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  • 04 Oct 2021 11:00 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)


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    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. The World of Mizuhiki

    2. Kintsugi live streaming workshop at home

    3. Traditional Meanings of Colours in Japanese Culture

    4. Language exchange free event at “Ohanasi-Kagawa”

    5. Surprising things you can make in a rice cooker

    Extra Articles

    • October in INREKI:"Kannazuki"

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the October Newsletter. 

    Quality Japanese food products to you at home: Jimoto Foods offering 15% off! 

    Jimoto Foods is an Australian company working with the finest artisan producers in Japan and primo local Australian farmers to create a range of artisanal pantry items that celebrate the delights of Japan.

    “Our goal? To elevate your home cooking with the versatility, simplicity and unique flavours of Japan. Whether you marinate, drizzle, or dip into our sauces, Jimoto Foods will unconventionally wake up any dish.”

    All sauces, dressings and marinades are handmade, offering you an authentic experience, that is affordable.

    Enjoy browsing their range of high quality products, and insert the discount code "AJSV" upon checkout on their website for a 15 % off your entire order.

    * Offer valid until the 15th of October 2021.

    Sakura viewing:  Banksia Park Cherry Grove

    Spring has come and that means Sakura time!

    In February 1980 the Japanese Government donated 100 flowering cherry trees to the people of Victoria to mark the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Mr Masayoshi Ohira. Having fought disease, drought and relocation in their 40-year life, the trees are now being maintained and cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers, The Cherry Friends and Parks Victoria rangers.

    Since 2018, the Cherry Friends has hosted a visiting arborist from Japan to conduct a pruning masterclass with Parks Victoria rangers and volunteers. This labour of love is celebrated at our annual ‘Sakura’ (cherry blossom) Picnic Day.

    The Sakura Picnic Day in Banksia Park has been supported by AJSV and the Japanese Society of Melbourne since 2015, to celebrate spring and promote the multi-cultural face of Melbourne. Unfortunately, there is no event happening this year due to public health measures but that hasn’t stopped the trees from blooming. BYO picnic and go visit Banksia Park if possible to view beautiful cherry trees this month! ( *Please check with the park the best blooming time. )

    2022 Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme

    The JET Programme aims to promote mutual understanding between Japan and other nations, foster international exchange at the local level and enhance foreign language education in Japan

    Information Sessions

    Saturday 2 October 2021, 12-1pm/ Monday 4 October 2021, 12-1pm/ Wednesday 6 October 2021, 5-6pm

    Friday 8 October 2021, 12-1pm/ Sunday 10 October 2021, 12-1pm/ Tuesday 12 October, 5-6pm

    Registration essential. Please send your full name and email address to meljapan@mb.mofa.go.jp, indicating your preferred session.

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  • 14 Sep 2021 10:59 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

    2. Share Your Japan Competition

    3. Nine delicious ways to use miso in your cooking

    4. Drainspotters 

    5. Kimono Project- every nation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

    Extra Articles

    • September in INREKI:"Nagatsuki"

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the September Newsletter. 

    Locally crafted Tsumami Zaiku: Sanae Floral Craft offering 20% off! 

    Tsumami Zaiku is a traditional Japanese craft made from small, square-cut pieces of “Chirimen” (Japanese silk crepe) that is pinched and folded with tweezers. Its origin dates back to the Edo period and it is still used for accessories, such as hair pins.

    Artist Sanae was trained in the traditional craft of Tsumami Zaiku by her Grandmother. Now based in Canberra, Sanae creates many beautiful items such as earrings, brooches and hair accessories. More information can be found at Sanae Floral Craft

    New, finely crafted designs are being created and added weekly - Sanae can also create items made-to-order. Please look over Sanae's selection of high-quality items - and insert the discount code AJSV20 upon checkout for 20% off your entire order. Currently, there is also free postage on all orders within Australia. (This discount and free postage offer only valid within Australia)

    Offer valid until the 30th of September 2021.

    Spring Konshinkai

    Thanks to everyone who attended the online Spring Konshinkai, it was great to see both new and familiar faces. Rotating through the rooms it was great to see people coming together, sharing some light hearted banter and talking about all things topical.

