Japan Symposium hosted by Perth US Asia Centre



February 2018

Consulate-General of Japan in Perth


On March 1, the Perth US Asia Centre at the University of Western Australia, hosted the Japan Symposium, which was attended by approximately 200 people.  H.E. Mr Sumio Kusaka, Ambassador of Japan to Australia, and the Hon Richard Court, AC, Ambassador of Australia to Japan both gave keynote speeches. During his speech, Ambassador Kusaka delivered a message from the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Taro Kono, while also elaborating on Japan’s strategies in the Pacific to ensure its own freedom in the region. Ambassador Court spoke about Australia’s strategies in the Indian Ocean region, and its relationship and cooperation with Japan. Panel discussions were held with experts from countries such as Japan, Australia, the US and India. Topics were wide-ranging and robust, covering areas such as the situation in the Indo-Pacific and quadrilateral cooperation between Japan, Australia, US, and India; the role and leadership of Japan; the US presence in the region; the direction of China and ASEAN; and the importance of infrastructure development.
Foreign Minister Kono’s Message
Ambassador Kusaka’s Speech


Gordon Flake, CEO Perth US Asia Centre

H.E. Mr Sumio Kusaka, Ambassador of Japan to Australia

The Hon Richard Court, AC, Ambassador of Australia to Japan
Panel Discussion 1
(The Strategic Triangle Framing the Indo-Pacific)


Panel Discussion 2

(Cooperation in the Maritime Space)

Panel Discussion 3
(Australia-Japan-India Engaging ASEAN)
Panel Discussion 4
(Foundation or Vacuum- Regional Strategies for responding to recent developments)