Australia-Japan Foundation

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Australia-Japan Foundation

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was established by the Australian Government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of Australia and Japan in each other's country.

As a part of the implementation of the Australian Government's response to the Review of Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders, the Australia-Japan Foundation was re-formed within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1 December 2006.

The AJF has its headquarters in Canberra and is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Key Activities

Projects and programs supported by the Foundation help promote people-to-people engagement across a diverse range of sectors, including the arts, education, science and technology, sport, local government, community services and business.

The Foundation's annual work program focuses on activities which are aligned with its strategic objectives, which are to:

  1. increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
  2. increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
  3. increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

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Major Programs

What's New

The Emeralds have secured the support of the Australia Japan Foundation

The Australian Women's Baseball Team, the Emeralds, have recently received a significant boost in their campaign to win the 2014 Women's World Cup to be held in Miyazaki, Japan in early September.


National Federation of Australia Japan Societies Biennial Conference

5 - 6 September 2014

The National Federation of Australia Japan Societies Biennial Conference will be held in Brisbane on 5 and 6 September 2014.


Hancho's Meeting In Cowra Side A

15 July 2014

Japan's acclaimed theatre group Rinkogun Theatre will perform their play 'Honcho's Meeting in Cowra' in Canberra, Sydney and Cowra to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the POW breakout at Cowra. For details about the play and commemorative events in Cowra please see:

Cowra City Council website

2014 ASAJ International Conference: Sophia Symposium at Sophia University

26-27 July 2014

The 25th anniversary International Conference for Australia Studies Association of Japan will be held on 26 and 27 July. This year's theme is "Transformation of Australian Studies in a Globalising Age". Please refer to the ASAJ Website for details:

Conference Venue: Sophia University Bld.No.2 (17-101, 102) and others
Campus Map:

Please enter from either the front or east gate
Access Map:

Hancho's Meeting In Cowra Side A

15 July 2014

Rinkogun's theatre play, "Honcho's Meeting in Cowra" was first performed in 2013 to illustrate the Cowra Prisoner of War Breakout. This year marks the 70th year since the incident, and the AJF has funded Rinkogun's "Side A" performance which is a collaborative production with Australian actors. The play will be performed in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe in July and then tour Australia to perform at Cowra, Canberra and Sydney in August 2014.
More (Japanese)

Chair for Australia-Japan Studies

10 July 2014

The Australia-Japan Foundation and the University of Tokyo will collaborate to establish an endowed Chair of Australia-Japan Studies at the University of Tokyo. Rio Tinto Limited, one of Australia's premier companies, will provide funding for an initial three-year period. The Rio Tinto Chair of Australia-Japan Studies will raise the profile of Australia and Japan, and further promote mutual understanding and strengthen ties between the two countries.
Minister Julie Bishop Media Release
Rio Tinto Media Release

AJF Board Meets with the Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP

Japanese Women Marriage Migrants to Australia

4 July 2014

The AJF is pleased to advise publication of the book by Sir Neil Currie Awardee, Mr Takeshi Hamano, entitled - Japanese Women Marriage Migrants to Australia: Changing Japanese Ethnic Community in Contemporary Australia.

Encouraging Two-way Trade

The Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has just launched its Australia-Japan Business Matching website.

Lecture by Australian Visiting Professor Catoriona Elder - "Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people: Possibilities for Reconciliation in Today's Australia"

Saturday 21 June: 14:00-16:00

Australian Visiting Professor Catoriona Elder will give a lecture titled "Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people: Possibilities for Reconciliation in Today's Australia" at Umeda Satellite Campus of Otemon University in Osaka.
More (Japanese)

AJF Board Meets with the Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP

AJF Board Meets with the Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

28 May 2014

Australia's Foreign Minister, the Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP met with the AJF Board on 28 May. The Board met to recommend grants for the 2014-15 period. All applicants will be advised shortly. The board also confirmed the AJF's 2014-17 Strategic Plan.

AJF Fellowship and time at AFP: Ms Beverly Parungao, University of Sydney

19 May 2014

Ms Beverly Parungao, a student of University of Sydney has completed her AJF-funded internship at Tokyo office of L'Agence France-Presse. Her experience in Tokyo is available on the video clip at the website of Media Department of the university.

Visiting Professor Visiting Professor

2014-2015 visiting professors to University Tokyo

1 May 2014

Australia-Japan Foundation welcomes the appointment of the new 2014-2015 visiting professors of Australia Studies at the University of Tokyo.
More (Press Release)

Science Circus Tour of Japan

Questacon Launches its Science Circus Tour of Japan Today!

24 April 2014

Questacon, Australia's largest science centre and prominent among the world's leading science centres, starts its five-week tour of Japan today. Questecon was established through generous funding from the Japanese Government and the Keidanren as a Bicentennial gift to the people and Government of Australia. The visit commences in Tokyo then goes to four tsunami-recovering communities in the Tohoku region.
More (Questecon media release)
Questecon's 2014 Science Circus Tour of Japan

Australia-Japan Foundation grants program for 2014-15

1 April 2014

All applicants to the Australia-Japan Foundation grants program for 2014-15 are advised that the deadline for submission of applications on smartygrants has been extended to Monday 7 April 12.00 midday (AEST) and 2.00 pm in Japan. The round closes automatically and precisely at these times. We strongly suggest applicants submit their applications well ahead of the deadline where possible. Please note: this will be the only extension to the deadline.

AJF Address 2014

5 February 2014

AJF Chair Mr Murray McLean AO announces Professor Takatoshi Ito to present the AJF's annual address for 2014 in Melbourne. More

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