WA-Japan Sundowner Series: Whiskey & Chocolate Masterclass

Please join us at Whipper Snapper Distillery, home of the world’ best corn whisky:

WA-Japan Sundowner Series:
Whiskey & Chocolate Masterclass



The Australia Japan Business Council (AJBC) WA has the pleasure of inviting you to our WA-Japan Sundowner Series Event.

Please join us for an Autumn drink at Perth’s very own award-winning distillery, Whipper Snapper as we celebrate an exciting 2024 for AJBC!

About Whipper Snapper Distillery

Established in 2014 by two young passionate whiskey drinkers, brother in-law’s Alasdair Malloch and Jimmy McKeown. WSD was born from an idea shared that a new era of Australian whiskey could be crafted with its own identity, redefined, whilst still being authentic, quality whiskey helping to shape the future of the Aussie distilling industry.

Our journey starts with the relentless pursuit to create the perfect Australian whiskey. As pioneers in this field, Whipper Snapper Distillery hand-craft a range of premium, authentic craft whiskeys, set to redefine our perception, and inspire a new generation. As Western Australia’s first urban distillery, we are passionate about using local West Australian grains and highlighting innovation and sustainability.

The significance of provenance shapes our award-winning and now world’s best whiskies. As a true craft distillery, everything is created on-site in East Perth. We also boast a specialty coffee bar, an eclectic tasting room and a team of passionate whiskey lovers who are excited to share their stories with you. Open seven days visit us or book a tour or masterclass experience online. Share our passion and join the journey of local craft whiskey.

“The future of Australian whiskey is ahead of us, and we plan to be at the forefront, embracing innovation while respecting tradition.” Founders – Jimmy and Al.


About Chocolatier Nakamura

When I was a girl my father returned from Paris to Tokyo bearing a gift of chocolates. Sharing them with family and friends was a joy I will never forget. I want others to have this experience: setting eyes on a beautiful box, opening it to marvel at the exquisite jewels within and then tasting wonderful flavours that give pure pleasure. I hope to bring you some happiness.

“Chocolate making is my craft and the act of making each individual piece with my own hand means I can share my passion with you.”

Chocolates are a joy of life.  Each piece embodies centuries of tradition, expressed by the skill and personal touch of the chocolate artisan. The experience of a chocolate is not only of luxury and superb ingredients, but also of beautiful packaging and the practice of true service. So much do I believe in these values as a chocolatier, that I have used my most precious symbols to guarantee them: my family name and crest.

Thursday, 13th June
5.30 pm-7.30 pm
$65 for members and $85 for non-members
Included in the ticket:
3 x Upshot whiskies (Barrel Aged, Bandit, Upshot) 15ml pour tasting
paired with Nakamura chocolates with charcuterie boards supplied by AJBCGuests can also purchase Whipper Snapper’s usual selection of whiskies and an exclusive Japanese-inspired cocktail at the barVenue
Whipper Snapper Distillery, 139 Kensington Street, East Perth WA 6004

Friday, 7th June

Post Event Update: WA-Japan Conversations Series: May Networking Event with The Hon. Madeleine King, MP

It was an incredible night of collaboration and insights at our WA-Japan Conversation Series Networking Event! 🌏🤝

Last night, AJBCWA in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) drew guests from across the energy and mining spectrum to promote the WA-Japan relationship in the context of critical minerals.

Here’s a snapshot of what you missed at the WA-Japan Conversation Series Networking Event:

🎙️ **Speeches:**
It was a pleasure to hear from the Hon.
Madeleine King, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and Mr. Naito Yasushi, Consul-General of Japan in Perth, who both shared invaluable perspectives on how to enhance critical minerals cooperation between WA and Japan.

🖊 **Q&A:**
The Q&A with Minister King sparked some insightful discussions on critical minerals cooperation and more, providing a deeper understanding of the bilateral landscape.

🙏 **Recognition:**
Thank you to all our distinguished guests, including AJBCWA board members, partners, and friends. Your presence and contribution made the evening one to remember.

Special thanks to Graeme Gamble for supporting the Event and to HSF for being such fantastic hosts.

🥂 **Networking:**
The conversations didn’t end with the speeches! Guests enjoyed networking opportunities galore while savoring the refreshments on offer courtesy of HSF.

