Ambassador Takahashi’s visit to the State of Victoria

Ambassador Takahashi paid an official visit to the State of Victoria from the 20th to the 22nd of February. He exchanged views about the general overview of the Japan-Australia relationship and ways to promote stronger ties between Japan and the State of Victoria with dignitaries including Governor Linda Dessau, President of the Victorian Legislative Council Shaun Leane, Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly Colin Brooks, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne Sally Capp and Victorian Liberal Party Leader Michael O'Brien.

Ambassador Takahashi also met with the President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee Sir Rod Eddington AO, representatives from Japanese business community in Victoria and local business leaders to discuss Japan’s economic and trade relationships with Victoria.

Japan is Victoria’s third largest trading partner and recent Japanese investments in Victoria have come from a wide range of sectors including logistics and insurance. Victoria is also an active participant in many sister city relationships with Japan including the partnership between Victoria and Aichi Prefecture which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. Tourism between the State and Japan is on the increase, in part due to the opening of direct flights between Melbourne and Japan.

Ambassador Takahashi’s official visit to Victoria came just after he has assumed the post of Ambassador of Japan to Australia in January of this year. Through his visit the Ambassador reconfirmed the importance of Japan and Victoria’s long term partnership and the need to work towards even stronger relations in a wide range of fields including trade, investment, culture, science and technology and sport.

Based on this successful visit, Ambassador Takahashi will continue to expend every effort to further strengthen the relationship between Japan and the State of Victoria.
 

With Governor Linda Dessau (right) 

 

With Speaker Colin Brooks (left) and
VLC President Shaun Leane (right)
 

With Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (center)

With Mayor Sally Capp (right)