Ambassador’s Official Visit to South Australia

Ambassador Kusaka paid an official visit to the state of South Australia from the 29th to the 31st of August.  In Adelaide he met and exchanged opinions with Governor Hieu Van Le, and Premier Jay Weatherill, along with state parliamentarians and members of the local Japanese community among many others. On the 30th during a visit to Port Lincoln, Ambassador Kusaka toured facilities that process and package tuna, abalone, and oysters for the Japanese market, as well as research institutes dedicated to aquaculture. Ambassador Kusaka also held discussions with members of the said aquaculture industries and Mayor Bruce Green about the economic relationship between Port Lincoln and Japan.

This visit allowed Ambassador Kusaka to increase his awareness of the friendship ties between Okayama Prefecture and the state of South Australia which is currently in its 23rd year of sister state and prefecture relationship, the robust economic relationship involving exports and imports between both countries as demonstrated by the fishing industry, and the need for co-operation in a wide range of fields including education and innovation.  It also allowed Ambassador Kusaka to renew his knowledge of the solid partnership shared between Japan and the state of South Australia, and the necessity of planning for the added strengthening of these ties.  Based on this visit, Ambassador Kusaka will continue to endeavour to further promote and consolidate the ties between South Australia and Japan.
 

Ambassador and Mrs Kusaka with
the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC,
the Governor of South Australia

Ambassador Kusaka with the Hon. Jay Weatherill, the Premier of South Australia
 

Ambassador Kusaka with Professor Bebbington
at the University of Adelaide

Ambassador and Mrs Kusaka with
Mr Martin Haese,
Lord Mayor of City of Adelaide

Ambassador Kusaka with Mr Andy Keough,
CE for Defence SA
 

Ambassador Kusaka with Mr Rick Persse,
CE for Education and Child Development
 

Ambassador Kusaka with
the Hon. Russell Wortley MLC,
Speaker of State Upper House

Ambassador Kusaka with
the Hon. Zoe Bettison MP, 
 Multicultural Affairs Minister

Meeting with members of local Japanese community in  Adelaide
 

Visit to a Seafood processing facility

 

Ambassador and Mrs Kusaka with
Mr Bruce Green, Port Lincoln Mayor
and city council members

Visit to Port Lincoln

 

Ambassador Kusaka with the members of Department of State Development
 

Ambassador Kusaka with Mr Josh Carmichael, Director, Low Carbon Economy Unit,
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Visit to the South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute
 

Ambassador and Mrs Kusaka with
the Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith MP,
Defence Industries Minister

Discussion with the Hon. Grace Portolesi,
Chair of the South Australian
Multicultural and Ethnic

Discussion with Professor Purnendra Jain
at the University of Adelaide
 
In conversation with Mr Russell Kelty,
curator for Asian Art