Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Professor Veronica Taylor, has been appointed to the Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF).
The AJF advises the Federal Government on how to strengthen Australia’s relationship with Japan. In April, last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a historic free trade agreement with Japan that was followed by a visit of Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in July.
Professor Taylor said it was a great honour to be given the opportunity to serve on the board.
“The Australia-Japan relationship is stronger than ever. There is enormous opportunity to collaborate across a range of areas, including security, science and technology, higher education and the social sciences.”
“It is exciting to work with this distinguished group to pursue those opportunities and enhance the relationship,” she said.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Professor Taylor’s appointment and highlighted the importance of the Australia-Japan strategic relationship.
“Japan is our most important strategic and economic partner in Asia,” Ms Bishop said.
“The AJF brings together eminent Australians with public and private sector expertise to advise the Government on how to strengthen our cooperation with Japan.
“This is critical to advancing Australia’s interests in a stable and prosperous region.”
Professor Taylor has previously worked as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU and as Director of the Japan Institute at the ANU. Prior to joining the ANU, she was the Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Washington and held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Kobe University and Nagoya University.