Dear FCA Members,
My Name is Hiroki Iijima. I am the new president of the FCA.
I was born in Yamanashi prefecture, which is about 80 km west of Tokyo. My home town is near Mt. Fuji, which is the one of the most desirable destinations in Japan for foreign tourists!
I have been living here in Australia for over 20 years and I’ve been an FCA member since 1999.
I was the Bureau Chief of TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System www.tbs.co.jp ) Sydney Olympic Bureau. Now I regularly report for TBS national news as the only correspondent for Australia and the South Pacific. I have an Australian wife with three children (all boys!) I love music and play some instruments.
As the president of FCA, I would like to hold more events, especially those where guest speakers are invited.
On September 21st, the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives, Linda Burney MP has confirmed that she will speak to us. The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian and a former Chinese diplomat, Yonglin Chen are also scheduled to speak to us.
As some of you in the FCA already know, I have a fairly easy going personality, so please feel free to talk to me and suggest who you would like to invite for briefings as well as some more social events like wine or Japanese sake tasting.
Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to Neena Bhandari, the former president of FCA and I’m looking forward to working with the new board members.