13 January 2017
The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome in the New Year at the stylish Roppongi Hills Club in the company of our Patrons, Australian Ambassador HE Bruce Miller and New Zealand Ambassador HE Stephen Payton, members, and guests.
As well as a chance to mix and mingle with friends old and new, attendees were treated to spectacular views, excellent speakers, and fantastic door prizes thanks to a number of ANZCCJ sponsors: Penfolds wine, Bun Coffee, Capilano Honey, Murray River Organics, Salt by Luke Mangan and Terra Australis.
MC for the night and Executive Council member, Sally Townsend, welcomed Andrew Gauci to the stage where he made his first speech at an ANZCCJ Shinnenkai as Chair. This evening also marked the last event that HE Bruce Miller would be attending in his capacity as Australian Ambassador and ANZCCJ Patron.
The ANZCCJ was honoured that Ambassador Miller would take the time to attend our event on the night of his departure. Chair Gauci acknowledged the Ambassador's incredible contribution to the advancement of Australia-Japan relations and thanked him for his support of the Chamber over the past five years.
The Ambassador thanked guests and asked ANZCCJ members to continue to show their support to incoming Ambassador, Richard Court, who will shortly be taking up his position.
In their speeches, both Andrew Gauci and Leo Lewis (Financial Times Tokyo Correspondent) spoke of the potential for Japan’s future engagement with the world. For Chair Gauci, market and political conditions will allow the Chamber to play a stronger role in increasing opportunities for Australian and New Zealand business to grow market presence in Japan. Mr Lewis, who has been covering Asia as a jounalist for 14 years, spoke about Abenomics and the strong character of Japanese PM Abe and the importance of stable leadership within Japan.
New Zealand Ambassador HE Stephen Payton and ANZCCJ Patron acknowledged Ambassador Miller and wished him well for his future endeavours. He concluded by offering a toast to the New Year.