Japan has long been part of the social, cultural, political and historical landscape of Australia. Compared to other Asian nations it occupies a significant part of this space.

However in recent years countries such as China and South Korea have become more visible, removing Japan from its position as Australia’s leading trading partner in Asia.

Although the Japan-Australia relationship has been widely discussed, much less discourse has focused on Japan’s place within Australia and within the nation’s social, cultural and historical landscape.

Past discussion has been about earlier enmity and misunderstanding as well as more recent close relations between the two countries.

With the changing dynamic of Australia’s relationship with Asia there is a need for a fresh look at Japan within Australia and how Japan has been understood and conceptualised. 

Project members

Associate Professor David Chapman

Japanese Discipline
Associate Professor
School of Languages and Cultures