Annual ANU reception in Tokyo brings out the stars

19 December 2018

ANU would like to thank the committee of the Japan Alumni Network for its work organising the annual ANU reception in Tokyo. Our alumni volunteers are such important members of the ANU family, and we value their contributions to our ongoing international presence.

On 6 December over 60 people, including senior business leaders, policy makers, academics and local ANU alumni, were welcomed to an exclusive cocktail event hosted by the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) and the ANU Japan Alumni Network.

Guests heard from high-profile speakers, including Dr Iwao Nakatani, President, Chairman of The Board of Counsellors and Analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting, who is also a former Chairman of Sony and former President of Tama University.

Dr David Gruen, Deputy Secretary (Economic), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia, and Australia's G20 Sherpa, Professor Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics at ANU and Founding Director of AJRC, and Dr Shiro Armstrong, Director of AJRC, also spoke, highlighting the importance of the ANU network in Japan.

Notable guests included Professor Mari Pangestu, former trade minister for Indonesia, and Professor Koichi Hamada, advisor to Prime Minister Abe. 

Two ANU fellows completing placements in the Diet (Japanese National Parliament) under the National Parliamentary Fellowship Program, and an alum from the inaugural fellowship program also attended.

The reception followed a major public symposium co-hosted by ANU on Asia's response to the trade war.

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