Nara and Canberra celebrate 25 years of sister city ties

National Oct 26, 2018

Nara and Canberra celebrate 25 years of sister city ties

Dignitaries from Japan and Australia commemorated the 25th anniversary of sister city relations between Nara and Canberra on Thursday. Nara City Mayor Gen Nakagawa traveled to the Australian capital to mark the silver anniversary at an event hosted by Japanese Ambassador Sumio Kusaka and attended ...

Japan and Australia agree to sidestep conflict over whaling

National Aug 4, 2018

Japan and Australia agree to sidestep conflict over whaling

Japan and Australia agreed Friday to make efforts to prevent their whaling dispute from hurting bilateral relations, a government official said. During talks in Singapore, Foreign Minister Taro Kono briefed his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop about Japan's proposal to restructure the International Whaling Commission to ...

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

National / Politics Apr 19, 2017

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

Facing China's maritime assertiveness and the threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, the defense ministers of Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to deepen security cooperation. The ministers met in Tokyo a day before "two-plus-two" security talks between the countries' foreign and defense ministers, ...

National Dec 13, 2016

Australia-Japan high-level defense talks postponed

A high-level security dialogue between Japan and Australia scheduled for later this month in Tokyo has been postponed until early next year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday, citing the ill health of Defense Minister Marise Payne. "We will need to defer the meeting until ...

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

National Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. Almost ...