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On Australia Day, a lecturer at Southern Cross University was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her decades of work in building relations between Australia and Japan:

A BALLINA woman has received an OAM for her work over many years.
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If you’re planning a trip to Japan, here are some handy tips on what you should carry with you during your travels:

Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travellers. It feels completely different than Western countries, yet totally...
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The Melbourne Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is on this Sunday in Federation Square, with food, games, prizes and performances all on offer:

The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is coming back in 2018! The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival continues to bring the best of contemporary and traditional Japanese culture to your door step. This festival features traditional acts such as Taiko drumming, Okinawan folk music, along with exhila...
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In a continuation of the creative cultural exchange project supported by Australia-Japan Foundation with Asialink Arts, Awaji Art Circus and Next Wave, which saw physical theatre performer Skye Gellmann participating in the Awaji Arts Circus Festival on Awaji Island in Japan in 2017, Next Wave will be bringing a Japanese artist to Australia as part of their programming.

Creative Exchanges
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For those in Brisbane, don’t miss the Kisaragi Japanese Festival this Saturday in Roma Street Parklands, featuring Japanese music, dance, crafts, food and more:

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This morning one of our AJF Board members met with 2017-18 AJF Grantees, the Australian Patrol Competition Project whose project introduced the Australian Surf Lifesaving Patrol Competition into Japan through a Lifesavers' Exchange. A team of Lifesaving Officials from Japan visited Australia this weekend to study the Australia Surf Lifesaving Competition at the Queensland Surf Rescue Competition, continuing the relationship between Australian and Japanese surf lifesavers which started with the introduction of surf lifesaving to Japan many years ago through another AJF grant 🌊🏊🏾‍♀️🌊🏊🏽🇦🇺🇯🇵

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Australia-Japan Foundation is pleased to have the opportunity to support Polyglot Theatre's return to Japan to deliver a professional development workshop for Japanese artists and a community cultural engagement project in the town of Minamisanriku next week

オーストラリア大使館 Australian Embassy Japan

Creating sensory environments for neuro-diverse children. This workshop draws artists into the process and philosophy behind creating environmentally immersive spaces for children with diverse needs. It will be a hands-on creative workshop to explore environments that can draw children into a theatr...
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AJF knows that there are super-talented Australians and Japanese out there across a wide range of fields that both Australia and Japan share interest in. Is there an area that you think Australia and Japan could work more closely together and where you or your organisation have recognised expertise? Are you world-class in an arts/culture field and keen to showcase this in Japan? Are you a community organisation seeking to broaden understanding between our two countries? ‘So...ciety and Culture’ can cover so many areas including sport, local government, youth, community engagement, arts/culture. Take a look at some of AJF’s past grantees who have showcased the diversity of Australia-Japan collaboration:
http://dfat.gov.au/…/national-gallery-of-australia-ken-and-…

If you think you fit the bill, you should submit an AJF grant application under ‘Society and Culture’.

AJF’s 2018 Grant Round is open!
Applications will close at 2pm (AEST) on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

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To support the first large survey show of these internationally acclaimed Australian and Japanese artists collaborators.
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AJF wants to promote relations between Australia and Japan in the field of ‘Scientific innovation’. We want to take up opportunities that offer greater collaboration between clever, inventive and innovative Australians and Japanese strengths in science and technology and manufacturing. Does this sound like you or your organisation? AJF applications under ‘Scientific Innovation’ can cover just about any area of science including environmental management, sports medicine, health, ageing and beyond…
http://dfat.gov.au/…/showcasing-australian-expertise-sea-ic…

AJF’s 2018 Grant Round is open!
Applications will close at 2pm (AEST) on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

Joint Australia-Japan sea ice field course with Hokkaido University and a media/outreach program with various outlets and schools.
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Did you know that many Australians have not forgotten the devastation experienced by Japanese communities because of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami? While physical rebuilding continues, people’s lives can take a lifetime to recover. Do you have a great way to help? Australians have already helped in so many ways including through practical assistance to develop new ways to manage such disasters and community projects that have offered respite for victims.... Past AJF grants have really made a difference: http://dfat.gov.au/…/grante…/Pages/tohoku-youth-program.aspx

If you think you have a great project in mind, why not submit an AJF grant application under ‘Reconstruction’.

AJF’s 2018 Grant Round is open!
Applications will close at 2pm (AEST) on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

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Offers respite and an educational tour to Canberra for young Japanese who lost parents in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011.
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Senator Catryna Bilyk

It was lovely to meet with the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) Board today in Parliament House, and talk about the extensive bilateral links between Australia ...and Japan.

These include not just trade, but people-to-people ties, education, science, culture, arts, as well as our shared democratic values.

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The first Australia-Japan Foundation Board Meeting of 2018 was held today in Canberra at Parliament House. The Board members met with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Australia/Japan Parliamentary Group to discuss the strength - at all levels of society - of Australia’s relationship with Japan and how we can work together to develop it further.

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Senator Catryna Bilyk

It was lovely to meet with the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) Board today in Parliament House, and talk about the extensive bilateral links between Australia ...and Japan.

These include not just trade, but people-to-people ties, education, science, culture, arts, as well as our shared democratic values.

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AJF is looking for new ways and areas of cooperation between Australian and Japanese students, academics and educational institutions that promote Australia’s strong education and training credentials and develop enduring ties. AJF also wants to encourage Japanese students and academics to study and teach more about Australia. Past AJF grantees have offered summer courses for Japanese law students, visiting Professorships and academic workshops on Australia in Japan. If you think you’ve got the perfect idea, you should submit an AJF grant application under ‘Education and Australian Studies’. See link for a project example.

AJF’s 2018 Grant Round is open!
Applications will close at 2pm (AEST) on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

Support for a Visiting Australia Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo.
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AJF is looking for projects to fund that promote #economicdiplomacy

Do you or your organisation have a new and exciting way to promote the strategically important economic partnership between Australia and Japan or that facilitates ways for Australia and Japan to work even closer together in business? Do you see opportunities arising from free trade agreements and their built-in agendas? We are also looking for projects that promote Australian corporate reform capabilities an...d international business expertise that would be of interest to Japan and that could or should be better known. What are the emerging trends and opportunities in Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Japan that key policy makers, opinion makers and general populations should know more about? If you have a great idea on how to enhance Australia and Japan’s economic diplomacy – then you should submit an AJF grant application under ‘Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics’. See the link below for a successful grantee project under this priority area:

The AJF 2018 Grant round is currently open. Applications will close at 2pm (AEST) on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

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Public forums in Sydney and Tokyo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Australia-Japan Joint Declaration on Security Co-operation.
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Over the next week, we will explain AJF’s current funding priorities. The first priority area is ‘Communication, Information and Advocacy’. AJF is looking for grants that can explain to a very wide audience the importance of the special strategic partnership between Australia and Japan. Past AJF grants in this category have thought of new ways to get that message across including through an inaugural Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue to promote the relationship to a new generation of young Australians and Japanese.

The Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue will bring together young Australian and Japanese leaders to explore relations between our two countries
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A photo from Tuesday's reception at the The University of Tokyo / UTokyo as part of the exchange with University of Sydney and The University of Melbourne . The students are looking into the theme: #diversity which they will continue to work on in Australia when UTokyo students visit later this month.

This exchange program is a product of the relationships forged through the Visiting Professorship program for Australian studies at UTokyo which has been continuing since 1999.... See link for further details on the distinguished academics appointed to the next two positions supported by the AJF:

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