About us

The Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) is the centre of research, teaching and outreach on the Japanese economy in Australia. AJRC also conducts research to better understand the Australia-Japan relationship and both countries’ strategic interests in the Asia Pacific economy. Established in 1980 with support from the governments and business communities in both Australian and Japan, the research encompasses trade, finance, macroeconomics, structural and regulatory reform, as well as international economic relations.

Dr Shiro Armstrong and Professor Ippei Fujiwara were appointed Co-Directors in April 2014 and Associate Professor Tatsuyoshi Okimoto joined the Centre as Research Director.

The AJRC was initiated in 1973 as the Australia, Japan and Western Pacific Economic Relations Research Committee which later became the Australia-Japan Research Centre in 1980 when it was endowed by the Japanese government, Australian government, and Japanese and Australian business. Former directors include Professor Jenny Corbett and Founding Director, Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale.

The AJRC is a founding member of the East Asia Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) through which it maintains links with a network of research institutions throughout the region. The AJRC is also a founding member of the ANU Japan Institute, which brings together ANU’s extensive range of Japan expertise across the disciplines, and provides a focus for Australia-wide collaboration with universities and public institutions to promote knowledge of Japan.

In addition to individual researcher publications, AJRC publishes the AJRC Working Paper Series, the Australia and Japan in the Region Forum and a Biannual Report. Subscribe to any of the AJRC publications on our publications page.

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