• 14 Jun 2017 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Event summary: An Evening with Joe Schmidt and Irish Rugby

    By Emma Kodaka and Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    As the Ireland Mens national rugby team prepared to face Japan in two tests (Tokyo and Shizuoka), members from Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan ( ANZCCJ), British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) heard from one of the leading coaches in world rugby, Joe Schmidt, and Paul Dean, a player from the touring squad.  The Irish Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington, was among the guests at this exclusive event organised by the IJCC.

    The Irish squad and management held their first full training session in Tokyo, before departing by to Hamamatsu, ahead of Saturday’s opener at the Ecopa Stadium.

    Schmidt and Dean shared with the audience that “Japan are capable of beating the best teams in the world, so it will be a big step up, and we’ll have to improve on last week.”

    Even though training has been intensive and players have been under pressure, Coach Schmidt revealed that the team is getting used to the culture and will have their first ‘real taste’ of Japan, on a day off, with two groups going to see sumo wrestlers in training.

    Following the interactive discussion, guests were invited for an exciting networking opportunity, as well as a buffet and free flowing drinks.

    For media and other inquiries contact ANZCCJ Executive Director, Cristina Merino at

  • 05 Jun 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    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:

  • 31 May 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous
    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

  • 29 May 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    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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  • 26 May 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous
    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. 


    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

    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

    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.




        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.




    Chris Atwell 


  • 23 May 2017 12:09 AM | Anonymous

    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

    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


  • 18 May 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous

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


    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

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  • 18 May 2017 7:19 AM | Anonymous

    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."


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