ANZCCJ & ANZ Joint panel discussion

NEWS ANZCCJ & ANZ Joint panel discussion 14 February 2023 Thank you to members and guests for joining the ANZCCJ and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) at the Conrad Tokyo for a panel discussion to learn how the bank’s values and vision have shaped its transformation. Following opening remarks from Peter Roberts OAM (Deputy Head of Mission of Australia to Japan) it was fantastic to be joined by Shayne Elliott (CEO) and Mitch Mason (CEO Japan) and to hear from Farhan Faruqui (CFO), Mark Whelan (Group Executive Institutional), Kathryn van der Merwe (Group Executive Talent & Culture) and Antonia Watson (CEO NZ) about how the bank`s strategy of simplifying and strengthening areas, where it can deliver great customer outcomes […]

200 Years of Rugby

NEWS 200 Years of Rugby 1 February 2023 We had a great time celebrating the 200th anniversary of sport of rugby with the BCCJ🇬🇧, CCCJ🇨🇦, CCIJF🇫🇷, IJCC🇮🇪 and SACCJ🇿🇦!! We hope to continue to cooperate with our fellow chambers of commerce in Japan and hold various joint events in the future! Recent Post 09 Feb 2023 ANZCCJ & ANZ Joint panel discussion 03 Feb 2023 Call to “strengthen retention efforts” and “clarify room for pay negotiation” amidst intensifying talent shortage 01 Feb 2023 200 Years of Rugby 26 Jan 2023 ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2023 16 Dec 2022 Robert Walters Japan: Higher inflation on Japanese businesses and company employees – a key […]

ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2023

NEWS ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2023 26 January 2023 Thank you to our wonderful members and friends for joining ANZCCJ in welcoming the new year celebrating with us at our Shinnenkai on Thursday, 26 January at Conrad Tokyo! We trust that you had a fun night, and we look forward to seeing you at future events. Guests were treated to a delicious buffet meal paired with free flowing drinks, including a selection of fine wines from Penfolds. First, we would next like to thank Catherine O’Connell for her excellent MCing during the night. We would like to thank Mr Justin Hayhurst, Australia’s new Ambassador to Japan for making the opening remarks. We […]

2022 Executive Council & Office Bearer Election

NEWS 2022 Executive Council & Office Bearer Election 28 November 2022 The ANZCCJ Annual General Meeting and Executive Election 2022 was held at Hilton Tokyo on Thursday 24 November.  Five Executive Council positions were put to a vote, with the following successful candidates elected for the 2022-2024 two-year term: Matthew Walker, AIG Japan Holdings (Corporate) Ian Scott, Atsumi & Sakai (Corporate) Dean Daniels, Pullman Tokyo Tamachi (Corporate) Tim Barnstable, Saputo International Services (AU Corporate) Sally Townsend, South Australia Department of Trade & Investment (AU Corporate)  These Executive Council Members will join the seven continuing 2021-2023 Members: Fumiko Watanabe – Brainmaid (JPN Individual) Catherine O’Connell – Catherine O’Connell Law (NZ Corporate) Masatoshi Kitajima – Commonwealth […]

Now Hiring: Seeking a new Executive Director

NEWS Now Hiring: Seeking a new Executive Director 24 October 2022 We are seeking a new Executive Director! Founded in 1972, the ANZCCJ is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to playing a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business and providing our members with access to effective information, representation, and commercial connections. We are seeking a passionate, mission-driven, and proactive Executive Director (ED) with a strong sense of ownership, who shares our vision of advocating for Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan, can lead the day-to-day office operations, and work with an Executive Council and membership that represents a diverse range of sectors.  The ED has a […]

A Message from Tim Lester, Former Chair – ANZCCJ 50th Anniversary

NEWS A Message from Tim Lester, Former Chair – ANZCCJ 50th Anniversary 19 October 2022 I am number 14 on a truly esteemed list of Chamber Chairs. I genuinely wish I could be in the room with you all tonight to celebrate and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Chamber. I am sure there is an amazing buzz and electric atmosphere in the room – one I dearly miss from my time as Chair at functions for the Chamber in the past. I am grateful to Melanie Brock for taking the time and generously offering to share my brief message with you. Between 2004 and 2008, I had the distinct […]

Japan Australia New Zealand Society: 2022 New Zealand Ambassador’s Trophy Golf Event

NEWS Japan Australia New Zealand Society: 2022 New Zealand Ambassador’s Trophy Golf Event 21 September 2022 The JANZ Society invite ANZCCJ Members and friends to join their annual Autumn golf event, the New Zealand Ambassador’s Cup, on Tuesday 22 November, 2022, at the Narita Course, Taiheiyo Club. Date:  Tuesday 22 November, 2022 Venue:  Taiheiyo Club, Narita Course Time: First group to tee off at 8:35am*Please meet in front of the Caddy-master’s room at 8:25am (48 players with 6 time-slots reserved for both IN & Out starting holes) Golf Fee: 20,800yen + Lunch* 18hole playing fee with caddy (19,150yen), party finger-food & 1 drink (1,650yen) + Lunch* To be paid directly to the […]

Event: Towards an Australia-Japan Innovation Alliance

NEWS Event: Towards an Australia-Japan Innovation Alliance 16 September 2022 Join a discussion on how Australia and Japan can partner to maximise the commercial impact of research translation at the cutting edge. The inaugural one-day forum Towards an Australia-Japan Innovation Alliance will be held in Tokyo on 6 October at Google Shibuya Stream. Australia and Japan have a large and enduring economic relationship built on trust, shared values and economic complementarity. Our scientific and technological strengths are also complementary. But neither country is currently a top-of-mind innovation partner for the other. This forum asks how we can change this as innovation and technology become ever more important in meeting new […]

JMEC: Need a Business Plan? Or Want to Upgrade Your Business Skills?

NEWS 26 August 2022 JMEC: Need a Business Plan? Or Want to Upgrade Your Business Skills? Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market for your market entry or business expansion? If so, take part in the 29th Japan Market Expansion Competition—JMEC 29! As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan’s brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage at—and contact and to discuss and get more details. Or are you looking to upgrade your […]

会頭 サリー・タウンゼンドからのメッセージ

NEWS Message from Chair Sally Townsend 8 July 2022 Dear Members and Friends,   Our community is shocked and saddened by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in Nara today.   Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister and one of the most prominent global leaders of our time, Abe san was held in high regard for his deep commitment towards international diplomacy, and as a true friend to Australia and New Zealand. He will be deeply missed.   It is particularly shocking to hear of such an incident occurring in our peaceful, beloved Japan.   Our sincere thoughts and condolences go to his friends, colleagues and loved ones, especially his […]