Celebrating Australia in Japan
Australia now is a celebration of Australia delivered annually in a country or region of strategic significance for Australia. This year, that country is Japan. Until November 2018, Australia will present itself in Japan as a key destination for tourism, study, research and investment. In regard to culture, Australian acts will join some of Japan’s cultural festivals and venues in Tokyo and beyond. The Australia now activities are taking place ahead of Japan hosting the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
On 5 April, the Australian Embassy in Tokyo launched this year’s Australia now with performances by soprano Deborah Cheetham, member of the Yorta Yorta people and Officer of the Order of Australoia (AO), and Australian-Japanese artist Sarah Àlainn. Over 1,500 of Japan's political and corporate leaders were in attendance.
In total, over 40 events have been scheduled to portray Australian innovation, lifestyle and creativity.