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Post-Imperial Perspectives on Indigenous Education Lessons from Japan and Australia

Sector: Education and Australian Studies
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Prof Koji Maeda

Project Description

“I have been doing a joint research project for five years with Professor Peter Anderson of QUT and Zane Diamond of Monash University, and thirteen Australian and Japanese authors (including Aboriginal and Ainu) have published a book titled Post-Imperial Perspectives on Indigenous Education: Lessons from Japan and Australia, Routledge, 2020 . Therefore, the application for this publication grant is based on the request of Australian co-authors who wish to publish the Japanese version. This book provides a discussion of the intellectual research project we have undertaken to bring together the edited collection of chapters in this book, stemming from our shared interest in how ancestral and modern education approaches have shaped the education of Indigenous Peoples. This book takes as its conceptual starting point the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIPs), a non-binding document adopted by the United Nations on September 13 2007, which has provided a pivotal opportunity for Japanese and Australian scholars to collaborate in this field of education research. Overall, we observe that UNDRIPs has given better focus to the structural changes that have (and have not yet) been needed in the provision of education services to Indigenous Peoples of Australia and Japan.” – Prof Maeda.

Group photo of Professor Zane Diamond, Koji Maeda and Professor Peter Anderson.
This is a photograph taken in August 25, 2016 while carrying out a seminar in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. From left to right is Professor Zane Diamond at Monash University, Koji Maeda and Professor Peter Anderson at Queensland University of Technology. Credit: Professor Chizu Sato at International Christian University.

Key Dates:

  • TBC

Social media:

  • Publicity of my publication will be posted on the website of Japan International Education Society

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000.00

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Australia-Japan local government collaboration: building sustainable and resilient communities

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Australia-Japan local government collaboration: Building sustainable and resilient communities flyer.
Australia-Japan local government collaboration: Building sustainable and resilient communities. Credit: designed by the project team.

Project Description

Australia-Japan local governments have established a foundation of collaboration, especially in cultural and education exchanges to promote peace over the last 50 years (e.g., through sister cities). Our project aims to rejuvenate the collaboration between Australia-Japan local governments by improving the visibility of Australia-Japan city-level international collaborations, identifying new directions and forms of collaborative efforts to build sustainable and resilient communities, such as practices in disaster response and public health management (e.g. COVID-19), supporting vulnerable communities, and building smart cities.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Interviews, case studies and surveys Kitakyushu   01/05/2021 31/05/2022
Interviews, case studies and surveys Melbourne and Kitakyushu Local governments that have Australia-Japan collaboration relationships 01/05/2021 31/05/2022
Project report release (forum and roundtable discussions) Kitakyushu Open to public 25/11/2022  
Project report release (forum and roundtable discussions) Kitakyushu Open to public 24/03/2023  

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  • TBD

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $38,208.00

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The presentation of contemporary Japanese art in APT10

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art

Photo of a women sitting on the floor of a tradition Japanese style house.
Michiko Tsuda, You would have gone there to see them by then, 2019, installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019. Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi. Courtesy of the artist and Taro Nasu Gallery. Credit: Takeshi Hirabayashi.

Project Description

‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) takes a fresh look at contemporary art from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific. The exhibition surveys recent developments in the art of a wide geography spanning from Northern Oceania to West Asia, with particular attention to the contributions of First Nations and those living outside their home countries. Presented across QAGOMA from 4 December 2021 to 25 April 2022, the tenth iteration of this exhibition will present exciting innovations and expanded community engagement. APT10 will build upon the legacy of previous Triennials by presenting major new and recent works by 69 senior, mid-career and emerging artists and artist groups from across Asia, the Pacific and Australia - bringing together a diversity of cultural and creative perspectives in a single, expansive presentation. Visitors will experience new and site-specific works, with a number of co-curated focus projects, as well as extensive Cinémathèque, Children’s Art Centre, public and learning programs. APT10 will feature a dynamic presentation of contemporary visual arts from Japan, platforming the work of three contemporary practitioners: the significant senior artist, Kimiyo Mishima, and mid-career artists Michiko Tsuda and Hikaru Fujii.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Sponsor Preview QAGOMA, Brisbane Sponsors and Key Stakeholders 2/12/2021 2/12/2021
Official Opening + Party QAGOMA, Brisbane Key Stakeholders 3/12/2021 3/12/2021
APT10 opening weekend program QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 4/12/2021 5/12/2021
‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) Exhibition QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 4/12/2021 25/04/2022
APT10 Kids QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 4/12/2021 25/04/2022
Ongoing public engagement events including artist talks and performances QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 4/12/2021 25/04/2022
Ongoing education resources for primary, secondary and tertiary students QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 4/12/2021 25/04/2022
APT10 Cinema program QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 4/12/2021 25/04/2022
APT10 closing weekend program QAGOMA, Brisbane General Public 23/04/2022 24/04/2022

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $40,000.00

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Next Steps in the Australia-Japan Strategic Partnership

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Griffith University

Photo of people mingling at the Griffith Asia Institute Australia Japan Dialogue 2019.
Griffith Asia Institute Australia Japan Dialogue 2019. Credit: GAI.

Project Description

Australia and Japan have built a wide-ranging "Special Strategic Partnership" that aims at enhancing regional security and promoting a free, open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific. This project will explore the next steps both countries could take to achieve those objectives in a dynamic and challenging regional environment. It will pinpoint ongoing and emerging threats to peace and stability, including ongoing challenges related to Covid-19, and assess areas in which Australia and Japan can work together to address them bilaterally, in forums like the Quad, and at multilateral institutions, including the East Asia Summit. It will bring together scholars, analysts and officials from Australia and Japan to discuss these issues and challenges, and produce a series of publications intended to inform both the public and policymakers.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Online workshop Online Scholars, analysts, officials 15/03/2021 15/03/2021
Editorial publications   Public, policymakers 15/03/2021 15/03/2021
Online workshop Online Scholars, analysts, officials 15/05/2021 15/05/2021
Editorial publications   Public, policymakers 15/05/2021 15/05/2021
Policy dialogue Brisbane / online Scholars, analysts, officials 15/11/2021 15/11/2021
Policy brief   Public, policymakers 15/12/2021 15/12/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $25,000.00

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Contemporary Perspectives on Nuclear-World in Art: Exhibition & Symposium

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia
Grantee: The University of Sydney

Photo of Mima Smart, Sharon Bryant and Missy Windlass in front of a gallery of Australian indigenous artwork.
(L-R) Mima Smart, Sharon Bryant and Missy Windlass in front of the collection Life Lifted into the Sky. Tandana National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Nuclear exhibition 17 September to 12 November 2016. Photograph Ben Searcy.

