Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has formally welcomed ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Dean Veronica Taylor to the board of the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF).
Established by the Australian government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan, the foundation has its headquarters in Canberra, and is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.
“Japan is our most important strategic and economic partner in Asia,” Ms Bishop said in a media release on Tuesday.
“The AJF brings together eminent Australians with public and private sector expertise to advise the Government on how to strengthen our cooperation with Japan.
“This is critical to advancing Australia’s interests in a stable and prosperous region.”
She noted Professor Taylor’s extensive academic experience in the region.
“She is well placed to drive the board’s ambitious education agenda,” she said.
Before being appointed Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific in July 2014, Professor Taylor was Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU and Director of the ANU Japan Institute.
Prior to joining the ANU she was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle.