Events

AJS-NSW has a number of upcoming events and more in the pipeline. 

Upcoming events

    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TressCox 16F MLC Building Martin Place Sydney

    Hear one Australian woman's Japan story.

    At 16, her father said she was too young to go to University. Instead Wendy went on a one-year exchange to a rural village near Tsuruoka in Yamagata where award-winning 'Okuribito' (or 'Departures') was filmed. What’s more, her host family ran the local funeral parlour there.

    She spent the year at Yuza agricultural high school. But without any language, she spent much of her time planting rice seedlings in muddy paddies in spring, manually harvesting the crop in autumn, and making rice cakes during the long winter.

    Decades later, in 2009, after carving out a career in some of Japan's and Australia's largest corporations, Wendy was appointed Australian Consul-General in Fukuoka. During her four-year assignment there she had many character-building experiences including:

    • tough negotiations with officials of agricultural stakeholders to promote a Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Japan
    • experiencing up-close the Great Tohoku Earthquake

    Today Wendy is Executive Vice-President and Director of the Australian subsidiary of trading and investment conglomerate Mitsui & Co., which of course is now benefiting from the FTA she fought so hard for.

    Expect to be captivated and impressed as Wendy talks about her career and the many changes she’s either experienced or brought about working with Japan.

    Registrations are now open, online or use the form.

    • 14 Jul 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TressCox, 16F MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney

    Scott Gilchrist of Platinum Funds Management's Japan Fund will discuss the current climate for investing in Japan and the outlook for the Japanese economy.

    Registration will open in June.

    • 13 Aug 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TressCox, 16F MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney

    Roger Pulvers is a former academic, and an author, playwright, theater director, translator and journalist. In a recently published memoir If There Were No Japan, he argues that Japan has everything it needs for an optimistic future.

    Based on 50 years experience of living in Japan, Roger will discuss his view that Japan is already reinventing its identity, and that diplomatically, it holds a unique position as a secular democracy in the region.

    Roger has published more than forty books in Japanese and English, including novels such as The Death of Urashima Taro, General Yamashita’s Treasure, The Honey and the Fires and The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn. His most recent novel, Starsand (2015), was written in Japanese and is published by Kodansha.

    Roger received the Kenji Miyazawa Prize in 2008 and the Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 2013. Over the past forty-five years he has translated prose, drama and poetry from Japanese, Russian and Polish.

    He has also worked in film and television, including as assistant to director Nagisa Oshima in Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, and as host of NHK's Gift E-meigen no Sekai.

    Registrations will open in July.

