Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- July 2020

AJSQ Careers Evening - online

AJSQ Careers Evening - online
13th August 2020

This is the first time this popular annual event has been delivered online in almost two decades.Join the event and hear from people who have learnt Japanese and have successfully utilized the language as part of their career paths.

With strong trading ties between Japan and Australia, Japanese language skills will provide you with an edge in the workplace. There are so many industries in which Japanese language skills can prove to be a major advantage. Receive some valuable insights from those who have pursued fluency in the language, and utilised their Japanese skills across a number of industries.

A representative from the Consulate – General of Japan will also present information on next year’s JET Programme. The JET program is a Japanese Government initiative, and has provided the platform for hundreds of Queenslanders to work in Japan, and deepen their understanding of Japan.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Japanese House in New Farm - Event

Japanese House in New Farm - Event
22nd August 2020

The New Farm and Districts Historical Society will be hosting an event on 22nd August 2020, presented by Jill Barker, who will share information about the Japanese House in New Farm.

This remarkable residence was pre-fabricated in Japan in 1886 and re-erected in New Farm. This innovative architectural arrival, which was named Yeddo, was positioned on a sloping …

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TAFE Qld. Certificate of Appreciation

The AJS-Q has been assisting with contributions to the TAFE Qld. Food Bank, established to help international students affected by the COVID19 crisis.

If you would like to assist, please see the article for the Food Bank in this enewsletter (below).

IF YOU WISH TO ASSIST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TAFE Qld, currently requires donations of food and toiletry items which can be delivered to:

TAFE Qld | South Bank Campus | 66 Ernest St | South Brisbane

Toiletries include items such as shampoo, conditioner, body and hand wash, hand sanitiser, wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc. Plastic shopping bags are also in great demand.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Japan: Art & Life - Zoom event

Japan: Art & Life - Zoom event
19th July 2020 | hosted by Qld TAASA

An informal Sunday afternoon conversation focusing on Japan.

Get comfortable with a beverage of choice and settle in to hear from esteemed presenters. The formal presentation will happen in the 5:00 – 5:40pm time slot with time for extended conversations afterwards.

Zoom details in PDF

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Kobe Sake

Kobe Sake
Each month throughout 2020 the AJS-Q is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Brisbane Kobe Sister City relationship by highlighting aspects of Kobe. This month we are looking at Kobe Sake.

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Assistance for International Students

Assistance for International Students
Though Queensland is now on the road back from the COVID-19 outbreak, international students in Queensland are still in great need of various support services, including food and housing needs.

On April 22, the Queensland (QLD) Government announced the establishment of an online consultation service as part of its efforts to assist international students who are unable to return home.

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Food Bank for International Students

Food Bank for International Students
TAFE Qld has launched a food bank to assist international students affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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AJS Japanese Study Group | now moved online!

AJS Japanese Study Group | now moved online!
From March 2020, the person-to-person gatherings for the Group were cancelled.

The group now uses an online conference call facility to maintain the regular Thu afternoon Study Group sessions.

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Co-Patrons :
The Hon. The Premier of Queensland,
The Consul-General of Japan, Queensland


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