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  • 05 Jun 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It is hard to believe that 90% of Japanese consumers don’t know the best way to enjoy red meat steak. According to a consumer survey conducted by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), less than 10% of respondents have ever cooked 2cm thick steaks at home.  Steak cuts generally sold at Japanese supermarkets are 1cm thick.

    To help educate consumers on the best way to enjoy an Aussie beef steak, MLA is launching its first -ever Aussie beef  pop up shop “Let’s Barbie with Aussie beef” to experience authentic Aussie style BBQ in Omotesando from 6 to 18 of June. Additionally, this year’s summer campaign will provide consumers with tips on how to cook the perfect steak and how to enjoy thick cut Aussie beef.

    The Pop Up Shop will offer three different types of Aussie beef steak varieties: “Beauty” (dry fruit & ginger), “Genki” (garlic and chilli), and “Let’s Barbie” (mint & lime flavours) for 500 yen each. Shoppers will also be able to purchase thick cut steaks to cook at home for 1,200 yen each.  

    Visit the Pop Up Shop to enjoy live performances and connect with the #tag “Daburuatsu” with your photos at the POP UP STORE.

    For more information , please see the campaign website: www.aussiebeef.jp



  • 31 May 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    New technologies and innovation are changing the face of agriculture and Australia is one of the leading forces in the Agtech revolution. The seventh installment of the ANZCCJ SME Support Program launched the latest ANZ In Focus Report: “Agtech – advance Australia agriculture”.

    As ANZ’s Head of Agribusiness Mark Bennet explained, Australian agriculture will see an unprecedented change over the next twenty years, brought on by new investment and new technologies. This change will occur across the entire supply chain and will arguably be a greater catalyst than the ‘green revolution’ from the 1930s to the 1960s, where the growth of herbicides, pesticides and fertiliser saw agricultural productivity rise rapidly.

    The term “AgTech” takes in a broad field of technologies which are being directly implemented in the agricultural supply chain, both on their own or integrated with other technologies. The event provided the perfect opportunity for ANZ to raise awareness of opportunities for Japanese and Australian SMEs to partner in agribusiness, noting that Japan is already Australia’s second highest agribusiness value market.  The presentation also highlighted the strong potential for further mutual growth and as Bennet noted, "Australia must look to Japan as a leader in technology to develop opportunities for Australian agriculture".

    The presentation was followed by a networking session that facilitated business matching between around 70 CEOs from Australia and Japan in the food and agriculture/farming sector.

    A huge thank you to our guest speaker Mark Bennet, Head of Agribusiness ANZ; ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Grant Knuckey, ANZ CEO Japan; and event MC ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Kohei Tsushima, Challenger Limited Japan.

    For ANZCCJ media inquiries contact  Cristina Merino, Executive Director at Cristina.Merino@anzccj.jp

  • 29 May 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ was honoured to host the Rt Hon Bill English, the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a working luncheon where he spoke to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. Click on the button below to watch a video of his speech. 


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     ニュージーランド ビル・イングリッシュ首相

    オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所と

    駐日ニュージーランド大使の共催による昼食会での講演

    日時 5月17日 

    場所 コンラッド東京

     

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    ご来場の皆さん、こんにちは。

     

    ペイトン駐日ニュージーランド大使、歓迎のお言葉ありがとうございます。そして皆さんの温かい歓迎に感謝申し上げます。 

     

    妻のメアリーと一緒に日本を再び訪問でき大変うれしく思います。また、本日午後には、国際舞台において大変特別な役割を担っておられる安倍総理とお会いするのを大変楽しみにしています。

     

    そして、この昼食会の席を設けていただいた在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所に御礼申し上げます。

     

    本日はニュージーランドと日本のパートナーシップについてお話したいと思います。

     

    この両国間のパートナーシップは1928年にニュージーランドが日本と通商協定を結んだ際に始まりました。ニュージーランドにとって英連邦以外の国とは初めての通商協定で、その後1952年に両国は正式な外交関係を樹立しました。

     

