ANU forum to explore how Japan is responding to regional uncertainty

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will join world leading economists, academics, government officials and policymakers when she speaks at the 2017 Japan Update at The Australian National University (ANU) on Wednesday 6 September. Media are invited to attend. 

The influential event will also feature a keynote speech from Chief Economist of the Bank of Japan Dr Toshitaka Sekine, and remarks from Japanese Ambassador to Australia Mr Sumio Kusaka.

Conference convenor Dr Shiro Armstrong of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy said the event will hear how rising tensions with North Korea, the election of Donald Trump and domestic scandals in Japan are helping drive rapid change in Japan.

“Japan finds itself in a completely different regional environment and position than a year ago,” Dr Armstrong said.

“Prime Minister Abe’s rapid and successful diplomacy have helped secure the US-Japan alliance under President Trump, for now. But the uncertainty from Mr Trump’s election and the growing North Korean nuclear threat have combined with a weakened domestic position for Mr Abe to create tough choices for Japan.”

Speakers at the ANU Japan Update include:

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • His Excellency Mr Sumio Kusaka, Ambassador of Japan

  • Dr Toshitaka Sekine, Bank of Japan

  • Professor Aoki Reiko, Japan Fair Trade Commission

  • Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale, ANU East Asian Bureau of Economic Research

The full Japan Update program is available here -


WHAT:  ANU 2017 Japan Update

WHERE: Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU

WHEN: Starting 9:00am Wednesday 6 September 2017. Minister Bishop is due to speak at 11.45am.

For media assistance, contact Aaron Walker on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or 0418 307 213.