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 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


Ambassador Yamagami’s opening remarks at the Perth USAsia Centre’s Japan Symposium 2023

The Ambassador made opening remarks at the Perth USAsia Centre’s Japan Symposium 2023 last week on 28 March 2023 and shared his views on strategic cooperation between Japan and Australia for a secure future.


The full opening remarks can be accessed via the link below:

Ambassador Yamagami Opening Remarks – Perth USAsia Centre Japan Symposium 28 March 2023

Presentation Slides: A Conversation on the WA-Japan Relationship; Energy and advanced technologies: Where WA and Japan jointly shape their futures

WA’s Chief Scientist, Prof Peter Klinken AC shared his insight and vision for WA in 2030 at the Australia Japan Business Council (WA) Inc. event hosted on the rooftop of the GHD office. The full presentation slides can be accessed via the link below:


AJBC presentation Peter Klinken Chief Scientist 8 March 2023


Update from His Excellency Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo

A recently published article in the Australian on the role of the Japanese Ambassador can be accessed via the link below:



Remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Yamagami at the Emperor’s Birthday Reception regarding the Japan-Australia relationship can be accessed via the link below:


Upcoming Event: A Conversation on the WA-Japan Relationship Wednesday 8 March 2023

Please join us for an Australia Japan Business Council networking event to discuss Energy and advanced technologies: Where WA and Japan jointly shape their futures. The event is supported by Australian engineering firm GHD with guest presenter:


Professor Peter Klinken AC, Chief Scientist of Western Australia:

Appointed in June 2014, and reappointed four times, Professor Klinken has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist of Western Australia, providing independent expert advice to the State Government across numerous fields of endeavour. Passionate about issues for Indigenous people and our Education system, Professor Klinken was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017, was WA Citizen of the Year (Professions) in 2008, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2015) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2016).


Date: Wednesday 8 March 2023

Time: 17.00 – 19.00

Host & Sponsor: GHD

Venue: GHD, 999 Hay Street, Perth

Topic: Energy and advanced technologies in WA

Book: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ajbc-wa-march-networking-event-with-chief-scientist-of-wa-tickets-538500488457

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