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  • 18 May 2017 7:15 AM | Anonymous

    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

  • 11 May 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous


    ANZCCJ hosts RWC Pool Draw Screening and Networking Evening

    11 May 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    • 10 May marked the much awaited Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw, held in Kyoto by World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee. 
    • ANZCCJ, in conjunction with BCCJ, held an exciting evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club, featuring a recorded screening of the draw followed by an expert panel discussion.

    The Rugby World Cup will be held from September 20 to November 2, 2019 and Japan will be the first Asian country to host the tournament. At the draw in Kyoto, eight slots were allocated to the teams yet to qualify.

    Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner

    Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner

    Pool C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2

    Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2

    Among the highlights of the pool draw was of course, New Zealand & South Africa being in same pool given their history as long term competitive rivals. Attendees playfully celebrated their friendly rivalries over potential outcomes of the cup, as the draw was screened as well as following up with inquiries about how Japan intends to address the various logistical considerations of hosting such an event, both fun and serious. The expert panel addressed many of these questions in the discussion and follow-up Q&A session as moderated by Julianne Merriman, Trade Commissioner,  from the Australian Trade Commission.

    The Panel featured Sam Pearson (Kiwi), the Partnership Development Director for CSM Sports & Entertainment in Japan, David MacCallum (Aussie), the Commercial Director of STH Group Asia and finally our Japanese panelist was Yuji Honda, the Head of Strategy & Legacy on the RWC 2019 Organising Committee.

    The Rugby World Cup is  an opportunity for Japan to showcase itself as a global hub for tourists who will be visiting.  During the panel, Yuji Honda explained, "From a hospitality perspective the aim is on creating a great experience for guests and there are a number of fun ideas about the structure and opportunities."

    Working at STH group, who were also the global rights holder for the official hospitality and travel programmes for Rugby World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015, David explained that “The Rugby World Cup is low risk, high return relative to other major sporting events. In terms of organising and hosting sporting events, it is one of the better events to be charged with in terms of organising. Looking at the data from the last Rugby World Cup in England in 2015, on average 400,000 tourists, each spending around 3000 pounds and staying on average 14 days. Most people were following a team over a couple of weekends, balancing travel and games.”

    Yuji Honda explained that the Rugby World Cup 2019 will have 12 host cities across Japan, including major cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama. "The important challenge is the other 10 cities and concerns as to how to fill the venues, and activating the local and international communities of the featured games."

    Other important points that were mentioned were the need to create general awareness among the Japanese public, but also increase understanding about how companies can leverage major sporting events to the benefit of their businesses. Given that the Rugby World Cup is one of the largest events in the world, the panelists further added that the excitement surrounding it can simultaneously translate into business opportunities. This can be taken advantage of through the use of social media, for example. 

    Altogether, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening featuring both entertainment and business networking complemented by the stunning views of the Roppongi Hills Club. ANZCCJ would also like to acknowledge the sponsors of this amazing event, Air New Zealand, and thank them for their donation of the generous lucky draw prize. Congratulations to ANZCCJ member Ryo Hayakawa, on his winning the two tickets to New Zealand! A further thank you to Robert Walters, an official sponsor of the Brave Blossoms for the goodie bags.  

    In his closing remarks, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci, remarked, "The Chamber looks forward to working with Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan to leverage the many events we will be hosting over the following years as we get closer to the RWC and the Olympics."

    You can read further details about the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw on the official site here, in both English and Japanese.

    ANZCCJ inquiries: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

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

  • 25 Apr 2017 2:45 PM | Anonymous


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce is proud to launch our newly redesigned website!

    To read our press release, click here. 

    With visitors to our website approximating 1672 per month, the primary objectives of our site development efforts were focused on access, diversifying content, and increasing the visibility of our committees and events. The new design also allows for streamlined menus, clear navigation, and a responsive and more interactive layout for all site pages. Explore the site to learn more about our full and updated spectrum of services!

    Other features include our updated FAHC Restaurant & Café Directory and interactive feedback form accessible from here.


  • 24 Apr 2017 4:44 PM | Anonymous
    PM announces changes to ministerial portfolios

    24 April 2017

    Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

    The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

    In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration.

    Mr Mitchell has been promoted to Cabinet.

    Tim Macindoe, a former chairman of the justice and electoral select committee and National’s senior whip since the 2014 election, and Scott Simpson, the chairman of the local government and environment select committee have been appointed ministers outside cabinet.

