Consulate Event Gallery
On 15 April (Thursday), Consul-General Kiya visited the City of Campbelltown and paid a courtesy call on Cr George Brticevic, Mayor of Campbelltown. Campbelltown, located in western Sydney, has maintained an active sister-city relationship for over 37 years with Koshigaya City in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Guided by Mayor Brticevic, Consul-General Kiya visited Koshigaya Park, which is located in the city’s centre, and the Japanese Gardens with a tea house that was presented to Campbelltown by the people of Koshigaya. Both beautifully maintained facilities are a place of relaxation for the people of Campbelltown and is proof of the friendship with Koshigaya City.
Visit to Western Sydney University
On 12 April, Consul-General Kiya visited Western Sydney University to give a lecture on climate change and Japan-Australia cooperation as part of a WSU program on Australia-Asia relations.
Reference link: Climate Change: Roles of Japan and Australia in the World
On 9 April (Friday), Consul-General Kiya paid a courtesy call on Cr Gail Giles-Gidney, Mayor of Willoughby City Council, and Cr Craig Campbell, Deputy Mayor. Located in Sydney’s north, Willoughby is a lively suburb which is home to people from many different backgrounds, including more than 3,500 Japanese. The Consul-General thanked Mayor Giles-Gidney and Deputy Mayor Campbell for supporting local Japanese people in their daily lives and their community activities. He also expressed his gratitude for Willoughby City Council’s ongoing and enthusiastic exchange with sister city Suginami-ku (Tokyo).
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – Commemorating 10 Years
On 11 March, Consul-General Kiya attended the Rainbow Project’s commemoration in Sydney to remember the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and to thank Australians for their support over the 10 years since the disaster.
In his welcoming speech, the Consul-General expressed his profound gratitude to the people of NSW and Australia for their support in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and in the decade since. Robert McNeil, an assistant commissioner at Fire and Rescue New South Wales, also gave a speech as one of the members from the Australia search and rescue team that went to Tohoku in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
At 4:46pm in Sydney, the exact moment the earthquake struck in Japan, a minute of silence was held together over a livestream with the people in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures.
During the event, an original movie “10 Colours, 10 Years” was screened, documenting the recovery and resilience of the Tohoku region and people and the continuing connections between Australia and Japan. Cultural and musical performances from local artists were also given.
- Consul-General Kiya's opening remarks
- The Consul-General's newsletter: No.37 Japan-Australia Exchange - Coming together for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
Deputy Consul-General visits Bathurst
On 11 March, Deputy Consul-General Tanaka attended a tree-planting ceremony in honour of the Ohkuma 30th Sister City and 10th Earthquake Anniversary held by Bathurst Regional Council.
Ohkuma is located in Fukushima and had to be evacuated after the tsunami caused by the earthquake struck the nuclear power plant. Despite this, the bonds between the two cities have remained strong as the Deputy Consul-General noted. She said it was inspirational to see the sister city relationship between Bathurst and Ohkuma continue to this day.
After the ceremony, she visited the Bathurst Regional Council office and met with the Mayor and Councillors.
Funayama Seijiro receives Foreign Minister’s Commendation
On 10 March, Consul-General Kiya Masahiko visited the Jun Pacific Office and presented the proprietor, Mr Funayama Seijiro, the Foreign Minister’s Commendation award.
Taste of Japan Event
On 4 March, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office, in cooperation with Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), held an event called “Taste of Japan” to showcase Japanese cuisine and culture. Almost 40 representatives from the media industry attended the event.
Consul-General Kiya Masahiko, in his remarks, said Japan would be a great tourist and cultural destination for more Australians after the pandemic. He also expressed his hope that this event would give the participants an opportunity to find their own Japan and share it with their readers and followers.
(This event followed the NSW COVID-19 safety guidelines.)
His Majesty the Emperor’s Birthday – Dinner with the Governor of New South Wales
On 23 February, to celebrate His Majesty the Emperor’s 61st birthday, Consul-General Kiya Masahiko received Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, and Mr Dennis Wilson, for dinner at the Consul-General’s residence. Ideas and opinions were exchanged on ways to further deepen the relationship between Australia and Japan.
At the start of the dinner, a recorded performance of the Australian and Japanese national anthems sung by students from the Sydney Japanese International School (シドニー日本人国際学校) was played. In addition, Consul-General Kiya presented and explained a message for the occasion of His Majesty the Emperor’s 61st birthday.
Consul-General Kiya conveyed his view to the Governor that the local Japanese community would continue to enrich Australia, which values multiculturalism, and work as a bridge for the development of our two countries. Both the Consul-General and the Governor shared an understanding that Australia and Japan, as “Special Strategic Partners”, are further deepening their cooperation on all fronts of political, economic and cultural relations, including global challenges such as COVID-19 and natural disasters.
On 19 February, in commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Consul-General Kiya accompanied Ambassador Yamagami to attend official services held in the city. The Consul-General also visited several places and people during his time there.
In issue #35 of the Consul-General's newsletter, he writes about "Darwin and Japan: the Ties of History, Business, and Security".
The newsletter can be viewed here: https://www.sydney.au.emb-japan.go.jp/document/CGKiya_35newsE.pdf
Mr Matsunaga Yoshiaki receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
On 16 February, Mr Matsunaga Yoshiaki received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from Consul General Kiya Masahiko at the official residence of the Consul-General.
Mr Matsunaga was recognized for his services to the promotion of Japanese culture as President of the Chado Urasenki Tankoukai Sydney Association.