Project Description

During the seventy-five years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, at the close of the Asia Pacific War, the world has been living under the shadow of nuclear warfare, nuclear testing, and nuclear power station accidents. Our project showcases the wide-ranging artistic responses to the nuclear age, through an exhibition of atomic art, Art in the Nuclear Age: From Hiroshima to the Present Day, to be held at the Tin Sheds Gallery at the University of Sydney from 7 October-20 November 2021. In conjunction with the exhibition, we will hold a one-day open access symposium on Saturday 30 October 2021, to discuss the significant role of art in demanding peace, justice and reconciliation in our uncertain world. The focus of the exhibition and the symposium will be on artworks from Australia and Japan. Most of the artworks to be exhibited are rarely shown in Australia, such as the series ‘Life-Lifted-Into-the Sky’ from Maralinga, a full-size replica of ‘Fire’ in Maruki’s Hiroshima panels, a premier exhibition of Ueno Makoto’s woodcut print ‘Surviving’ and reproductions of Shikoku Goro’s paintings. The symposium will highlight contributions from Australian and Japanese art specialists, who will present either in person or virtually.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Symposium The Tin Sheds Gallery Theatre Researchers, academics, general public & students 30/10/2021 30/10/2021
Exhibition The Tin Sheds Gallery General public & students 7/10/2021 20/11/2021
Pre-opening: Inviting media for promotion The Tin Sheds Gallery Australian and Japanese journalists and broadcasters 29/09/2021 29/09/2021
Guided tour at the exhibition by Okamura, curator at Maruki Gallery The Tin Sheds Gallery General public, artists, researchers, students 29/10/2021 29/10/2021
Guided tour at the exhibition by Maralinga artists The Tin Sheds Gallery General public, artists, researchers, students 28/10/2021 28/10/2021
Guided tour at the exhibition by Marett and Tanaka The Tin Sheds Gallery General public, artists, researchers, students 29/10/2021 29/10/2021
Guided tour at the exhibition by Ruff and Hawkins, ICAN The Tin Sheds Gallery General public, artists, researchers, students 28/10/2021 28/10/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,000.00

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Research skill development for world-class exercise and sports science

Sector: Education and Australian Studies
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University

Two people using exercise and sports equipment at the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University.
Research skill development for world-class exercise and sports science. Credit: School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University.

Project Description

Researchers from Edith Cowan University work with research students and researchers in Japan to cultivate further world-class research by elevating English skills in scientific writing and presenting. This immersive experience will provide Japanese researchers and research students in exercise and sports science a series of workshops to upskill their English communication skills. Australian scholars including those whose mother tongue is Japanese will run the online and in-class workshops, sharing world-class research skills in Japanese and English. The workshops will be a valuable opportunity not only to build research communication skills in English for Japanese but also to attract more international students for Australian universities. In the post-COVID-19 world, flexible modes to deliver programs is the key for any educational institute in Australia to sustain cultural exchanges and to grow the strong and healthy relationships between Australia and Japan. A combination of online lectures and in-person seminars will provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to incorporating more scientific English into the repertoire of the Japanese counterparts.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Online Workshop 1 Perth/Tokyo/Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 13/08/2021 13/08/2021
Online Workshop 2 Perth/Tokyo/Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 27/08/2021 27/08/2021
Online Workshop 3 Perth/Tokyo/Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 10/09/2021 10/09/2021
Online Workshop 4 Perth/Tokyo/Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 24/09/2021 24/09/2021
Online Workshop 5 Perth/Tokyo/Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 8/10/2021 8/10/2021
Online Workshop 6 Perth/Tokyo/Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 22/10/2021 22/10/2021
2-Day Workshop Tokyo Japanese researchers and students 13/12/2021 14/12/2021
2-Day Workshop Nagoya Japanese researchers and students 16/12/2021 17/12/2021

Social media:

  • Websites, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube account to be established
  • Hashtags: #AusJapanFoundation, #Sports science in Australia, #English and Japanese, #Learn research English, #University in Australia, #World-class research, #Online workshop, #Presentation in English, #Edith Cowan University, #Ken Nosaka

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $30,000.00

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Revisiting Shoei Yoh: Digital Preservation and Architectural Archiving

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: University of New South Wales

Project Description

Shoei Yoh is an internationally recognised figure of late 20th century Japanese architecture and an innovator in early digital architecture. Notably, many of Yoh’s projects are located in his home city of Fukuoka, and the nearby region of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu. The region boasts a vibrant forestry industry and an extensive production of cedar, a material sensitively utilised in several of Yoh’s ground-breaking projects in and near Oguni Town, including the Oguni Dome. This project reappraises Yoh’s work through innovative practices of 3D spatial data capture of living buildings and archival artefacts. Leading figures in the fields of architectural history, spatial systems, and design technology innovation from UNSW School of Built Environment and the Environmental Design School at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, will collaborate to construct and populate an online interactive digital archive and stage the first exhibition of Shoei Yoh’s work in Australia showcasing the newly 3D scanned models and archival assets. An associated symposium event in Sydney, Australia will share and promote knowledge and expertise between Australia and Japan related to digital innovation in architectural archiving and preservation including 3D scanning and model generation techniques for living buildings and physical artefacts.

Revisiting Shoei Yoh: Digital Preservation and Architectural Archiving flyer.
Naiju Community Center and Nursery School designed by Shoei Yoh, Fukuoka, Japan, 2019. Credit: Tracy Huang.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Exhibition Sydney Architecture, engineering and creative design academics and industry 13/11/2021 20/11/2021
Symposium Sydney + Online Architecture, engineering and creative design academics and industry 14/11/2021 14/11/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $35,973.00

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Japan-Australia Security Cooperation after the Cold War

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Dr Tomohiko Satake

Project Description

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and Australia have consistently developed their bilateral and trilateral security cooperation including the United States. In March 2007, Japan and Australia announced the historic Joint Declaration for Security Cooperation. In 2014, leaders of two countries agreed to further expand and deepen their bilateral security cooperation under the banner of a “special strategic partnership”. Today, it is not uncommon to describe Japan-Australia security cooperation as a “quasi-alliance” that is close to a formal alliance relationship. Why and how have Japan and Australia developed their bilateral and trilateral security cooperation since the end of the Cold War? To examine this, this project focuses upon some key developments of Japan-Australia security cooperation after the Cold War. Those developments include; the beginning of defence exchanges in the early 1990s; cooperation toward the “global war on terror” in the 2000s; cooperation after the leadership changes in Japan and Australia in the late 2000s; and a “special strategic partnership” in the mid 2010s. The research will be conducted by analysing both primary and secondary sources, as well as by interviewing with former officials in both countries. The project intends to publish a book in Japanese by March 2022.

Photo of Australian PM undertaking a COVID-19 safe elbow bump with Japan PM.
Japan-Australia Summit Meeting (November 17, 2020). The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia and Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide of Japan. Credit: Cabinet Public Relations Office.

Social media:

  • Facebook

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000.00

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Book Launch     28/03/2022  

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Resonant Webs: Innovations in Art Technology for Individuals with Disability

Sector: Society and Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Photo of the Amplified Elephants performing on the Resonance interactive table.
The Amplified Elephants performing on the Resonance interactive table featuring Kathryn Sutherland, Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music, 2015. Credit: Owen McKern, courtesy of JOLT Arts.