    “This is a Government that is focused on the future. Our careful stewardship of the Government’s books over the past eight years has given us a rare opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and we are going to take it.

    “These changes illustrate the depth of talent within National’s parliamentary ranks,” Mr English says.

    “As education minister, Ms Parata has changed the conversation in our schools and driven sharp rises in achievement for all our students, particularly Māori and Pasifika.

    “As foreign affairs minister, Mr McCully has improved existing relationships and developed new ones, all the while running a truly independent foreign policy for New Zealand.

    “Neither will be easily replaced but in Nikki Kaye and Gerry Brownlee we have two very well qualified successors.

    “The same holds true for the Ministers who are picking up the roles relinquished by Mr Brownlee to take up the demanding foreign affairs position.

    Mr English said he particularly wanted to pay tribute to Mr Brownlee for his untiring efforts to put Christchurch back on its feet after the 2011 earthquakes.

    “Having worked alongside him as associate minister for several years his successor, Ms Wagner, is ideally placed to replace him.”

    The Prime Minister also announced some changes to the housing portfolios.

    Social Housing Minister Amy Adams will remain responsible for Housing New Zealand and all aspects of the Government’s supply of social and emergency housing. She will also take responsibility for the Crown land programme and have a closer involvement in the Government’s overall house building programme.

    Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith will continue to oversee the various aspects of building regulation, including planning, minimum codes and building sector productivity issues.

    The new ministers will be sworn in next Tuesday and the new Cabinet will hold its first meeting on May 8.

    Source: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/pm-announces-changes-ministerial-portfolios-1

  • 24 Apr 2017 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    オーストラリア政府 ターンブル首相はピーター・ダットン移民大臣と4月18日に共同会見し、今後さらにオーストラリア国家にとって有益な高度人材を受入れ、経済発展していく上で、現行の就労ビザ ( Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) ) を廃止し、より適切に不足している職業人材を海外から誘致する形の新しい就労ビザ(Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa )をあらたに導入すると発表いたしました。

    長年にわたり、就労ビザとしてこの457ビザは時代の情勢に準じて様々な改正がされてきており、特に2009年9月以降の労働党政権以来の改正には多くの日系企業もその改正によるビザ許可要件には翻弄されてきたのも事実です。 

    なお、概要としては迅速に必要としている人材を適材適所として発行するものとし、この改正については2018年3月までに4月19日、7月1日、12月31日付と、段階的に改正していく予定です。 

    4月19日付で、既に457ビザとして発行可能な職業リストの大幅な変更を実施いたしました。その関係で、今後の審査にも大きな影響が見込まれます。

     今までは就労ビザ(457)および研修ビザ(407)目的にCSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List ) というものが存在し、このリスト内でなければビザ申請ができませんでしたが、今回これに代わり、2つのカテゴリーに職業をわけています。具体的には、Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) といわれていたもの(このリストはかつて永住ビザ申請時に利用)がMedium and Long term Strategic Skilled List (MLTSSL) にかわり、 ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL) がShort-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) にかわるものとなります。

     リストとして以下が提示されました。

    ① 中長期的に不足しているとされている職業リスト Medium and Long term Strategic Skilled List (MLTSSL)

    ② 短期的に不足しているとされている職業リスト  Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

     但し、実際は②のリストは存在せず、Combined list of eligible skilled occupationsというものが存在し、このリストに含まれているものが457(就労ビザ)や407(研修ビザ)の申請が可能な職業となります。 ポイントはこのリストの中で、MLTSSLに含まれている職業については就労ビザの発給期限が異なるということが大きな違いです。

    また、この4月19日付で、約200近くの職業がこのリストから外れました。従いまして、かつては発行されていた職業でも今後発行できないものが多くあるということになります。

    4月19日付で、削除された職業リスト → こちらへ  

    *すでに今回のリストから外れた職業コードにより、現在ノミネーション申請中の場合は、審査上認可されないため、移民省へノミネーション申請を取り下げ希望することで、申請料金の返金措置がとられるようです。

