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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
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Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Minister for Trade and Resources) - I would like to support the motion of condolence moved by the Prime Minister (Mr Malcolm Fraser) in respect of Mr Ohira, the late Prime Minister of Japan. I would like to express my deep personal sympathy and the sympathy of my party to the Government and people of Japan. Australia and Japan have enjoyed close relations for many years. Our links in the field of trade have been especially important and are of vital interest to both our nations. During my time as Minister for Trade and Resources and over the past nine years I met Mr Ohira on several occasions. He visited Australia as

Foreign Minister in 1972 and again this year as Prime Minister. In the course of both visits he made clear his interest in developing the links between Australia and Japan. I deeply respected him as a leader of long and wide experience, with vision, understanding and a concern for strengthening international relations, especially amongst the nations of the Pacific.

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