Northeast Asia Program

Northeast Asia Program


The Northeast Asia program examines current strategic shifts in Northeast Asia and the stabilising role Australia can play within the region.

This program will have a three part focus:

  • Japan - building upon Australia and Japan's existing 'special strategic partnership'
  • Korea - raising Australia's profile in Korea to help strategic thinkers in Korea recognise the important role of Australia in the coming decade
  • China - examine the future strategic challenges and opportunities facing Australia's relationship with China and the U.S.

Australia-Japan Relations in an age of uncertainty

In the pursuit of the prosperity of Asia and its surrounding region, it is important that we consider the way in which we get there. Japan-Australia relations are of increasing importance in this regard. In the pursuit of peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, their strategic thinking is coming into alignment. Both countries are committed to upholding the rule of law, ensuring free access and human rights. This publication, based on a speech presented on 8 June 2017 by His Excellency Ambassador Kusaka, Ambassador of Japan to Australia, outlines the prospects, uncertainties, challenges and opportunities which currently face the Indo-Pacific region. Most particularly, it focuses on the importance a co-operative effort among Japan, Australia, India, the United States and other allies when facing the increasing challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and the globe.
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Australia's position in northeast asia

The Perth USAsia Centre hosted the Hon Richard Court AC, Australia's Ambassador to Japan for a Private Roundtable discussion on Australia's Position in Northeast Asia. 

After the Roundtable discussion the Hon Richard Court AC shared his insights on the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship, one based on forgiveness, reconciliation, trust and respect.

Watch the Interview Here

Talking japanese (politics)

In this episode of the Perspectives podcast, Professor Rikki Kersten from Murdoch University talks Japanese politics with research fellow, Natalie Sambhi. She explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan artfully orchestrated the reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist constitution despite strong public opposition to the change. Rikki explains why the reinterpretation of Article 9 is a policy fiat, not a democratic change to a law of Japan. She also addresses the fallout from Japan losing the bid to build Australia's submarines - a blow to PM Abe's ambitions in defence and security.

Professor Kersten is currently the Dean of Arts at Murdoch University specialising in Japanese political history, security policy and foreign policy. She also has a particular interest in Australia-Japan security relations and the US-Japan alliance.

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The Australian economy since the Second World War has been built on the foundations of selling resources to Japan when it reconstructed, to Korea when it went through its economic miracle and of course the biggest change in the world, the emergence of China. ​When you look at that North Asian market, it is absolutely crucial that we encourage free trade, political stability and certainly, when there is any uncertainty, we need to be a part of the teamwork to try and resolve those situations​.

Hon Richard Court AC
Australia's Ambassador to Japan