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Australia-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program


2002 Delegation meets Shinzo Abe,
then deputy chief cabinet secretary
.

Modeled after the U.S.-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program, the Australia-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program was launched in 1991 under the auspices of JCIE and the Australian Political Exchange Council (APEC). The economies of Japan and Australia have been growing increasingly interdependent with each passing year, and a sound, cooperative relationship between these two Asian neighbors is important for the future growth of the region. In this context, this annual bilateral exchange program seeks to promote greater understanding, dialogue, and network formation between the next generation of leaders in both countries.

Australia-Japan
Rep. Motohisa Furukawa explains
campaign strategy at his district
office (2007).
The delegations include all political persuasions and consist of federal and local members of parliament and their staff members. Each year, these multiparty delegations visit their counterparts' country for briefings and meetings with political, business, nonprofit, and opinion leaders to enhance their understanding of the politics and the domestic issues in that country and to discuss issues of mutual concern.

•Japanese Delegations to Australia

•Australian Delegations to Japan