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  • 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。

    弊商工会議所会頭のサリー・タウンゼンドが司会を務めたトークセッションでは、両国の大使からとコロナで大きく変化した世の中の見通しについて、またダイヤモンド・プリンセス号の感染集団発生時のオーストラリア、ニュージーランド、日本間との連携やこれまでの日本の新型コロナへの取り組みについてのお考えについてお話されました。

    その他のトピックとして、2020年のオリンピック開催延期、またこれに起因する日本でビジネスをするオーストラリアとニュージーランド企業へ与える影響が取り上げられました。観光、ホスピタリティ、サービス業は今後も景気後退が続く可能性が高いが、通販などのeコマースとテクノロジー分野ではこの状況下で大きい利益を生み出すだろうとの見解を示されました。

    また両大使は、日本国内の外国人居住者の再入国について、多くの居住者にとって困難な時期であるという認識を示され、彼らがどれだけ日本と日本国内のコミュニティにとって重要かを強調されるとともに、感染拡大における再入国制限の複雑さを指摘されました。

    このイベントは、ソーシャルディスタンスや消毒などの安全に細心の注意を払い行われ、オンラインではなくメンバーの方々と直接再会できたことが大変嬉しく、イベントは盛況のうちに幕を閉じました。今後も継続してイベントを開催できることを楽しみにしております。

    今後のイベントについてはANZCCJのイベントページをご覧ください。定期的な更新やイベント情報の配信をご希望される方は、こちらのニュースレターから無料登録できます。

    ※日本の入国管理局の再入国制限に対するANZCCJからの声明および他国の商工会議所との共同声明は、こちらでご覧いただけます。

  • 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)https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/2020/0409_01_01.pdf

    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: https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/2020/0401_02_01_en.pdf

    Australia Post:

    On April 3, Australia post shared the following update regarding post to Japan: https://auspost.com.au/about-us/news-media/important-updates/coronavirus/coronavirus-international-updates#international

    “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. https://www.nzpost.co.nz/sites/nz/files/uploads/shared/covid-updates/Covid-19-international-network-outbound-08042020.pdf

    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: http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/98_abe/actions/202004/07corona.html



  • 27 Mar 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to Nozawa Onsen Village Office’s Tourism and Industry Division for donating to the ANZCCJ Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief Fund through their local fundraising efforts.

    Nozawa Onsen Village, located in the north of Nagano Prefecture, is known for its beautiful hot springs and ski fields, and attracts large numbers of tourists from Oceania each year. Upon hearing of the devastating bushfires in Australia, their local Village Office felt compelled to contribute to the recovery effort and setup collection boxes within the busy ski resort.

    Their kind donation will go toward aiding the recovery for bushfire affected communities. Please visit the Nozawa Onsen Tourism site for more information about this great destination. https://nozawa-onsen.com/

  • 24 Mar 2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New Zealand Government has released a new website, Unite Against COVID-19, to provide all the information New Zealanders need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

    Including explanations of New Zealand's four-level COVID alert system, information and advice for businesses, and help for those seeking financial assistance, this new website is a useful resource for anyone who wants to keep up-to-date on the latest developments.

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