Past Dialogue

Melbourne 2017


As liberal democracies in the Asia-Pacific, Australia and Japan share a range of interests and values. Both countries must tackle the strategic challenges that loom in the region and around the world, while making the most of a range of historic opportunities. Fostering meaningful cooperation, collaboration and mutual understanding between Australia and Japan over the coming years will be important if both countries are to contribute to peace, security and stability in our region, as well as continue to realise the many economic, social and cultural benefits borne of our bilateral relationship.


26 Jul - 29 Jul 2017


Melbourne, Australia

Letters of Support

Aus pm letter
Jpn pm letter


Wednesday 26 July 2017

Session 1: Welcome and introductions
Venue: Foundation for Young Australians

Welcome Reception hosted by the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria
Venue: Government House

Venue: Rice Paper Scissors, Fitzroy

Thursday 27 July 2017

Welcome to Country
Venue: Japanese Room and Terrace, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

Session 2: Governance and public policy: the views from Tokyo and Canberra
Mr Peter Hartcher, The Sydney Morning Herald
Mr Takeshi Kurihara, NHK
Ms Rachel Mealey, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Chair: Mr Jamie Smyth, The Financial Times

Morning Tea

Session 3: The Japan–Australia ‘special strategic partnership’ in a shifting Asia-Pacific
Prof. Akiko Fukushima, Aoyama Gakuin University
Dr Tomohiko Satake, National Institute for Defense Studies, Japanese Ministry of Defense
Dr Merriden Varrall, The Lowy Institute
Chair: Prof. Nick Bisley, La Trobe University


Session 4: Korean Peninsula simulation exercise
Facilitated by Admiral Chris Barrie AC, RAN (Ret’d), former Chief of the Australian Defence Force

Session 5: Visit to the Eureka Skydeck
Venue: Eureka Tower, Southbank

Pre-dinner reception
Hosted by Ms Melanie Brock, Chair Emeritus, ANZCCJ
Venue: Crown, Southbank

Dinner and keynote
Keynote delivered by Mr Tom Switzer, United States Studies Centre
Venue: Cutler and Co, Fitzroy

Friday 28 July 2017

Remarks from Mr Hong Lim MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asian Engagement, Parliament of Victoria
Venue: PwC, Southbank

Session 8: Business, trade and investment: capitalising on JAEPA
Prof. Jenny Corbett, Australian National University
Ms Cristina Merino, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Ms Catherine Taylor, Austrade
Chair: Mr Jason Hayes, PwC

Morning tea

Session 9: STARTUP: innovation and entrepreneurship in the JP–AU relationship
Mr Hiroyuki Tahara, JETRO/Osaka Innovation Hub
Ms Kaoru Nishinakagawa, Innovation Dojo
Mr Jason Hayes, PwC
Chair: Mr Joshua Flannery, University of New South Wales

Lunch and session on cultural alignment facilitated by Mr Jason Hayes, PwC

Session 10: The changing climate and our energy future
Dr Llewelyn Hughes, Australian National University
Prof. Shirley Scott, University of New South Wales
Mr Tony Wood, The Grattan Institute
Chair: Mr Greg Muller, The Climate Media Centre

Visit to the HOKUSAI exhibition
Tour facilitated by Mr Wayne Crothers, Curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank

Session 11: Delegate reflections
Venue: PwC, Southbank

Closing dinner
Venue: The Go-Go Bar at Chin Chin

Saturday 29 July 2017

Walking Tour of Melbourne
Facilitated by D’Arcy Butler, AJYD Organising Committee Member

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