Roundtable with Justin Hayhurst

Thursday 4 July 2024

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.  




Mr Hayhurst is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Deputy Secretary of the Geostrategic Group and Australia’s Senior Quad Official.

He was previously First Assistant Secretary International in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Hayhurst has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Beijing, and in the Philippines.

Mr Hayhurst holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University.

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