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  • 11 Jun 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday 3 June, The Technology Education Innovation and Research (TIER) committee held an online event on the theme of "Technology's Role in the Future of International Education." We were fortunate to have a diverse and talented panel of expert speakers from all areas of the education industry, coordinated with generous support from the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in Tokyo and our TIER Committee members.

    Daisuke Asano (Director, Educational Industry Office - METI) opened the session, sharing METI's 'StuDX' policy for digitalisation of the learning environment, including a "1-to-1" device initiative. Asano also introduced METI's EdTech pilot project with free open online courses focusing on the UN SDGs. 

    Our panel discussion was moderated by University of Tokyo professor Jenny Corbett, covering the unique ways members of ANZCCJ have embraced online opportunities in primary, secondary and corporate education.

    Rose Hashinaga (Operations Director - CI&T Japan) shared her insights into how EdTech is being used in the corporate world and its role in supporting internal training at CI&T. As a global company growing at a rate of 30-40% each year, effectively doubling in size in three years, CI&T has embraced online opportunities to not only train staff, but also maintain a strong and connected company culture. Celebrating 25 years of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CI&T held a 25 hour-long online party for staff all over the world, involving simultaneous interpreters to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to be included.

    Misa Kitaoka (Director of Education, Japan - Education New Zealand) introduced ENZ's New Zealand Global Competence Certificate (NZGCC) - a program with the aim to provide Japanese students (and students around the world) with the much needed soft-skills involved in becoming a 'global citizen.'  In a saturated global online tertiary education market, Misa highlighted New Zealand's focus on the underserved secondary education sector. Misa, along with key partners Hiroyuki Osada and Haruko Tanaka from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education, dove into how the Tokyo-New Zealand partnership "promotes diversity, inclusion, and an entrepreneurial mindset in students."

    Peter Gibson (Executive Advisor Tokyo 2020 - Australian Olympic Committee) shared the success of the Australian Olympic Committee's Connect 'Tomodachi' program. The program paired 311 schools across both Australia and Japan (a total of 622 classrooms and nearly 18,000 students), providing opportunities for students to share unique insight into their country’s customs, lifestyle and activities in the lead up to and during the Olympic Games. In an example of how this program is serving to overcome international borders, a primary school of only three students in Northern Hokkaido has connected and built relationships with students in Outback Queensland - an opportunity that may not have arisen were it not for the roll out of this program during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Peter commented, we "certainly hope there comes a time soon where they can visit each other in person."

    Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and to everyone who attended! Please visit our website to keep up-to-date with future events.


  • 30 Apr 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ is proud to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Committee, to be Co-Chaired by Ashurst Partner and ANZCCJ Executive Council member Tracy Whiriskey, and Shu Saito, Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management.

    Japanese companies are increasingly adopting long-term sustainability strategies, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their strategic focus. With the Paris Agreement and the Suga government's commitment to a net zero economy by 2050 also in mind, we believe this is the right time for the chamber to establish a sustainability committee to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand businesses, universities and start-ups with the trade and investment opportunities that this creates. As Prime Minister Suga noted this will 'lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about growth'. 

    This 'green growth strategy' creates opportunities in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including more efficient manufacturing practices, higher recycling rates, hydrogen, off-shore wind and other renewable energy sources and carbon capture, as well as more broadly across all industries and their supply chains. This includes TMT, industrials, financial services, retail, automotive and healthcare amongst other sectors. This change creates opportunities for established corporates, start-ups and the education sector through research and development. 

    By establishing a Sustainability Committee, ANZCCJ will serve as a platform for information sharing, advocacy and external engagement to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand organisations to make the most of the opportunities that the net zero economy goal creates. Participation in the Sustainability Committee will be open to all ANZCCJ members and is expected to generate interest across a broad range of sectors, not only energy and infrastructure, including those seeking to implement and maintain environmentally conscious business practices and corporate social responsibility goals within their organisations. 

    Please click here to sign-up for the Sustainability Committee mailing list, to be the first to receive future updates and announcements.

  • 30 Apr 2021 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday 23 April, the Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee (FAHC) partnered with South Australia Trade & Investment to host a wine tasting and networking evening at Shibuya Scramble Square. As the first face-to-face event hosted by ANZCCJ in 2021, we were delighted to welcome over 40 guests as we sampled a wide variety of delicious South Australian wines, supplied by importers Jeroboam, Colonial Trading Co., Sarment, AJ Trading, A Wines, and excellent gin by Eat Lab. Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Executive Chef Koji Fukuda prepared a special menu featuring Paroo roo meat Kanga Sangas, South Australian blue fin tuna with Kinkawooka mussels, and honey and almond lamingtons.  

    We would like to extend our thanks to all the food and wine suppliers for their support, FAHC Chair Tim Barnstable and ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend for hosting this event, and to all our members and friends who joined us for what was a great evening.


  • 19 Mar 2021 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, the ANZCCJ hosted an online Sports for Business Committee meeting featuring three expert speakers from the sports marketing and hospitality industry, who shared their observations on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and what the Games may look like amid an ongoing global pandemic. 

    Thomas Sailer (Adidas Japan - Vice President, Brand and Marketing Director), Cristina Merino (STH Japan - Head of Commercial), and Nicholas Bruce (Nielson Sports - Vice President, Head of Consulting & Research) offered different perspectives that allowed us to better understand the issues they have faced in the COVID-19 pandemicthe unique marketing opportunities going into the Tokyo Olympics, the current state of sponsorship activity, consumer sentiment, and what we learned from the Rugby World Cup 2019.  

    In sharing her experience responding to a postponed Games and new challenges facing event organisers, STH Japan’s Cristina Merino spoke positively of the ways in which the industry has responded, explaining, “[the COVID-19 pandemic] has forced us to become very entrepreneurial in this market. It has helped us focus on new business in Japan and new initiatives which may not have happened otherwise”.  

