Welcome to the Australia Japan Society – ACT Inc

50th Anniversary – 1972-2022

JSP (Ishikawa Japanese Studies Program) 2022 – online course

(from Kanazawa, JAPAN)

All courses start 11th April 2022

The Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange, in collaboration with the Australia-Japan Society (ACT), is offering an online program for groups which lost the opportunity to study in Ishikawa due to Covid- I9. The program aims to connect participants with host families and local university students, allowing them to interact with native speakers while learning Japanese online.

50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

20th August 2022

RSVP 1st August 2022

The Australia – Japan Society (ACT) Inc. (AJS) is a non-profit community organisation, formed in 1972 to facilitate contact and understanding between Australians and Japanese and to promote informed interest in Japan, Japanese culture and Japanese people.

The Society enthusiastically cooperates with other organisations interested in promoting the Australia – Japan relationship, including universities, schools and the Federal and ACT governments, and works closely with the Embassy of Japan.

Contact the AJS ACT

Postal Address:
GPO Box 1066
Canberra ACT 2601



The AJS (ACT) has affiliations with many other organisations and groups that share our key goals.

  • The AJS (ACT) has a longstanding ‘sister’ relationship with the Japan-Australia Society in Nara and is represented on the Canberra Nara Sister City Committee established to provide assistance and advice to the ACT Government on the implementation of the agreement between the ACT Government and the municipality of Nara.
  • The AJS (ACT) has close working relationships with the Embassy of Japan and with a number of Japan-Australia Society, including in Kobe and Kumamoto.
  • AJS (ACT) is affiliated with the Japanese Language Teachers Association (ACT), the Australia-Japan Foundation and has connections with the Canberra JET Alumni Association
  • AJS (ACT) is a member of the National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies.


Advice and Assistance

AJS (ACT) receives a variety of requests from companies, organisations and individuals seeking information and assistance on Japanese contacts and communication. We assist where we can, including by providing referrals for interpreting and translation services


AJS (ACT) conducts an annual student exchange between secondary schools in Canberra and in Japan in collaboration with the Japan-Australia Society, Kobe.

Arranging host accommodation and short term billets for visitors from Japan is an integral part of the Society’s activities. Each year Society members host a large number of students and visiting cultural groups from Japan.


The Society’s quarterly newsletter, “Kakehashi”, includes articles of general interest on Japan contributed by members. There are regular items on AJS news, social events, exhibitions, television and film reviews and links to on-line information on Japan.


The Society manages, coordinates and supports a number of Program each year.
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Membership of the AJS is open to all persons and organisations who have a genuine interest in Australia-Japan relationships. Members are invited to renew membership from 1 July each year. There are Individual, Family; Youth/Student; Educational Institution and Corporate membership categories.
Why not join the AJS (ACT), participate in the many events and active community of people interested in Japan and things Japanese?

Become a member of the AJS (ACT) and you will be automatically be signed up for our quarterly newsletter, Kakehashi, which contains articles of general interest regarding Japan-related events and exhibitions in Canberra, as well as film reviews and links to information and resources about the Japanese language and culture. As an AJS member, you will also receive discounts to Japan-related events around Canberra.

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