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December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to thank you for your continued interest in Australia-Japan business – it's certainly been a year of heightened engagement. And there's to be no respite; as we look forward to the new year, the tourism sector will...

Our 56th Joint Business Conference in October recorded attendance by over 450 senior executives from both Australia and Japan; the highest number of participants to date, and a reflection of the broadening bilateral business relationship and increase in Japanese M&A in Australia. The meeting’s theme, 'Taking the...

The Australian Government has just announced Australia’s new Space Agency will be located in South Australia, a state with an historical link to the country's early space exploration. After the three-and-a-half year 'Hayabusa2 Mission,' Japan's space agency successfully landed two rovers on an asteroid travelling...

Some highlights from 2018 for your holiday reading: Japan's Global Positioning Satellites: Australian Opportunities (February 2018) Japan's M&A Report on Australia: Key Findings(April 2018) AJBCC Future Leaders Seminar (August 2018) Japanese Immigration to Australia (August 2018) ...

Japan’s Ambassador to Australia, Sumio Kusaka, will complete his term in Canberra in January. Ambassador Kusaka and his wife have been incredible supporters of the bilateral relationship, and the AJBCC has enjoyed a strong connection with him. We wish them all the best for their return to...

A range of significant bilateral issues was discussed at the November meeting of Prime Ministers Abe and Morrison in Darwin. From a business perspective, specific areas of collaboration were highlighted; those marked for continued attention were artificial intelligence (read our recent in focus for more on this),...

Our 56th Joint Business Conference in October attracted a record number of attendees – continuing the uptick in bilateral interest we've seen in recent years. Some further developments that highlight growing business opportunities are outlined below. MOUs: Seeds of Future Activity Our Sydney conference was an...

Three long-serving Executive Committee members have retired; thanks to Ross Adler, Grant Crothers and Andrew Low for their significant contributions. Stockyard Beef Managing Director Lachie Hart (pictured) has since joined the Committee. An integrated breeding, backgrounding, lot-feeding and marketing operation in Queensland, Stockyard celebrated 60 years in 2018....

Austrade and JETRO hosted Smart Cities Roundtables in Sydney and Brisbane last month – with sypport from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Consulate-General of Japan, and the AJBCC and JABCC. Leveraging planning for New South Wales' Aerotropolis project and associated developments in...

Our 57th annual Joint Business Conference will take place in Osaka from Monday 7 October through Wednesday 9 October 2019. Please contact us for further information....