📅 **Save the Date:**
Mark your calendars for our next Sundowner Series Networking Event in June. Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to everyone who made the night a success. Together, we’re strengthening ties between WA and Japan and paving the way for an exciting future. 🇦🇺 🤝 🇯🇵

WA-Japan Conversations Series: May Networking Event with The Hon. Madeleine King, MP

Strengthening critical minerals cooperation between WA and Japan

Please join the Australia Japan Business Council WA (AJBC) at our exclusive networking event supported by Herbert Smith Freehills.

Featuring a special presentation by the Hon. Madeleine King, MP, Minister for Resources & Northern Australia, Commonwealth Government.

Australia has an important role to play in supplying processed green critical resources and energy to Asia as part of the global effort to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reach net zero emissions by 2050 and avoid global warming post 1990 of +2 degrees Celsius.  Minister King has a pivotal role to play in the development of Federal Government policy for Australia to meet this immense challenge.  As a resource rich state, Western Australia is front and centre in this endeavour.  How the Federal Government acts has economic implications for all Western Australians.

The Hon. Madeleine King, MP

Madeleine King was elected to the Federal Parliament in July 2016 as the Member for Brand. In June 2019, she was promoted to serve as Shadow Minister for Trade.

Before entering Parliament, King was the founding executive and Chief Operating Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre.

In her leadership of the Perth USAsia Centre, she helped to bring a unique Western Australian perspective to international discussion on Australia’s role in the emerging Indo-Pacific region.

Event details:
Thursday, 2 May 2024  Time
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Proceedings commence at 6:15 pm

Members ($45)
Non-Members ($65)

Beverages and canapes

Herbert Smith Freehills
Level 11
1 The Esplanade
, Perth 
WA 6000

Nearby parking at CCP and street parking


WA-Japan Sundowner Series: Christmas Edition

The Australia Japan Business Council (AJBC) WA has the pleasure of inviting you to our WA-Japan Christmas Sundowner.

Please join us for a Christmas drink at Perth’s hip new Japanese whiskey bar, Goody Two’s as we celebrate an exciting 2023 for AJBC!

Daniel Giles, Lean & Improvement Consulting Partner, Makoto Asia-Pacific

Since 2018, Daniel has had the privilege of guiding leaders through the intricate tapestry of Japan’s world-renowned Lean Business culture—a journey Makoto founders have been facilitating for over two decades. Daniel’s journey has taken him through the hallowed halls of Toyota, DMG Mori, and Kobelco, revealing insights that go far beyond business strategy.

The essence of Lean is about personal transformation with leaders recognising that impactful change starts with their evolution. Lean is a style that prioritises serving those who deliver value to customers. Having applied these principles across various sectors in Perth.

Daniel has seen first-hand the transformative power of Lean. So, please join us as we delve into these experiences, aiming to leave you not only informed but inspired to spread the message of Lean’s potential for fostering a best-practice culture.

Thursday, 30th November
5.30 pm-7.30 pm
$25 for members and $50 for non-members

Tickets via Eventbrite

Canapes supplied by AJBCWA with champagne on arrival and a mini-Japanese whiskey masterclass courtesy of Goody Two’s

Goody Two’s, 1/40 Irwin Street, Perth

Friday, 24th November

Goody Two’s serves up authentically Japanese whisky experiences as well as elegant cocktails perfect for a night out. Don’t miss their delectable line-up of contemporary Japanese-inspired bites either.

Live music and DJs every night keep the vibes up in this 200-person capacity venue, tucked under Hadiqa. Goody Two’s is brought to you by three of Perth’s leading hospitality figures – Andy Freeman, Eamon Sullivan and Scott Bridger.

Post Event Update: WA-Japan conversations with Ross-Garnaut AC – WA’s place in a zero-carbon Japanese economy

It was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait to see Ross Garnaut AC grace the stage for the Australia-Japan Business Council (AJBCWA) Conversation Series Event at Clayton Utz.

Thank you to Clayton Utz Corporate Practice Group Leader Mark Paganin for kindly hosting us, and to Consul-General Naito Yasushi for supporting the Event.

Speaking of WA’s place in a zero-carbon Japanese and global economy, Garnaut provided a historical synopsis of the WA-Japan’s energy story, starting with LNG and continuing through to carbon capture and storage (CCS), with a glimpse into the future with nuclear.

Garnaut delighted the crowd with a warts and all Q&A – facilitated by our Chair Richard Sandover – masterfully tackling the challenges and opportunities facing the WA-Japan energy mix as we strive to achieve our net-zero commitments.

