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Then-Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada (right) poses with his Australian counterpart Richard Marles after they signed a deal to simplify procedures for joint technical studies on defense equipment in Singapore in June.
Feb 23, 2024
Japan and Australia to conduct joint study on underwater drones
The project is intended to contribute to future interoperability of unmanned underwater vehicles between the two nations.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara (right) shakes hands with Australia's Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles during their meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo in October.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 18, 2024
Australia wants Japan to collaborate with AUKUS on defense tech
Canberra wants to 'work more closely' with Tokyo on technological developments but not nuclear-powered submarines.
Ground Self-Defense Force members land using an amphibious vehicle on the shore of Tokunoshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture as part of large-scale joint drills with the U.S. Marine Corps in March 2023.
Feb 2, 2024
Japan starts 2024 with flurry of security deals
In January alone, Tokyo signed cooperation deals with at least four countries, strengthening and expanding its network of like-minded partners.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese prior to their talks in San Francisco on Nov. 17, 2023.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 15, 2024
Japan and Australia in talks on cooperation in military contingencies
With China in mind, Tokyo envisions establishing bilateral defense cooperation guidelines with Canberra to clarify their role-sharing, sources said.
The iconic structure with its shell-shaped roof at Bennelong Point in Sydney is a source of immense pride for many Australians.
Dec 27, 2023
Yuzo Mikami: The unsung hero behind the Sydney Opera House
On the building's 50th anniversary, those with memories and knowledge of the Japanese architect say recognition of his achievements is long-overdue.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a summit meeting of the Asia Zero Emission Community held at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 18, 2023
Kishida vows to take lead in decarbonization in Asia
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan will try to create a huge "decarbonization market" capable of attracting investment from around the world to Asia.
The best season for Australian mangoes is from November to February, different from that of rival producers in the opposite hemisphere.
Nov 27, 2023
Australia keen to boost mango exports to Japan after curbs eased
The Australian mango season is different to that of rival producers in the opposite hemisphere.
Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell discussed a regional trade pact with Japan's economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura during their meeting in Osaka on Sunday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 30, 2023
Australia reassures Japan on CPTPP and strength of relationship
Australian Trade Minister discussed a regional trade pact with Japan's economy minister during their meeting in Osaka.
U.S. President Joe Biden toasts with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an official state dinner at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
Oct 26, 2023
U.S. and Australia seek military drone cooperation with Japan
The moves comes as the nations aim to maintain an edge in the face of China's growing military might.
A deal between Mitsubishi Electric and Australia’s Department of Defence taps the company’s know-how in electronic and optical systems.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 20, 2023
In industry first, Mitsubishi Electric secures defense deal with Australia
The deal taps the company’s know-how in electronic and optical systems.
Smoke billows after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
Oct 16, 2023
Japan and Australia postpone security talks amid Israel-Hamas war
Canberra has told Tokyo that it now needs to prioritize the protection of Australian citizens and consider responses to situations in the Middle East.
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura (second from right) meets with Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell (left), Resources Minister Madeleine King (second from left), and Climate and Energy Minister Chris Bowen in Melbourne on Sunday.
Oct 8, 2023
Australia vows stable energy exports to Japan amid emissions cut
Australia has worked to strengthen its policies to tackle climate change, including mandating emissions cuts of 43% from 2005 levels by 2030.
A Japanese F-35A fighter jet at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, in June 2017
Aug 28, 2023
Japanese F-35 jets visit Australia in first deployment abroad
The visit marks the first activity under a new agreement to facilitate reciprocal access and cooperation between the two countries' defense forces.
The HMAS Canberra sails to the main harbor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in March 2019. The vessel participated in a bilateral exercise between Australia's navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force on the way to the Philippines, an Australian defense spokesperson said Wednesday.
Aug 24, 2023
Australian navy holds exercise with MSDF en route to Philippines
There was no indication of a hotly anticipated trilateral drill in the South China Sea that had been expected the same day.
An Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter aircraft
Aug 17, 2023
Japan F-35 fighters to fly to Australia in first deployment abroad
Four F-35As, supported by an aerial tanker and transport aircraft, will take part in a long-range navigation and refueling exercise starting next Monday.
LNG Japan, a joint venture owned by Sumitomo and Sojitz, have inked a deal for a stake in a giant natural gas project off Australia.
Aug 9, 2023
LNG Japan inks ¥126 billion deal to join Australian gas project
The move will secure supply of a fossil fuel Japan expects will retain a key role in its energy mix.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) greets Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Pert, Australia on Oct. 22, 2022. The Japan-Australia Reciprocal Access Agreement is set to take effect on Aug. 13.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 8, 2023
Japan-Australia defense cooperation pact to take effect on Aug. 13
The Japan-Australia Reciprocal Access Agreement facilitates quicker deployment of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and Australian military personnel.
Australian Ambassador to Japan Justin Hayhurst (center) walks beside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) during the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima in May.
Aug 3, 2023
Tokyo-Canberra ties key to Indo-Pacific’s future: Australian envoy
"We’ve never been more important to each other," says Justin Hayhurst, Australia’s new Ambassador to Japan.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2023
Japan fires Type-12 anti-ship missile for first time in Australia
The live-firing was part of joint anti-ship drills presumably held with China in mind, as Japan, the U.S. and Australia look to keep opposing naval forces at bay.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
Japan and China defense ministers agree to operate defense hotline properly
The meeting came as the defense chiefs of Japan, the United States, Australia and the Philippines held their first-ever four-way talks.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves