QUT has strong research connections in Japan through corporate, university and industry partners, and we were pleased to welcome His Excellency Mr Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador of Japan in Australia, to our Gardens Point campus on 1 March 2021. Professor Sheil, Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT welcomed the Ambassador along with colleagues, Professor Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International), Professor Ian Mackinnon, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (Queensland’s expert in Hydrogen) and Ms Annie Liu, Director, International Recruitment.
Topics of discussion included green hydrogen and opportunities for further collaboration with industry, university and corporate partners strengthening the already strong relationships QUT has with Japan.
Extensive work has been done at QUT in the green hydrogen sphere, including partnering with Japanese company JXTG to produce and export green hydrogen to Japan and is leading a $7.5 million research project to establish a renewable energy pilot plant producing green hydrogen at the Redlands Research Facility. This latter project is supported by four universities, Japanese and Australian corporations, the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth agency, ARENA.
The Ambassador was also accompanied by:
· Mrs Kaoru Yamagami, Ambassador’s wife (pron: Cow-rue Yama-ga-me)
· Mr Ryoichi Arakawa, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan (pron: Rio-icthy Ara-ka-wa)
· Mr Kazunari Tanaka, Consul-General of Japan (pron: Car-zoo-na-ri Ta-na-ka)
· Mr Naohiro Hayakawa, Consul of Japan (pron: Now-hero Ha-ya-ka-wa)