Roundtable: “Understanding Japan through reimagining the Australia-Japan relationship”

Abstract: The ANU's Australia–Japan Research Centre is preparing a report on Reimagining the Japan Relationship, supported by the Australia–Japan Foundation. Join us for a preview of the main argument of the report and a discussion on how Australia can better invest in understanding Japan. Australia's relationship with Japan has never been stronger but is it fit for purpose given the uncertainty both countries face? And is Australia investing enough in understanding one of its closest partners? 


Shiro Armstrong is an Associate Professor of economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University. He is Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Editor of the East Asia Forum, and Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

Sarah Strugnell is a Project Manager at the Australia-Japan Research Centre. Sarah is a former Victorian Government Hamer Scholar to Japan (2017), Monash Yoshida Scholarship holder (2015 & 2016) and JASSO scholarship awardee (2016-15 & 2019-20). Sarah graduated with a Double Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the Australian National University (Policy and Governance) and the University of Tokyo (Public Management & International Relations) in 2020. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours in Japanese Studies) from Monash University.

Dr. Andrew Levidis is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge and member of the Newton Trust project "Charting the Geography of Power.” He is also an Honorary Lecturer at the ANU and was the National Library of Australia Fellow in Japanese Studies in 2021. He received his PhD in History from Kyoto University and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge. 


A recording of this seminar is available here 


The ANU Japan Institute Seminar Series is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 



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