Project Description

Resonant Webs is an arts and cultural collaboration between RMIT University, JOLT Arts Inc (Australia), Slow Label and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) to develop novel interactive technology for live public sound and visual performances aimed at enhancing the participation of individuals with a disability in the arts industry in Australia and Japan. The performances will be developed with JOLT artists The Amplified Elephants – a lead ensemble of sound makers who are neurologically diverse, and pioneering Noh singer and performer Ryoko Aoki via collaborative online workshops. The workshops will strengthen the existing partnership between RMIT and Ritsumeikan University that bring together digital media arts and technology expertise with the inclusive arts organisation skills of JOLT and Slow Label. A range of common interests between the Japanese and Australians involved include innovative international arts practice, social inclusion through supporting artists with disability, inclusive design approaches and developing digital media art making practice through shared knowledge. These shared interests will be strengthened via two significant live-streamed public performances hosted in Japan (2021) and Australia (2022). This level of engagement will increase public awareness of the beneficial impacts of the arts in fostering inclusive industries, promoting both countries as innovative, creative, diverse, and tolerant.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Activity - Online Workshop 1- Development and Ideation Online - Australia/Japan Partners Only 15/01/2021 29/01/2021
Activity - Online Workshop 2 - Co-design Technology Showcase Development Online - Australia/Japan Partners and Participants Only 4/02/2021 26/03/2021
Event - Live Stream Performance (AJF logo used in promotional material) Melbourne/Spiral Hall, Tokyo General Public 28/03/2021 28/03/2021
Activity - Residency - Creative Technology Intensive Kyoto Partners and Participants Only 10/01/2022 7/02/2022
Activity - Online Workshop 3, JOLT/Slow Label participant improvisation with technology Online - Australia/Japan Partners and Participants Only 4/04/2022 29/07/2022
Event - The Big Anxiety Festival (AJF logo used in promotional material) Melbourne General Public 3/10/2022 21/10/2022

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $59,960.00

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Australia-Japan Public Forum on Urban Robots and the Future City

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: The University of Sydney

Project Description

The Australia-Japan Public Forum on Urban Robots and the Future City is a public gathering at the Institute for Future Initiatives at the University of Tokyo. The main aim of the Forum is to discuss the deployment of urban robots in public spaces. This forum invites Australian and Japanese scholars to exchange current smart technologies developed in Australia and Japan with a large public audience. The Forum will cover the presentations by experts on smart cities and use cases of urban robots to assist and interact with people in public spaces (e.g. small autonomous vehicles, cleaning robots). Then, an exchange with the public on successful adoption of such new technology will be held. Finally, the Forum attempts to define key orientation for research and summarise public needs considering cultural differences. The project aims also to establish a long-term collaboration among Australian and Japanese researchers in innovation and technology.

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $14,000.00

Photos of Autonomous vehicles in the University of Sydney campus.
Autonomous vehicle in campus. Credit: ACFR-ITS.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Online regular meetings for organisation of the Forum between Japanese and Australian organisers Sydney/Tokyo   1/02/2021  
Workshop     1/07/2021  
Public Event     1/07/2021  
Follow-up meeting after the Forum in Tokyo     1/12/2021  

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Koala Camp in Iwate

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Eight Islands Co. Ltd

Koala Camp 2021 poster image.
KOALA CAMP 2021. Credit: (c) KOALA CAMP.

Project Description

March 11th, 2021 will mark 10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Australia has been strengthening friendship and exchange with Japan through supporting recovery from the disaster. KOALA CAMP will be launched to inherit the legacy of the continuous support Australia has made to Japan for the recovery and foster further bilateral exchange through music, culture, sport, gastronomy and more. Please come and join the KOALA CAMP to know and learn more about Australia and deepen Australia-Japan friendship!

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Kola Camp Workshop online   16/03/2021  
Koala Camp Iwate   28/05/2021  

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $35,000.00

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Solar Photovoltaics: Effective thermal management using thermoelectric materials

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: University of Wollongong

Project Description

Energy infrastructure forms the backbone of modern society, and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted energy as an important source of societal resilience. The project aims to foster solid collaborations with Waseda University to develop and demonstrate cost effective thermal management solutions for solar photovoltaics (PV) to increase PV generation efficiency via temperature regulation while effectively using thermal energy collected in the heating processes to increase the value proposition of solar photovoltaics. The project will provide an excellent platform to exchange research ideas in the area of mutual interest and increase understanding of the research environment and cultures of both countries. It will forge deep links between this strategically aligned partner and University of Wollongong, and will strengthen bilateral relationships and provide exciting opportunities to promote Australian expertise in scientific research, technology and innovation, ensuring the ongoing legacy of the collaboration.

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  • Website

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000.00

Solar Photovoltaics: Effective thermal management using thermoelectric materials flyer.
An integrated solution for thermal management of solar photovoltaics, Wollongong, 30 September 2020. Credit: Kifer Li.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Webinar Online Researchers, students, and industry practitioners 25/11/2021 25/11/2021
Seminar Tokyo Researchers, students, and industry practitioners 22/03/2022 22/03/2022
Seminar Wollongong Researchers, students, and industry practitioners 23/03/2022 23/03/2022
Journal article Elsevier Researchers, students, and industry practitioners 1/08/2021 31/01/2022

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Australia-Japan collaboration: healthcare innovation for economic prosperity

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: MedTech Actuator

Photo of Ms Wei Sue, Co-Founder and CFO of Navi Medical Technologies, speaking on stage at the 2017 Gala Finals in Melbourne.
Ms Wei Sue, Co-Founder and CFO at Navi Medical Technologies pitching their idea at the 2017 Gala Finals in Melbourne, Australia to an expert judging panel and audience of players across the innovation ecosystem. Credit: K.K Photography.

Project Description

An Australia-Japan collaboration between MedTech Actuator and Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The collaboration brings together leading industry experts across Asia Pacific to support entrepreneurs in Japan that have high-potential science, medical and health innovations. This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Japan to be discovered and turbocharge their technology while working alongside the best emerging entrepreneurs from Asia Pacific. Researchers, clinicians, students and other change-makers – it’s time to take that idea further and develop the innovation that will change the face of healthcare.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Applications open Virtual Health and medical entrepreneurs 1/02/2021 1/03/2021
Bootcamp (AJF logo on cover slide) Participants (Osaka) and Facilitators (Melbourne) - Virtual Health and medical entrepreneurs, and clinicians, researchers and students interested in health and medical innovation 10/03/2021 10/03/2021
Pitch Event (AJF logo on main supporter slide and verbal acknowledgement) Participants (Osaka) and Facilitators (Melbourne) - Virtual Health and medical innovation ecosystem 25/03/2021 25/03/2021
Intensive Program (AJF logo on supporter slides) Participants (Osaka) and Facilitators (Melbourne) - Virtual Health and medical startups 19/04/2021 21/04/2021
Gala Finals (AJF logo include on supporters slide and verbal acknowledgement) Virtual (across APAC) Health and medical innovation ecosystem 22/04/2021 22/04/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $25,000.00

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Australia-Japan Forum on the Innovation-hub Ecosystem

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: University of South Australia

Photo of a group of people in discussion with a Presenter about their PowerPoint slide presentation.
Australia-Japan symposium on innovation hubs, photos taken in Adelaide. Credit: Ryan Tang.

