Come, rally around the best of
Australia in Japan!


As the world’s sporting talent focuses on Japan from 2019 into 2020, there has never been a better time for Japan and Australia to engage through sport and to celebrate Australia and Japan’s shared sporting passions, values and the connections sport unlocks.
Sport can be a window into all that Australia and Japan share. Come, rally around the best of Australia in Japan!


  1. To strengthen relationships between Japan and Australia through sport

  2. To showcase and build understanding of Australia in Japan

  3. Bring together FRIENDS OF AUSTRALIA across Japan

Learn more about the AUS+RALLY Sports Diplomacy Initiative

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  • Senator the Hon Marise PayneForeign Minister

    "By bringing together Team Australia in Japan, the Australian Government’s AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy initiative shows our support for Japan’s leadership in focusing the world on our shared Indo-Pacific region through the power of sport."

  • Ms Raelene CastleRugby Australia Chief Executive Officer

    “The Rugby World Cup in 2019, coupled with Rugby Sevens to be played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, puts Rugby in a strong position to further enhance our relationships with Japan and the wider region.”

  • Mr Matt Carroll AMThe Australian Olympic Committee (AOC)
    Chief Executive Officer

    “AOC can play a valuable role building bridges in the Asia/Pacific region and beyond. With our family of 44 sports, the AOC has both the capacity and the desire to make a contribution on the ground in a substantial way.”

  • Ms Lynne AndersonParalympics Australia Chief Executive Officer

    “The people of Japan now have a golden chance to build a more inclusive society for people with a disability through Paralympic sport. Paralympics Australia is excited to help the people of Japan achieve that goal.”

  • Ms Leisel Jones OAMOlympic gold-medal-winning swimmer

    “We have a great relationship with Tokyo and I think the Australian athletes in particular feel very comfortable competing here. We do hope that if there is no Japanese swimmer in the pool that they may like to cheer for Australians.”

  • Mr Curtis McGrath OAMParalympic gold-medal-winning para-canoeist

    “Sport is a great way to connect and empower people right around the world. This is why the Paralympic and Olympic Games are important to me. The power of sport has many layers and this is just one.”


Come, rally around the best of Australia.

The Australian Embassy Tokyo is calling for organisations
to be a part of our AUS+RALLY campaign as Friends of Australia.