2 October 2017

Grants to Canberra organisations strengthen ties with Japan

| Ian Bushnell
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Grants offered by the Australia Japan Foundation will help build governance, commercial and sports development models.

Helping young earthquake victims, supporting the blossoming sport of touch football and delivering a science circus are some of the things ACT organisations will do with almost $250,000 in grants offered by the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF).

The grants help promote collaboration between Australia and Japan.

The seven AJF grants in the 2017-18 round have been awarded to:

  • The Australian National University (ANU) – Australia-Japan Research Centre;
  • ACT Australia-Japan Society;
  • Touch Football Australia;
  • Capital Woodlands and Wetlands Conservation Association;
  • Questacon;
  • National Museum of Australia; and
  • The ANU’s National Parliamentary Fellowships Program (NPFP) – Japan.

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said these organisations’ projects reflected the diverse and innovative ideas being implemented across Australia.

“These are ideas to help strengthen linkages between Australia and Japan and promote our economic, artistic and cultural assets,” Senator Seselja said.

The Australia-Japan Society (ACT) Inc. will help young Japanese, who lost parents in the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, come to Canberra to take part in a two-week educational and social program with young people their own age.

Touch Football Australia will assist the Japan Touch Association to build governance, commercial and sports development models and increase girls’ participation in sport.

Questacon will deliver a hands-on science circus to the Kansai region of Japan in partnership with the Osaka Science Museum, Miraikan and other regional science centres.

For more than 40 years, the AJF has supported sustainable partnerships between Australian and Japanese institutions, professional bodies, non-governmental organisations, private sector organisations and individuals in business, innovation and science, the arts, media, education, and sport.

The AJF is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For more information about the AJF, successful grant recipients and the grants program, go to www.dfat.gov.au/ajf

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