On Wednesday, 3 February Consul-General TANAKA visited the Men’s Shed in Nerang to meet with Mr Len Thompson, Mr Paul Lammen, and other members to learn more about their activities here in Queensland. The Men’s Shed movement originated in Australia based on the idea of providing a supportive environment for retired men to get together in an atmosphere of old-fashioned Australian mateship, and is now gaining momentum around the world. The Consul-General expressed his gratitude for the hospitality of members, who welcomed him with a gorgeous display of the centre’s Bonsai trees and woodwork. Thanks to their support he was able to take away a great deal of knowledge about the Men’s Shed concept. With Japan’s aging society, the concept could be hugely beneficial to older communities in Japan. The Nerang Men’s Shed has shown us yet another way our two nations can learn from one another.