• 13 Jan 2017 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    12 January 2017

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is proud to have joined as a Supporter of the inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue.

    The Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD) is an independent and non-partisan diplomatic initiative established in 2016 which seeks to engage the next generation of Australian and Japanese leaders in a future-focused exchange on the challenges and opportunities facing both countries.

    AJYD Founder and Chair, David Lang, welcomed the new partnership as an opportunity to enhance the contributions that both organisations make to the Australia–Japan relationship. 'Establishing and entrenching a positive new initiative like the Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue is made possible thanks to a broad coalition of partners who share our vision, so I'm pleased to have received such strong support from the ANZCCJ,' Mr Lang said.

    The inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue, to be held in Melbourne from 3 – 6 May 2017, will host a cross-sectoral group of 20 delegates—10 from Australia and 10 from Japan—aged between 25 and 40 who have a proven professional track record and a demonstrated commitment to the bilateral relationship. AJYD 2017 will include panel discussions on governance and public policy, the 'Special Strategic Partnership', the trade relationship after JAEPA, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the future of the bilateral relationship, alongside compelling site visits, social activities and special guests. Applications for AJYD 2017 are open until 27 January.

    Each year, the Dialogue will grow an alumni network of engaged Australian and Japanese leaders who maintain a strong interest in the future of the bilateral relationship.

    Further information on the Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue is available on their website.

    Media inquiries:

    Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director |

    About ANZCCJ

    The ANZCCJ is an independent, non-profit organisation that has played a constructive and meaningful role in developing commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since it was founded 1972.

    The ANZCCJ has approximately 600 members and holds a variety of events to give members the opportunity to keep abreast of changes in foreign policy and economic conditions, gain knowledge regarding different aspects of the Japanese market and develop new business and social contacts.

  • 15 Dec 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NSW Government announces departure of Investment and Trade Commissioner in Japan

    15 Dec 2016


    The NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) announced the recent retirement of Mr Geoffrey Walker, who held responsibility for the NSW Investment and Trade office in Japan from 2013. Mr Walker left DPC in November.


    The Director of the International Network Branch at DPC, Mr Na-aim Abdie, said that Mr Walker had made an invaluable contribution to the work of NSW Government in Japan, and wished him well in future endeavours.


    Mr Abdie announced that Mr David Carlow, who joined the Tokyo office as the new Investment and Trade Lead in Japan in August 2016, would manage the operations of the Tokyo office from 1 December 2016 until a new Commissioner is appointed.


    Mr Carlow joined DPC from Wireless Marketing Lab, where he served as the Marketing Director and New Business Engagement Lead for parent company WirelessGate Inc., Japan’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).  Previously, Mr Carlow worked in senior management roles across Australian Government, including positions at the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Department of Industry, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and Department of Education, Science and Training.


    Mr Carlow said he was looking forward to the opportunity to lead the direction of in-market work.


    “Having spent many years working in both Australia and Japan, in both the government and private sectors, I am really happy now to be applying that total experience to the work and interests of NSW Government. This is an exciting time to be in DPC and I look forward to leading a highly-energised operation in an important market”, Mr Carlow said.


    Japan remains the world’s third largest economy, NSW’s number one destination for merchandise exports and NSW’s second largest source of direct foreign investment. The NSW-Japan relationship continues to represent a significant benefit to NSW and the economy.


    For further information contact:

    Liz Gordon, Department of Premier and Cabinet, on +61 2 9228 3922


  • 02 Dec 2016 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    1 December 2016


    • A Welcome Reception was held on 1 December 2016 at the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo for four visiting All Blacks who were in Tokyo to engage in promotional activities
    • The event was co-hosted by American International Group, Inc (AIG) Japan, ANZCCJ and the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo
    • On 7 November 2016 AIG announced an extension of its sponsorship agreement with New Zealand Rugby. The extension strengthens the existing partnership announced in 2012 and reinforces AIG’s commitment to the global advancement of rugby.

    AIG and ANZCCJ were pleased to host four New Zealand All Blacks at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday (1 Dec) thanks to New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton.

    Members of the All Blacks were visiting Japan to participate in AIG promotional activities and attend an event with school children and members of the public in Tokyo.

