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Courtesy Call from New Director/Consul, Testumi MURATA

The Director/Consul, Mr. Tetsumi MURATA, paid a courtesy call as follows:

Emperor’s Birthday Reception 2017

On November 30th in Cairns, the Consul-General of Japan in Brisbane, Ms Keiko Yanai hosted a reception in celebration of the birthday His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
This year’s reception was well attended. Attending guests included consular officials, local government, tourism, education and private sector representatives. Consul-General Yanai spoke on the importance of the Japan-Queensland relationship and the growing emphasis on developing opportunities in sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, education and health service. Guest of honour Councillor Manning, Mayor of the Cairns Regional Council, gave an address highlighting the importance of the Sister city arrangements between Japan’s Minami and Oyama cities and Cairns. He also made mention of the recent resurgence in Japanese tourist visitor numbers to Cairns.

The ballroom where the event was staged took on a Japanese flavour for the evening, with a lively performance from the Cairns based, Yosakoi dance group ‘FUN’, a traditional bridal kimono exhibit and a Japan travel presentation by local Travel Agent ‘HIS’.



Cairns Bon-Odori Dance Festival

On 3 Sept, the fourth Cairns Bon-Odori Dance Festival, hosted by this Office and the Japanese Society of Cairns, was held as the last event of Cairns Festival.
During the event, Ms. Keiko Yanai, Consul-General of Japan in Brisbane, and Cnr. Bob Manning, Mayor of Cairns, made speeches and performed Mochi-tsuki, a traditional rice-cake making performance, which is commonly associated with Japanese festivals.

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Two Japanese Language Speech Competitions

Japanese Language Speech Competitions were held on 28 Jul in Townsville and on 10 Aug in Cairns. Both of them were organised by Japanese Language Teachers in eash city respectively. From this office, Mrs Keiko HOLMES, officer of The Cairns, also participated as a judge.

Visits by young delegations from two Japanese sister cities of Cairns, Oyama and Minami

This office received two student deligations from Minami Town (on 18 Aug) and Oyama City (on 21 Aug),Japan, both of which are sister cities of Cairns. The picture shows the teachers and high school students from Minami and school teachers from Oyama. The students from Minami and Oyama were about starting their week-long home stay as well.

The Consular Office of Japan in Cairns

The Consular Office of Japan in Cairns was established in 1997 and is the Japanese consular/diplomatic mission responsible for overseeing the relationship between Japan and North Queensland. It serves the interests of Japanese nationals living in North Queensland and offers assistance to Australians who seek to visit or learn more about Japan.

The Consular Office is divided into:

  1. Consular Affairs-Visa section,
  2. Economic and Political section
  3. Information and Culture section


Director: Tetsumi MURATA (Mr.)

Level 15, Cairns Corporate Tower
15 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Consular Office Map pdf

TEL: (07) 4051-5177
FAX: (07) 4051-5377
Email: jcairns@bb.mofa.go.jp

Postal Address
(Please use this address for mailing purposes. As our office is in a building with many tenants, to avoid incorrect delivery of mail, it is preferable that mail is addressed to our post office box, instead of our physical location.)

Consular Office of Japan in Cairns,
PO Box 1493
Cairns QLD 4870

General Office Hours
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Consular Services
Information and issuance of visas including the Working Holiday Visa.
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Office Closure Dates for 2018

January 1 (Mon) New Year's Day Holiday*
January 2 (Tue) New Year's Day Holiday
January 3 (Wed) New Year's Day Holiday
January 26 (Fri) Australia Day*
March 30 (Fri) Good Friday*
April 2 (Mon) Easter Monday*
April 25 (Wed) ANZAC Day*
May 7 (Mon) Labour Day*
July 16 (Mon) Marine Day
July 20 (Fri) Cairns Annual Show*
October 1 (Mon) Queen's Birthday*
October 8 (Mon) Health and Sports Day
November 23 (Fri) Labour Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (Tue) Christmas Day*
December 26 (Wed) Boxing Day*
December 31 (Mon) End of Year Holiday

Please note: * indicates Australian public holidays.