Project Description

Governments of many countries, including Australia and Japan, have set the commendable objective to stimulate and commercialise technologies via innovation hubs. Stand-alone facilities do not in themselves ensure innovation and economic benefits, so an ecosystem facilitated by private-public partnerships is therefore required. Prior research shows innovation hubs in Australia and Japan represent two different systems that can complement each other. This project aims to explore possibilities around complementarity by opening a dialogue among policymakers, industries, and researchers through a forum (conference) jointly held in Adelaide and Tokyo.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Conference proceedings and public report Adelaide & Tokyo Public 31/12/2021 28/02/2022
The forum (main event) Adelaide & Tokyo Public 1/10/2021 30/11/2021
Notification and confirmation Adelaide & Tokyo Potential participants 1/09/2021 30/10/2021
Invitation and selection of business participants Adelaide & Tokyo Industry 1/04/2021 31/08/2021
Review and select academic submissions Adelaide & Tokyo Project team 1/06/2021 31/08/2021
Call for papers (academic) Worldwide Academic 1/04/2021 31/05/2021
The project website Adelaide Public 1/03/2021  

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $26,000.00

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Enhance the collection of the Australia Library

Sector: Education and Australian Studies
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Otemon Gakuin University

Photo of bunch of books laid out on a desk.
Purchased books with the Grant FY2019-20. Credit: Copyright 2019, the Australia Library.

Project Description

The Australia Library of the Otemon Gakuin University (OGU) Library is the only dedicated collection of literature on Australia in Japan. In order to serve as the ultimate domestic information center on Australia in Japan, we plan to purchase non-Japanese books in the area where Australia has done eminent research and it has had a lot of attention in recent years. Japanese who lived in Australia prior to World War II have donated pictures taken at that time to us. We have a plan to digitize these pictures of historical value and make them available on the web as digital archives in the future. To build a digital archive, we will collect old pictures, records, research materials, etc., and proceed with digitization.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Exhibition of materials Ibaraki City, Osaka prefecture, Japan Users 21/12/2020 16/04/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $6,500.00

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Asian Herbs in Space

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: One Giant Leap Australia Foundation Limited

Project Description

The Asian Herbs in Space program conducted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has invited Australia to join for the first time. It is 2 separate space missions. First mission is to grow basil on the International Space Station. The second mission provides for Australia to send seeds to space and upon their return conduct research. In conjunction with mission 1, Australian student and community groups, from approximately 700 locations across Australia, will grow 7000 basil seeds and provide research data to JAXA scientists for the food in space science experiment. Mission 2 will have Australian students, from 150 schools across Australia as well as community organisations, growing both seeds from space and a control group of Golden Wattle seeds. This project is supported by the Australian Space Agency, JAXA and NASA.

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Photo of the Australian Ambassador H.E. Mr Richard Court AC presenting JAXA Vice President Mr Hiroshi Sasaki with 50g of Australian Golden Wattle Seeds.
27 August, 2020, Australian Ambassador H.E. Mr Richard Court AC presented JAXA Vice President Mr Hiroshi Sasaki with 50g of Australian Golden Wattle Seeds. The seeds will be flown to JAXA’s Kibo ISS module and then returned to Australia to be planted. Credit: Seeds in space logo - One Giant Leap Australia Foundation. Asian Herb in Space logo - Thailand NSTDA. Photo - courtesy of Australian Embassy Tokyo.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Introduction - Welcome to the Asian Herb in Space Program - AJF Logo Used Virtual All AHiS Locations 17/03/2021 17/03/2021
JAXA Scientist- AJF Logo Used Virtual All AHis Locations 1/04/2021 1/04/2021
Growing of Seeds Selected Schools All AHiS Participants 1/05/2021 30/09/2021
JAXA Data All AHiS Participants All AHiS Participants 1/08/2021 1/08/2021
Science Week- AJF Logo Used All AHiS Participants All AHiS Participants 14/08/2021 22/08/2021
Introduction - What'll Happen to the Wattle - AJF Logo Used All WHTW Locations All WHTW Locations 30/03/2021 31/03/2021
AJF Teleconference to Participating Schools - AJF Logo Used All WHTW Locations All WHTW Locations 9/05/2021 9/05/2021
Avalon Air Show - AJF Logo Used Avalon Victoria International Air Show 23/11/2021 28/11/2021
Program Update and Progress - AJF Logo Used All WHTW Locations All WHTW Locations 1/03/2022 4/03/2022

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $5,000.00

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Deakin-JAIST Collaborative Cybersecurity Training and Innovation for IoT – Enabled Critical Infrastructure

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Deakin University

Cyber Security for IoT-enabled Critical Infrastructure seminar series poster. Details on Poster can be found in the Project Description below.
Cyber Security for IoT-enabled Critical Infrastructure Credit: Emmica Schlobohm.

Project Description

Critical infrastructures require cybersecurity assurance for sustainability and economic development. Both Australian and Japanese Governments have taken initiatives, in the form of developing policies and technologies, but there are scopes for proper training and education on different cybersecurity aspects of a nation's critical infrastructure. The project aims to establish collaboration among researchers from Deakin University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) towards building an effective IoT-cybersecurity demonstration through a series of public seminars for building a sustainable community. The outcome of this project will improve the critical-infrastructure cybersecurity knowledge and awareness among the broader community.

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,000.00

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Research Workshop 1 between Deakin and JAIST *Required Online Researchers from Deakin and JAIST 1/03/2021  
Public Seminar 1 Online Cyber Security Researchers, Experts, Policy Makers 29/03/2021  
Public Seminar 2 Online Cyber Security Researchers, Experts, Policy Makers 26/04/2021  
Community Workshops on Cyber Security Awareness Online Open to all including Cyber Security Researchers, Experts, Policy Makers 27/05/2021  

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Inquiry-based Learning for Virtual and Cross-cultural Teaching (IBL-VCT) Project

Sector: Education and Australian Studies
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Queensland State Department of Education

Photo of a class of Japanese students smiling with caption 'Upskill for Australian and Japanese Teachers' in image.
Australia-Japan Teachers Upskill Fellowship to strengthen teaching in a post-pandemic classroom environment. Credit: Queensland Department of Education.

Project Description

This is a professional upskilling program designed to build confidence for schoolteachers to become more effective educators in a post-pandemic world, and enable new partnerships.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Registration Online Teachers, school community 19/02/2021 19/02/2021
Upskill Workshop Online Teachers, school community 22/03/2021 22/03/2021
Upskill Workshop Online Teachers, school community 24/03/2021 24/03/2021
Collegial X-Change Forum Online Teachers, school community 26/03/2021 26/03/2021
Virtual Practicum Online Teachers, school community 4/05/2021 7/05/2021
Survey Online Participants 31/05/2021 31/05/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $16,211.00

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Maroochydore (Australia) – Shimoda (Japan) Exchange Program

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club Inc

Photo of Japanese students undertaking surf lifesaving training on an Australian beach.
Maroochydore Shimoda Exchange Program - Improving Lifesaving, Sharing Cultures, Building Relationships, Developing Youth. Credit: Peter Dun.