Past events

19 May 2015 2015 University Awards Night with keynote speech by Consul-General Takaoka
09 Apr 2015 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Mar 2015 Twilight Barefoot Bowling
17 Mar 2015 Supported Event: ABENOMICS THE JAPANESE ECONOMY OUTLOOK seminar
26 Feb 2015 Learning from Japan about an Ageing Society
17 Feb 2015 Theatre Party: Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens
24 Nov 2014 AJS-NSW AGM
16 Nov 2014 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
12 Nov 2014 AJS Business Series: R&D activities of Canon in Australia
31 Oct 2014 Supported Culture Event: Inoue Yasushi Award and Film Night
23 Oct 2014 Sports Business in Japan: The Next Six Years will be full of Opportunities!
15 Oct 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
08 Aug 2014 MASTER CLASS: ENJOYING SAKE WITH CONFIDENCE
23 Jul 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
09 Jul 2014 Food safety/security trends and the Japan - Australia Economic Partnership
18 Jun 2014 Making Japan Still Matter for Australians - the New Colombo Plan and Effective Strategies for the Future
21 May 2014 2014 University Awards, with Presentation by Consul-General Takaoka on PM Abbott's recent Japan visit
22 Mar 2014 Twilight Barefoot Bowling
11 Mar 2014 March 11 - Tohoku - 3 years on!
24 Feb 2014 Supported Event: OUTLOOK FOR THE JAPANESE ECONOMY AND “ABENOMICS” Seminar
19 Feb 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
13 Nov 2013 Nikkei-Australians: Change and contributions
07 Nov 2013 "JAPAN: THE AWAKENING" - JETRO Sydney Business Promotion Symposium, 7th November 2013 -- an AJS-NSW supported event
12 Oct 2013 Japanese Cooking Event & Wine tasting, with chef Yoshiko Takeuchi
20 Sep 2013 Supported Culture Event: Inoue Yasushi Award - Hirayama Ikuo and the Silk Road - Poetry and Concert
20 Aug 2013 AJS Business Series - Encouraging Japanese investment in Australia, Jane Madden of Austrade
08 Aug 2013 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
02 Jul 2013 'Fukushima' with Mark Willacy, ABC North Asia correspondent
11 Jun 2013 AJS Business Series - High-speed rail: What Australia can learn from the Japanese experience
21 May 2013 University Awards & Presentation 'Japan is Back!' by Consul-General of Japan in Sydney Dr. Kohara
04 Apr 2013 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & Intl Economic Outlook Seminar
06 Mar 2013 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
08 Dec 2012 Watch Baseball - Sydney Blue Sox vs Canberra Cavalry - with Hanshin players
26 Nov 2012 AJS-NSW AGM (Annual General Meeting)
01 Nov 2012 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
26 Sep 2012 "Australia’s Approach to the Asian Century", Guest Speaker former diplomat Mr. Richard Woolcott
24 Sep 2012 Welcome Dinner - Toyama Japan - Australia Society (JAS)
29 Aug 2012 AJS Business Series - Japanese M&A in Australia: an Update
10 Jul 2012 University Awards & Presentation by Consul-General 'Issues in Japan and the Australia-Japan relationship'
04 Jul 2012 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
14 Jun 2012 AJS Business Series: 'Securing Japan's Energy and Resources'
01 Jun 2012 Supported Event: Japanese culture evening - Inoue Yasushi Award and Concert
04 Apr 2012 Shaberanaito: English-Speaking Only! 英語でしゃべらナイト
27 Mar 2012 Supported Event: Austrade-JETRO "Opening the Door to Business with Japan"
22 Mar 2012 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲大阪春場所の観戦パーティ
08 Mar 2012 AJS Business Series: 'After the Japan Disaster - Business Impacts and Outlook', Elizabeth Masamune, Austrade
01 Mar 2012 Supported Event: University of Sydney Law School - Disaster Prevention and Management
24 Nov 2011 Supported Event: Australia & Japan Economic Outlook Conference
10 Nov 2011 Shaberanaito: Japanese Speaking Evening
21 Sep 2011 Acclaimed Food Manga Writer Tetsu Kariya Returns
14 Aug 2011 Sake and Ume-shu Tasting with Angus Beef BBQ
28 Jul 2011 AJS Business Series: 'Australia-Japan: A Forgotten Economic Relationship?' Prof. the Hon. Stephen Martin of CEDA
24 Jun 2011 University Awards & Presentation Consul-General "Japan and Japan-Australia Relations after the East Japan Earthquake Disaster"
29 Apr 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Charity Concert
19 Apr 2011 Japan’s Economic Outlook: Impact of Recent Disasters
15 Apr 2011 Japanese literature evening - Inoue Yasushi Award and Exhibition Opening
12 Apr 2011 Supported event:Exploring Japanese language and culture- J-movie “Departures”
22 Mar 2011 Supported Event: Fantasy and Imagination: Exploring Japanese Creative Writings
12 Mar 2011 Sound of Beauty Concert
31 Jan 2011 Supported event: Japanese language classes
24 Nov 2010 Supported Event: Kanagawa Business Seminar
22 Nov 2010 Japanese Film Festival
18 Nov 2010 Sumo Watching Party
18 Nov 2010 Supported Event: Australia & Japan Economic Outlook Conference
04 Nov 2010 External Event: Nagoya Day
27 Oct 2010 Investing in Australia - Managing Political Risk
12 Sep 2010 Wagyu Lunch in Megalong Valley
11 Aug 2010 Japan’s Food Manga - Tetsu Kariya Talks
23 Jun 2010 Japan Market Entry Success Stories
28 Apr 2010 Shaberanaito: Japanese Speaking Evening
07 Apr 2010 Art Lecture: Utamaro Japanese prints "Edo City: Crucible of Culture"
13 Mar 2010 Family Barefoot Bowling
24 Feb 2010 Working for a Japanese Company
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