Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- September 2020

Notice of AGM


This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday 24 September at 5:30pm.

To attend please register at: to receive the link to join the AGM.

JETAA & AJS-Q Online Quiz Night -  via Zoom

JETAA & AJS-Q Online Quiz Night -  via Zoom
Thursday 17 September

Members and friends of the AJS-Q and JETAA are invited to join from the comfort of your homes - drinks and nibbles in hand - our first Online Quiz Night.

Players will be allocated into teams on the night before being tested on a range of current affairs and Japan-related questions by JETAA’s quizmasters, Keith and Ken Parker.

6:00pm – 8:00pm | Registration is essential

Please RSVP and register by 5:00pm Wednesday 16 September at to receive confirmation and the link to join the event.

JLPT in Brisbane [December 2020] 日本語能力試験

JLPT in Brisbane [December 2020] 日本語能力試験
6 December 2020 - applications open NOW

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers.

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Market Connect – Global Business Collaborations

Market Connect – Global Business Collaborations
24 September 2020 | Zoom virtual online meeting | TIQ
Are you a seasoned Queensland company in the innovation and digital sectors looking for scale-up or the next stage of growth via international partnerships with Japan?

September’s Market Connect virtual forum provides a chance to hear from a local cyber security technology company, along with market and industry experts on the changing dynamics of the Japanese innovation sector, especially at this turbulent time.
The panel will talk to insights on entering the Japanese market, attracting investment and exploring export with Japan.

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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program
Multicultural festivals and events will continue to connect Queenslanders in 2021 with applications now open to share in $1 million funding through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.

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Online Tea Ceremony Experience

Online Tea Ceremony Experience
16th September 2020

Japan Holidays brings another fantastic virtual experience to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony and join the LIVE Q&A from Tokyo with our Tea Master Cathy Rehms-Kaku.

Class duration is 30 minutes.

Delivering the class in English – guiding participants step-by-step through all aspects of the Tea Ceremony and the traditions and history behind the art.
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Studio Ghibli Film Festival

Studio Ghibli Film Festival
10th Sep - 14th Oct 2020

Dendy Coorparoo

Prepare to be spirited away at Dendy’s Studio Ghibli Film Festival.

Check out our magical lineup of 22 animated classics and beloved favourites from one of the most acclaimed studios in the world, Studio Ghibli, headed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki and home of some of the most revered and beloved animated works to have ever graced the screen.

Don’t miss out on one of the most enchanting big screen experiences ever.
All films are in original Japanese Language with English Subtitles.
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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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Parks of Kobe

Parks of Kobe
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 featuring a few of Kobe’s most beautiful parks and gardens.

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Brisbane International Film Featival

Brisbane International Film Featival
1–11 October 2020

70+ Films, 11 Days, 6 Cinemas - 11 exhilarating days of unmissable cinema..

Japanese cult superstars, stylish debut features, Hollywood star power and ambitious films that inspire and uplift.
Grab a film buddy, explore the program and get ready for Queensland’s biggest celebration of cinema from 1–11 October.

Japanese films include:

The final opus of the experimental pop master Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Labyrinth of Cinema is a powerful denunciation of war and a testament to the power of art as activism.

How long is long enough? Edson Oda’s stand-out directorial debut is a poetic investigation into the meaning of life and the kaleidoscopic possibilities it offers.

The latest from Japan’s notoriously prolific, subversive and cultishly adored Sion Sono is grandiose in scale yet as intimate in detail as his followers have come to expect

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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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