After a deterioration of ties during World War 2, the Japan-Australia bilateral relationship picked up momentum soon after with the signing of the Australia Japan Commerce Agreement in 1957. This agreement was the catalyst to spark a mutually beneficial, long-standing economic partnership that has grown from the foundations of resources and agriculture, to robotics, renewable energy, and financial services. Further enhancing our bilateral economic ties is the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement which came into force in January 2015.Complementing this robust economic relationship are the cultural ties that permeate throughout our societies by means of sister-city relationships, language learning, people-to-people exchange, and grassroots connectivity. Providing a backbone to this diverse relationship are our respective governments, facilitating agreements and frameworks to further developing bilateral ties.Ambassador Yamagami will provide a comprehensive overview of the Japan-Australia relationship and our complementary economic ties, and give an insight into how our two nations can cooperate and collaborate to further strengthen and diversify this special strategic partnership in a post-Covid world.
Presenter: Ambassador of Japan to Australia, Shingo Yamagami
Upon graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Law, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1984. His overseas assignment includes Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Geneva and London. He was once seconded to the National Police Agency and served in Ibaraki Prefectural Police. In Tokyo, he served as Deputy Director-General of the International Legal Affairs Bureau, Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy (Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Policy Bureau) and Director-General (Acting) of the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Thereafter he assumed the role of Assistant Minister/Director-General of the Intelligence and Analysis Service in 2017 and went on to become Assistant Minister/Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau in 2018. In December 2020, he was dispatched to Canberra as Japanese Ambassador to Australia.
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