Memorandum of Understanding signed between the WA Government and the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC)

AJBC welcomes the signing of an MoU between the WA Government and the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC).

The MoU will focus on information exchange and investment opportunities in the realms of hydrogen, ammonia, low emission, and decarbonisation technology. 

The MoU will also promote cooperation in developing sectors, helping to attract greater support from JBIC in new energy projects across WA.

Premier Mark McGowan said the MoU with JBIC recognises the strength of Japan and WA’s strategic partnership, plotting a course for new opportunities into the future.

“Just as Japanese investment in the late 1960’s was foundational in developing the State’s iron ore sector and later the LNG sector, WA is well positioned to support Japan’s transition to net zero by 2050,” said Premier McGowan.

Happy New Year message from Ambassador Yamagami

A message from His Excellency Yamagami Shingo, Ambassador of Japan to Australia:


Dear ALL


My belated greetings of a happy new year!


I hope you will enjoy the latest newsletters as well as my interviews with Australian newspapers.


Wishing this year will bring good health, stable peace and further prosperity to you,



News From Under the Southern Cross

News From Under the Southern Cross (Edition 97):  Occasional Address at the University of Newcastle Graduation Ceremony


News From Under the Southern Cross (Edition 98): A Visit from the Yokohama DeNA Baystars


News From Under the Southern Cross (Edition 99): The Indian Pacific Railway




‘Beware the sting in China’s tale’, The Australian, Monday 9 January 2023

‘No ordinary diplomat’: The outspoken ambassador infuriating China, The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 13 January 2023


Forthcoming Events

AJBC will hold an event early in the New Year 2023 at the residence of the Japanese Consul-General in Perth featuring senior diplomats, politicians and business people presenting on emerging trends in the Australia-Japan trading alliance and cultural relationship between the countries. More information will be provided in due course.

AJBC Executive Committee members were privileged and honoured to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on his recent Perth visit.

When Prime Minister Kishida visited Perth in late October, the Australia Japan Business Council of WA (AJBC) was delighted that two of its executives were invited to privately meet with him.


Ms Mayumi Laughton-Smith, AJBC Deputy Chair, was one of only 13 guests to meet with the Prime Minister at a dinner function hosted by the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Yamagami Shingo.  Mr Andrew Tan, AJBC Executive Member and President & CEO for Oceania –  Chiyoda, was one of a few select corporate invitees to attend the business leaders’ luncheon.


The importance of AJBC, a dedicated business council to represent the mutual interests of Japanese and Western Australian businesses, cannot be overstated.

A full house for the AJBC-WA ’s networking event “Broome’s Pearling Past and Future” hosted by Linneys Pearls.

The Australia Japan Business Council (WA) Inc. teamed up with Linneys’ Pearls to acknowledge the longstanding beneficial relationship that the Japanese community has forged with Broome and the broader Kimberley region.


In the delightful New York style loft showroom that is Linneys’ King Street premises, AJBC Chair Richard Sandover presented guest speaker the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Primary Industry and Regional Development. The Minister addressed the importance of the WA-Japanese partnership particularly its longevity. From the earliest pearl divers arriving in Broome in the late nineteenth century through to today, the Japanese have left an indelible imprint on the community and social fabric of Broome.  Minister MacTiernan highlighted the beauty and ‘zen’ ambience of Broome’s Japanese cemetery and noted it has become a feature of any visit to Broome.


The Minister noted that Japanese naval vessels provided security for the Australian transport carriers that left from Albany on the long journey to Turkey and Europe in the early days of WW1. She also pointed out that Japanese imports of Western Australian iron ore did not commence with the Pilbara in the 1960s but rather export of iron ore from Koolan Island for a short period in the 1930s, with a certain BHP holding the first export licence.


On a note of pride and reflection, the Minister informed guests that she now had two Australian Japanese grandchildren, courtesy of her son marrying a Japanese girl. In her additional capacity as Minister for Hydrogen Industry, the Minister’s political responsibilities will continue to ensure that Japan is front and centre in her actions.


The AJBC thanked Justin Linney, CEO of Linneys Pearls for hosting the event.  Justin offered an insight into the origins of the Linney family company, and its present role in developing and promoting Australian South Sea Pearls.  Linneys provided a $500 door prize which was won by Curtin law student and AJBC intern, Nia Cura.


AJBC thanks were also offered to the Japanese Deputy Consul-General Mr. Naoki Semmyo, Rare Foods Australia and Glenarty Road Winery for the provision of extraordinary hors d’ouvres (including sea farmed abalone) and Howard Park wines from the Burch Family wine company and of course to the many members and followers of the AJBC who attended and enjoyed themselves on the night.

