For Immediate Release
Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to Australia and New Zealand
Welcomed by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ)
4 July 2014
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, will visit New Zealand and Australia between 6 to 9 July to further advance trading negotiations with the two nations as well as discuss regional security and closer defence cooperation in the Pacific region. This visit is part of a three country tour to New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Prime Minister Abe’s visit to New Zealand will be the first by a Japanese Prime Minister in just over 12 years. Strengthened cooperation in the areas of trade, agriculture, defence and security as well as enhanced people to people links will be key priorities when Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. John Key meet on 7 July.
Prime Minister Abe will be the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit Australia since 2007 and is scheduled to deliver an address before the Australian Parliament on 8 July. Prime Minister Abe, who hosted Prime Minister, Hon. Tony Abbott in Japan in April 2014, is expected to sign an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) during the visit.
With Japan’s increasing investment in the resources sector of Western Australia, at the invitation of Rio Tinto, Prime Minister Abe will also visit the Pilbara, accompanied by Prime Minister Abbott. The two leaders will visit the West Angelas iron ore mine, a joint venture operation between Rio Tinto, Mitsui & Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, where they will inspect some of Rio Tinto’s world-leading next-generation technology mining equipment. Mr Abe's visit to Western Australia is scheduled for July 9.
Melanie Brock, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), shares the positive outlook among the Australian and New Zealand business community in Japan.
“The ANZCCJ welcomes Prime Minister Abe’s visit to New Zealand and Australia, which demonstrates Japan’s increasing engagement and commitment to the two nations. The visit would signify stronger ties across business, education, security and defence, potentially opening up new areas of cooperation.”
About the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ)
The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was established in 1991 to promote the development of commerce between Australia and Japan, and New Zealand and Japan. It is a non-profit organization with approximately 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.
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