Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at a meeting in Tokyo this week
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Japan this week, but you’d barely have known it.
Despite repeated claims of the Japan-Australia relationship being stronger than ever, Turnbull’s trip went almost unnoticed by the Japanese media.
Turnbull toured an Air Self-Defense Force base with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seeing first-hand the Australian-made Bushmaster vehicles that Japan uses. The two right-wing leaders also threw a joint luncheon made using pricey Australian ingredients with Japanese-influenced dishes.
Tickets for the invitation-only luncheon held by the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee were a hefty 35,000 yen per person.
Turnbull might not have done much, but he got a decent feed out of the visit.
Shinzo Abe addresseｄ the Australian Parliament at Parliament House, Canberra, on July 8, 2014. He was the first Japanese prime minister to address both house of parliament. He gave a joint news conference with Australian Prime MInister Tony Abbott following the address.
Australia’s perennially embarrassing British-born Prime Minister Tony Abbott turns up for a TV interview fairly hung over after a night on the booze with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
If nothing else, at least the two countries seem to have decent relations.