    Robert Noddin, President and CEO of AIG Japan hosted a Q&A session with the players and Nick Brown, General Content Manager from the All Blacks Commercial and Public Affairs team. From the team, the players in attendance were Scott Barrett, Anton Lienart-Brown, Steven Luatua, and Damian McKenzie. The players spoke of their hard fought battles against Ireland and their work promoting the All Blacks and the RWC2019 in Tokyo.

    Following the Q&A session was a business networking function with members of the Japanese Rugby World Cup Organising Committee, senior business executives and members of the media.

    Sports for Business Co-Chairs, Matthew Walker (AIG) and Sally Townsend were pleased to extend invitations to members of this ANZCCJ committee. Ms Townsend said “through SFB, the Chamber aims to develop business opportunities and relationships for our members through sporting related events. We are excited to have started planning for next year’s event calendar and look forward to active participation from our members.”

    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

    T 03 6234 9350 | E

    About ANZCCJ Sports for Business

    ANZCCJ Sports for Business is an Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan Committee that aims to develop opportunities for ANZCCJ members through sporting related activities.

    The ANZCCJ is a non-profit organisation with over 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.

    To learn more visit or call us at 03 6234 9350.

  • 22 Nov 2016 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced today that the Hon Richard Court AC will be Australia's next Ambassador to Japan.  Read the full media release below.

    Media Release

    22 November 2016

    Today I announce that the Hon Richard Court AC will be Australia's next Ambassador to Japan.

    Japan is Australia's closest strategic and one of our most important economic partners in Asia. Security and defence ties continue to grow strongly under our Special Strategic Partnership and through shared interests in a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region and in economic and trade policies that promote regional prosperity.

    In 2015, Japan was Australia's second-largest trading partner and export market, with two-way trade of over $70 billion. It was also Australia's second largest in-bound direct foreign investor. The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) is further strengthening business ties with more than 90 per cent of eligible Australian exports to Japan benefitting from lower tariffs.

    We also enjoy close education and people-to-people links. In 2017, the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan will support an additional 500 Australian undergraduate students from 25 universities to study and undertake internships in Japan . Japanese is also the most-studied foreign language in Australia. More than 300,000 Australians are expected to visit Japan this year and Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will further deepen the linkages between our two countries.

    Mr Court, the Premier of Western Australia from 1993 to 2001, has held several senior positions and directorships in private and public companies since leaving politics, including Resource Investment Strategy Consultants, the Anglican Diocesan Trustees and the Olympic Team Appeal for Western Australia.

    In 2008 His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred honours upon Mr Court, bestowing the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for exceptional contributions to the expansion of Australia-Japan relations. Mr Court was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for services to Western Australia and the community.

    Mr Court holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He is expected to take up his appointment in early 2017.

    I thank the outgoing Ambassador, Mr Bruce Miller, for his outstanding contribution to advancing Australia's interests in Japan since 2011.


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  • 07 Nov 2016 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two-day trade mission to Japan

    From the Office of The Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP

    7 November 2016

    A high level delegation from South Australian businesses and government will visit Japan this week for a series of business and trade meetings.

    It follows a recent visit of 20 business delegates from the Okayama Prefecture in Japan to Adelaide and is part of a delegation to North Asia led by Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith.

    The mission focus includes premium food and wine, agribusiness, health, defence, aviation and aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology and investment. When in Tokyo today, the Minister and Defence SA representatives will meet with Japanese space companies.

    The meetings aim to: develop the space sector in South Australia by forming collaborative partnerships with leading global space players, a key pillar of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy: Action Plan 2016-2020 (the Space Strategy), and promote the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, 25-29 September 2017.

    The Minister will meet with Vice President Mr Yuichi Yamaura and other high level executives from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and later, with senior officials from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) - Integrated Defense & Space Systems business domain.

    A number of trade agreements secured prior to the Japan leg of the visit include:

    • Nut Processors Australia will send a test order of South Australian almonds to a high end confectionery manufacturer
    • Blue Lake Milling will supply rolled oats to a major cereal manufacturer
    • Kangaroo Island Pure Grain will process 4000 mega-tonnes of non-genetically modified canola seed into Kangaroo Island-branded canola oil and mayonnaise for the high end Japanese retailer PAL System
    • Kangaroo Island Wool has new orders to continue the supply of wool to major fashion brand United Arrows for production into Kangaroo Island Wool-branded men's suits.


    Japan is South Australia’s fifth biggest export market, with commodities from South Australia to Japan worth more than AUD$536 million in the last financial year.

