Following the Foreign Minister's announcement, the Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), Mr Murray McLean AO congratulates the forty-eight 2016-17 AJF grant recipients.
"On behalf of the AJF Board, I congratulate the 48 successful applicants in the 2016-17 grants round. Now in its 40th year, the AJF continues to support new opportunities and areas of cooperation for Australians and Japanese in the bilateral relationship. In the five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, AJF is also immensely proud of the difference AJF grants for reconstruction have made to the lives of so many Japanese affected by the 2011 disaster." Mr McLean said.
"Since 1976, the AJF has provided over 3000 grants with funding worth in excess of $40 million (in pure dollar terms) for projects supporting Australia-Japan partnerships in an ever-growing number of sectors including economics, science, security and regional/international relations. This year's grants, worth around $803,000 (exclusive of GST) will enable another 48 projects to be completed."
The Foundation's annual work program represents positive interaction between two nations with different cultural heritages but common values and interests. The AJF focuses on activities which increase understanding in both Japan and Australia of the areas of excellence and expertise in each country.
The AJF is also pleased to congratulate the three AJF Publication Awards each in honour of Sir Neil Currie, a former Australian Ambassador to Japan, for Japanese language publications about Australia. Each recipient receives $10,000. The 2016-17 titles are:
- Australian Indigenous People and Performance;
- Australian Party Politics; and
- Indigenous Professional Development.
Australia-Japan Foundation grant recipients, 2016-17