Today I congratulate the recipients of 50 new grants and three Publication Awards funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF). 

The AJF grants program has fostered the relationship between Australia and Japan for more than 40 years. The Government will invest almost $1 million in programs that encourage cross-cultural collaboration, and promote Australian scientific, academic and sporting excellence in Japan.

Successful proposals for 2017-18 include:

  • Performances by the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Tokyo led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, as well as an educational exchange for Australian musicians;
  • The introduction of an Australian-style surf lifesaving competition that will hone the emergency management skills of Japan’s lifesavers to help save more lives on Japan’s beaches;
  • Collaboration between Curtin University and Akita University in developing educational virtual reality content for Australia’s world-leading School of Mines;
  • Connecting Touch Football Australia with Japan Touch Association to develop its business model to help the sport flourish in Japan;
  • A new program to link young farmers in Australia and Japan in post-disaster land care; and
  • A world-class program promoting collaboration between Australian and Japanese disabled artists. 

More information about the AJF grants program, and a full list of 2017-18 recipients is available on the website.

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