Professor Veronica Taylor, Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, has been honoured with a Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for 2015 for her work to develop Japanese studies in Australia.
The award is recognition of Professor Taylor's involvement in the advancement of the intellectual and the policy linkages between Australia and Japan.
"I was humbled and very excited by this," Professor Taylor said.
"The award is a recognition of all that we have achieved through the Japan Institute at ANU, and also in broadening the University's engagement with Japan."
Japanese studies at ANU includes all the social sciences and spans everything from security to economics and politics, as well as languages, history and the arts.
Professor Taylor said Japan remains one of Australia's most significant partners.
"We are bound together economically, strategically and politically. More importantly there is now a depth of mutual cultural and social understanding that is really unprecedented," she said.
"Japan has become somewhere that is very familiar and normal for Australians to visit and vice-versa.
"We don't have that depth and breadth of relationship with any other country in our region. The Australian-Japan relationship is truly unique in that regard.
"Opportunities in Japan are really ripe for advancing pretty serious research collaboration and that's what I am focused on at the moment."
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO congratulated Professor Taylor on her latest recognition.
"To be honoured by the Japanese Foreign Minister is an excellent achievement. This highlights the significant role Veronica has played in the development of Japanese studies locally and abroad," Professor Young said.
The award follows Professor Taylor's appointed to the Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation in May.
Professor Taylor has previously worked as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU and as Director of the Japan Institute at the ANU.
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