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Mr Torao Sato the Japanese Consul-General in Western Australia, Smithson Media director Denise Smithson and Captain Brett Dowsing, RAN Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Naval Base at the launch of Japan’s Forgotten Link to the ANZAC Legend.

Smithson Media hosted the Official Report Launch of HIJMS Ibuki - Japan's Forgotten Link to the ANZAC Legend at Dog Rock Convention Centre on April 24, 2010.

Supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this event presented research findings into the role of the Japanese battle cruiser HIJMS(His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Ship) Ibuki in the naval escort of the Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary Forces to Gallipoli at the beginning of World War I in 1914.

Smithson Media director Denise Smithson presents her research findings at the launch of the report, Japan’s Forgotten Link to the ANZAC Legend. (Photos above and below courtesy Australian Department of Defence)It is a little known fact that during World War I, the Japanese people were party to the Commonwealth

Alliance, and their military forces supported that alliance.

Special guests at this event included Mr Torao Sato the Japanese Consul-General in Western Australia; Hon. Barry House MLC (President of the Legislative Council), Hon. Robyn McSweeney MLC (Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests - Member for South West), Hon. Peter Watson MLA (Member for Albany), Mathias Cormann and Dr Chris Back (Senators for WA) and Captain Brett Dowsing (RAN Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Naval Base), Lieutenant Warren Dohnt from the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Also present were Federal and State politicians, presidents and councillors from councils around the Great Southern, along with local business identities.

Previously unseen photographs and new details of HIJMS Ibuki’s role during its escort duties were revealed at the launch. Smithson Media is now investigating opportunities for the publication of this material.

According to Mrs Smithson, the story of HIJMS Ibuki’s convoy duties is underlined by a spirit of cooperation, trust and respect between countries and should not be forgotten in the telling of the World War I ANZAC story.

To see coverage of the launch in the Albany and Great Southern Weekender go to http://albany.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/japans-role-as-an-ally/1816082.aspx or to download a copy of the Albany and Great Southern Weekender April 29, 2010 article here.

Smithson Media’s research was also featured in the April, 2010 Albany Magazine in a story entitled, Japan and the Forgotten War Story, click on the title to download a copy.

 

To listen to an interview in Japanese on SBS Radio about ANZAC Day and Smithson Media’s HIJMS Ibuki project click the play button below.