Ambassador Kusaka paid an official visit to Queensland from the 27th to the 29th of March 2017. On the 27th of March, Ambassador Kusaka gave a speech titled, ‘The Strengthening of Japan-Australia Relations at a Time of Uncertainty’ for Griffith University’s Perspectives Seminar at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. The Ambassador spoke of the uncertainty currently shaping international order and why Japan and Australia should do much more together. (Ambassador’s speech text)
On the 28th of March, Ambassador Kusaka and Mrs. Kusaka visited Wellers Hill State School, which has a very unique bilingual Japanese-English curriculum. The Ambassador and his wife had the opportunity to observe students studying maths and other subjects in Japanese. They were very impressed by the students’ use of the abacus as well as their arithmetic skills. Ambassador Kusaka and Mrs. Kusaka received a briefing by Principal Webster and Vice Principal Hashimoto on the success of their four-year endeavour and the philosophy behind their approach.
Also on the 28th, Ambassador Kusaka paid a courtesy call to the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP, Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines. The Ambassador and Dr Lynham exchanged views on economic relations between Japan and Australia and asked for the continued support for Japanese business operations in Queensland.
Ambassador Kusaka and Mrs. Kusaka meet with the Chancellor of the University of Queensland, Mr. Peter Varghese AO and exchange views on how to strengthen academic exchange between Japan and Australia.
Ambassador Kusaka and Mrs. Kusaka attended a banquet in support of Japan-Queensland relations on the 28th, which was hosted by the H.E. the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland. During the banquet, Ambassador Kusaka gave a speech where he touched upon the fact that the very first consulate of Japan in Australia was established in Townsville. He also stressed the great strides our bilateral relations have taken through economic and other forms of exchange before engaging in robust discussions with attendees on how to further our relations.
Furthermore, Ambassador Kusaka and Mrs. Kusaka also paid a visit to Mr. Scott Emerson, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business where the Ambassador asked for support for further strengthening Japan-Queensland relations.
|Ambassador and Mrs Kusaka with members of Griffith University and Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art||
Visit to Wellers Hill State School
Courtesy call to
the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP
Meeting with Mr Peter Varghese AO,
Chancellor of the University of Queensland
Banquet hosted by the H.E. the Hon. Paul de Jersey AC