Old photos of various people in suits standing beside one another at the opening of a building. Text reads Questacon-Japan Relationship 1988.


A man in a suit signing a document, while another man watches on. There are Australian and Japanese flags on the table in front of them.

In March, Mr Osamu Kamei from Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science visited Questacon to attend the signing ceremony for a five-year Friendship Agreement.

In August, a group of Japanese science teachers’ visited the centre followed by a visit from a Japanese junior high school a few days later. Both groups explored the centres hands on exhibits.

In October, Questacon was presented with models of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) unmanned spacecraft and the near-earth asteroid it sampled in 2005. The presentation ceremony marked the return to Earth of Hyabusa, which landed in Woomera, South Australia, with the assistance of the Australian Government. The ceremony was attended by Minister Carr, the Japanese Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research, and representatives from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japanese Embassy.