    両国間の人と人との結びつきも緊密です。私の家族にも、大阪でラグビーをしている日本人の甥たちがいます。このような両国間の親密な関係は共通の価値や、戦略的利益の共有に基づき築かれています。

     

    2013年には両国の外務大臣が関係構築の枠組みとして「日本とニュージーランドとの戦略的協力パートナーシップ」に合意しました。

     

    この両国の関係においては、皆さんをはじめとする多くの方々、そして皆さんの会社や社員の方たちが、重要な役割を担ってこられました。

     

    ニュージーランドが安心・安全で高品質な農産物の生産国であるという評判を確立できたのは、皆さんの貢献があったからです。我が国にとって日本市場は乳製品、肉類、キウイフルーツを始めとする果物、さらには野菜、水産物の重要な輸出先です。また、日本企業はニュージーランドから長年にわたり木材や高品質のアルミも輸出してきました。

     

    このアルミの輸出は私にとって身近な話です。といいますのも、住友化学が大規模な投資により1970年代前半にティワイポイントにアルミ精錬所を完成させて、我が国のアルミ産業が始まったわけですが、この精錬所への電力供給を主な目的とした水力発電所をニュージーランド政府が私の家の近くのマナポウリに建設したからです。

     

    日本企業はニュージーランドとの様々な貿易分野において投資を行ってきましたが、その質の高さは感嘆すべきものです。ニュージーランドにおける日本の投資の特徴としては、長期的、高い質、信頼関係に基づいていること、さらに、成功に必要な経験やスキルをニュージーランド企業が持っていない産業に注力するといったことがあげられます。

     

    日本企業は急速に拡大する我が国の観光業にも投資の機会を見い出しています。今朝、私はホテルも手がける大手の旅行業経営者の方にお会いしたのですが、カンタベリー地震の被害で受け入れ可能な宿泊客数が大幅に減少したクライストチャーチ市に投資する予定であるとお聞きしました。

     

    水産業においても両国は長年にわたる良好な関係を享受しています。

     

    特に、先住民マオリによるビジネスが成功し成長を遂げる中で、日本のパートナー企業との良い関係が築かれているのは本当に喜ばしいことです。先住民によるビジネスがこれほど成功している国はニュージーランド以外にありません。彼らはニュージーランドの成功の一翼を担ってきたのです。

     

    経済協力開発機構(OECD)加盟諸国の中で、我が国が高い経済成長を遂げている国のひとつであることを誇りに思います。

     

    この成功のカギは、我が国の社会が開かれていて、世界中から貿易、投資、移民を歓迎してきたことにあると思います。そしてこのような政策の結果もたらされる様々な社会への影響も、世界の一員である自分たちの責任として受け止めています。

     

    ニュージーランドは、昨年末までの2年間は国連安保理の非常任理事国でもありました。任期2年目は日本と共にこの役目を担いました。

     

    太平洋島嶼国とも貿易と開発に関する協定を結んだばかりです。

     

    我が国は日本と同様に太平洋地域への投資および援助を積極的に行っています。

     

    私は、我々の成功の理由のひとつは、小さな国であるからこそ、官・民がそれぞれの強みを発揮しながら協力できるからではないかと思います。 

     

    ですから、今回このようにニュージーランド経済界のリーダーたちを率いて日本を訪問できたことを嬉しく思います。

     

    ニュージーランドが日本にとって最高のビジネス・パートナーである理由は何でしょうか。

     

    まず、私たちの間には共通の価値が存在します。さらにニュージーランドは安定した政府と強固な民主主義に立脚する法治国家です。我が国の経済界は外向的であり、小規模・オープン・グローバルといったビジネス展開を行う上で起こる様々なリスク管理に長年の経験を有しています。また我が国では完全な透明性が確保され、世界で最も汚職の少ない国のひとつと位置づけられています。さらに規制が一貫し、安定したビジネス環境が整っています。また、仕事で訪問した時には、週末に休みを取って観光するのにも最高の国です。

     

