Japanese ambassador makes trip to Broome

Broome Advertiser

Newly appointed Japanese Ambassador Yoshitaka Akimoto made an unofficial visit to Broome as part of a whirlwind tour of WA

last month.

Mr Akimoto met with members of the local Japanese community and Shire president Graeme Campbell as part of his brief visit

to the town.

He was also given a guided tour of the Broome Historical Society Museum, led by historical society president Dr Elaine Rabbitt and committee member Pearl Hamaduchi.

Mr Akimoto visited the Japanese Cemetery in Broome and paid his respects to those who lost their lives diving for pearls.

He was joined by former original pearl Broome pearl divers Akira Masuda and Itushi Shioji.

Mr Akimoto laid a wreath at the foot of the main cemetery monument at the informal ceremony.

“Broome has a long history with Japan,” he said.

“The Australia-Japan relationship is really good … our relationship started with the pearl divers towards the 19th century.”

Mr Akimoto made a brief visit to Pearl Luggers and watched a presentation outlining the town’s pearling history.

He wanted to visit sites of significant Japanese interests and was keen to visit Broome because of the town’s pearling history.

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