    2018年3月までの改正についての主なポイントとしては以下になります。

    • 新しい就労ビザ(スキル不足に適切なビザ)の導入:
      • 新しい、またよりオーストラリア労働市場にてターゲットをしぼった必要とする職業リストへ変更
      • 最低2年以上の同等の職務経験が必要
      • 最低給与価格は海外からの就労者も同等に扱いオーストラリア労働者を安い賃金にしないようにする
      • 国際的な協定などがない限り労働市場テストが必要
      • the Short-Term streamのみに関し、オーストラリア国内にてビザ更新が可能
      • the Medium-Term streamの就労を3年経過したあとは、オーストラリア国内でのビザ更新や永住ビザ申請も可能とする
      • 就労後に永住ビザを申請する際には今までの2年から3年へ延長とする
      • オーストラリア労働者に対する職場における差別などのテストを雇用主に徹底させる。
      • オーストラリア労働者に対するトレーニング実施について、雇用主へさらに徹底した要件を実施
      • 移民省がオーストラリア国税局との連携により税務申告番号の入手など情報共有を実施
      • 無犯罪証明取得を必要化
    • 雇用主スポンサーによる永住ビザ要件の厳格化
      • 英語要件の強化
      • 最低3年以上の同等の職務経験の義務化
      • 申請時に45歳以下であること
      • オーストラリア労働者に対するトレーニング実施要件の強化
      • 雇用主はオーストラリア給与市場価格に見合い、かつ最低賃金要件をみたすこと(Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold: TSMIT 現行は2016年4月12日以来年収$53900)
    • オーストラリア地方や地域においての緩和政策
      • オーストラリア地用や地域における雇用主は職業スキルのニーズにあわせ、就労ビザや永住ビザのプログラムを活用し、人材登用が可能
      • 現行で存在するオーストラリア地域・地方にある永住ビザに関する緩和策(例として、ノミネーション申請料金免除や一定の職業についての年齢制限免除など)は引き続き維持される。今後経済は状況などオーストラリアの地方・地域における職業リストの拡大などに準じ検討予定。
    • 技術移住ビザも就労ビザ(457)同様に2017年4月19日付より大幅に職業リストが凝縮される

     オーストラリア移民省の原文は以下になりますので詳細は原文をご確認ください ⇒ オーストラリア移民省 就労ビザ改正について

    オーストラリア政府 ターンブル首相の会見ニュース ⇒ こちらへ(The Guardian)    

    *まずは職業リストがだいぶ削減し、審査についても今後大きな影響がでると予測されます。完全な改正は2018年3月となります。

    就労ビザについてのお問い合わせ ⇒ こちらへ お問い合わせください

  • 19 Apr 2017 4:40 PM | Anonymous


    ANZCCJ welcomes Australian and Japanese business leaders to a Lunch and keynote speech by Hon Steven Ciobo

     19 April 2017

     By Sam Brustad

     ●  The ANZCCJ hosted Hon Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment at a Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 19 April 2017.

    • After a welcoming address by ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, Minister Ciobo made his remarks to an audience of 80 business leaders including an accompanying business delegation from Australia. This was followed by a lively Q&A session.

    ANZCCJ was proud to host a sit-down luncheon at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo to welcome Hon Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Minister Ciobo is in Japan leading a delegation of Australian businesses to showcase Australian capabilities in a range of key sectors including which is an area of particular interest in Japan on 18 and 19 April.

    The event allowed Minister Ciobo to directly engage with business leaders from both Japan and Australia and was attended by the Australian Ambassador, HE Richard Court, members of the ANZCCJ Executive Council and senior officials from the Australian and New Zealand embassies in Tokyo.

     During his welcoming remarks, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci referenced the strong case for increasing the bilateral relationship signified by this visit. He also acknowledged Ambassador Court who formally delivered his credentials to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan just last week, saying that he looked forward to working with him closely in the future.

    Minister Ciobo then spoke on the various opportunities for the Japan- Australia bilateral relationship. He began by acknowledging the committed work of the ANZCCJ and its members to promote Australia in Japan. He reflected on the importance of this year – with 2017 marking the 60th anniversary since the signing of the 1957 Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement – and on the importance of the historic relationship between the two countries.

    Further trade deals such as JAEPA have helped to promote the free flow of goods and services between Australia and Japan. Since the signing of JAEPA both Australian and Japanese exporters have benefitted, with key industries such as Australian beef and wine up 25% and 13% respectively. For Japan, the rate of engineering technology exported to Australia is up by 40% and passenger vehicles up 17%. This growth trend looks set to develop beyond these traditional sectors as well, with up-and-coming industries such as digital currencies and Bitcoin technology expected to be another huge source for growth. Minister Ciobo also made clear that the Australian government is committed to taking a diverse approach to Asian markets with a strong focus on Japan, particularly in raising the profile of Japanese businesses in Australia.