    実際、多くの日本人がそうされています。日本からは1年間で10万を越える人たちが、ニュージーランドを訪れています。さらに8500人から9000人ほどの日本人留学生もいます。ニュージーランド人家庭にとって日本人学生、特に中高生のホストファミリーとなることは、めずらしいことではありません。

     

    また今年2月末までの1年間でニュージーランドから日本を観光目的で訪れた人の数は、前年度から2割増の3万6千人に上りました。

     

    今回の訪問で知ったのですが、東京五輪・パラリンピックに向け各国の代表チームを誘致している日本の自治体にとって、我が国は最も人気のある国のひとつであり、9つの自治体がニュージーランド代表チームを誘致しているということです。 

     

    このように、日本は長年にわたり我が国にとって最も重要な市場のひとつであり続けているわけですが、我々の競合他国が享受しているような特恵的な市場アクセスをニュージーランドは今だ持たない、という意味において特出した市場だと言えるでしょう。

     

    日本とニュージーランドの両国はこの状況に対処する方策を長年模索してきました。

     

    そしてごく最近になって、環太平洋パートナーシップ協定(TPP)が進むべき道筋を示したのです。ところが、トランプ米大統領が米国の離脱を決め、突然逆風に見舞われました。「日本はTPP交渉への参加に関心がある」と当時の日本の首相が表明した週に私は日本に滞在していたのを思い出します。安倍総理が強力にTPPを提唱している今では忘れがちですが、その当時の日本では、TPPへの参加表明は従来の貿易政策からの根本的な転換だと考えられていたのです。

    ニュージーランドはTPPの国内の批准手続きを終え、手続完了を他のTPP参加国に正式通知していることをご報告できることを嬉しく思います。これまでTPPを批准したのは日本とニュージーランドの2カ国だけです。この事実は、両国がTPPの前進を国益としてけん引していく責務を共有していることを示していると思います。

    来週にはベトナムのハノイで、TPPに参加する11か国の閣僚がいわゆる「TPP11」をいかに前進させるかについて話し合います。そこでは日本とニュージーランドが主導的役割を果たせることと確信しています。

     

    私たちはTPPを前進させることにコミットしています。なぜなら、TPPは私たち両国とこの地域の利益に合致し、世界の安定に貢献するからです。

    もしこれからの数カ月でTPPの前進が達成できれば、世界に対して、地域・多国間貿易協定が世界経済にとって重要であるのみならず、それが達成可能であるということを信頼性をもって示すことができるでしょう。保護主義の巧みな言葉が作り出す抵抗によりTPPの前進が妨げられてはなりません。

    今年はじめのヨーロッパ、そして最近のアジア太平洋地域訪問時における話し合いを通じ、実際に多くの国が保護主義に反対で、開かれた貿易を守り続ける決意を示し、可能であれば貿易協定を結びたいと考えていることも知りました。

    もしTPPが実現できれば、アジア太平洋地域における貿易と成長を大きく促進することになるでしょう。その結果、やがて米国も関心を取り戻すことを私たちは願っています。

    アメリカの国内政治においても、自由で開かれた貿易が経済成長や家計に貢献するという事実が明らかになるでしょう。アメリカが自国の保護をさらに強めれば、アメリカの有権者、ひいては一般家庭の生活費を増やすだけなのです。

    以上、日本に続きニュージーランドがTPPの批准手続きを終えた大きな理由の中からいくつかを述べました。

    両国は、東アジア地域包括的経済連携(RCEP)の交渉でも同地域の国として協力しています。

    この交渉でも、日本とニュージーランドは、単に交渉のための交渉ではなく質の高い結果をもたらすよう先導役を務めています。 

    日本とニュージーランドは、地域に経済的な繁栄をもたらし、さらには地域の経済的な成功の土台となる共通の価値をより強固にする重要なパートナーなのです。

    明日、私は北海道を訪問します。北海道ではニュージーランドが地元の連携先と農業技術分野での協力を進めています。

    北海道の牧場も訪問します。その際、羊の毛刈をすることを誘われたのですが、今回はお断りしました。私の羊の毛刈の様子はユーチューブでご覧いただけます。若いときに覚えた技術ですが、30年たっても忘れていませんでした。