    While the Olympics quiz was fiercely contested it was a tonne of fun and in the end Timmy Tam prevailed for his second win this year. Look out for the next Konshikai in early October and we look forward to seeing you there.

    For those with a trivia itch:

    Question: What was Melbourne’s original name? (answer below)




    Answer: Batmania

    eCommerce in Japan program

    Join a comprehensive online eCommerce training program, designed to support and equip Victorian exporters to reach online shoppers and navigate Japanese eCommerce platforms.

    The eCommerce in Japan program will assist you to operate effectively on Japanese eCommerce platforms, building critical knowledge and skills to facilitate export outcomes.

    • Enhance your understanding of Japanese business capabilities, building critical knowledge and skills to facilitate export outcomes.

    • Broaden your existing market entry strategy for Japan and develop and refine your focus on eCommerce.

    • Access new opportunities in one of the world’s largest eCommerce markets

    • Gain the latest insights and trends on consumer preferences and the Japanese business environment.

    This program is developed and delivered by Asialink Business in partnership with the Victorian Government through Global Victoria.

    Program Dates: Thursday 7 October 2021 – Thursday 28 October 2021

    Registrations close: Wednesday 6 October 2021

  • 09 Aug 2021 5:22 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Japan in a Minute Online Video Contest

    2. Japan Close to you: Virtual Marathon

    3. The Melbourne International Film Festival

    4. Memories of Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games

    5. Travel Ready Japanese Lessons

    Extra Articles

    • August in INREKI:"Hazuki"

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the August Newsletter. 

    Japanese style cake set special from "Cake By Ayaka" 

    Missing Japan? How about comforting yourself with Japanese-style cakes? Sure you can from Melbourne based “Cake By Ayaka”, bringing you flavoursome cakes as if you were in a stylish café in Japan! More information and delivery details, please click HERE

    AJSV has arranged an exclusive offer for our members again thanks to Ayaka. Mention you are an AJSV member when you order the set and you will receive a gorgeous raisin butter “sando” (rum raisin in butter cream between crispy biscuits) for free! Enjoy delicious cakes and happy sweet memories!

    Meet our new corporate members

    AJSV would like to welcome our new corporate members joined in 2021.

    • SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre
    • Marubeni Itochu Steel Oceania Pty Ltd
    • Industrial Growth Platform Inc. Australia
    • Australian Institute of International Understanding

    Please share with us in welcoming these new organisation members to AJSV and we look forward to sharing our events and programs with all of you.

    As always, please get in touch with our office if you are an AJSV member and wish to be introduced to fellow AJSV members relevant to your network.

    APCC (Asia-Pacific Children’s Convention) Bridge (Virtual) Summer Camp 2021 update 

    Due to the restrictions currently in place around the world – APCC is going virtual this year so that children who would have been eligible to apply for APCC in Fukuoka this year have the opportunity to participate in a specially designed program sharing both with Japanese children as well as children from the Asia Pacific region and wider including Peru, Bordeaux and maybe even Kyrgyzstan. The program will be run over 7 sessions with 5 sessions being shared with children all over the world.

    It was great to have such keen interest in this different program and we received a number of high quality applications. It was difficult to short-list and after interviews with each applicant, we congratulate the 12 successful children (6 girls and 6 boys) as junior ambassadors for 2021. The children will be participating in an online camp from August to November with 5 Saturday evening sessions. The theme of this year's program is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which the children will explore, learn about and work on a task together that benefits their communities. They will also be preparing a joint 'performance' that will be shared on line after the program is completed.

    We hope they will enjoy interacting and exchanging with children with Multi-Cultural backgrounds to experience many cultures around the world.

    We are certain that they will foster friendship with children from many countries/regions. Most of all, we hope they will have a fun time together and share wonderful memories!

  • 06 Jul 2021 11:55 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    Asia is reshaping the modern world. Yet its rich artistic heritage and vibrant New Music scene is largely unknown in Australia. Forest Collective’s Ali Fyffe has curated a stunning program that brings into focus some of the region’s most powerful compositional voices, from Myanmar to Japan, China to Iran.

