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  • 30 Nov 2020 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ANZCCJ Annual General Meeting 2020 was held on November 25 at the Australian Embassy Tokyo and via Zoom. Members voted for six Executive Council (EC) members for the 2020-2022 two year term. 

    Congratulations to the successful candidates (in alphabetical order of company)

    • Matthew Walker, AIG Japan Holdings (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Martin Spann, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Sally Townsend, Government of South Australia, Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Gerard Adams, Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. (Individual Australia)
    • Elizabeth Cox, Macquarie Group (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Tim Barnstable, Saputo Dairy Australia (AU Corporate Sponsor)

    The EC members will be joined by the below members who are continuing on the EC for 2021 as a part of their two year term.

    • Catherine O'Connell, Catherine O'Connell Law (NZ Individual Member)
    • Neville Falkner, Fonterra New Zealand (NZ Corporate Sponsor)
    • Andrew Gauci, Lendlease Japan (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Jennifer Sakaguchi, Rio Tinto Japan Limited (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Tracy Whiriskey, Ashurst (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Nobi Yamaji, Personal Information Protection Commission (JPN Individual Member)

    Following on from the AGM, the 12 EC members and and 4 ex-officio members from the Australia and New Zealand Embassies met on November 26 to confirm the appointment of the Office Bearer positions. We are happy to announce that Sally Townsend was re-appointed for a two year term as Chair, Martin Spann was re-appointed for a two year term as Co-Vice Chair, and Tim Barnstable was re-appointed as Treasurer for another one year term. Our Co-Vice Chairs, Catherine O’Connell and Nobi Yamaji will both be continuing the second year of their two year term for 2021. This fulfils the requirements of the ANZCCJ Constitution and Bylaws on the make-up of our EC and Office Bearers.

    Thank you to all who participated in the AGM online and in person, in particular those candidates who ran for election. We also wish to thank our outgoing EC member Ian Scott for his dedication and strong contribution to the Council. The ANZCCJ's strength comes from the continued and active participation of its members and the strategic leadership of its EC.

    A copy of ANZCCJ's AGM 2019/20 Report is available to members from the Member Resources page on our website. Minutes from the AGM will be available to members in due course.

  • 02 Oct 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, 30 September, the ANZCCJ’s Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee (FAHC) hosted a networking and catch-up event at Platform 9 in Pullman Hotel, Tamachi.

    Tim Barnstable, Chair of the FAHC, opened the event with a warm welcome and introduction of special guests Derek Baines and Scott Walker. Derek Baines recently assumed the role of Tourism Australia’s Country Manager (Japan), and Scott Walker is the new MLA Regional General Manager (Japan & Korea). It was also a pleasure for the ANZCCJ to welcome Gerard Adams back to Japan after his time working in the US.

    Guests enjoyed an evening of relaxed conversations and networking, with gourmet three-course meals provided by Platform 9.

  • 11 Sep 2020 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a non-profit business training program designed to foster the development of foreign businesses in Japan while strengthening the business skills of up-and-coming executives .

    Founded by ANZCCJ in 1993, JMEC is supported by 18 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan. Over the past 26 years, JMEC has trained more than 1,300 young business professionals, many of whom have advanced to senior positions in their companies or started their own businesses.

    The JMEC 27 program has already begun with information sessions for potential participants attended by JMEC staff and alumni. To join one of the upcoming information sessions in September or October, please visit the JMEC website for details and registration.

    For more information on applications for both program participants and project clients, please find the info sheets below.

    JMEC 27 Project Client Info Sheet (applications close November 30, 2020)

    JMEC 27 Participant Info Sheet (applications close October 15, 2020)

    JMEC 27 program lectures commence on November 14, 2020.

  • 21 Aug 2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday 20th August the ANZCCJ hosted the event Challenges and Opportunities: A Fireside Chat with our Ambassadors. The event was held at Conrad Tokyo Hotel and live-streamed as a webinar, making it not only our first in-person event of this membership year but also our first hybrid event.

    We were joined by H.E. Richard Court, Ambassador of Australia to Japan, and H.E.Hamish Cooper, Ambassador of New Zealand to Japan for a discussion on the Australia-New Zealand-Japan relationship and the outlook for the post-COVID-19 world. Moderated by ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend, the conversation covered topics such as collaboration between the three countries during the Diamond Princess crisis and how they have managed the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

    Another point of discussion was the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games and the effect this would have on Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan. The Ambassadors commented that the service, tourism and hospitality industries would likely continue to see a downturn, while businesses in fields of e-commerce and tech could greatly benefit from the situation.

    The Ambassadors also responded to a question regarding the re-entry of foreign residents, expressing their appreciation that it's a difficult time for many residents, and emphasising the importance of foreign residents to Japan and Japanese communities. They also acknowledged the complexities of entry policy during a pandemic.* The discussion was then closed with a few words from Sally Townsend.

    The event was a success, with attendees enjoying the chance to meet again in person in a relaxed and socially distanced environment. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future. 

    See our Events page for a list of upcoming webinars, or sign up to our newsletter here for regular updates and to have event information delivered to your inbox.

    *You can read the ANZCCJ's individual and joint statements regarding the Japanese immigration authority's re-entry policies here.

