Media Announcement: WA Ballet’s growing Japanese connection

WA ballet aficionados and Perth’s Japanese community have another reason to celebrate ballet and support West Australian Ballet in 2023 and beyond with an unprecedented contingent of Japanese dancers – including two principal dancers – and a rehearsal director.

• Gakuro Matsui (Principal) – born Tokyo, Japan
• Chihiro Nomura (Principal) – born Tokyo, Japan
• Kiki Saito (Soloist) – born Sapporo, Japan
• Mayume Noguromi (Demi-Soloist) – born Kobe, Japan
• Reika Sato (Rehearsal Director) – born Nagano, Japan

Real-life fiancés Matsui and Nomura – who joined WA Ballet in 2015 from the Norwegian National Ballet – add a romantic touch to the dance company.

Several of the dancers are supported by patrons under the Pas De Deux program.

In this same vein, WA Ballet welcomes collaboration with Perth’s Japanese business community to promote the company’s work and to develop exciting partnership opportunities.

Corporate participation in the WA Ballet is vital as the arts continue to grapple with a decrease in commercial and governmental support.

Please contact WA Ballet on the below link for more details:


1st Anniversary of the Launch of the Australia-Japan Business Council (AJBCWA)

It was a night to remember at the Consulate-General of Japan’s Residence on Monday as the Australia-Japan Business Council (AJBCWA) celebrated what has been a highly successful debut year.

The AJBCWA and the Consulate-General of Japan played host to special guests including JETRO – Japan External Trade Organization Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Mr Takahara Masaki and Ms Jessica Shaw, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier.

Mr Takahara’s presentation delivered some home truths about Australia’s labour market, political stability, and sovereign risk, heralding a challenging time ahead for the Australian Government as it navigates the fallout of the safeguard mechanisms.

However, Mr Takahara’s sobering presentation did little to dampen the spirits of the celebration with guests taking the opportunity to celebrate the many successes in the WA-Japan space since AJBC’s arrival.

The board wishes to thank Consul-General Naito Yasushi and staff, our members and supporters, and finally the Chiyoda Corporation for celebrating this momentous occasion with us.

Now is the perfect time to become a member of the AJBC as we embark on what shapes as a critical stage for the WA-Japan relationship with the impending arrival of Japan’s new Ambassador. Please visit for more details on how to become a member.


Opening remarks can be accessed via the link below:

Speech by AJBC Chair at Anniversary AJBC Event at the Consul-General’s Residence