AJBCWA October Networking Event: Broome’s Pearling Past and Future

Join the Australia Japan Business Council (WA) at our October Networking Event ‘Broome’s Pearling Past and Future’, proudly supported by Linneys.

Featuring special guests Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development, Justin Linney, Creative Director of Linneys and the Japanese Consulate General of Japan in Perth and showcasing abalone from Rare Foods Australia and ocean cellared wine from Glenarty Road.

Date: Thursday 27 October 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Address: 61 King St, Perth, Western Australia, AU, 6000
Event link: 

Places are limited with RSVPs closing at 5pm on Tuesday, 20th October. Register now on the above link to secure your place.


Australia Japan Business Council, our members and greater community are appalled and deeply saddened by the brutal killing today of former Prime Minister of Japan and global world leader, Abe Shinzo.

Abe san was a great friend of Australia.   We, in Western Australia, well remember his visit as Prime Minister of Japan in 2014 to the Pilbara region of Western Australia at the invitation of the then Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Abe Shinzo.

Abe san was a great supporter of free international trade and the advancement of liberal representative democracies, of which Japan has become such a global exemplar.

The longevity and depth of the Australian and Japanese bilateral partnership and our trade, investment and cultural linkages have been a constant in these tumultuous times in world geo-politics.  Abe san was an influential supporter of that model as demonstrated by his singular support of the respectful Japan – Australian relationship.  It offers a trusted model for future international growth and development between all liberal representative democracies across the globe.

It is distressing to lose a truly global figure in this tragic manner.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Japanese peoples in Japan, Australia and everywhere else.

Western Australia welcomes the Australia-Japan Business Council State Chapter

  • Western Australia welcomes the Australia-Japan Business Council (WA) Inc.
  • AJBC-WA supports Western Australian enterprises build stronger bilateral ties with Japanese businesses by supporting trade, investment and cultural opportunities.

The launch of the Australia Japan Business Council (AJBC-WA) was warmly hosted by His Excellency Governor Beazley at Government House on the evening of Wednesday 23 March. Welcome speeches were offered by His Excellency Mr Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador for Japan to Australia who flew to Perth for the occasion, and by Hon. Roger Cook, MLA Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Tourism; Commerce; Science.


Among the distinguished guests were those who played key roles in strengthening the relationship: Richard Court AC, former Premier and Australian Ambassador to Japan; Sam Walsh AO, Mitsui & Co board member and former Chief Executive of the Rio Tinto Group; and Stephen Smith, former Australian Minister who held the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence portfolios. They were joined by a who’s who of the Japanese and Australian business world.

Japan has a long history with Western Australia, reaching back to Broome’s pearling industry in the late nineteenth century. Trading companies such as Mitsubishi and Mitsui have had offices here for well over a century. In fact the State economy would look considerably different – and poorer – without ongoing Japanese commitments in the iron ore industry in the 1960s and the LNG industry in the 1980s. The partnership with Japan has in many senses moulded the modern Western Australian economy.


After the USA and UK, Japan clearly accounts for the largest significant business presence in Perth. It is certainly the largest Asian business presence and therefore the flag bearer for the State Government’s Asian Engagement Strategy in that regard.


Japan adheres to the rule of law, contractual obligations and transparent governance, and is recognised for observance of environmental, social and governance mores. Their business models epitomise ‘partnership’ – usually minority ownership of projects, strong and diverse supply chains and JVs, community commitment, and trust. Not all of Western Australia’s major trading partners can make such claims.

Australia and Japan have found reliable partners in each other, underpinning the trade relationship. They are complementary economies, and boast a well-established smoothly-run free trade agreement, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (2015).


A rich, historic cultural relationship is also evident, with the Western Australia and Hyogo Prefecture Sister State Agreement (the State’s oldest such Agreement) celebrating its 40th year in 2021. Eleven municipalities also have a Sister City relationship with a Japanese city.


The AJBC-WA offers a platform and network from which Japanese and Western Australian businesses can enhance cultural relations, and engage with their governments on policy and program initiatives. Not only will the focus be on the established fields of mining, energy and agriculture but also on tourism, education and premium food and beverages, as well as the emerging fields of cybersecurity, automation, AI, robotics, data analytics, advanced manufacturing, med-tech and digital innovation.

You can read the Chairman of the AJBC, Richard Sandover’s speech at the launch event here.