Event Reports 2023
Commemoration for the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea
On May 6, Consul-General GOMAKUBO attended a commemoration for the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea at Newstead Park. Mr GOMAKUBO laid a wreath at the cenotaph as a symbol of gratitude for peace and a sincere hope for the continuation of the long-standing friendship between Japan and Australia.
2023 MLTAQ Japanese Network Conference
Deputy Consul-General MASUDA was honoured to officially open the 2023 MLTAQ Japanese Network Conference on May 6. The conference brought together Japanese language teachers from around Queensland to network, communicate ideas, and share their passion for language education. Mr Chris Rees, former Consul-General of Australia to Osaka, provided an engaging and thought provoking keynote speech. The conference also included an Ikebana flower arrangement workshop by Ikenobo QLD, where participants created and took home their very own ikebana! We hope participants enjoyed the chance to experience this traditional aspect of Japanese culture, and took away some fun ideas for their own Japanese classes.
Arrival of new Consul-General
We are delighted to introduce the new Consul-General of Japan to Brisbane, Mr GOMAKUBO Junji. This will be Consul-General GOMAKUBO’s first posting in Australia after many years of service across mainly France and Africa. He looks forward to connecting with the local Queensland community and working to further ties with Japan during this exciting time in the relationship.
Visit by Jumonji Gakuen High School
In March Jumonji Gakuen High school visited Queensland as part of an international study tour. Jumonji High is one of the top performing soccer schools in Japan, and were runners up in this year's All Japan High Schools Football Championships Finals. Their trip included friendly matches against The Queensland Schools Premier League (SPL), and a visit to the University of Queensland (ranked 2nd in the world for sports-related subjects) to find out more about pathways to a career in sports science.
We hope the girls enjoyed their visit to Australia. We have been delighted to see such a wonderful display of sportsmanship and sports diplomacy in soccer ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup this July.
Farewell to Participants on the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council Program
We said goodbye to the participants of the 2022-23 Japan Agricultural Exchange Council Program at a farewell reception this week hosted by Consul-General ONO. The trainees spent the past year in the Bowen region, studying English and working on various farms, acquiring knowledge of the growing, production, and agribusiness of Queensland produce. The program provides mutually-beneficial outcomes for the trainees, the farms, and the entire region.
We thank Bowen Gumlu Growers for providing such generous support and assistance, and the local community in the Bowen region for so warmly welcoming the Japanese trainees. So enjoyable has the past year been that three of the trainees have decided to return in May and work on various farms in the region!
Visit to Queensland University of Technology by University of Tokyo
Consul-General was delighted to meet with Queensland University of Technology staff and visiting engineering students from The University of Tokyo. These students are in Brisbane for one month, studying at QUT and learning all about Australia and opportunities for research and innovation, particularly in future industries. We would like to wish them all the best with their studies and look forward to seeing further cooperation between Japan and QUT.
JET Programme Returnee Reception
On 3 March, the Consulate hosted a reception for 10 recent JET Programme participants who have returned to QLD. We celebrated their return with the wider JET community, including the JET Alumni Association, former JETs and supporters of the JET Programme. The JET Programme provides long-term benefits for the local communities where JETs are placed, the participants themselves, and the bilateral relationship as a whole. JET Alumni make up a vast network of over 70,000 participants, now working across a wide range of industries.
This is the first time the Consulate has been able to host this event since 2019, so it was a very special opportunity to welcome back JETs old and new into the Brisbane-Japan community. We hope you will always fondly remember your time in Japan and treasure your second furusato.
2023 Emperor's Birthday Reception
On February 22 the Consulate celebrated the 63rd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in the presence of honoured guests and friends of the Japan community. Attendees were serenaded by Ms YOSHIMOTO Natsuko of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the room was decorated with gorgeous ikebana displays from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. The evening also provided an opportunity to showcase Japanese innovation, produce and culinary delights in a celebration of Japanese culture and industry.
We would like to express our most sincere thanks to all who attended, including Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, The Hon Cameron Dick MP, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Representing the Premier of Queensland, Mr John-Paul Langbroek MP, Representing the Leader of Opposition, and The Right Hon Cr Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
We would also like to thank the following companies for their cooperation:
FRUCOR SUNTORY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
JUN PACIFIC QLD PTY LTD
KOBAYASHI HEALTHCARE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
NIPPON FOOD SUPPLIES COMPANY PTY LTD
STARZEN AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION AUSTRALIA LIMITED
OSAKA, KANSAI, JAPAN EXPO 2025
JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION
Consul-General's Commendation for Dr MIZUNO Tetsuo
Consul-General ONO was delighted to present Dr MIZUNO Tetsuo with a Certificate of Commendation to celebrate his important contributions to Queensland-Japan relations. Dr MIZUNO has dedicated himself to promoting cross-cultural understanding through the establishment of sister-city and sister-school relationships (including with Redlands City in Queensland and Kani City in Gifu Prefecture, Japan), and in wildlife conservation and education through his organisation Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation (AJWCEF).
Congratulations to Dr MIZUNO, and thank you for all that you have done.
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