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Yamagami Shingo

His Excellency, Ambassador of Japan to Australia
Japan-Australia relations – current situation and future prospects

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

National Press Club of Australia

For decades, Australia has served as a reliable supplier of agricultural products, raw material and energy, while Japan has made a long-term commitment to Australia through technology transfer and job creation. Japanese investment is significantly increasing, and is on par with British investment, behind only that from the US.

Japan and Australia are natural partners, sharing basic values of democracy, a market economy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as strategic interests in maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

This mutual trust is a great asset to both countries and their people. However, are they really aware of the full potential of their bilateral relationship? There must be more the two countries can still do together.

Ambassador Yamagami’s NPC address will include an overview of the current situation and future prospects of Japan-Australia relations; a relationship which is in an excellent state, but at the same time has seemingly taken each other for granted.

His Excellency YAMAGAMI Shingo is the Ambassador of Japan to Australia following his appointment in December 2020.

Prior to his being posted to Australia, Ambassador Yamagami served as Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2018-2020). Ambassador Yamagami has previously served overseas in diplomatic postings to the United Kingdom as Political Minister (2009 – 2012), Geneva, Switzerland as Economic Counsellor for the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and International Organizations (2000 – 2003), Hong Kong as Consul (1998 – 2000), and the USA as Second Secretary (1987 – 1990). Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yamagami has previously served as  Director-General, Intelligence and Analysis Service (2017 – 2018), and Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy (Deputy Director-General, Foreign Policy Bureau) (2014 – 2015). Outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yamagami was Director-General (Acting) at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (2015 – 2017). He was also seconded to the National Police Agency as Director of the Police Administration, Ibaraki Prefectural Police (2007-2009). Ambassador Yamagami has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tokyo (1984) and studied at the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (1985-87).

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