Strengthening the Queensland-Japan relationship
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, and Mrs Kaye de Jersey, visited Japan from 27 August – 2 September 2016, promoting and fostering Queensland’s trade, business and cultural interests with the State’s second largest trading partner.
The Governor attended a number of engagements in Tokyo, Saitama and Kawasaki, including:
- meetings with Australian and Queensland trade and diplomatic representatives, including His Excellency Mr Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan, and Mr Tak Adachi, Queensland’s Trade & Investment Commissioner for Japan;
- meeting Mr Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs;
- meeting His Excellency Mr Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, and Mr Ejiiro Miyazaki, Speaker of Saitama Prefectural Government (the Prefecture of Saitama and the State of Queensland have an established Sister State relationship);
- meeting Mr Atsushi Miura, Deputy Mayor of Kawasaki City, and visiting the life science innovation cluster precinct, King Skyfront;
- meeting representatives of the Iwasaki Group;
- visiting the site of Saitama’s new Children’s Medical Centre;
- meeting Dr Shigenori Ikemoto, President, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University, and addressing students soon to depart on an educational exchange to The University of Queensland;
- meeting Mr Kiroyuki Sakai, Honorary TAFE Queensland Culinary Ambassador for Japan; and
- visiting a number of cultural institutions, particularly those with involvement with major Queensland institutions and events, including the Asia Pacific Triennial.
Japan is the world’s third largest economy and Queensland’s second largest trading partner.
Queensland and Japan have a longstanding trade relationship, with merchandise exports valued at A$8.8 billion or 19.8% of Queensland’s total exports.