The Australia-Japan Society of Tasmania Inc. (the Society) began its Tasmanian activities in the northern city of Launceston in 1968. It was formally constituted under that name in the following year. It quickly attracted interest from people in other parts of the state and considerable support developed in the south, centered on Hobart. A Hobart-based branch was formed in the latter half of 1970. In April 1987, by mutual agreement, this branch was reconstituted in its present form as the Australia-Japan Society (Tasmania) Inc.
The Society is a nonpolitical, nonprofit organisation that assists Australians (and in particular, Tasmanians) and Japanese in understanding each other’s culture.
The Society is involved in the organisation of numerous activities in various educational, cultural, social and commercial contexts. It is an incorporated body with an active committee of ten, elected at the Annual General Meeting held in April or May of every year.
The Society is an incorporated association, as identified under the Associations Incorporation Act 1964 (Tas), and is governed by its Constitution.
|President||Dr Steven Phipps|
|Vice President||Mrs Yukiko Burns|
|Secretary||Mr Troy Crystal|
|Treasurer||Ms Kira White|
|Members||Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma|
|Ms Tricia de Jersey|
|Ms Frances Hanley|
|Ms Melanie Tyson|
|Mr Ben Ivory|
|Ms Mayumi Toya|
|Observer||Mr Tim Short (City of Hobart)|
|Patron||Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania|
|Vice Patron||Honorary Consul-General Ms Kim S. Clifford|