    During the Q&A session Minister Ciobo was asked his thoughts on the future of trade deals such as the prospect of a TPP11. Minister Ciobo said that Australia remained committed to promoting free trade, particularly during this time when the benefits of trade globalisation have been called into question. When asked about the benefits of free-floating currencies the Minister acknowledged that while it had certainly benefited the Australian economy as a “shock absorber” during the resource boom and the GFC, individual countries needed to assess their particular economic situation in order to make the appropriate decision.

    Read the full script of Minister Ciobo’s speech here

     ANZCCJ media inquiries: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

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

  • 18 Apr 2017 11:29 AM | Anonymous


    The ANZCCJ is proud to support the New Zealand Alumni Club of Japan (NZACJ), which was founded by Education New Zealand. NZACJ is an alumni network that connects people with a New Zealand education background in Japan. Their mission is to promote New Zealand as a study destination to prospective students through a wide range of events and activities. 

    Membership is open to those Japanese who have studied in New Zealand with a student visa as well as New Zealanders residing in Japan who are interested in connecting with Japanese alumni. For those interested in becoming a member, please sign up on the form on their website here and they will contact you. 

    New Zealand Alumni Club of Japan: NZACJ は、ニュージーランド大使館 エデュケーション・ニュージーランドにより創設されたニュージーランド留学経験者を繋ぐ組織です。留学先としてのニュージーランドの認知度を高めるため、留学フェア、勉強会等のイベントを通じて会員同士の交流を深めます。会員条件として、学生ビザを取得してニュージーランドに留学された方、また日本在住ニュージーランド出身の方を対象とさせていただきます。


  • 18 Apr 2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous


    The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scheduled their Government Procurement Seminar for the Fiscal Year of 2017 to be held on Monday May 15.  This seminar is open to domestic and foreign suppliers and members of foreign missions / representative offices interested in the Japanese Government Procurements. 

    For the full details of this seminar, you can read the attached document here

    If you are interested in taking part in the seminar, please send all of your necessary information to the email below by no later than  Monday, 8th of May.

    Email: seifuchotatsu@amok.co.jp

    The ANZCCJ looks forward to hearing about the expected procurement of goods and services in 2017.

    Further information on government procurement in Japan can be found on MOFA's website here

  • 18 Apr 2017 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    For those interested in procurement (bid tenders and information on placing orders) the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) has produced their official English translation guidelines for all prospective contractors interested in submitting tenders for procurement for the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. All individuals or businesses interested in submitting tenders can now read the guidelines in English. 

    ANZCCJ previously prepared a Provisional Translation of these guidelines at the end of March, which are still available free of charge for members at our Member Resources page. To access these materials, please follow the link and enter your login details when prompted.

    The planned procedure is described in TOCOG’s Procurement Guidelines (Japanese), which includes key information about TOCOG’s procurement policy and the steps in the bidding process. 





  • 17 Apr 2017 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment The HoN STEVEN CIOBO MP

    Media release

    17 April 2017

    Marking 60 years of Australia's trade and investment partnership with Japan

    I am leading a business delegation to Japan to support the creation of new export opportunities for Australian businesses, which will help generate more Australian jobs.

    The delegation is made up of senior business leaders from the food and beverage, financial services, and health and life sciences sectors. Together, we will pursue new commercial opportunities, promote ‘brand Australia’ and forge new business partnerships.

    A major focus of my visit, on April 18-19, will be to progress the implementation of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Australia is the only major agricultural exporter to have a Free Trade Agreement with Japan and our exports are booming under this landmark agreement.

    Sixty years since the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement, our commercial and trade policy relationship with Japan is strong and productive.

    As the third largest economy in the world, and our second largest export market and source of foreign investment, Japan is a vitally important trade and economic partner for Australia. The challenges facing the global trading system make close and effective cooperation between Australia and Japan more vital than ever.

    The Turnbull Government is committed to expanding trade and investment with Japan as we work together to advance our shared commitment to a global system of open, liberalised trade.

    Source: http://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/sc_mr_170417.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D

    Media enquiries: Trade Minister's Office: (02) 6277 7420 | DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555

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