    Navigating Eastern and Western traditions, new technologies and challenges including state censorship, these exciting composers have found unique and original musical voices. With a program including Ravi Shankar’s raga imbued Sonata for Harp and Cello, Takemitsu’s transcendental quintet Rain Spell and Luo Zhongrong’s post-Cultural Revolution pentatonic serialism, Asia in Focus will open your ears to a region that is changing the world. For more information, please visit; https://www.forestcollective.com.au/projects/asia

    *A special discount of 50% to AJSV members by using the promotional code- SPECIAL241 when booking tickets. Tickets can be purchased here.

  • 07 Jun 2021 1:00 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Advancing Japan-Australia Knowledge Exchange in the 21st century
    2. Kokedamas Workshop
    3. Online Exhibition: Returning - Chapter 1
    4. Explore Japan: language, food and travel online event
    5. Trails to Oishii Tokyo

    Extra Articles

    •  June in INREKI:"Minazuki"

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the June Newsletter. 

    MY CHA Japanese Tea-15% off

    15% off the whole of tea range and all tea making accessories from MY CHA!

    MY CHA has kindly offered us an ongoing members discount. You can keep exploring beautiful matcha powder, sencha, hoji-cha, genmaicha, kukicha and more by clicking HERE.

    Enjoy browsing all of MY CHA’s amazing products, including a growing range of superb organic teas and benifuuki ( MY CHA’s new hay fever/allergy - immunity building matcha powder)

    Simply insert the discount code ajsv15 upon checkout at the MY CHA website, for 15 % off your order. (*pottery range is not included due to limited stocks)

    EY Webinar- Keeping abreast of changing tax laws & incentives and Managing your interaction with the ATO

    One of our valued members, EY is holing a Webinar

    Tax laws and incentives are changing rapidly in Australia. Governments have introduced measures to support the economy as well as to repair their budgets. Recently, NSW announced a bold plan to reform its stamp duty and property tax, while the Victorian government just last week announced measures that would increase stamp duty and payroll taxes. In order to help you navigate in these uncertain times, EY is pleased to invite you to a webinar where our Australian income tax, stamp duty and tax controversy experts discuss how to comply with evolving tax laws and manage your interactions with the Australian Taxation Office.

    In this Webinar, we will provide a recap of the 2021/22 Federal budget and share some practical observations (that would be useful for businesses) once the dust has settled on the Federal Budget. We will provide an overview of the Federal Opposition’s Budget principles to allow us to understand how tax laws may change in the future if there is a change in Government at the next election. Our stamp duty experts will provide an overview of the local state budgets that have been handed down including commentary on the proposed shift to a “property tax” in New South Wales, details of which are currently expected to be released in the June Budget. Finally, our tax controversy team will provide details of the current audit efforts by the Australian Taxation Office and what needs to be done to prepare for an audit.

    Date and Time: Tuesday 29 June 2021 4pm – 5:15pm

    Language: Japanese/English with simultaneous interpretation

    This event will be held on site at the EY Sydney office and simultaneously streamed via webinar. If you would like to attend the seminar in Sydney, please contact : ey.jbs@au.ey.com


  • 10 May 2021 11:00 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Oto no Wa concert

    2. Mayflies and Stars by Kyoko Imazu

    3. The new Tokyo cafe with robot waiters controlled remotely

    4. "Bamboo Five" performed by The Faraway Trio

    5. Dashi Journey short film - the origins of Japanese dashi

    Extra Articles

    • May in INREKI:"Satsuki "

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the May Newsletter. 

    First Love movie 10 double passes giveaway

    Releasing 27th May in Australia! 

    Discovering he has an inoperable brain tumour, orphaned boxer Leo decides to go for broke. When he meets Yuri (also known as Monica), a young addict who’s been driven into sex work to pay off her inherited debts, he falls head over heels and, with nothing left to lose, decides to help her out. This being Miike, that can only lead to trouble … of the most deliriously deranged and hilariously OTT kind.

    *To be in the draw to win a double pass, please send your full name to Events by email with "First Love" as subject.

    Entries close at 12 pm, Tuesday 18th May 2021. Winner will be contacted by AJSV on the same day.

    Autumn Konshinkai

    Thanks to everyone with a great turnout at our last Konshinkai where we filled Robot Bar to its COVID approved capacity. As the second in person event for the year, it was great to see just how many people have decided to connect via AJSV, the diversity of their backgrounds and genuine interest in making new connections with others interested in the Australia-Japan relationship.