    この北海道における農業技術分野での協力は、日本が農産物の輸出国となり、地方の人口減少に歯止めをかけようとする日本の決意に対するニュージーランドからの申し出です。ニュージーランドでも何十年にもわたり同様の課題に直面し続けている地方があり、自国の経験からも私たちはこのような問題の困難さを理解しています。

    また、不幸なことですが、両国間には災害においても共通点があり、防災管理でも密接に協力してきました。

    ご存知のように、6年前にクライストチャーチを襲った大地震は日本人28名を含む185人の犠牲者を出しました。

    今年2月に犠牲者を追悼する新たに建設された慰霊壁の前で開催された追悼式典で、若くして亡くなった日本人犠牲者のご遺族の方々とお会いする機会がありました。 

    地震から6年たった今もご遺族の喪失感は深く、厳かに執り行われた追悼式典で犠牲者が弔われる中、我々はクライストチャーチ市民と共に愛する家族を失った方たちに思いを寄せました

    また最近再度ニュージーランドを地震が襲い数十億ドル規模の被害をもたらした際には、日本政府が被害状況の把握のため哨戒機を飛ばしてくれました。

    私が今日の午後、安倍総理とお会いして話すことはたくさんありそうです。

    さらにいくつか触れたい点があります。

    まず、我々は日本と同様に北アジアにおける緊張の高まりに懸念を抱いています。

    ニュージーランドは日本からは遠い国のように見えますが、この地域でのできごとは我が国にとっては重要な関心事です。なぜなら各国が国際法に基づいて行動し、予測可能な振る舞いをする安定したアジア太平洋地域でこそ私たちは繁栄できるからです。

    このような問題に対する日本政府の視点を理解することはニュージーランドにとって重要です。なぜなら日本は緊張の最前線に立っているからです。

    ニュージーランドは北朝鮮による兵器実験の継続と深刻な人権侵害に対し深い懸念を抱いています。

    ニュージーランドはこれまでと同様、日本を始めとする同志国と密接に連携し、紛争なしに緊張状態が解消されることを希望しながら、これらの問題に取り組んでいきます。

    また我々はこの地域で続く、領海・領土問題についても懸念を抱いています。私たちは国際法に基づく紛争解決の枠組みを強く支持し、その結果が尊重されるべきと考えます。

    そして、もちろん、安倍首相との会談でラグビーの話をしないわけにはいきません。

    まずは、日本が2019年のラグビーワールドカップの開催国となったことにお祝い申し上げます。ラグビーワールドカップは世界で最も規模の大きいスポーツ大会のひとつであり、私たちは日本での大会が素晴らしいものになると確信しています。

    ラグビーに関して言えば、前回大会でニュージーランド代表「オールブラックス」が優勝した以上に嬉しかった唯一の出来事が、日本代表による対南アフリカ戦の勝利です。誰も予想だにしない快挙でした。まさにスポーツの醍醐味を表す素晴らしい例でしょう。

    今朝、小池東京都知事にお会いした際には、私たちがいかに東京五輪・パラリンピックを楽しみにしているかを申し上げました。

    関西地区では次回のワールドマスターズゲームズが開催されます。

    ワールドマスターズゲームズはニュージーランドで開催されたばかりで、関西地域からも知事の方たちが視察に訪れました。

    ワールドマスターズゲームズに参加する選手たちは普通のアスリートとは違うと言って良いと思います。記録を競い合うためにどこか離れた選手村に閉じ込められているわけではなく、観光や、ショッピングなど、開催地での滞在を大いに楽しみます。日本の開催地の地元の方たちも、きっと私たち同様にマスターズゲームズを楽しまれることと思います。