Project Description

During 2021/22 through 2023, the Maroochydore Shimoda Exchange Program will capture the 23-year history of the Exchange Program from inception through its evolution up to the current time. Our specific goal for this period is to publish this history of the Exchange Program in both Japanese and English languages to ensure this information is readily accessible and preserved in both Japan and Australia. The history will cover the initial relationships and activities that led to establishment of the Maroochydore Shimoda Exchange Program, together with the many activities of the program over 23 years. These activities include sharing surf lifesaving knowledge and skills, cultural exchange, developing lasting relationships, youth development, and educational activities in both Japan and Australia. The program in Japan sees members of Maroochydore Lifesaving Club live, train, coach and share lifesaving knowledge, while participating in local life and cultural experiences with their hosts. The program may include youth from our disadvantaged youth development program. In Australia, the program hosts university students from Japan who immerse in lifesaving training, together with exposure to local life and cultural experiences. Many return to further their education, and later to holiday with their families.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Publication of History at Maroochydore SLSC Maroochydore SLSC Maroochydore SLSC Board and Members, State Member of Parliament, SLSQ/SLSA Delegate 31/03/2022 31/03/2023
Publication of History at Shimoda SLC Shimoda SLC Shimoda SLC Board and Members, Shimoda Mayor, JLA Delegate 31/03/2022 31/03/2023

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $8,000.00

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Strengthening the Australia-Japan Strategic Alliance through Innovations in Nanotechnology

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: The University of Queensland

Strengthening Australia-Japan Alliance through Innovations in Nanotechnology flyer.
Strengthening Australia-Japan Alliance through Innovations in Nanotechnology, Yusuke Yamauchi, Yusuf Kaneti, Nasim Amiralian, Md Shahriar Hossain, Muxina Konarova, Brisbane, 19/01/2021. Credit: Yusuf Kaneti.

Project Description

This project aims to share the latest advances in nanotechnology between Australia and Japan for addressing global health, energy, and environmental challenges via guest lectures and joint symposium facilitated by UQ (Australia) and NIMS and Waseda University (Japan). The proposed activities enable greater engagement between Australian researchers and Japanese companies and vice versa in the areas of materials science and nanotechnology (including nanoarchitectonics) to address industrial challenges and deliver innovative solutions using nanotechnology. In addition, they will increase awareness and encourage Australian and Japanese postgraduate students to participate in joint exchange programs, allowing them to be exposed to a unique international work experience that will contribute to their personal and professional growth and help them establish long-lasting professional relationships with globally-recognized organisations.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Online Lecture 1: Zoom presentation on Nanoporous Materials and Catalysis by AIBN (UQ) researchers Brisbane (Australia) Australian research students and academics from AIBN (UQ) and Japanese research students and academics at NIMS and Waseda University 29/03/2021 29/03/2021
Online Lecture 2: Zoom presentation on Materials Nanoarchitectonics by NIMS researchers Tsukuba (Japan) Australian research students and academics from AIBN (UQ) and Japanese research students and academics at NIMS and Waseda University 14/06/2021 14/06/2021
Online Lecture 3: Zoom presentation on Organic-Inorganic Hybrids by Waseda professors Tokyo (Japan) Australian research students and academics from AIBN (UQ) and Japanese research students and academics at NIMS and Waseda University 13/09/2021 13/09/2021
2021 Australia-Japan Online Joint Symposium on Materials Nanoarchitectonics Brisbane (Australia) Australian research students and academics from AIBN (UQ) and Japanese research students and academics at NIMS and Waseda University 6/12/2021 8/12/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000.00

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SAND Project – AKIRUNO production in Tokyo 2021

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Queensland University of Technology

SAND Project flyer.
SAND Project. Credit: Morgan Roberts Photography.

Project Description

KIRUNO is an international collaboration between IDIOT SAVANT theatre company (Japan), Belloo Creative (Australia) and Good Company Arts (New Zealand) working with Queensland University of Technology to develop transcultural capacity, creative content (digital, performance & installation) and community engagement between Japan and Australasia. The work is named after Akiruno, a small village in the mountains west of Tokyo, where the Blue Herons nest in spring and summer. AKIRUNO is an ecologically-focused, durational site work that draws in part from traditional Japanese folk tales from the area. The all-ages performance and film will be developed in collaboration with the community, including local actors, working alongside the ensemble of IDIOT SAVANT theatre company and artists from Belloo Creative and Good Company Arts. AKIRUNO explores the special relationship between Japan, Australia and New Zealand, building on our shared cultural and geo-political experiences of landscape, nature and storytelling.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Idiot Savant to begin community research & engagement. Akiruno, Japan Akiruno village where artists will work with the community. 7/06/2021 17/06/2021
Australian team, Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts join residency. Akiruno, Japan Akiruno village where artists will work with the community. 14/06/2021 6/07/2021
AKIRUNO performance season Akiruno, Japan General public 1/07/2021 4/07/2021
Webisodes, documentary film editing begins and completed Brisbane, Australia Creative / Cultural Sector 8/07/2021 8/08/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $30,000.00

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Public spaces in central residential neighbourhoods: from neglect to resilience

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: University of Canberra

UC Architecture and the City Program Tokyo exhibition 2015 flyer. Collaboration of photos.
UC Architecture and the City Program Tokyo exhibition 2015. Credit: Milica Muminovic.

Project Description

Australia has a long history of migration, one of the major ‘immigration nations’, recognizing the diversity, capitalising within the constant population growth. On the other hand, Japan embarked on a new era of immigration in 2019, officially opening its doors to low-skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers. Those economic nomads tend to settle in the central urban neighbourhoods. With already densely populated cities the question of their settlement remains. Recent events around pandemic have shown that these areas are most affected. The central argument of this project is that public spaces serve a variety of purposes for different demographics and are crucial for socially vulnerable groups. The research asks how will the needs of vulnerable groups be accounted for in the future public space designs and practices? The project builds on a cross-cultural comparison between Australia and Japan and promotes the exchange of ideas of inclusion and public space values. Furthermore, the project provides important insights into the situation of poorer neighbourhoods and how resilient public spaces can improve everyday life in post-pandemic cities.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Symposium Canberra and online Academic and students 9/02/2022 11/02/2022

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  •  The Instagram and web page or blog will be created as the project commences

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $8,130.00

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Australia-Japan Symposium for Reducing Risks in Lithium Supply Chains

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Monash University

Diagram of the Value leakage of Lithium processing & Value segments of the lithium-ion battery supply chain.
Value leakage of Lithium processing & Value segments of the lithium-ion battery supply chain. Credit: Small Caps.

Project Description

Australia and Japan are major suppliers/consumers of lithium and are uniquely placed to enact strategies that can maintain long-term supply resilience. This symposium builds an understanding of key risks and opportunities for Australian and Japanese lithium value chains.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Workshop Monash University, Melbourne Industry, Academia and Government 5/07/2021 7/07/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000.00

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Mutable Ecologies: Art Design and Architecture interfaces for environmental futures

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Photo of a person playing an instrument over a valley.
Performance by Miyamoto Kazuyuki (Musashino Art University, Japan). Bogong High Plains, Australia. Credit: Kristen Sharp.

