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AUS+RALLY Australia-Japan Sports Diplomacy Initiative welcomes new Friends of Australia

Sixteen local governments and organisations have been recognised as official partners of the AUS+RALLY campaign, an Australian Government sports diplomacy initiative in Japan in 2019-2020. The Australian Embassy Tokyo recognises as ‘Friends of Australia’ groups who celebrate Team Australia as the world’s sporting talent descends on Japan in 2019 and 2020.

Local governments are Odawara City, Kanagawa; Fuchu City, Tokyo; Nagaoka City, Niigata; Saitama Prefecture; Ageo City, Saitama; Urayasu City, Chiba; Musashino City, Tokyo; Chuo City, Tokyo; Ibaraki City, Osaka. Other recognised organisations are: Club Australia, Gateway, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Kanto District University Junko Baseball Association, The Executive Committee for the Australian Patrol Competition Project, the Tokyo Goannas and Australian Football League Japan.

Please see the AUS+RALLY website for more detail on the campaign and Friends of Australia.

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AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy campaign website launches

The website reports on Australian sports teams’ activities across Japan, features host towns and organisations advancing the relationship between Australia and Japan, and introducing Australia’s proud sport culture. The Embassy invites Japanese local governments and organisations to join the AUS+RALLY campaign through the website.

24 June 2019

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