    このように、ニュージーランドと日本との間には強く多種多様な関係が存在しています。両国には違うところも多くあり、地理的にも大きく離れていますが、私たちは価値を共有するがゆえに強力で信頼できるパートナーなのです。ぜひ今後ともこの大変特別な両国の友好の歴史の一員として、さらなる関係の発展のために皆さんの会社や組織を通じて貢献し続けてくださることを希望します。

    皆さんのますますのご繁栄をお祈りし、私のご挨拶といたします。

    ありがとうございました。

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  • 26 May 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    26 May 2017

    Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) make Australia more competitive in international trade.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), with ITS Global, is undertaking an independent study of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) utilisation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

    The Study will analyse FTA utilisation and the broader impact of FTAs on Australian business activity and will make recommendations to support FTA policy, implementation and advocacy.  The research covers all of Australia’s FTAs, with an emphasis on the most recent agreements with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.   
     
    We value your business’ contribution to this important research, and would appreciate your assistance in completing a short online business survey, a key component of the research.  The survey should take 10-12 minutes to complete. Please note that the data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate and your private information will remain confidential. 

    COMPLETE SURVEY


    You may receive an invitation to participate in the survey from other channels. We kindly request only one response. Thank you very much if you have already participated.


    The survey participation period closes on Friday 9 June 2017.

    Should you have any questions in regards to the survey, or experience any technical issues, please contact Sarah Macchiavelli on +61 (2) 6271 3029 or sarah.macchiavelli@pwc.com

    Australian Government Statistical Clearing House Approval number: 02551-01

    Supported by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.


      


  • 25 May 2017 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr Chris Atwell, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 2002-2004.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.


    Read Chris Atwell's farewell message to ANZCCJ when he left Japan to return to Australia in 2004.


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    Sayonara

       

        As I conclude my employment assignment of over 4 years in Japan and whilst into my 42nd working year, I have elected to retire from ANZ Banking Group Limited.

     

    Throughout my time in Tokyo, I have been privileged to have been able to be a part of the life of the ANZCCJ and its membership, and leave Japan in the confidence that the Chamber will continue to thrive and play an ongoing and relevant role to the Australian and New Zealand business communities here.

     

    Both Barbara and I wish you well in your business careers and also long life and happiness for the future.


    In the event that you are passing through Sydney in the future, we would be delighted to have the opportunity to catch up.

       

    Our contact details are held by the Secretariat/Manager.

     

    Sincerely

     

    Chris Atwell 

     

  • 23 May 2017 12:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a Chamber, we are always on the lookout for high quality Australian and New Zealand produce featured in Japan. As such, we are delighted to inform you that the Park Hyatt Tokyo showcases various Australian and New Zealand produce at their New York Grill, Peak Lounge, Pastry Boutique and finally at their signature French brasserie, Girandole. If you are looking for high quality Australian and New Zealand produce and wine in a sophisticated setting, we personally recommend looking to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. 

    The hotel currently serves Australian tenderloin, New Zealand beef sirloin and Australian Lamb at their French brasserie, Girandole and Cobram Silver olive oil (AUS) and Australian Lamb at New York Grill.

    There is a range of Australian wine at Girandole and the Peak Lounge as well as lamingtons available at our Pastry Boutique and finally iconic Australian pavlova available at the New York Grill.

    Learn more about the new chef of their signature French brasserie, Girandole here. 

  • 22 May 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    22 May 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    April and May have been marked as significant months for the ANZCCJ, with visits from the Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo MP, as well as the New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English and his accompanying business delegation. Amid global concerns about entering a new era of protectionism with regards to trade, regional trade meetings held in Vietnam over the past weekend (Sunday 21 May) are pivotal for the future of Australian and New Zealand trade liberalisation and associated benefits. 

    The Australian and New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have respectively released their perspectives on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) which has been under negotiation, between the 16 members, for the past four years and is hoping to be finalised by the end of 2017. The RCEP builds upon the strong relationships that Australia and New Zealand already have in Asia, has the potential to open up many more opportunities with the region's fastest growing economies and provide strategies for further growth. 