    8月20日(木)に駐日オーストラリア大使のリチャード・コート閣下、駐日ニュージーランド大使のヘイミッシュ・クーパー閣下をお招きし、”Challenges and Opportunities”をテーマとしたトークベントをANZCCJ主催で行いました。このイベントはコンラッド東京で開催され、その様子はウェビナーとしてライブ配信されました。我々にとっても今年度初の対面イベントだけではなく、オンライン同時配信を行うという初の試みである”ハイブリッド・イベント”ともなりました。







  • 19 Aug 2020 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and the European Business Council (EBC) have closely followed the policies of Japan’s immigration authorities regarding the (re-)entry of non-Japanese nationals during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite positive changes to allow entry into Japan under specific circumstances, many long-term residents of Japan are still not permitted to enter the country. 

    The ANZCCJ, ACCJ, BCCJ and EBC wish to express our support for the foreign resident communities of Japan. Together we have released a statement expressing our ongoing concerns regarding the restricted entry of foreign residents. We request that the current entry policies be changed to reflect Japan's values of fair and equal treatment for all, allowing foreign residents to re-enter Japan based on the same public health protocols as Japanese nationalsPlease follow the links below to read the full statement (English and Japanese).

    (English) Joint Statement on the Re-entry Restrictions for Foreign Residents in Japan.pdf

    (日本語) 再_国制限に関するACCJ_ANZCCJ_BCCJおよびEBCの共同声明.pdf

  • 14 Aug 2020 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan wishes to express concerns regarding the Japanese Government’s immigration policy that currently places limitations on the re-entry of non-Japanese nationals residing in Japan. Please follow the links below to read the full statement (English and Japanese).

    Thank you very much to member Yuichi Takatsuka of Visa and Beyond by Takatsuka Office for advising ANZCCJ on the drafting of this statement.

    (English) ANZCCJ Statement on Re-entry Restrictions for Foreign Residents in Japan

    (日本語) 再入国制限に対する緩和措置の要望

  • 12 Jun 2020 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the limited flights between Japan and Australia/New Zealand at this time, international postal services are experiencing temporary suspensions and delays.

    Below is a summary of updates to international postage services, as of 10 June, 2020.

    Japan Post:

    The delivery of EMS and Air mail to Australia remains suspended. Delivery of all types of mail to New Zealand is suspended

    Australia Post:

    As of June 5, Australia Post has resumed delivery of all inbound and outbound items to Japan.

    According to the Australia Post website, the suspension of of Economy Services for parcels into Japan (effective April 3) will remain in place until further notice. Delivery of Express parcels is estimated to take 6-10 business days, with 10-22 business days estimated for Standard parcels.

    New Zealand Post:

    As of June 10, New Zealand Post expects delays of up to 7-10 working days for postage deliveries to Japan. 

    All inbound postage from Japan remains suspended until further notice, due to the lack of transport capacity.

  • 17 Apr 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ, together with the ACCJ, BCCJ, CCCJ, EBC and IBA Japan, released a formal joint statement regarding fiscal countermeasures to benefit individuals and corporations facing financial hardship due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

    (English) Joint statement of foreign business community for fiscal measures to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19.pdf

    (日本語) Joint statement of foreign business community for fiscal measures to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19.pdf

  • 17 Apr 2020 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the limited flights between Japan and Australia/New Zealand at this time, international postal services are experiencing temporary suspensions and delays.

    Japan Post:

    (Japanese only information)

    As of April 10, delivery of EMS and Air mail to Australia is suspended. All types of mail to New Zealand is suspended.

    A previous version of this file is available in English here:

    Australia Post:

    On April 3, Australia post shared the following update regarding post to Japan:

    “Please be advised that we are experiencing international delivery delays into Japan of up to 2-4 weeks due to limited flights and government restrictions. Please note: Australia Post will suspend Economy Services for parcels into Japan effective 3 April and until further notice. Express and Standard Service for parcels will continue but there will be delays. Economy Services for letters will continue. Express items will be prioritised during this period. Australia Post continues to work closely with partner airlines and postal operators to try to move items as quickly as possible.”

    New Zealand Post:

    According to the latest update (April 3), International Express Courier service is available, but International Air and Courier services are temporarily suspended for deliveries to Japan.

    As the measures and restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change daily, we recommend confirming the latest updates from these postal services before sending items overseas.

  • 08 Apr 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 7, 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency for the Tokyo metropolitan area, Osaka Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Fukuoka Prefecture, to remain in place until May 6. This declaration will empower prefectural leaders to take further steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), such as urging residents to stay at home, and restricting the operation of schools and other public institutions. Residents of these designated prefectures have been asked to refrain from non-essential outings, with exceptions for grocery shopping and access to other essential services. They should also avoid traveling to other parts of the country where possible.

     It was emphasised that these restrictions will not lead to “lockdowns” as seen in China and parts of Europe, and that the operation of essential services such as public transport will not be affected.

    In his address, Prime Minister Abe encouraged all residents of Japan to avoid the “Three Cs” (3つの密)

    • 1.       Closed spaces with poor ventilation (換気の悪い密閉空間)
    • 2.       Crowded places with many people nearby(多数が集まる密集場所)
    • 3.       Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations(間近で会話や発声する密接場所)

    A Japanese language version of the address is available on the Prime Minister's Office website:

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