Project Description

2021 marks 10 years since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In this decade Australia and Japan have experienced an increase in extreme environmental events which have impacted on rural and urban ways of life. These events and their relationship to human activity are subject to increasing debate. Mutable Ecologies considers how innovations in art, design and architecture can interrogate the effects of these changing environmental conditions to offer new insights and awareness of ecological futures. It comprises leading creative practitioners in Australia and Japan delivering a series of online exhibitions, workshops and discussions that explore emerging practices, technologies and interfaces between art, design and architecture to advance global responses to ecological transformations. The project will connect practitioners, the public and organisations to build on and strengthen existing partnerships to reveal Australia’s strong cultural and economic relationship with Japan and shared values of community engagement, ecological resilience and sustainable futures.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Online Platform opens with schedule of events and description ONLINE Artists, Scholars, Architects, Designers, Curators and the general public interested in ecological interests and/or Japanese/Australian culture 18/06/2021 18/06/2022
Public Forum Launch ONLINE 300. Artists, Scholars, Architects, Designers, Curators and the general public interested in ecological interests and/or Japanese/Australian culture 30/06/2021 30/06/2021
Online Exhibition ONLINE 2-3,000.Artists, Scholars, Architects, Designers, Curators and the general public interested in ecological interests and/or Japanese/Australian culture 16/09/2021 23/09/2022
Artist Panel/Performances ONLINE 700.Artists, Scholars, Architects, Designers, Curators and the general public interested in ecological interests and/or Japanese/Australian culture 28/09/2021 10/10/2021
Public Forum [Asialink] ONLINE 1,000.Artists, Scholars, Architects, Designers, Curators and the general public interested in ecological interests and/or Japanese/Australian culture 14/10/2021 14/10/2021
Future Planning meeting Stakeholders ONLINE Key current + future stakeholders 10/11/2021 10/11/2021

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  • RMIT, Asialink, Musashino and NTT: Websites, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $26,800.00.

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Netball Australia & Japan Netball Partnership

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Netball Australia

Photo of Japanese students playing a game of netball.
Two Japan Netball umpires at the Experience Netball Event at the "New Zealand Culture" program held at the Nanasawa Nature Centre in Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The program will allow more umpires and coaches to be trained using Australian expertise. Credit: Japan. Netball.

Project Description

The partnership between Netball Australia and Japan Netball aims to increase netball participation amongst players, coaches and umpires in Japan. The partnership will enable Japan Netball to grow the knowledge, popularity and reach of the sport via a specialised training camp, delivered by Australian experts, to develop hybrid Umpires and Coaches. The hybrid approach will deliver efficiencies in capabilities and build on the foundations of Netball Japan. The program will be designed to ensure sustainable delivery is achieved beyond the initial camp. In addition to the training camp and with the understanding that equipment is paramount to the growth of netball in Japan, the partnership will enable funding of goal posts, balls and bibs to be used across schools and universities.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Umpire and Coach Camp and Training (dates TBC) Annaka City, Japan Netball Coach and Umpires 23/07/2021 25/07/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000.00

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Reimagining the Japan Relationship

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: The Australian National University

Project Description

Japan has been the anchor of Australia’s relationships in Asia, built on the strategic decisions both countries have taken in the past 70 years. The large bilateral relationship sees Australia supply over half of Japan’s key industrial materials and over a quarter of its entire energy needs, but it is also an economic and political partnership that frames both countries’ interests in the open regional and global multilateral order. Building up to a longer-term joint study with Japan, this Australian-based report reviews Australia’s engagement with Japan, and benchmarks it against Australia’s other important relationships. Institutional innovations and investments that have improved other key relationships are identified for potential adoption in the Australia-Japan relationship, and wide stakeholder and community consultations help identify gaps that Australia can fill in its Japan-literacy and engagement with Japan.

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $70,000.00

Front page of Reimagining the Japan Relationship: Strengthening the architecture for Australia's cooperation with Japan document.
Reimagining the Japan Relationship: Strengthening the architecture for Australia's cooperation with Japan. Credit: Marie Armstrong.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Public launch of report, assessing state of the bilateral relationship, Australia's Japan studies, broader Japan literacy and understanding of how Australia sees Japan. Canberra/Tokyo/Virtual Academics, policymakers, students 1/12/2021  
Consultation across Australian business, government, civil society and community Canberra/Australian Capital Cities/Virtual Academics, policymakers, civil society, public servants, business leaders 1/03/2021 1/09/2021
Consultation in Japan with stakeholders and other research collaborators Tokyo/Virtual Academics, policymakers, business leaders 1/09/2021  
High level advisory group meetings to produce set of recommendations for deepening the Japan relationship Regional/Virtual Policymakers, Academics 1/09/2021  

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Japan Studies Seminar Series

Sector: Education and Australian Studies
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Australian National University (as represented by the ANU Japan Institute)

Project Description

This project will deliver of an online Japan Studies Seminar Series, hosted by the ANU Japan Institute. It aims to showcase cutting-edge research by leading and emerging scholars based primarily in Japan and Australia. The series will be convened in 10-week blocks (with one seminar per week), in semester 1 and 2 of the academic year, over a three-year period (2021-2023). Each seminar will be recorded on Zoom and subsequently uploaded to YouTube for public viewing.

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $65,145.00

ANU Japan Institute presents: Japan Studies Seminar Series flyer.
ANU Japan Institute presents: Japan Studies Seminar Series. Credit: Eddi Aguirre on "Unsplash".

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
First seminar Online Students and academics Students and academics (with an interest in Japan) in Australia and Japan 8/03/2021 12/10/2023

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Untitled.Showa

Sector: Society and Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: 107 Projects Incorporated

Photo of a collection of photographs from Japan in 1910-1960.
Untitled.Showa collection of found photographs circa 1910-1960 Credit: Photographs by Unknown Photographer/s.

Project Description

Untitled.Showa is an evolving and interactive project with a view to return a collection of photographs from Japan, found in Australia, to the people in the photographs, their family/ies, copyright holder/s or to find an appropriate archive for them. We hope to collectively find ways to (re)patriate the photographs.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Japanese Association of Geelong Midori-kai Workshops Online and Geelong Japanese community in Geelong 5/03/2021 12/03/2021
Kansei Gakuin Daigaku Workshop, Lecture, Research Online and Osaka University students Kansei Gakuin Daigaku 15/04/2021 15/04/2021
Kansei Gakuin Daigaku Student Research and Video Production Osaka and Kyoto University students 16/04/2021 1/07/2021
National Family History Month Geelong Library & Heritage Centre Exhibition & series of Workshops Online and Geelong Geelong community / retirees / history groups 15/07/2021 14/08/2021
Kyotographie Exhibition & Workshops Online and Kyoto General public and photographic/arts community in Kyoto 19/09/2021 17/10/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,965.00

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Aboriginal Australian Wildlife Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

Sector: Communication, Information and Advocacy
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Mr Albano Mucci

Photo of a production director giving an actor directions on set.
Creation Story of the Gold Coast. Credit: Al Mucci.