    Similarly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has also been a topic of discussion for both countries visiting ministers, as Australia, New Zealand and Japan lead the primary discussions for TPP 11, an agreement which promises economic benefits despite the United States withdrawal. Aiming to liberalise the flow of goods among countries in the Pacific Rim, TPP would ultimately result in new economic opportunities for Australian and New Zealand businesses.  Access to new markets provides our exporters with opportunities for expansion as well as our physical proximity to Asia giving us a comparative advantage to benefit from Asia-led trends of a growing middle and upper class, rising incomes, and increasing urbanisation.

    TPP aims to provide a way to promote regional economic integration, contribute positively to the economic growth prospects of its member countries, and create new opportunities for all stakeholders involved, including workers, families, businesses and consumers. These efforts would address our concern about protectionism, contribute to maintaining open markets, strengthening the rules-based international trading system, increasing world trade, and raising overall living standards. The recent regional trade meeting in Hanoi underlined the vision for TPP to be expanded in the future to other economies, as well as for the TPP agreement assessment to be prepared before the next APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in November of 2017.

    As such, given this month’s significant free trade discussions and negotiations, the ANZCCJ is motivated to continue to pursue the outcomes of their roundtable talks with the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) in Japan, as well as the aforementioned objectives presented by the visiting trade ministers respectively, and Prime Minister English.

    To read the actions and outcomes from the 23rd Meeting of APEC Ministers responsible for Trade, click here.

    To read more about the RCEP from the Australia DFAT, click here.

    To read more about the RCEP from the New Zealand MFAT, click here.

     For more information, or general inquiries, please contact info@anzccj.jp

     



  • 18 May 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    ANZCCJ Welcomes New Zealand & Japanese Business Leaders to a Luncheon with Rt Hon Bill English

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    By Sam Brustad

    The ANZCCJ hosted the Rt Hon Bill English, the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a working luncheon where he spoke to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017.

    • The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, Dr Mary English, Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, and a delegation of leading business representatives from NZ.
    • This was part of Mr English’s first visit to Asia as Prime Minister, and he spoke at length about the strong relationship between Japan and New Zealand, as well as the future of the TPP11 deal.
    • Following the lunch was a round table for business leaders, and the signing of a ‘sports collaboration’ Memorandum of Understanding between the Japanese and New Zealand govts.

    The ANZCCJ was proud to host a working luncheon for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Bill English and his wife, Dr Mary English, at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. In attendance from the Prime Minister’s delegation was the Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, leading business representatives from NZ, and local NZ media. Also in attendance were the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, members of the ANZCCJ executive council, and local New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders.

    The event MC was ANZCCJ Executive Council Member, Catherine O’Connell, and HE Ambassador Payton introduced the Prime Minister. Both spoke of the rich potential for bilateral cooperation that this trip represented.

    During his speech Prime Minister English spoke about his visit with Prime Minister Abe later that afternoon, and how best NZ could build on the “strategic cooperative partnership” that they had built with Japan. PM English stated that NZ had become known in Japan as a “reliable, safe supplier of high quality foodstuffs” and that Japanese investment into NZ enjoyed a stellar reputation for being high quality, long-term, and relationship-oriented.

    He also acknowledged that Japanese investment had been key in helping to establish many NZ industries such as aluminum production. On top of this, joint investment and aid by NZ and Japan has been beneficial to the Pacific region and the NZ-JP relationship. Key to NZ’s success as one of the highest performing economies within the OECD, according to English, was high rates of transparency in govt and NZ’s open society that welcomed foreign trade, investment, and migrants.

    One of the key messages of the PM’s Speech was to show how both NZ and Japan were strongly in favour of the TPP11 trade deal, as they were the only two countries to have ratified the original TPP agreement. PM English also stated that this agreement would play an important role in securing global financial stability, restoring confidence in multilateral trade deals and combat harmful protectionist rhetoric. He hopes to impress this upon ministers at a meeting to discuss this issue in Hanoi next week, with the aim that through greater trade and growth the US will once again be willing to join the deal. PM English also spoke about NZ’s fear of instability in East Asia due to the actions of the North Korean government, and the importance of international legal institutions in resolving the ongoing territory disputes within the region.

