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Ambassador Kusaka's official events and activities

Ambassador Kusaka's Visit to Pilbara Iron Ore Mine and Operation Site

From Wednesday 14th to Thursday 15th of October Ambassador Kusaka visited  Western Australia and met with the Hon Colin Barnett, Premier of WA. Premier Barnett noted Western Australia's profound historical relationship with Japan, including the economic development of Western Australia that was largely backed by Japan's rapid economic growth.

The Ambassador also visited Pilbara Iron Ore Mine and Rio Tinto's remotely controlled operation centre to view its mines, railway system and port facilities. Ambassador Kusaka received a briefing on Rio Tinto's facilities and how the competitiveness of the company relies on the efficient operation of the large scaled system of remotely controlling the entire process of mining from the one, single operation centre; from excavation to transportation and even preparing it for exporting at the port. Japan has much to offer in terms of improving efficiency and we hope that cooperation with Japanese companies will be further strengthened across many different fields. 

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Ambassador Kusaka attends the ceremony commemorating the launch of the Himawari-8 satellite

On Wednesday 30 September, Ambassador Sumio Kusaka attended the ceremony commemorating the launch of the Himawari-8 satellite held at the Canberra office of the Bureau of Meteorology. The observational functions of Himawari-8 have been strengthened, and its operation began on 7 July. Japan will share observational data with Australia, and the public became able to access the viewer through the Bureau of Meteorology’s website from 30 September.
Ambassador Kusaka gave a congratulatory address at the ceremony. The Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, Minister for Cities and the Built Environment and Dr Rob Vertessy, Director and CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology who also attend expressed their gratitude to the kindness of Japan.        

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Presentation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan’s Citation to the Cowra Breakout 70th Anniversary Committee

Every year on August 5, a wreath laying ceremony is held to honour those who lost their lives in the Cowra breakout incident where Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a POW camp on the same day in 1944 during WWII. Last year marked 70 years since the incident, and a committee was established to commemorate the anniversary by holding a large number of events.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Fumio Kishida offered a Citation to the committee as their activities symbolise Japan and Australia’s reconciliation. Ambassador Kusaka visited Cowra on August 5, this year and presented the citation to the Mayor of Cowra, Mr Bill West. In response, Mayor West expressed that it was a great honour to receive this appreciation from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. The Embassy of Japan will continue to collaborate with Cowra in passing this story on to the future enerations.

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Wreath Laying Ceremony in Cowra

On August 5, Ambassador Kusaka and his wife attended the wreath laying ceremony in Cowra to pay their respects to the 235 lives, including 4 Australians lost in the Cowra breakout tragedy. Ambassador Kusaka joined Mayor Bill West in laying a wreath which took place in the Japanese and Australian war cemeteries.

The cherry blossom seeds that were planted in the Japanese War Cemetery during the Crown Prince’s visit in 1972 have now matured. Every September, the Sakura Matsuri is held in Cowra during the cherry blossom season, and visitors have the opportunity to experience various elements of traditional Japanese culture. The Sakura Matsuri is a symbol of the deep friendship between Cowra and Japan.   

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Ambassador Kusaka's address at the National Press Club of Australia

On July 28, Ambassador Kusaka gave his address to the National Press Club of Australia, entitled ‘Japan and Australia: A Natural Partnership’. The Ambassador first spoke of Japan’s foreign policy and current economic situation, then followed with a discussion on Japan-Australia relations highlighting specific areas for further bilateral cooperation.

After the 30-minute address, the Ambassador then answered several questions from members of the Australian media. A significant number of questions were related to Australia‟s future submarines. In reply, he stated that the Government of Japan fully understands the terms in the Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) and that maximisation of Australian industry involvement is one of the important requirements. At present, we are actively engaged in discussions with Australian companies as well as information gathering towards developing options for a package that will maximise Australian industry involvement without unduly compromising submarine capability, cost or schedule.

Following a visit in May, it is being planned for a Japanese delegation from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to visit Adelaide in late August and to deliver presentations to the industry and engage in dialogue with Australian companies.

Ambassador Kusaka became the very first Japanese Ambassador to Australia to ever give an address to the National Press Club.   We hope to continue having these opportunities to discuss Japanese policies with the Australian people. The full text of the Ambassador’s address can be found here.    

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Ambassador Kusaka's official events and activities upon arrival

Courtesy Calls by Ambassador Kusaka


Mr Andrew Barr

Premier of South Australia
Jay Weatherill

Mr Andrew Barr

Speaker of the House
Tony Smith

Mr Andrew Barr

Senator for South Australia
David Fawcett

Mr Andrew Barr

Deputy Premier of South Australia
John Rau

Senator Ann Ruston

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate
Ann Ruston

Mr Andrew Barr

Chief Minister of ACT
Andrew Barr

Mr Josh Frydenberg

Assistant Treasurer
Josh Frydenberg

Senator Michael Ronaldson

Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Senator Michael Ronaldson

Mr Turnbull

Minister for Communications
Malcolm Turnbull  

Mr porter

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Christian Porter

Mr Randall

Chair of the Australia-Japan Parliamentary Group
Don Randall


Mr Chester

Parliametary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
Darren Chester


Ms Cash

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Michaelia Cash

Mr Tudge

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Alan Tudge

Mr Champion

Vice-Chair of the Australia-Japan Parliamentary Group
Nick Champion

Mr birmingham

Assistant Minister for Education and Training
Simon Birmingham

Mr Abbott

Prime Minister
Tony Abbott

Ms Bishop

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julie Bishop


Welcome Reception for Ambassador and Mrs. Kusaka

On 27 May, a welcome reception was held for Ambassador Kusaka and his wife at the Ambassador’s residence. Over 130 guests attended, including the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs as well as members of Parliament, academics and ambassadors of foreign missions in Canberra.

While introducing that this is in fact his second time to be posted to Canberra, Ambassador Kusaka expressed that it is an absolute honour to assume the role of Ambassador of Japan to Australia during a time of unprecedented bilateral cooperation in areas such as security, trade and investment. The Ambassador continued to express his ambitions for the further strengthening of bilateral relations and called upon his guests for their invaluable support.

On behalf of the attending guests, Minister Julie Bishop spoke of her recent trip to Japan to attend the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting where she met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida to discuss the further strengthening of Japan-Australia relations. Minister Julie Bishop also expressed her strong support for Japan playing a more proactive security role and her hopes for the further deepening of Japan and Australia’s friendship.

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Presentation of credentials

On 13 May, Ambassador Sumio Kusaka presented his Letters of Credence accrediting him as the Ambassador of Japan to His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Under the clear morning autumn sky, the Ambassador and Mrs. Kusaka were greeted by the Deputy Chief of Protocol’s escort and taken to Government House for the presentation ceremony.
The Governor-General spoke of his hopes for the recent excellent relations between Japan and Australia to continue to deepen during the Ambassador’s appointment, and recalled a memorable story from his visit to Japan. The ceremony was conducted in a relaxed and friendly manner.

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