Event Reports


2024 Event Reports

Korea-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Women's Leadership Forum

On 21 and 22 May, the Consulates-General of the ROK, the US, and Japan jointly hosted the Trilateral Women's Leadership Forum, with the sponsorship of the City of Melbourne.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO delivered opening remarks and the forum featured panel discussions on career development and female leadership by prominent female leaders representing three countries: Ms Erika Olson, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States; Ms Natsuko Miguchi, Deputy Consul-General of Japan; and Ms Elizabeth Lee, Leader of Opposition in the ACT from the public sector, and Ms Sara James, Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Journalist and Author; Ms Natsuko Ogawa, M&A Partner of Ashurst; and Ms Christine Park, Partner of FINDEX & Crowe Group from the private sector. Many young leaders of the next generation from Australia and the Korean-U.S.-Japanese communities also attended the forum.


Reception for former MEXT scholars

On 21 March 2024, Consul-General Shimada and his wife hosted a reception at their residence for former Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship recipients in Victoria. This was the third reception since the formation of the Melbourne MEXT Alumni Association (MMAA) in March 2019. Fifteen former MEXT scholars attended and introduced themselves one by one, sharing stories about their life in Japan. The event provided a great opportunity for former scholars to reconnect with each other and forge new connections.

After a speech by the Consul-General, Ms Leonie Boxtel, President of the MMAA, proposed a toast, and Dr Jason Jones, Vice-President of the MMAA, gave a presentation about his recent trip to Japan to attend the 4th Japan Alumni Conference in Tokyo as a representative of alumni associations in Australia.


2024 Emperor's Birthday Reception

On 15 February 2024, the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception was held at the Consul-General’s residence. The event was attended by approximately 300 people, including state and local government officials, state and federal politicians, members of the Victorian Consular Corps, Japanese cultural and educational organisations, and business representatives of Australian and Japanese businesses.

After Kyudo ceremonial shooting rituals and the singing of the Australian and Japanese national anthems, Consul-General Shimada delivered a speech, which was followed by congratulatory remarks by Mr Nick Staikos MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs (representing the Premier and Guest of Honour), and Mr David Southwick MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, respectively.

The residence was decorated with welcoming flowers by Ikebana International and samurai armour from the Edo period, while guests enjoyed traditional Japanese culture, including live performance of koto and taiko drums and a hands-on demonstration of tea ceremony by Urasenke. Japanese companies provided beer, green tea slushies, probiotic drinks, as well as cheesecakes from Otaru, strawberries and char-grilled Hida beef from Gifu Prefecture, and Aomori Prefecture and Narita Market offered sake and specialities. There were also displays of a hydrogen bus, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrids electric vehicles from Japanese car manufacturers, as well as the distribution of samples of healthcare-related products. In addition, Melbourne’s sister city, Osaka, promoted the Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025, while Victoria’s sister state, Aichi Prefecture, promoted its sister state relationship.

(Photos: Risako Yamanaka) 
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Anthems Kyodo
Ikebana Taiko
 (Photos: The Consulate-General of Japan)
Tea Reception  

Conferral Ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to Mr. Ross Ciaravolo

On 9 February 2024, Consul-General Shimada presented the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to Mr. Ross Ciaravolo for his enormous contribution to promoting regional exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and Australia.

Mr. Ciaravolo was joined by family and friends for a reception followed by a dinner at the official residence.