    For our next Konshinkai, we’re taking things back online but are planning several more in person events this years so keep posted!



    The 57th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australia Japan Society of Victoria Inc was held virtually (phone & video options) on Monday 12th April at 5.30pm.

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  • 06 Apr 2021 11:45 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Hanko Japanese Seal Carving Workshop

    2. Paint and Sip Class: Cherry Blossoms

    3. Melbourne International Comedy Festival- Takashi Wakasugi Farm Backpacker

    4. Wagashi lovers- exploring a sweet journey with MinneSweets

    5. Hanami at home with soothing cherry blossom videos

    Extra Articles

    • April in INREKI:"Uzuki "

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the April Newsletter. 

    Kami Paper-10% discount code

    Kami Paper says, “Paper has always had an intimate relationship with people. For those who enjoy this medium, Kami is a treasure trove full of exquisite paper, hand-bound albums, journals, notebooks, unique gift cards, and fine Italian stationery sourced from around the world."

    The majority of their paper products are sourced from Fair Trade companies in Nepal and from Japanese family run artisans creating traditionally designed Japanese papers. The Nepalese papers are made from the Lokta bush which is trimmed and continues to grow therefore not using any trees in the manufacture.

    At Kami Paper, you can explore so many beautiful products. AJSV members will receive a 10% discount for all of their papers!

    All you have to do is to type in the code : "AJSV" at checkout to have your discount applied to your order.

    April Konshinkai

    Date and Time: Thursday 15 April 5:30 pm- 9 pm

    Venue: Robot Bar (upstairs), 12 Bligh Place, Melbourne

    That’s right folks, we’re making the most of the warm weather and getting together for another Konshinkai!

    AJSV Members & Non-Members Welcome

    Attendance is free with drinks available for purchase from the bar

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    AJSV Annual General Meeting

    The 57th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australia Japan Society of Victoria Inc

    Monday 12th April 2021 – 5.30pm (to be held virtually)

    The 57th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australia Japan Society of Victoria Inc will be held virtually (phone & video options) at 5.30pm.

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  • 12 Mar 2021 2:00 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train - In Cinemas now!

    2. Matcha-making workshop

    3. Read Japan: A Booklover’s Guide to Japanese Literature in Translation, 1960 – Now
    4. Japanese Kabuki Theatre Paper Sculptures display
    5. Virtual tours of rural Japan

    Extra Articles

    • March in INREKI:"YAYOI"

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here to read the March Newsletter. 

    Japanese style cake set special from "Cake By Ayaka"

    Who would have thought of getting to taste Japanese-style cakes in Melbourne? Sure you can from Melbourne based “Cake By Ayaka”, bringing you flavoursome cakes as if you were in a stylish café in Japan! More information and delivery details, please click HERE

    AJSV has arranged an exclusive offer for our members again thanks to Ayaka. Mention you are an AJSV member when you order the set and you will receive a gorgeous chocolate raisin butter “sando” (rum raisin in chocolate butter cream between crispy biscuits) for free! Enjoy delicious cakes and happy sweet memories!

    Contact:0401230762, or via Instagram

    The National Federation of Australia Japan Societies

    The National Federation of Australia Japan Societies is the national body representing all the Australia Japan Societies around Australia.

    These Australia Japan Societies are voluntary organisations that have devoted themselves to maintaining and developing the wonderful relationship we enjoy with Japan. These Societies around Australia have as their members, representatives from all parts of the community.

    The inauguration of The National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies Incorporated marks a new milestone in the development of the Australia-Japan movement in this country. AJSV is proud to be part of NFAJS. You can also subscribe their newsletter from here.

  • 09 Feb 2021 11:30 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Virtual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
    2. Tokyo Journal free access to members
    3. Japanese Design: Neolithic to Now @ NGV
    4. Sumi-e Painting - In Person Workshop: Cherry Blossom
    5. Bento Expo

    Extra Articles

    • February in INREKI:"KISARAGI"

    • Seeking symbols: Treasured animals in Japan

    *Please click here  to read the February Newsletter. 

    The Spirited Life concert-a double pass giveaway!

