Hiroba Newsletter



May 2009 Edition

Website of Consulate-General of Japan, Perth WA : http://www.perth.au.emb-japan.go.jp/


Consulate-General News 

Japanese Foreign Minister's Visit to Perth

Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone visited Perth, Western Australia of 1st May 2009. Bilateral discussions with Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Stephen Smith (who is originally from Western Australia), and a meeting with WA Premier the Hon Colin Barnett were held while Mr. Nakasone was in Perth.

Japanese Foreign Minister Mr. Nakasone talking with WA Premier Mr. Colin Barnett


Japanese Law Translation Database

The Japanese Law Translation Database System was created by Japan's Ministry of Justice and was launched on April 1st 2009. This website promotes the translation of Japanese laws and regulations into foreign languages by providing a Standard Bilingual Dictionary which is revised annually. The dictionary includes translations of 164 laws and 1653 law titles in a wide range of categories including business, criminal, education, finance, transport, defence, environment and more. It follows the first edition of the Standard Bilingual Dictionary for Law Terms which was created in 2005, and allows for information about Japan's legal system to be transmitted to a wider international audience. 

For further information, please visit the website:  http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp



Upcoming Events


Bonsai Exhibition

If you are interested in Japanese bonsai (miniature potted trees), the Bonsai Workshop Inc. will be holding a bonsai exhibition at the Sorrento Life Saving Club in mid-May, details as follows:


Where:   Sorrento Life Saving Club, West Coast Highway

When:    Saturday 16 May, 10am- 5pm and Sunday 17 May, 9am- 4pm

Cost:      $4 entry fee (children under 12 yrs free of charge)


Come along and watch demonstrations of bonsai pruning, or you can even buy a bonsai to take home with you! Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to view the beauty of Japanese bonsai here in Perth!


                                                   ©Bonsai Workshop Inc 




Scholarships and Contests


Japanese Government Scholarships

Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (monbukagakusho) offers a scholarship program for Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to study at Japanese universities. The application period for the following two categories is now open:
  1. Undergraduate category: for Australian nationals who have completed year 12 and are 21 years of age or younger; compulsory exams and interview before departing for Japan in April 2010 (tenable for 5 years).
  2. Research category: for Australian nationals who are tertiary graduates and under 35 years of age; compulsory exam and interview before departing for Japan in April 2010 (tenable for up to 2 years).

Applications for the undergraduate and research categories close on Tuesday 16th June 2009. 

Further details and application forms are available on the Embassy of Japan in Australia website:




Trends in Japan

 Mascots Attract the Masses

Over the last decade, people dressed as mascots, wearing large lovable costumes, have been a feature of local governments and organisations in Japan.

This growing trend has now reached an all time high, with festivals designed especially to show off these characters taking place across the country.

These mascot characters are known as yuru kyara, in Japanese, and their purpose is to publicize events, attract tourists, showcase local products and generally to promote regional development.

They are especially popular among children who are attracted by their large, cute and somewhat clumsy appearance.

For more information, please visit:

Hiko-nyan, the mascot of Hikone Castle in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture©Hikone City/©Trends in Japan

Japan Brief

NB - Japan Brief is an original production of the Foreign Press Center, Japan and does not represent the views of the Government of Japan or that of any other body.

Japan-China Summit Meeting
11 Benchmarks for Global Nuclear Disarmament
UN Security Council Adopts Presidential Statement Condemning North Korea
International Conferences on Assistance to Pakistan Held on Japan's Initiative


Office Information  

Please note the Consulate-General will be closed on the following day:

1 June (Mon)  Foundation Day 


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
General Enquiries: 9:00am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Visa Enquiries: 9:00am - 12:30pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm


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