Why is the Australia-Japan relationship important?

On Thursday 4 July 2024, the Perth USAsia Centre held a roundtable discussion with the Australian Ambassador to Japan, Justin Hayhurst.

As one of Australia’s top-five trading partners, a fellow member of the Quad (alongside India and the US), a front runner for an extended AUKUS, and a leading defender of the liberal rules-based order, Japan remains one of Australia’s most valuable partners in the region. This partnership is assuming increasing importance as Japan grapples with uncertainty in its immediate neighbourhood – facing historic tensions with China and South Korea, a volatile North Korea, and the question of Taiwan.

Ambassador Hayhurst joined us for a lively discussion on Japan’s energy transition, economic security, defence capabilities and investment, information and protective security transformation, trade opportunities for Australia, and our shared commitment to each other’s success. 

Event Summary

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