    Composers Olivier Messiaen, John Cage and Anne Norman have all been fascinated by the power of music to express spirituality. Six Degrees Ensemble journeys through deep and inspired works, by these artists and more, exploring how music through the ages has sought to convey worship and divine belief in all its forms. Anne Norman’s performance of her mystical music for shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) inspired by Zen traditions is among the highlights. For more information, please click here

    Date and Time: Thursday 4 March 2021 6pm

    Venue: Primrose Potter Salon @ Melbourne Recital Centre

    Tickets: Standard $40 ($29 Concession)

    *To be in the draw to win a double pass, please send your full name to Events by email with "The Spirited Life " as subject.

    Entries close at 12 pm, Friday 19 Feb, 2021. Winner will be contacted by AJSV on the same day.

    My Cha 15% off! 

    Don't forget to use the 15% off promo-code when you order MY CHA's beautiful and healthy tea!

    Simply insert the discount code ajsv15 upon checkout at the MY CHA website, for 15 % off your order. (*pottery range is not included due to limited stocks)

    AJSV February Konshinkai

    Date and Time: Thursday 18 February 2021 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm

    Venue: The Bank on Collins 394 Collins St, Melbourne

    AJSV Members & Non-Members Welcome

    Attendance is free, just turn up the venue if you are interested. Food & Drinks will be available for purchase from the venue at own cost

    We look forward to sharing a great night!

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    AJSV Bōnenkai 2020 report

    Well after 2020 became a year of virtual/on-line events for AJSV, we were delighted to be able to get together for Bonenkai in person with AJSV members and their guests at Beer Deluxe in Federation Square on Thursday 17 December for a drink together. A special thanks to all of you who attended the evening. We believe it goes without saying that we all very much enjoyed the chance to catch up, swap stories on each others navigation thru COVID19 of 2020, meet with old friends and of-course meet and introduce ourselves to new friends who also share in the strong connection and friendship between Japan and Australia.

    It was great to see so many smiling faces on the night, and we hope that in 2021 we will be able to expand on the number of in person events and activities hosted by AJSV for our members, while still continuing to host a number of virtual events as well. We will soon provide you with more information on the timing of our 1st Konshinkai networking event for 2021 – so please keep checking the AJSV website, as well as your emails for invitations.

    Wishing all our members the very best for a happy, healthy and safe 2021. We wish everyone a promising new start in 2021, and thank you for your continued support to AJSV.

  • 09 Dec 2020 11:00 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)


    Membership Promotions

    AJSV News

    What's On

    1. Virtual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
    2. Studio Ghibli releases 400 free images from its best films
    3. Another Perspective On Daily Life: Meet Photographer Tatsuya Tanaka
    4. Sake R-Evolution
    5. Rediscovering Japanese Cuisine 

    Extra Articles

    • Lift up your spirit: Buddha's saying # 9

    • Christmas illuminations in Japan

    *Please click here to read the December Newsletter. 

    Japanese inspired handmade jewellery from Anna Japana- 20% off! 

    Enjoy browsing beautiful handmade jewellery using Mizuhiki cords and also gorgeous & comfortable masks made by Japanese style cotton fabric. Your Christmas gifts will be all sorted at Anna Japana shop!

    Simply insert the discount code AJSV20 upon checkout at the Anna Japana website, for 20 % off your order. This offer is valid until 31st December (be sure to order before 15 December if you want to receive before Christmas!) 

    Did you know that the Mizuhiki was originated from the Japanese gift-giving culture?The Mizuhiki is a decorative cord used for tying the paper that is wrapped around gifts.

    Anna Japan's workshops details; 13 December

    Mizuhiki Christmas card workshop: 1pm,3pm and 5 pm-  

    Mizuhiki earrings workshop:1:30 pm, 3:30pm and 5:30 pm-  

    There is a pop up store at Eaglemont until the end of December if you would like to see her amazing amazing products. (open Thu, Fri and Sat)

    Hokkaido Sake Fair- 20 % off!

    Celebrate your Christmas and New Year with delicious sake from Hokkaido!

    Hokkaido sake has a reputation for quality. The island’s cold weather means traditionally-aged sake matures at a slow pace. The cool temperatures also aid in combating spoilage. The resulting seishu is often mildly aromatic, compact and light with a subdued and dry flavour.

