Asia Society – Talk by Prime Minister Tony Abbott


JETAA Canberra Vice President Adam Gastineau and Treasurer Matthew French attended a recent Asia Society sponsored luncheon with Prime Minister Tony Abbott ahead of his  upcoming North Asia tour to promote Australia’s business interests.

You can watch the full speech at the Asia Societies website.

A full copy of the Prime Minister Abbot’s speech can be read below.

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April Oshaberikai, Wed Apr 2nd


Our April Oshaberikai and get together will be at Iori Plus, on Wednesday, 2nd April from 6:00pm.

If you can’t speak Japanese come along anyway, we all speak English too!

For those who haven’t been before here’s how it works: You only pay for what you eat/drink. JETAA Canberra provides the renkon chips and edamame.

If you have to leave early, just find your friendly JETAA officer and settle up with them. Don’t forget to tell them what you ordered so we can check your order off the bill. We usually have change so you can pay for drinks as you go, but small bills and coins are always welcome!

SPECIAL BANQUET - if you came along to our combined dinner with AJS and CJC earlier in the month you would have had the amazing IORI Plus banquet. The half price offer is still on so you can get a MEGA multi course (13 I believe) dinner for only $30/person! NB, you get renkon and edamame as part of the meal ;)

If you want to order a banquet, you MUST RSVP for a booking. This is because the chefs prepare some of the meals in advance on the night so they can all arrive at the right time. If you are not sure if you are able to come, there are tonnes of other tasty affordable options on the menu

Where: 1st Floor Deakin Soccer Club, 3 Grose Street, Deakin, 2600
Date Wednesday, April 2nd
Time From 6:00pm
Cost $30 for the banquet
Why Oshaberikai and meet up with our fellow Japanese Societies and Clubs
Web    (if you aren’t a member, just ask for an invite.  Any last minute changes will be posted to the Facebook Group.)

If you have any questions about the dinner, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hope to see you there!

Ja ne!


ANU – Japanese History Through Cinema


4pm fortnightly on Wednesdays (see dates below) in the Talanoa room, 2nd floor of Coombs bldg. (9), ANU.

Courtesy of the Department of Pacific and Asian History.


MARCH 19 TORA NO O WO FUMU OTOKOTACHI (The Men Who Tread on a Tiger’s Tail) Dir. Kurosawa Akira, 1945. 59 mins.
APRIL 02 SEPPUKU (Harakiri) Dir. Kobayashi Masaki, 1962. 133 mins.
APRIL 16 EEJANAIKA Dir. Imamura Shōhei, 1981. 151 mins.
APRIL 30 NOBI (Fires on the Plain) Dir. Ichikawa Kon, 1959. 108 mins.
MAY 14 NIHON NO YORU TO KIRI (Night and Fog in Japan) Dir. Ōshima Nagisa, 1960. 107 mins.
MAY 28 BABURU E GO!! (Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust) Dir. Baba Yasuo, 2007. 116 mins.
ANU Film Season

Film Season

General Meeting – Fri, 11 April

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JETAA Canberra is holding a General Meeting to discuss ongoing issues stemming from the election of the current executive committee at our Annual General Meeting on the 11th September 2013.

We will be discussing the results of that election and its outcome. We will also be voting on how these issues should be resolved, and how JETAA Canberra can move forward for the rest of 2014.

All members are requested to attend and make their voices heard. If you are unsure if you are a member but have been attending events, please come as this meeting seeks to clarify several outstanding issues regarding not only membership but the future running of JETAA Canberra.

The current Executive Committee is in a position to make some major decisions about JETAA Canberra, and as a result are seeking input from the membership as to how we should proceed.

We will also be discussing some possible changes to the current charter. These changes could affect how future membership is decided, voting rights and process and, potentially, our level of funding from CLAIR.

We need your help and input!

If you are unable to attend, but wish to vote, please notify JETAA Canberra’s Vice President/Secretary, Adam Gastineau, at and indicate who will have your proxy at the meeting. Your proxy notification must be in writing and should include your name, who you are nominating as your proxy and the date of the meeting.

Please note, all proxies (that is, who will be voting on your behalf, not what you intend on voting) must be submitted to the Vice President/Secretary at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to be accepted. This is required for all votes to be in accordance with the JETAA Charter (Section 4, specifically 4.24-4.29)

You can view or download a copy of the Charter from the JETAA Canberra website:

The meeting will also be audio recorded to ensure an accurate record of the discussion and results of any votes taken. Copies of the recording will be made available after the meeting up on written request to the Vice President/Secretary.

Event JETAA General Meeting
Date Friday, 11 April 2014
Where Civic Library, Mezzanine Level meeting room
Time 6:00pm – 7:30pm (approximately)
Proxies Send your proxy votes to no later than 6:00pm, Thursday, 10 April, 2014.

We look forward to see you at the meeting.

Adam Gastineau
Vice President
JETAA Canberra Inc.

Tsunami memorial service – Sat Mar 15


Three years have passed since Japan was devastated by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku and northern Kanto regions. Its effects have dealt a massive psychological blow to Japan, as  well imposing an enormous physical and human cost.

Each year concerned Canberrans, friends of Japan and members of the Japanese community gather in the Canberra-Nara Peace Park to remember the victims and to show their support for those who are recovering from the disaster. This year’s service will be held on 15 March.

Lighting a candle at the service will be an opportunity to send our prayers and thoughts to the victims and the displaced, and at this gathering, we will renew our pledge to support the survivors into the future.

For more information, please see the PDF flyer below.

Where: Canberra-Nara Park, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive Yarralumla
Date Saturday, 15th March 2014
Time From 4:30pm
Cost N/A – candles provided

 2014 Tsunami Meemorial