Policy Briefing: Japan with H.E Mr Sumio Kusaka, Japan's Ambassador to Australia


Where next for the Japan - Australia relationship?

Asia Society Australia is honored to host H.E Mr Sumio Kusaka, Japan's Ambassador to Australia for a boardroom policy briefing in Sydney. 

Mr Kusaka will brief Asia Society Australia members and guests on the political and economic developments in Japan and its impact on Australia. With 37 years’ experience as a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Kusaka will offer a unique insight into trade, investment and security in Asia.

This briefing will run under Chatham House rule.  Guests will have a unique opportunity to discuss Japan in the regional and bilateral context.

Date: 24 November 2016
Time: 12:15 for a 12:30 start, conclude 2:00pm
Venue Herbert Smith Freehills, 161 Castlereagh S
t, Sydney, NSW 

This event is by invitation only.

About the speaker:

As Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia, Sumio Kusaka brings with him 37 years of distinguished service as a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Before arriving in Australia, Ambassador Kusaka was posted as Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York (2013-15), after serving in Tokyo as Ambassador and Chief of Protocol (2012-13) and Ambassador and Director General for African Affairs (2010-12).

Ambassador Kusaka has considerable knowledge and experience in economic affairs and has previously worked in senior economic roles with both MOFA and the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Notably, he served as Deputy Vice Minister for International affairs and Deputy Director-General at MOF (2004-06), and oversaw economic partnership agreement negotiations with both Australia and India as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs Bureau at MOFA (2006-08).

Prior diplomatic postings have included assignments in Australia (1981-83), Canada, Tanzania, Boston, Washington, D.C., and as Consul-General in London/Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.K.

Ambassador Kusaka, born in 1953, obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from Chuo University in Japan and then an economics bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At Harvard University from 1999-2000, he was a fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs program

The program is presented in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills

Our Policy Briefing series delivered to Asia Society members by senior diplomats, economists, foreign policy and country experts offer an insider’s perspective on foreign and economic policy issues and relationships which are critically important for Australia. 

Event Details

Thu 24 Nov 2016
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Sydney CBD
This event is by invitation only
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