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February 2018

The 56th annual Joint Business Conference of the AJBCC returns to Australia 14-16 October 2018. The meeting, with over 400 attendees expected, will be held in Sydney. Annual membership of the AJBCC includes complimentary attendance at the annual conference for one nominated person. Membership categories...

Australia Japan relations brought in the New Year with a lightning visit to Tokyo by Prime Minister Turnbull. Although the reported visit content focussed on strengthening regional security, trade and the establishment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) were also featured, notwithstanding the USA's withdrawal...

An elite list of Australians have distinguished themselves internationally in the area of medical research through being awarded the Nobel Prize. In fact, in this field, Australians have a larger number of Nobel prizes than their colleagues in Japan. (Japan, on the other hand shows...

An example of the possibilities of successful collaboration between Australia and Japan was demonstrated in the announcement of the development of and validation of a blood test for the detection and prediction of the development of Alzheimer’s disease. "The breakthrough was the result of an extensive...

Coincidentally, just a day after the recent Wall Street correction, Richard Koo, distinguished economist on Japan, gave a briefing for AJBCC members and invited guests in Melbourne. The briefing was also supported by the Victorian Government. Richard's presentation was “The Other Half of Macroeconomics and...

Peter Grey, Executive Committee Member of the AJBCC was one of the authors of a timely Asia Society Report explaining the significance of USA's withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. With strong bilateral links, Australia and Japan have indicated their intention to push ahead...

Australians are well aware of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) as it is used in everyday life, either directly or indirectly through various apps. What is not commonly known is that the satellites providing this service are US operated. The Japanese Government decided to launch 4 satellites to provide a "Japanese GPS" equivalent service which will greatly reduce positioning errors and provide a service area which will include Australia

The City of Melbourne is to lead a 20 strong business and civic mission to Japan 20-24th March 2018. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Melbourne-Osaka sister city relationship. Councillor Kevin Louey will lead the mission and has indicated that it will focus...

The Australian Government funded Australia Japan Foundation (AJF) has announced its 2018 grant round which will receive applications until 4 April 2018. The grant program is designed to: strengthen bilateral relationships in areas of mutual interest create international networks, collaboration and connections between institutions and...

The Hamer Scholarships offer Victorians the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with Japan (and other designated countries) The program aims to improve language skills and cultural understanding; develop business and people-to-people networks; and contribute to Victoria’s international engagement. Hamer Scholarships are valued at...