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Australia-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program

The Thirteenth Delegation to Japan
February 22–28, 2004

On February 22–28, 2004, the Thirteenth Australian Delegation to Japan, led by Sussan Ley MP, visited Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto. In Tokyo, they met with leading Diet members, ministry officials, and top Japanese business executives for briefings and discussions on Japanese politics, economy, and foreign policy, as well as security issues of shared concern and the Australia-Japan relationship. The delegates also took part in a panel discussion on current issues and the future outlook concerning Australia's political and economic situation and the implications for the Australia-Japan relationship. Then, after stopping in Nagoya for a tour of the Toyota plant and a meeting with Toyota executives, they visited Kyoto to visit historic sites and receive briefings on traditional Japanese culture.

Participants List

Liberal Party:

Sussan Ley MP (Delegation Leader)Federal Member for Farrer
Michael DurrantVice President of Sturt Federal Electorate Committee; Member, Board of Management, Kelly & Co Lawyers
Amalia MathesonMedia Adviser, Rural Doctors Association of Australia; Former Vice President of the ACT Division of the Liberal Party of Australia

National Party:

Brendon Grylls MPMember for Merredin, Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Western Australia

Australian Labor Party:

Martyn Evans MP Federal Member for Bonython
James MerlinoMember for Monbulk, Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Victoria
Jonathan KirkwoodAdviser to Mr Robert McClelland MP, Shadow Minister for Homeland Security
Nicole WellsAdviser to the Hon Duncan Kerr MP, Federal Member for Denison

Australian Political Exchange Council:

John EdgeSecretary