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Australia-Japan Society of NSW

About the Society

The Australia Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) was founded in Sydney in 1968. It is a not-for-profit, non-political organization, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (ABN: 54 519 437 753).

The co-patrons of the Society are The Premier of New South Wales and The Consul General of Japan, Sydney. The Society has close links with JETAA NSW, The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Japanese Society of Sydney and other "Japan-focused" organisations in Sydney and NSW.

AJS-NSW is affiliated with the The National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies, which is the peak body in Australia for the promotion of Australia-Japan cultural, public affairs and educational activities. There are equivalent but independent State Societies and affiliated groups in all major centres in each Australian state. There are also a number of counterpart societies, based in Japan.

The main aim of the Society is to promote common interest and mutual understanding and goodwill between the peoples of Australia and Japan - at all levels. The activities of AJS-NSW in pursuit of these objectives are wide and varied.

The activities of AJS-NSW are funded by membership fees and function activities.

Regular 'Shaberanaito' Language Evenings

The AJS-NSW aims to:

  • offer interesting and informative Japan-related events to our members and to the general public of NSW
  • be the central hub of Japan-related activities for Australians who live in and around NSW
  • be an organisation where anyone interested in Japan is able to find out information about Japan, and make friends with similar interests
  • cooperate with other organisations with similar objectives both in Sydney and NSW, and in Japan


The Board of Management of AJS-NSW comprises representatives from a broad range of business, government and the community who provide their services on a voluntary basis because they are passionate about  the value of the Australia-Japan relationships – between businesses, Governments and people.

The Board comprises a good balance of both Australian and Japanese members.

The present members of the Society's Board are:

President   Anita Byrnes
Vice President  Tim Griffiths
Treasurer  Ben Trumbull
Secretary  Terry Crotty

Board members


 Kimiyo Aizawa

 Lindsay Clift

  Michele Miller

  Philip Mitchell

(Past President)

 Tin-lok Shea

  Teri Teramoto

  Joy Yu

Consulate of Japan, Sydney


 Yuta Sekiyama


Expressions of interest for AJS-NSW Board

Are you an AJS-NSW member interested in working more closely with the AJS-NSW board in organizing events that interest you? Do you know a Member who is?

We are looking for active and enthusiastic people with ideas and a desire to contribute to our Australia-Japan community, on a Committee that interfaces with the Board.

To find out more, email us or talk to one of our Board members, see list at left.

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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PO Box R937, Royal Exchange NSW 1225

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