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Ministerial visits

In 1957, Sir Robert Menzies became the first Australian Prime Minister to visit Japan. Since then, Japan has seen 26 such visits by sitting Prime Ministers, and many more by Cabinet Ministers. The following summary depicts key Ministerial visits over recent years.

Australian Ministerial visits to Japan

Date

Minister

July 2020

Virtual summit between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

2020

Frequent telephone calls between Australian and Japanese Foreign, Trade and Defence Ministers during the COVID-19 crisis

November 2019

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne

November 2019

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds

August 2019

Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie

June 2019

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor

June 2019

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews

June 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham

June 2019

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

January 2019

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne

January 2019

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Coulton

October 2018

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan

July 2018

Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo

May 2018

Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

January-February 2018

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan

January 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

October 2017

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann

May 2017

Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

April 2017

7th Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop
Minister for Defence Marise Payne

April 2017

Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo

March 2017

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan

October 2016

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt

August 2016

Minister for Defence Marise Payne

February 2016

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

December 2015

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

November 2015

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce

October 2015

Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg

August 2015

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash

June 2015

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews

May 2015

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop

March 2015

Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt

March 2015

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan

November 2014

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane

October 2014

Minister for Defence David Johnston

October 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey

June 2014

5th Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop
Minister for Defence David Johnston

April 2014

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop

April 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

April 2014

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb

March 2014

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb

November 2013

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb

October 2013

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Brett Mason

October 2013

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop

Also in 1957, then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi became the first post-war Japanese Prime Minister to visit Australia. Since then, Australia has seen 11 such visits by sitting Prime Ministers.

Japanese Ministerial visits to Australia

Date

Minister

January 2020

Ministerial Economic Dialogue

Minister for Trade Kajiyama Hiroshi

November 2018

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

October 2018

8th Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono
Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya

January 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

November 2015

6th Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida
Minister of Defense Gen Nakatami

October 2014

Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari

September 2014

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso

July 2014

Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi
Economy Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi

July 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

April 2014

Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo

April 2014

Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera

February 2014

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso

 
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