The Australia-Japan relationship to 2050

The Australia-Japan relationship to 2050

Aug 14
Limited places available, to register please contact Cassandra on 08 6104 7103.


Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan
Hitoshi Okawa, Director, Corporate Coordination, INPEX
Keizo Sakurai, General Manager, Western Australia, Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd.
Wally Yamanaka, Deputy Managing Director, General Manager Perth Branch, Mitsubishi Corporation

Event overview

Japan is currently Australia's second largest export market after China, yet Japan has invested AU$61.2 billion into Australia in 2012 compared with China's AU$16.7 billion, making it our third highest investor behind the United States and United Kingdom. The majority of this investment was into major mining and gas projects. The Free Trade Agreement has the potential to boost this further.

Importantly, the economic partnership between Australia and Japan is diversifying into new areas, and becoming increasingly linked to the development of value chains involving other countries.

Moreover, the partnership between Australia and Japan now includes diplomatic and military collaboration to address common global and regional challenges.

This CEDA event will explore questions including:

  • Will Japan's strong interest in Australia's energy and resources grow, or will the focus shift towards agriculture and services?
  • What impact will the soon-to-be-released Northern Australia White Paper have on the partnership?
  • How will the relationship be affected by geopolitical changes?

Meet the keynote speaker

Bruce Miller
Australian Ambassador to Japan

Meet the panel

Hitoshi Okawa
Director, Corporate Coordination, INPEX

Keizo Sakurai
General Manager, Western Australia, Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd.

Wally Yamanaka
Deputy Managing Director, General Manager Perth Branch, Mitsubishi Corporation

Meet the facilitator

Rikki Kersten
Dean, School of Arts, Murdoch University

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