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Broinowski, A. E. 2010, 'The honbako is bare: what's become of Japan/Australia fiction?', in E. Morrell & M. Barr (eds), Crises and opportunities: past, present and future: proceedings of the 18th biennial conference of the ASAA, Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Inc and, Canberra, Australia, pp. 1-15.


Complementary opportunities seemed to favour Australia and Japan at the outset. A shared modern history of 150 years might be expected to be long enough for the two antipodal countries to have seeded and cultivated their relationship, and watched it flourish, bear fruit, and multiply. Opposites could be expected to attract, empathy would be stimulated by difference, and cultural interchange should thrive spontaneously without the need for frequent applications of official fertiliser. The harvest should be plentiful, not only for government, business, education, and tourism, but for the two cultures.

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