Project Description

To increase awareness in Japan of Australian Indigenous culture by delivering a live online experience via Zoom or similar platform to guests and staff of Saitama Children's Zoo, Tokyo. Saitama Children's Zoo has received koalas, kangaroos and more recently quokkas from Australia to foster guest knowledge of Australian wildlife and Indigenous culture. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has impacted visitation of these animals to tourists and future relations with Australian professionals. This project will address this gap, promote better understanding of Australian Indigenous culture directly at the zoo and the Saitama Prefecture. Indigenous Cultural Interpretation Officers and performers presenting from the Aboriginal owned Yugambeh Museum in Beenleigh, Queensland, will explain links to animals including quokkas, koalas and kangaroos which are exhibited at the zoo through a mixture of song, dance, art, storytelling and performance. The live presentation will enable guests at the zoo to ask questions of the presenters after each presentation.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Aboriginal Performance Yugambeh Museum   10/04/2021  

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  • Yugambeh Museum, Wildlife Al Mucci

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $29,500.00

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Celebrating Our Connections with Japan

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Museum of Fire Inc

Photo of a device called a Koka Ponpu Seizo Hand Pump. Object used to water down fires.
1945 Koka Ponpu Seizo Hand Pump at the Museum of Fire. This item was a gift from the City of Matto. Credit: Museum of Fire Collection.

Project Description

'Celebrating Our Connections with Japan' will explore the City of Penrith's cultural links with Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Hakusan City (previously Matto), Ishikawa Prefecture, through the historical lens of fire service in Japan. Penrith signed a Sister City Agreement with Fujieda in November 1984 and a Friendship Agreement with Matto in November 1989, which has fostered strong social and cultural connections between our cities. The Museum of Fire currently has fire appliances from both Fujieda and Hakusan, which will form a central aspect of the exhibition. Interestingly, the Museum subsequently donated a hand-drawn hose cart to Matto City which was displayed in their Fire Department Headquarters. With the assistance of the Australia-Japan Foundation, 'Celebrating Our Connection with Japan' will allow the Museum to rekindle these relationships and to create an exhibition which highlights the importance of our cultural connections with Japan.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Videoconferences Penrith/Fujieda/ Hakusan Closed relationship-building activity 29/03/2021 30/07/2021
Webinar on findings Penrith/Fujieda/Hakusan Closed relationship-building activity 6/08/2021 6/08/2021
Official opening of exhibition Museum of Fire, Penrith Visitors to the Museum 3/11/2021 3/11/2021

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  • The project will be marketed on the Museum of Fire's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $8,899.00

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The 10th Anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake `TOHOKU RESILIENCE`

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Japan
Grantee: NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou, Support Our Kids Committee

Group photo of Tohoku students with Ambassadors, Happo-en.
Tohoku students with Ambassadors, Happo-en in 2019. Credit: NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou, Support Our Kids Committee.

Project Description

It has been 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The sentiments of many people have been united and transcended, regardless of region or country. The people of Tohoku, who have turned adversity into power and have steadily progressed toward recovery, gave us courage and have shown to the world their resilience. The children, who are responsible for the future recovery, have been instilled with that resilience and have become Japan's hope. Even after the Great East Japan Earthquake, natural calamities still occur frequently. And along with it, we are now facing the worldwide adversity caused by the Novel Corona virus. In March 2021, the "Tohoku Resilience 2021" will be held to look back and commemorate Tohoku's path over the past decade, to honour Tohoku's resilience, and to connect that resilience to the next generation, to the world, and open up the future.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
The 10th Anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake TOHOKU RESILIENCE  Happo-en Annex, 4-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo   11/03/2021 13/03/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $29,770.00

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Development of the Australia-Japan Public Health Collaboration

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Dr Stuart Gilmour

Screenshot of the goals and principles of the collaboration, and a vision for the Development of the Australia-Japan Public Health Collaboration project website.
The goals and principles of the collaboration, and a vision for the project website. Credit: Anna Thiel.

Project Description

Australia and Japan have long been world leaders in public health, and have both made major contributions to public health in the Asia-Pacific region. However, despite both countries’ considerable achievements in public health, globally the lessons of their public health systems are often ignored. This project will build a network of public health experts trained or working in the two countries who will work together to build the profile of Japan and Australia’s public health achievements, and provide a unique perspective on global health that can raise the profile of the two countries’ expertise on this important issue across the world. The project will link these experts together, help them to engage in collaborative research, and share their work through an exciting new web portal that will help to showcase their public health work and amplify their voice, ensuring that Australian and Japanese public health experience and opinion has a properly global reach.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Launch seminar  Online Academics and health journalists 30/06/2021 31/07/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000.00

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Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2021

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Japan
Grantee: NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization

Project Description

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (ETAT) is the pioneer of regional art festivals taking place across Japan. For the 2021 Triennale, we have invited two Australian artists, Janet Lawrence and Elena Knox in order to continue the long-standing tie between Echigo-Tsumari and Australia. Laurence is a renowned Australian artist and participated in the second Triennale in 2003. She transformed an old cabin into a permanent artwork titled “Elixir”, which has been cherished by local people and visitors, and will join us again by installing Museum of Water at an abandoned house or a shop, which shows the variety and abundance of water and nature of Echigo-Tsumari, using many kinds of flasks. Knox is a performance and media artist, and was selected for the Australia House’s residency program in 2019. She plans to make a video installation with 7 monitors, called Protective Seal, based on her documents of different seven places, including Echigo-Tsumari.

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $38,700.00

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale flyer.
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018, July 29 - September 17 ※Image of 2021 edition is not ready yet. Credit: Photographer: Kasane Nogawa / Design: Taku Satoh

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Opening  Echigo-Tsumari   25/07/2021 12/09/2021

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Instrument Builder Project #5 – Tasmania

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Contemporary Art Tasmania

Photo of artist Julia Drouhin putting together her 3D artwork.
Performance detail of artist Julia Drouhin from IBP5 Mona Foma, Queen Victoria Art Museum, Launceston 16.01.21. Credit: Mish Szekelyhidi.

Project Description

Instrument Builders Project 5 (IBP5) is curated by Kristi Monfries, Lisa Campbell-Smith and Joel Stern and presented by Contemporary Art Tasmania in partnership with Melbourne-based sonic art organisation Liquid Architecture, and Australasian curatorial platform Volcanic Winds. Following the MONA FOMA showcase in January 2021, IBP will continue provide a platform to research, experiment, and present fieldwork, talks and writing through international collaborations and projects engaging artists from Japan, Australia and Indonesia.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Festival  Launceston local arts audience and cultural tourists 15/01/2021 17/01/2021
Research and Development Japan   20/01/2021 20/05/2021
Podcast Australia/Japan/Indonesia Partnering organisation's subscribed listeners (over 100,000 listeners) 5/02/2021 5/02/2021
Online Journal Tasmania/Melbourne Online Arts, literary and academic 10/03/2021 10/03/2021
Performances/Public Programs/ Field work Japan/Australia/Indonesia Contemporary arts sound communities 15/03/2021 15/11/2021
Asialink Engagement Event Japan/Tasmania Melbourne University, cultural diplomacy community, cultural community 10/08/2021 13/08/1921

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $21,887.00

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Leave no one Behind – Dare mo okizari ni shinai

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Sport Inclusion Australia

Photo of Team Japan holding the Japan flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane Australia.
Team Japan Opening Ceremony of the 2019 INAS Global Games Brisbane Australia. Credit: GG2019.