    Finally, on the subject of Rugby, the PM welcomed the signing of the MoU on Sports Collaboration. In ending his speech, the PM spoke of the common democratic values that link Japan and New Zealand despite their geographic distance and cultural differences.

     Following this was a speech by JNZBC Chair, Mr Kiyotaka Shindo.

     ANZCCJ Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

    T 03 6234 9350 | E cristina.merino@anzccj.jp

  • 18 May 2017 7:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealand – Japan Summit Meeting Joint Press Release

    18 May 2018

    1. Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honourable Bill English and Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe held a productive meeting in Tokyo on 17th May 2017. The two leaders reiterated the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between New Zealand and Japan founded on common values, such as freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, as well as a strong commitment to peace and security, free trade and investment, and sustainable development.  

    2. The two leaders acknowledged the success and maturity of New Zealand –Japan relationship at all levels, reflecting strong cooperation over many years.

    3. The two leaders reiterated their firm commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Prime Minister Abe welcomed New Zealand’s recent ratification of the TPP Agreement, alongside Japan. The two leaders appreciated the value of the TPP in enhancing high-standard regional trade rules and architecture, and contributing to growth, competition, innovation, and productivity that creates jobs and lower costs to consumers, as well as its strategic benefits. The two leaders affirmed the importance of close cooperation in realising TPP’s strategic and economic benefits and remain committed to maintaining the unity among the signatories and early entry into force of the TPP Agreement, whilst bearing in mind opportunities for other economies to join if they accept the high standards of the TPP. They also confirmed that New Zealand and Japan continue to work together on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement negotiations to achieve a high-quality agreement, covering trade in goods, trade in services, and investment as well as rules such as trade facilitation, rules of origin, e-commerce, intellectual property and government procurement, reaffirming the RCEP Guiding Principles and the Joint Statements by RCEP Leaders. They shared the view that ambitious, comprehensive, balanced, and high-standard TPP and RCEP outcomes would contribute positively to the shared goal of regional economic integration.  

    4. The two leaders condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s nuclear tests, repeated ballistic missile launches and proliferation activities. They strongly urged North Korea to cease its destabilising and provocative actions immediately and to fully comply with its international obligations and commitments, including those under relevant United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions. The two leaders welcomed the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2321 and emphasised the importance of enhancing pressure on North Korea through full, thorough and sustained implementation by Member States of all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolutions 2270 and 2321. The two leaders strongly urged North Korea to resolve the abductions issue at the earliest time.  

    5. The two leaders underlined the importance of ensuring a stable, free and open rules-based order and of enhancing connectivity in our region and beyond. They confirmed that New Zealand and Japan will continue to work proactively in this regard, together with other like-minded partners. Prime Minister English appreciated the briefing by Prime Minister Abe on Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” and welcomed Japan’s greater engagement in the region.  

    6. The two leaders also re-emphasised the importance of upholding the rules-based regional and international order in the maritime domain, and called on all states to respect freedom of navigation and overflight, and unimpeded trade. They reaffirmed that any issues in the maritime domain should be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law and expressed their strong opposition to any use of force or actions that could increase tensions.  

    7. In this regard, the two leaders expressed concern over the situation in the South China Sea and called on the parties to settle disputes by peaceful means in accordance with United Nations
    Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and in light of the award rendered by the Arbitral Tribunal on 12 July 2016. They called on all parties to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight and ensure unimpeded trade while avoiding provocative actions that could increase tensions and erode regional trust and confidence, including land reclamation, building of outposts, construction and militarisation.  

    8. The two leaders encouraged early finalisation of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) and full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety.  

    9. The two leaders welcomed the contribution of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as important elements of regional architecture that promote stability and prosperity and advance regional economic integration. Japan welcomed New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021.  

