'Australian husband' is a phrase that sometimes appears in Japanese writings about Australia. It connotes a very domestic husband, one who participates in all kinds of housework. However, how many Australians would associate the phrase with this Japanese definition? This can be seen as an example of the fact that the meaning of a representation can differ between societies, because of differences in social values. In a male-dominated society like Japan gender roles in families are more clearly delineated than in Australia. As a result, any participation in housework by a husband at all is regarded as something special and such a husband is seen to be 'very domestic'. In this essay I would like to discuss the ways in which dominant cultural values in Japan influence interpretations of specific events or issues relating to Australia, a discussion based on an analysis of selected examples of representations of Australia in Asahi Shimbun from the 1970s through the 1990s. Key Japanese values are compared with Australian values, and relations between Japanese representations and Japanese perceptions of Australia are considered.