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NT Government Delegation to strengthen economic ties with Japan

Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles will lead an NT Government delegation to strengthen economic ties with Japan.

The Minister along with a small group of experts from the Office of Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment will attend the 53rd Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference in Fukuoka, Japan over two days from October 4.

“This conference is vital in developing further the Northern Territory’s trade and investment relationship with Japan,” said Minister Peter Styles.

“It attracts an impressive list of key business leaders including: Chairman of Inpex Mr Naoki Kuroda, MD & CEO of Woodside Mr Peter Coleman, Chairman of the Board Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Mr Masaykuki Oku, Chairman of NEC Mr Nobuyuki Koga and President and CEO of Japan Post Mr Toru Takahashi all of which have, or have the potential to invest in the Northern Territory.

“Japan is the Northern Territory’s biggest trading partner and the Giles Government is committed to engaging with the Asian Region and delivering a prosperous economy.

“Having the opportunity to meet face-to-face with key individuals and organisations will go a long way to bolstering the NT’s economic future.”

Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce NT will also be attending the event and while in Japan the NT Government delegation will conduct a briefing with the Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Bruce Miller.

As well as conducting critical business Minister Styles also has a more poignant task, he will present a moving video compilation to the Japanese Government of the emotional footage taken when the family of Japanese war widow Miyoko Kawahara fulfilled her dying wish by scattering her ashes in waters off Darwin where her airman husband died during World War Two.

“Darwin and Japan share a long history including times of conflict but in two short minutes this video demonstrates the kind of relationship we now share; the key is to continue to strengthen the links for the benefit of both the Top End and Japan,” said Minister Styles. 

The video clip is available to media upon request.

Media Contact: Rebecca Barr: 0407 284 066