If you missed out on the November Conversation Series Event, don’t worry, as we kick-off our AJBC Sundowner Series on the 30th November at a location to be confirmed. Please keep your eyes peeled for more on our December Sundowner Series Event.

WA-Japan conversations with Ross-Garnaut AC – WA’s place in a zero-carbon Japanese economy

Dear AJBC members and supporters,

Please join the Australia Japan Business Council (AJBC) WA for our next networking event proudly hosted and supported by leading Australian law firm, Clayton Utz.

Listen to keynote speaker Ross Garnaut AC, Professor of Economics at The University of Melbourne and the Australian National University, discuss WA’s place in a zero-carbon Japanese economy.

Ross Garnaut AC Ross Garnaut is a Professor of Economics at The University of Melbourne and The Australian National University. He is also a Director of green hydrogen retailer ZEN Energy and the Superpower Institute.

Ross is the author of ‘The Garnaut Climate Change Review’ (2008), ‘Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change (2011), ‘Superpower: Australia’s Low Carbon Opportunity’ (2019), and ‘The Superpower Transformation: Building Australia’s Zero Carbon Economy’.

Economic advisor to former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Ross assisted Mr Hawke in establishing APEC. He was also the Australian Ambassador to China from 1985 to 88 and a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University and Nihon Keizai Kenkyu Center from 1969 until the early 1980s.

Ross chaired boards of major Australian companies from 1988 until 2012, including Bankwest, the Primary Industry Bank of Australia, Lihir Gold Ltd, and the Aluminium Smelters of Victoria.

Ross is a proud Western Australian and School Captain of Perth Modern School in 1963. He barracks for the West Coast Eagles and resides in Carlton, Victoria.

Thursday, 9 November 2023

5.30 pm to 7.30 pm with proceedings commencing at 6.00 pm

$35 for members and $65 for non-members

Beverages and canapes

Clayton Utz
Level 27, QV1 Building
250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Nearby parking at Wilsons and street parking

Thursday, 2 November by 5.00 pm

AJBC-WA Networking Event: WA- Japan Conversations with Ross Garnaut AC Tickets, Thu 09/11/2023 at 5:30 pm | Eventbrite

AJBC Member post-event summary: A Conversation on the WA-Japan Relationship

It was a night of discussion, insights and networking at the Consul-General of Japan’s Residence on Thursday as the Australia-Japan Business Council (AJBCWA) and the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth welcomed Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Hydrogen and Industrial Relations.

In addition to Minister Johnston, the AJBCWA and the CG of Japan in Perth were delighted to play host to Woodside Energy CEO Meg O’Neill and Mitsui External Director Sam W. AO.

Minister Johnston spoke to the Government of Western Australia‘s policy direction and initiatives relating to the decarbonisation of the oil and gas sector – in particular carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Guests were treated to an enjoyable Q&A compered by former Rio Tinto CEO Walsh who delighted the crowd with his questions and wit as Minister Johnston answered questions on all things decarbonisation.

Representing AJBCWA Chair Richard Sandover, Deputy Chair Mayumi Laughton-Smith thanked Consul-General Naito Yasushi and staff and our wonderful members and supporters for making the night a success.

While it was fantastic to see AJBCWA members – old and new – at our August networking event, there’s no better time to become part of the AJBCWA journey and join us as a member. Please visit
https://lnkd.in/g3WeyG_c for more details on how to become a member.

AJBC Member Event: A Conversation on the WA-Japan Relationship – Thursday, 31 August 2023


Presentation by Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Hydrogen Industry and Industrial Relations on decarbonising the oil and gas sector and investing in the future.

The conversation will dive into Western Australia’s gas sector and the strategies to attract Japanese investment. The Minister will also touch on the role of CCS and outline the next steps in WA’s oil and gas decarbonisation efforts.



Hon Bill Johnston MLAMinister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Hydrogen Industry; Industrial Relations

Member for Cannington

The Hon. Bill Johnston is Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Hydrogen Industry and Industrial Relations.

He has been a Minister for the Labor Government since March 2017, and has previously been Minister for Commerce, Electoral Affairs, Asian Engagement and Corrective Services.

His achievements to date include cutting red-tape for the mining industry, introducing the Work Health and Safety Bill (industrial manslaughter provisions) and assisting in revolutionising Western Australia’s energy system.

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 https://lnkd.in/g3WeyG_c 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