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Emperor’s Birthday Reception 2018

On November 26th in Cairns, the Director/Consul of Japan in Cairns, Mr. Tetsumi Murata 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.

During his speech, Director/Consul Mr. Murata spoke of the Emperor’s plans to abdicate on the 30th of April next year and of the enduring friendship between the people of Cairns and Japan.

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.

The ballroom where the event was staged took on a distinctly Japanese character for the evening, with a traditional Hina Ningyo (Japanese dolls) display and a lively performance from the Cairns based ‘Mugen Infinity’ drum group.

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Cairns Bon-Odori Dance Festival

The Consular Office of Japan in Cairns, in conjunction with the Japanese Society of Cairns, this year hosted the fifth Cairns Bon-Odori Dance Festival. Held on 2 September, the Bon-Odori marked the end of this year’s Cairns Festival schedule.

As part of the event Mr. Tetsumi Murata, Consul of Japan in Cairns and Cr. Bob Manning, Mayor of Cairns, both gave speeches and participated in ‘Mochi-tsuki’ a traditional rice-cake making performance popular at Festival’s throughout Japan.

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North Queensland Japanese Language Speech Competitions

The Japanese Language Speech Competitions were held on August 15 in Cairns and July 30 in Townsville respectively. Kindly organised by local Japanese teachers and supported by various schools and organisations, these events attracted a large number of enthusiastic students.

Mr. Tetsumi Murata, Consul of Japan in Cairns conveyed his best wishes to the participants of the Townsville competition and was able to attend in person to present the winners of the Cairns competition with their prizes.

Youth delegation from Minami - Sister City of Cairns

The Consular Office of Japan in Cairns was delighted to welcome a delegation of teachers and high-school students from Minami, Japan, on their recent visit to Cairns. Mr. Murata, Consul of Japan in Cairns, received the Youth delegation on 17 August and was pleased to answer numerous questions the students had on life in Cairns. During their stay the students also participated in a week long home-stay.


Courtesy Call from New Director/Consul, Testumi MURATA

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

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.

Cairns Office Closure Dates for 2020

January 1 (Wed) New Year's Holiday*
January 2 (Thu) New Year's Holiday
January 3 (Fri) New Year's Holiday
January 27 (Mon) Australia Day*
February 11 (Tue) National Foundation Day
February 24 (Mon) The Emperor's Birthday
March 20 (Fri) Vernal Equinox Day
April 10 (Fri) Good Friday*
April 13 (Mon) Easter Monday*
May 4 (Mon) Labour Day*
July 17 (Fri) Cairns Show Day*
July 24 (Fri) Health and Sports Day
September 21 (Mon) Respect for the Aged Day
September 22 (Tue) Autumnal Equinox Day
October 5 (Mon) Queen's Birthday*
November 23 (Mon) Labour Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (Fri) Christmas Day*
December 28 (Mon) Boxing Day*
December 29 (Tue) End of Year Holiday
December 30 (Wed) End of Year Holiday
December 31 (Thu) End of Year Holiday

Please note: * indicates Australian public holidays.