like to make the Consulate approachable and helpful, and I appreciate your feedback and support.
Consul-General of Japan, Sydney