    Additionally, Thomas Sailor of Adidas spoke of the lessons from 2020 and how the brand has shifted its marketing strategy, commenting that, “2020 taught us that we needed to adapt our product offer so that it worked for Japanese consumers rather than being largely dependent on an inbound consumer group. The products have to be commercial on their own, even if our athletes cannot promote a product on the field of play”.  

    Furthermore, with his extensive experience in media evaluation and brand exposure within sport, Nielson Sports’ Nicholas Bruce provided insight into the change in industry trends in response to the pandemic, highlighting that, “what we’ve seen is the acceleration of new and existing trends in the last 12 months, particularly the shift to digital trends, the growth of athletes and influencers as a platform in their own right, and virtual sports and e-sports… which are stepping up to fill the gap caused by the pandemic”.  

    The discussion concluded on an enthusiastic note, with speakers looking forward to seeing how the upcoming Olympic Games unfold and future sporting events beyond 2021. 

  • 12 Mar 2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday, March 11 2021, ANZCCJ paused to mark 10 years since the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which struck off the coast of Tohoku in 2011.

    In a small Memorial Service in Shiba Park, Tokyo, ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend spoke of the experience of those on the ground in Japan on that day, as well as the close relationships that have formed between Australia, New Zealand and Tohoku in the 10 years since.

    Tim Barnstable, Chair of the Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee shared stories and photos from the many volunteering trips the committee has made to Minami Sanriku and his experience working alongside the local people to develop and harvest new farm crops, helping out at the annual Friendship Festival and recovery market, and the warmth of those who welcomed them each time.

    Andrew Gauci, Managing Director and CEO of Lendlease Japan described his experience of arriving in Tohoku just after the disaster struck, and how he and his staff worked to restore telecommunications services in the region as quickly as possible. He remarked on the way his staff and the local people in Tohoku cared for each other in the days following the disaster, and their selflessness during a time of such difficulty. Andrew shared the words of Minami Sanriku Mayor Jin Sato, that the most important contribution outside volunteers to the area could make was simply the act of coming to Tohoku itself. A more in-depth look at Lendlease Japan’s Minami Sanriku Community Support Project is available here

    Matthew Walker, Senior Vice President of AIG Japan Holdings described his experiences across the region and emphasised the positive impact of sport throughout the recovery period. On a larger scale, visits by top rugby players Scott Fardy and Richie McCaw and the Rugby World Cup match held in Kamaishi in 2019 had meant a great deal to these towns, but smaller projects to engage the young people of the region had also provided much healing to the local people who are still suffering from the psychological impact of the disaster to this day.

    In raising a glass of local sake to the future of the Tohoku region, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan H.E. Hamish Cooper paid tribute to the resilience of the communities who continue to work towards their recovery, and the way that the Australian and New Zealand people had rallied in support. 

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan sends its thoughts and prayers to the people of the Tohoku region. We will never forget March 11 2011, and remain committed to supporting our friends in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate into the future. 

    Gambarō Tōhoku

    2011311日に東北地方太平洋沖で発生した東日本大震災から、昨日で丸10年を迎えました。

    東京の芝公園で行われた小規模な追悼集会でANZCCJ会頭のサリー・タウンゼントは、あの日、日本で体験したこと、その後10年間オーストラリア、ニュージーランド、そして東北地方の間で築かれた緊密な関係について語りました。

    Food, Agriculture, Hospitality Committee (FAHC)の委員長ティム・バーンズテーブルは、同委員会が南三陸町で行ってきた数多くのボランティア活動の中で、地元の人々と一緒に新しい農作物を開発・収穫したり、年に一度のフレンドシップ・フェスティバルや復興市を手伝った経験や、毎回訪れる度、温かく歓迎してくれた地元の方々についてのエピソードや写真を紹介しました。

    レンドリース・ジャパンの代表取締役社長兼CEOのアンドリュー・ガウチは、震災発生直後に東北へ向かい、スタッフとともに一刻も早く被災者の方々へ通信サービスを復旧させるために尽力した経験を語りました。震災直後の数日間、東北の人々が困難な状況の中でも無私の心を持ち、お互いを思いやりながら助け合っていた光景が印象的であり、アンドリューはまた、南三陸町の佐藤仁町長の言葉を紹介し、「ボランティアの方々がこの地域に貢献できる最も重要なことは、ただ東北に訪れていただくということです。」と述べました。

    レンドリース・ジャパンの地域復興支援活動「南三陸サポートプロジェクト」については、こちらで詳しくご紹介しています。

    AIGジャパン・ホールディングスの執行役員マシュー・ウォーカーは、被災地での自身の経験を語り、復興期におけるスポーツの持つ大きな影響を強調しました。大規模なものでは、ラグビーのトッププレーヤーであるオーストラリア出身のスコット・ファーディー選手や、ニュージーランド出身のリッチー・マコウ選手の被災地訪問や、2019年に釜石で開催されたラグビーワールドカップの試合はこれらの町にとって非常に有意義なものでした。また、地域の若い方々を対象とした小規模なプロジェクトも、今なお震災で心に傷を負った地元の人々に多くの癒しを与えています。

    ヘイミッシュ・クーパー駐日ニュージーランド大使は、東北地方の未来のために地元の復興酒で献杯するとともに、復興に向けて努力し続ける地域社会の回復力と、オーストラリアとニュージーランドの人々が一丸となって支援を行っていることに敬意を表しました。

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所は、東北地方の皆様に心よりのお見舞いを申し上げます。私たちは2011311日を決して忘れることなく、これからも宮城、福島、岩手の友人たちを支援していくことを約束します。

    がんばろう東北!

  • 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。

    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


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