    10. Recognising the unique and complex challenges in the Pacific region, the two leaders emphasised the importance of cooperation between Japan, New Zealand, and the Pacific island countries to build economic and environmental resilience and maintain regional peace and stability. The two leaders committed to continue practical cooperation and policy consultation.  

    11. The two leaders acknowledged the commitment to develop the security and defence relationship following the signing of a Memorandum of Intent on Defence Cooperation in 2013. They welcomed recent concrete progress on the unit-to-unit exchanges and underscored the importance to seek further exchange and cooperation opportunities. They encouraged their officials to continue work on a possible acquisition and cross-servicing agreement (ACSA) between the two countries.  

    12. The two leaders encouraged stronger business linkages between Japan and New Zealand in areas of complementary strengths. They reaffirmed the importance of strengthening the partnership in food and agriculture between the two countries, and a shared commitment to food quality and safety. They welcomed the recent growth in research and commercialisation partnerships in functional food, elderly care technologies, agri-business, and geothermal energy. The two leaders welcomed the ongoing discussion between their officials to explore a Japan-New Zealand partnership on renewable energy. Prime Minister English welcomed Japan’s upcoming role as Chair of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). The two leaders instructed their officials to resume Joint Economic Consultations.

    13. The two leaders welcomed enhanced bilateral cooperation in sport, culture and people-to- people linkages. They stated their intention to cooperate for the success of the Rugby World Cup 2019, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the World Masters Games 2021 to be hosted by Japan. They appreciated both initiatives; “Sport for Tomorrow” and “Game on English”. They also welcomed the signing of the bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation between the Japan Sports Agency and the Sport New Zealand. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of sister city exchanges for promoting mutual understanding especially among young people.  

    14. With their past experiences of natural disasters in both countries, including great earthquakes, the two leaders shared the intention that both sides will seek further opportunities to work together to enhance recovery and resilience in the region.  

    15. The two leaders reaffirmed that Japan and New Zealand would continue to work closely together on global issues such as security, disarmament and non-proliferation, human rights, the 2030  Agenda for Sustainable Development, climate change, the UN Security Council reform, based on their shared commitment to common democratic values, peace and security, free trade and investment, and international law.  "The information contained in this email message is intended only for the addressee and is not necessarily the official view or communication of the Ministry. It may be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient you must not use, disclose, copy or distribute this message or the information in it as this may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please email or telephone the sender immediately."

    Source: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-zealand-%E2%80%93-japan-summit-meeting-joint-press-release

  • 18 May 2017 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealand Government Release

    18 May, 2017

    PM meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

    Prime Minister Bill English and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated their commitment to the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) in a meeting in Tokyo today.

    “Both New Zealand and Japan remain committed to seeing the TPP Agreement come into force, while at the same time ensuring there are opportunities for other economies to join,” Mr English says.

    “The TPP remains valuable both economically and strategically for New Zealand. It will improve access for our exporters and lower tariffs around the Asia-Pacific.”

    Mr English and Prime Minister Abe also discussed a number of key bilateral issues, and shared their concerns on regional and international issues including North Korea, and the threat of international terrorism.

    “We value Japan’s views on these issues,” Mr English says.  “Japan and New Zealand are close friends and have partnerships in a number of areas including trade and investment, science and technology and security and defence.

    “Today we agreed that renewable energy and agriculture will be two areas which we will focus on in the next few years,” Mr English says.

    “Sport will also feature with Japan set to host Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2020 and the World Masters’ Games in 2021.

    “I was pleased to announce that the All Blacks will play a test in Japan in November 2018,” Mr English says.

    Mr English was accompanied on his visit to Japan by Minister of Trade Todd McClay, and a delegation of senior business leaders.

    Japan is New Zealand’s fifth largest trading partner, with two-way trade totalling over $7 billion, and the fifth largest source of foreign investment.  Over 100,000 Japanese visit New Zealand each year, including nearly 10,000 students.

    “My visit recognises the strength of our long-standing relationship, and the important role that Japan plays in our region,” says Mr English.

    Source: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/pm-meets-japanese-pm-shinzo-abe


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