    The top commodities from South Australia to Japan in 2015-16 were seafood, fresh meat, oil seeds, fruits and nuts, petrochemical products, beverages and copper.

    South Australia’s relationship with Japan has been long-standing, with a sister-state relationship formed with the south-west Japan Okayama Prefecture in May 1993.

    Quotes attributable to Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

    South Australia and Japan have a long standing relationship that will be further strengthened during this visit, leading to more investment in our state, new exports and ultimately more jobs created.

    Our presence in Japan is about searching out opportunities that will lead to growth for our businesses and trade opportunities, and we also want to show that South Australia is an open door to opportunity and a gateway to Australia.

  • 04 Nov 2016 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tourism Australia has confirmed the appointment of Joe Yoshiyuki Nakazawa as its new Country Manager Japan, taking up the Tokyo-based role on 1 December 2016.

    Mr Nakazawa joins Tourism Australia from HRS Hotel Reservation Service Japan, where he is currently the Managing Director.

    Prior to his current role, Mr Nakazawa was with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he has worked for eight years as Country Manager Japan. Before IATA, he worked as a senior executive at JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) where he managed travel trade relationships, including new business development and e-commerce.

    Based in Tokyo, Mr Nakazawa will report to Tourism Australia Regional General Manager North Asia. Mr Hogg said Mr Nakazawa’s extensive aviation experience and understanding of the Japan travel market had been key factors in making the appointment.

    “The Japanese market has rebounded strongly in recent times with visitor numbers growing strongly over the past 12 months. A big part in this turnaround has been the focus we have placed upon strengthening our relationships with aviation, distribution and trade partners in market, as well as strong marketing activity. These are certainly areas where Joe’s experience and strong skill set will give us significant additional momentum,” Mr Hogg said.

    Mr Nakazawa said he was looking forward to working for the national tourism organisation of a country that helped shape his own personal development.

    “Having spent three years studying at Bond University for my MBA, I have already feel a close affinity with Australia. This is an exciting time to join Tourism Australia and I look forward to leading a highly energised team in such an important market,” Mr Nakazawa said.

    Japan represents Australia's sixth largest inbound market, with 391,100 Japanese visitor arrivals for the year ending August 2016, up 20.2 per cent. These visitors generated over $1.5 billion in total expenditure over a similar period.

    Mr Nakazawa replaces Andrew Reilly, who previously held responsibility for Tourism Australia’s Japan team and left the organisation at the end of April.

    For further information contact:

    Leo Seaton, Tourism Australia, on +61 447 463197


  • 01 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1 November 2016

    It is an honour and a privilege today to commence as Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

    Melanie Brock, our outgoing Chair, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us. The ANZCCJ has flourished under Melanie’s leadership and guidance. Under her watch we launched many important initiatives including the Japanese SME Support Program and the Tohoku Reconstruction Program. Over the past six years we also experienced a marked increase in engagement with the Japanese business community and Japanese membership.

    We are very pleased that Melanie has agreed to continue to support the ANZCCJ as Chair Emeritus, a role in which she will continue to provide advice based on her deep experience.

    I joined the ANZCCJ Executive Council in 2010 and have served as Vice Chair for five of the last six years.  As the head of an Australian business operating in Japan, it became clear to me that people and organisations on both sides can continue to do more to fully utilise the great opportunities that exist to grow businesses and deepen relationships. Whether it is the challenge of large New Zealand or Australian firms not understanding the depth of pipeline here or Japanese organisations facing the challenges of navigating the sea of opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, it's hard to watch potential not being fully utilised. With a love for our countries, whatever contribution I could make to improve the situation was worth pursuing and a role as an EC member helped facilitate that.

    As for top priorities over the next few years, 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. In addition, with Japanese capital increasingly looking off shore, the Chamber can help build bridges that better enable Japanese investment into our home countries and jointly into third markets. We will keep you posted on our progress and would love to hear your views.

    We are fortunate to have two strong Vice Chairs in Ed Cole and Catherine O’Connell and Martin Spann as Treasurer. I am also very fortunate to have inherited an energetic, diverse and impressive Executive Council that is passionate about giving back to the business community in Japan.

    We look forward to maintaining and building upon the success our Chamber has achieved over the past several years.


    Andrew Gauci

  • 01 Nov 2016 8:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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