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I am pleased to announce that His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, will visit Darwin on 16 November.
Japan is a Special Strategic Partner with whom we have a strong and enduring friendship, built on solid economic, security, community and historical ties. It is one of immense progress and opportunity.
As our second largest trading partner, and a key source of foreign direct investment, our relationship with Japan makes our economy stronger.
During the visit, Prime Minister Abe and I will highlight our deep trade and investment relationship including through INPEX’s Ichthys LNG Project which has created jobs and opportunities for Northern Australia and will continue to benefit the Australian economy for decades to come.
Our nations share common perspectives on strategic and economic issues, and I look forward to furthering the development of our bilateral ties. Prime Minister Abe’s visit is a chance to discuss shared challenges and our cooperation to keep the region secure and open.
During this visit we will also acknowledge those who served in World War II, and recognise the importance of the reconciliation that followed between our countries.
Prime Minister Abe’s visit is deeply symbolic and significant and it will build on our two countries’ strong and enduring friendship as well as our economic, security, community and historical ties.