    Sakemate has an exclusive offer for AJSV members. Mention you are an AJV member and you will get 20% off everything on the price list. *Minimum order $50 (plus delivery $10). Free delivery on all orders over $100. This offer is valid until 31st of December.

    Let’s raise your sake glass and enjoy summer with family and friends!

    Contact: Akito - 0435 891 318 email: akito@sakemate.com.au

    *Don't forget to use our ongoing 15 % off promo-code: ajsv15 for My Cha tea!

    Konshinkai report: A Night in with Yudai Baba

    Last night, AJSV members and guests got the opportunity to meet Melbourne United’s new recruit, Yudai Baba.

    A rising star in the Japanese national team, Yudai joined Melbourne United for the 2020/21 season from the NBA’s Texas Legends. Interviewed by our committee member Mitsuru Takada, Yudai talked of his impressions of Melbourne and the NBL and his time playing in the NBA as well as with the Japanese national team. Pointing out some of the funnier differences between players in each country, he also spoke of the strengths he brings to the team and what has driven him to where he is now. In good news for Melbourne United he also spoke of his goal to help the team win this season’s championship. For all of you proud Melbournians out there, you’ll be pleased to note, he also confirmed Melbourne’s crown as the king of coffee.

    Yudai noted how great it was to be able to connect with his Japanese fan base and is really looking forward to seeing everyone come out to support the team during the upcoming season.

    A big thank you goes out to Melbourne United and Yudai for the opportunity and on behalf of everyone there on the night, we’re looking forward to seeing the team take home the championship.

    If you’re keen to see Yudai and the rest of Melbourne United in action, the season kicks off on Sunday the 10th of January with Melbourne United versus South East Melbourne Phoenix.

    For more details, or to find out more about the rest of Melbourne United’s season, see https://www.melbourneutd.com.au/

    Greeting from AJSV president

    I hope this message finds you well and able to venture out a little more these days…

    Bounenkai (忘年会) has a rather more poignant significance this month as we look back on 2020…

    For centuries, Bounenkai parties in Japan have brought people together in December to console one another and forget the trials and tribulations of the past year. The very essence of Bounenkai is to get together with people you know, and who mean something to you. Not much fun having a Bounenkai on your own!

    With the easing of the COVID 19 restrictions, those of us engaged in the relationship with Japan have the opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues again this December and reflect back on what has been an exceptionally challenging year.

    The AJSV will be holding its Bounenkai gathering on December 17, and you are all welcome to attend. Please check this Newsletter and the AJSV website for registration details.

    We have had to make quite a few changes at AJSV over the past year to keep up our quality of service to members. I am pleased to report that AJSV has risen to the challenge, and there has in fact been some enduring silver lining with the COVID 19 cloud.

    We have been quick to adopt online options for our programs and events, some of which are likely to continue online after we are again able to bring people together for our more traditional events. The AJSV’s business seminars, Konshinkai networking events, and the executive mentoring program have thrived through online platforms this year, attracting participants from Japan, Australia and other countries. Business seminar themes have ranged from women in leadership in the Australia-Japan relationship, collaboration in large scale energy projects, post-merger integration, the challenges of ‘virtual communication’, and Australia-Japan collaboration in Space programs. We will of course re-start other traditional AJSV social events and the student exchange scholarship programs as soon as circumstances allow.

    I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank the AJSV family of volunteers who have given so much of their time and expertise to the AJSV cause during this difficult year. Each of you have had other demands to deal with at work and at home through the COVID 19 restrictions. Yet you have continued to make such a valuable contribution to AJSV, enabling us to deliver some really impressive outcomes.

    All AJSV members share a genuine belief in maintaining a strong relationship between Australia and Japan, and the rewards and benefits this has to offer. Our collective mission is to foster understanding of the importance and value of this relationship. Your membership and participation in our programs is vital in helping further this cause. Thank you sincerely for your continued support.

    The COVID 19 situation has impacted all of us, and I wish you every success in your efforts to meet the challenges that continue as we emerge from 2020.

    Finally, best wishes to everyone for the Festive Season, and I am looking forward to meeting up again in person next year.

    Please keep safe…and stay in touch.

    Ross Ciaravolo


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