Visit to Australia by the Prime Minister of Japan

Visit to Australia by the Prime Minister of Japan

International Policy Government Protocol and International Visits
Thursday, 22 November 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Shinzo smiling sitting opposite one another

His Excellency Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Mrs Akie Abe landed in Darwin last week for an historic visit – the first by a Japanese Prime Minister to Darwin. 

On Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Scott Morrison laid wreaths at the Darwin War Memorial Cenotaph, to acknowledge lives lost and sacrifices made during World War II.

The Prime Ministers then held Annual Leaders’ Talks focused on trade, investment and regional security. 

Australia and Japan strengthened investment and research ties and committed to work together to address maritime crime through three new agreements:

  1. A Memorandum of Understanding to support bilateral infrastructure financing in the Indo-Pacific
  2. A Memorandum of Understanding between the CSIRO and the Japan, Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation to increase cooperation and encourage joint research activities in support of the hydrogen value chain and unconventional resources for energy
  3. A Statement of Intent between the Department of Home Affairs and the Japan Coast Guard to boost civil maritime security.

Both Prime Ministers also welcomed the commencement of INPEX’s Ichthys LNG Project, Japan’s largest ever investment in Australia.

Prior to departing Darwin, Prime Minister Abe laid a wreath at a memorial for the Japanese crew of submarine I-124, sunk during World War II.

The 2019 Annual Leaders’ Talks will be held in Japan.

Read the joint statement of outcomes following Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Darwin.

Visit Flickr to view a selection of images from the visit.