Ambassador’s Official Visit to Tasmania

Ambassador Sumio Kusaka paid an official visit to the state of Tasmania from the 27th to 29th of September.  In Hobart, he met and exchanged opinions with government officials and other figures in the state, including: Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania; the Hon Elise Archer MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly; and Alderman Ron Christie, Deputy Lord Mayor of Hobart.  Ambassador Kusaka also visited a range of businesses exporting products to Japan and toured their facilities.  These included shipbuilders and farms producing cherries, salmon and other animal products.
This visit provided an important opportunity for Ambassador Kusaka to heighten awareness of the close ties that exist between Japan and the state of Tasmania. Key aspects of the trip included highlighting the sister city relationship of Yaizu city and Hobart city—which will next year mark its 40th anniversary—as well as emphasising the robust economic ties of Japan and Tasmania, which are reflected in Japan’s substantial imports of Tasmanian agricultural, forestry and fishery products, as well as aluminum produced in the state.  The trip also enabled Ambassador Kusaka to reaffirm the significance of the longstanding co-operation occurring between Japanese and Tasmanian educational institutions.  Building on the outcomes of this visit, Ambassador Kusaka will make every effort to further promote and consolidate the valuable relationship between Japan and the state of Tasmania.


Courtesy visit to the Hon Elise Archer MP,
Speaker of the House of Assembly

Courtesy visit to Her Excellency Professor
the Hon Kate Warner AM

Speech at the Australian Institute of
International Affairs (AIIA)

Visit to the Hon Josh Willie MLC,
representing the Leader of the Opposition

Visit to Alderman Ron Christie,
Deputy Lord Mayor of Hobart

Visit to Mr Drew Wright, Executive Secretary
of the Commission for the Conservation
of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

Courtesy visit to the Hon Alan Blow OAM QC,
Chief Justice of Tasmania Supreme Court

Visit to the University of Tasmania


Stand talking to the Hon Rob Valentine MLC,
member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council,
and the former Lord Mayor of Tasmania

Visit to the lifeboat company

Visit to the shipbuilding company

Visit to the company farming salmons

Visit to the farmer producing cherries
                       Visit to the whiskey distillery

Visit to the Royal Botanical Garden
                              Visit to the cattle feedlot