Project Description

A joint program between Sport Inclusion Australia and All Nippon Disabled Sports Persons Association to provide options and opportunities for Japanese athletes with an intellectual impairment to access sport and sport pathways.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
End of Program      31/12/2021* 31/12/2021
Mid Program Update     26/07/2021 26/07/2021
Webinar 5     8/11/2021 8/11/2021
Webinar 4     6/09/2021 6/09/2021
Webinar 3     19/07/2021 19/07/2021
Webinar 2 Online Japanese Sport Organisations (Government and Non Government. Australian Sporting Organisations, people with intellectual impairment in Japan and in Australia and their families 24/05/2021 24/05/2021
Webinar 1 Online Japanese Sport Organisations (Government and Non Government. Australian Sporting Organisations, people with intellectual impairment in Japan and in Australia and their families 26/04/2021 26/04/2021
Launch Online Japanese Sport Organisations (Government and Non Government. Australian Sporting Organisations, people with intellectual impairment in Japan and in Australia and their families 15/03/2021 31/12/1921

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $30,000.00

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Ken + Julia Yonetani Exhibition Public Programming and Community Engagement

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location: Japan
Grantee: Kadokawa Culture Museum, Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation

Photo of Ken + Julia Yonetani Exhibition.
Ken + Julia Yonetani “That is Why I want to be Saved” Venue: Kadokawa Culture Museum. Credit: Kei Miyajima ©Ken + Julia Yonetani Courtesy of the Artists and Mizuma Art Gallery.

Project Description

“That is Why I want to be Saved”, a major survey exhibition of the work of Australian-Japanese artist duo Ken + Julia Yonetani, will be held at Kadokawa Culture Museum, November 7th 2020-March 7th 2021. The full costs of the exhibition installation have already been covered by Kadokawa museum. This grant application is for a series of public engagement activities around the exhibition, to be held from mid December-March 7th. They are designed to expand public engagement with art in the context of the onset of COVID-19, and emphasize education and digital outreach. They include educational talks/workshops by Ken + Julia Yonetani for local children, and a series of public talks by Ken + Julia Yonetani that will be viewable in person as well as Online. A video will be produced featuring the exhibition and these related public activities, including interview with the artists, and featured online.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Workshop     18/03/2023  

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,000.00

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Celebrating Women in post-pandemic Australia and Japan

Sector: Communication, Information and Advocacy
Country location: Australia and Japan
Grantee: Celebrating Women in Japan

Project Description

With a focus on fostering and building a sector-based mentor/mentee model and accompanying database, the Celebrating Women in Japan (CWJ) project intends hold two events, one in-person and one virtual, to coincide with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2021 (110th anniversary of International Women’s Day). CWJ anticipates partnering with the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan to convene the in-person event, and proposes a collaboration with WGEA and like-minded organisations for a digital event, to highlight the importance Australia places on data and reporting. Both virtual and in-person dialogues will use the 2021 theme to feature leaders from both countries (business, government, grass roots organisations, academia) with a focus on how policy solutions in a post-COVID society will need to change to incorporate diversity and inclusion, and the status of women post-pandemic in both Australia and Japan. The database and mentor/mentee model will ensure that professionals can connect prior to the dialogues in order to solidify bilateral networks and ensure cross-cultural, intergenerational guidance. The primary objectives are to formulate stronger people-to-people linkages, share practical strategies, and to determine a pathway for women in Australia and Japan to develop ongoing dialogue.

Image of Celebrating Women in Japan Promotional Poster for 2021. Poster calling for those to Sign up to Mentor or Become a Mentee.
Celebrating Women in Japan Promotional Poster for 2021. Credit: Eve Bentley.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Outreach (pre & post)  Online (Japan & Australia) Australian and Japanese 1/03/2021  
Mentor/Mentee Network Development & Establishment Online (Japan & Australia) Australian and Japanese 1/02/2021  
Digital Dialogue (TBC) Online (Japan & Australia) Australian and Japanese 15/03/2021  
IWD Event (TBC) Tokyo, Japan Australian and Japanese 8/03/2021  

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,000.00

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Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue 2020-2021

Sector: Society Culture and Sport
Country location:
Grantee: Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue Limited

Group photo of the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue 2019 delegates.
Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue 2019 delegates, 16 November 2019, Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Sherry Zheng.

Project Description

The Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue is proud to deliver a series of events, workshops and activities across 2021 aimed at building knowledge and networks among future leaders in the Australia-Japan relationship. While we cannot be together for our flagship Dialogue event — last held in November 2019 — this year we will be broadening our focus and aiming to deliver events to in a wider audience. Our team looks forward to engaging with our alumni, supporters, partners and others in the Australia-Japan community to continue to deliver on our aspirations for the future of the bilateral relationship.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
Partnerships event  Online   22/03/2021 22/03/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000.00

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Projecting Australian Research in Japan

Sector: Scientific Innovation
Country location: Japan
Grantee: The University of Tokyo

Photo of Hayabusa spacecraft flying across the clouds as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere over the Woomera Test Range in Australia at night-time.
Hayabusa spacecraft streaks across the clouds as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Ed Schilling.

Project Description

This project will showcase Australian research in Japan and facilitate connections that will build deeper bilateral research collaboration in the future. The project combines the prestige of UTokyo’s School of Engineering and the networking capabilities of the Australia, New Zealand, Oceania Researchers (ANZOR) Japan group, formed in 2019, to showcase the creativity of Australia-Japan research collaborations for a diverse audience. Two key activities are 1.5-day Australian Research in Japan event presenting innovative Australian research contributions, engagingly explained for non-specialists, and a half-day International Women’s Day panel on strategies to enhance diversity in the two countries’ research communities. Additional webinars during 2021 will supplement both events, support career development for Australian Early Career Researchers and expand UTokyo’s engagement with Australia. The ANZOR group, predominantly Early Career Researchers, has unmatched potential to convey the excitement and quality of Australian research and successful Australia-Japan collaborations, bringing their personal experiences outside the laboratories and universities. We hope a wide audience will join us to share the excitement.

Key Dates:

Activity or Event Location Target audience Expected start date Expected end date
AU-JP collaborative research project highlight #1  Tokyo (Webinar) Australian & Japanese researchers and academics 26/02/2021 26/02/2021
Internationalization and Diversity in Japanese and Australian Research (IWD Event) Tokyo (face-to-face and/or Webinar) Australian & Japanese researchers and academics 8/03/2021 8/03/2021
AU-JP collaborative research project highlight (theme TBD) Tokyo (Webinar) Australian & Japanese researchers and academics 20/05/2021 20/05/2021
Succeeding as a foreign researcher in Japan Workshop Tokyo (Webinar) Australian & Japanese researchers and academics 21/07/2021 21/07/2021
Innovation and Academia-Industry Collaboration Tokyo (Webinar) Australian & Japanese researchers and academics 15/09/2021 15/09/2021
Australian Research in Japan Symposium Tokyo Australian & Japanese researchers and academics 15/11/2021 15/11/2021

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,072.00

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