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Who We Are

The Australia-Japan Society of Victoria (AJSV) was established in 1963 as an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening business, government, educational and cultural links between Victoria and Japan.

The AJSV and its members share a genuine belief in the importance of the relationship between Australia and Japan and the rewards and benefits it has to offer.

The AJSV’s Programs and Events are managed by a community of dedicated volunteers drawn from its membership of large and small business corporations, educational and cultural organisations, families and individuals. Support for the work of the AJSV is derived from membership fees, contributions and grants, as well as certain AJSV fund-raising functions and activities.

What We Do

Each year the AJSV provides its Members a series of programs and events dedicated to strengthening connections between Australia and Japan…

  • Formal Business Briefings
  • Social and Cultural Events
  • Informal networking events (Konshinkai)
  • Educational and Mentoring Programs
  • Youth Scholarship Programs
  • Regular e-Newsletters featuring recent developments, forthcoming cultural events, and special offers for Members


The Australia-Japan Society of Victoria Inc (AJSV), was established in Melbourne in November 1963.

The AJSV was the first organisation of its kind in Australia. It was set up at a time of growing political and commercial interest in Japan as a significant emerging economy. The AJSV was founded through the initiative of Mr Stanley Gilmour MBE, then Executive Director of the Victorian Employers Federation. There were 10 people at the inaugural meeting, who became its first members, keen to establish an organisation to promote common interest between Australia and Japan.

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Meet the team


Ross Ciaravolo

Natsuko Ogawa


Celeste Koravos


Mitsuru Katada


Colin Maudsley

Secretary & Membership Manager

Eve Bentley


Owen Boushel

David Buchanan

Jessica Stevens

D'arcy Butler

Susumu Handa

Grace Gentilli

Sarino Watanabe


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