Conference highlights strong partnership between Australia and Japan

Media release

28 February 2013

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles will visit Tokyo on 1 March to attend the 8th Australia-Japan Conference.

Mr Marles will deliver the keynote address at the conference, speaking on the strength of the relationship between our two countries.

"As two great Asia-Pacific democracies, we are natural partners in the region and in world affairs," Mr Marles said.

"That is why we are keen to push our economic and security partnership as well as our close cooperation in global and regional institutions even further."

The Australia-Japan Conference is a major event on the bilateral Australia-Japan calendar, attended by senior members of government, business and community leaders from both countries.

This year's conference has particular significance as the Australian Government embarks on the development of a Japan Country Strategy, as signalled in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper released on October 2012.

The White Paper has identified Japan as being amongst key regional partners that Australia would like to build more comprehensive relationships with.

While in Tokyo, Mr Marles will also meet with senior members of the new Abe Government to discuss cooperation in the Pacific. He will also host a reception for non-resident Ambassadors accredited to Australia and Ambassadors from the Pacific Islands.

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