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  • 19 Jul 2019 1:13 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    Sydney, 18 July 2019: Lendlease today announced it has entered into an agreement with Google to jointly undertake the master planning, entitlement and development of three major areas in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Lendlease estimates that it will develop up to 15 million square feet of residential, retail, hospitality, and other associated community uses in the new neighborhoods. Google will focus on developing its office space within these mixed communities.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Google and Lendlease will work together for the next 10 to 15 years to redevelop the company’s landholdings in San Jose, Sunnyvale and Mountain View into vibrant mixed-use communities.

    The residential, retail, hospitality and other associated civic components have an estimated end development value of approximately US$15 billion (approx. AUD$20 billion). Subject to planning approval, development work could commence as early as 2021.

    Quotes attributable to David Radcliffe, Vice President, Real Estate and Workplace Services, Google:

    “Lendlease has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in residential, retail, and mixed-use developments. Today's agreement expands on an existing and successful partnership that will help us deliver on two important objectives: our commitment to accelerate the production of residential units in the Bay Area, and our plan to build mixed-use developments. Lendlease will play a key role in helping deliver at least 15,000 new homes on our land.”

    Quotes attributable to Denis Hickey, CEO Americas, Lendlease:

    “This joint agreement between Google and Lendlease will help address the need for new housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re eager to contribute our world-class approach to creating unique urban communities, and we are focused on delivering outstanding places that redefine how people choose to live, work, connect and contribute to creating an active community.”

    ENDS 



    For more information please contact:

    International Media:

    Stephen Ellaway

    Executive General Manager, Corporate Communications

    stephen.ellaway@lendlease.com

    +61 417 851 287

    www.lendlease.com 


    Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Their vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 13,000 employees internationally. Their core capabilities are reflected in their operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides them with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows them to provide innovative integrated solutions for their customers.

    They are known as 联实 in Chinese. For more information, please visit: www.lendlease.com


  • 11 Jul 2019 12:01 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    On 4 July the ANZCCJ hosted the Global CEO and founder of Guzman y Gomez (GYG) Steven Marks at one of his stores in Shibuya. Steven shared about his passion for people and good Mexican food which led him to commercial success in Australia. He also shared about his vision for the Japanese market, representing the next frontier for him and the business. The audience, consisting of ANZCCJ members and guests, including those from the ACCJ and CCCJ, listened attentively to Steven's journey and enjoyed the opportunity to taste GYG’s premium 'fast food' firsthand. 

    Steven spoke of how his passion for numbers and attention to detail led him from the streets of New York to Wall Street, then London, and now Sydney where he has lived for over 17 years. Starting his first restaurant in Newtown Sydney, there are now 126 stores in Australia, making GYG the fastest growing food company in Australia; it will add another 24 restaurants in Australia this year. Its Grilled Chicken Burrito is currently Australia’s top takeaway dish on Deliveroo and number 7 worldwide. GYG are also amongst UberEats top options on their delivery platform. Internationally GYG has 8 restaurants in Singapore, 4 restaurants in Tokyo and is about to launch into the US. 

    Steven attributes his success to his commitment to quality of produce used, the culture to build and invest in his people, and his philosophy to never compromise on these things. He believes that once people people try GYG, they will come to love it and appreciate its quality. Part of the journey for him was redefining how Mexican food was viewed in Australia. At the core of all their products, Mexican authenticity and nutritional value are key. True to his prediction, after trying the food at the event, guests commented that they would surely be returning to the restaurant again with their families and friends in tow. 

    Many members were also interested in the practical and cultural difficulties of introducing the franchise into Japan. Steven noted that ANZCCJ member Transit Group was, and remains, integral to his expansion into Japan. With their help GYG has navigated cultural differences and the negative perception of Mexican food in Japan to create a ‘super visual’ restaurant experience. The menu has also been augmented to include a Japanese Chicken Teriyaki burrito to appeal to Japanese tastes. Steven hopes to build brand recognition in Asia by creating a flagship store in Tokyo soon. 

    Members asked whether the ingredients were locally sourced or supplied from Japan or Mexico. Steven replied that although some ingredients are sourced from Japan, most ingredients including avocados are Australian with authentic spices and chilies sent in from Mexico.


  • 10 Jul 2019 11:17 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    AFL or “Aussie Rules” as many of us call it, is an integral part of modern day Australia’s national identity. So, whilst we at the Chamber are incredibly excited about the upcoming Rugby World Cup (RWC19), we think it’s worth sharing about the exciting developments AFL has had in Japan too. For example, did you know that AFL is played in Japan?

    Two weeks ago we had the privilege of hearing from a local AFL team, the Goannas’ President (Tom Bowes), Coach (Sam Ghirardello) and member (Yuki Saito) at our Sports For Business meeting. We were so inspired by their story that we knew we should pass it on.

    So where did it all start and how did AFL find its way into Japan? AFL in Japan kicked off when Fuji TV became interested in Australia and approached the Victorian Football League, setting up a game in Yokohama in 1986 and 1987. Keio and Waseda students were assembled to play “curtain raisers”, and the VFL coaches were so impressed they invited Japanese players to come to Australia to train. This was during a period when Japan’s economy was growing with large investment into Australia, which drove rapid growth and enthusiasm. There were also a lot of young Australians moving to Japan. The Goannas were formally established early in 1991 and have been a constant part of Australian life in Tokyo ever since.

    On the Japanese side, after the initial surge in popularity, playing numbers were declining, particularly after the end of the bubble era. It wasn’t until a sports magazines ran features on ‘Aussie Ball’ that popularity picked up again. The Australian Football League Japan (AFL Japan) started a multi-team Japan wide competition in 2004 which continues to this day. Another boom, in the Australian economy this time, saw a lot of Japanese and Australian engagement over the coming years, and the Goannas had strong links in the business councils and big Australian companies operating in Japan. However, the end of the mining boom and the 2011 Great East Earthquake and resulting Fukushima crisis saw many Australians leave Japan. Consequently, the Goannas membership changed to involve younger players who were no longer as well connected with the business community.

    Today, sport is a big part of the relationship between Australia and Japan. AFL in particular is a niche product that is uniquely Australian. The Goannas are 1 of 10 Australian football clubs in Japan which are members of the governing body, AFL Japan. Being the only English-speaking club and the most recognisable for Australians, they often serve as a link to the media and they have a strong consumer brand on social media amongst Japanese university students.

    The Goannas offer a community to Australian ex-pats in Japan looking to build their network and hold on to a little piece from home that they know and love. President, Tom Bowes said the group feel that they have a key role to play and actively seek to provide a life platform for young Australians, including a friendship network extending to the players in the Japanese teams. Japanese youth who want to practice English have a chance to go overseas through AFL, and those that have that opportunity return to Japan grow up with a lasting connection to Australia.

    The Goannas are looking to become more involved with Australian social networks and groups in Japan. Get in touch if you would like to make an impact and show support!

    At the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, we believe in the power of sport to build lasting social and business connections irrespective of cultural differences. To read more about ANZCCJ’s sports for business committee and to learn about how to join, please visit our website https://www.anzccj.jp/SFB.

  • 02 Jul 2019 4:35 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    One of the largest Australian banks, National Australia Bank group, a member of our Chamber will enter into the Securities business. NAB established a 100% Securities subsidiary, NAB Japan Securities (“NJS”) and received approval for a securities registration from the Kanto Local Financial Bureau (KLFB). After becoming a member of Japan Securities Dealers Association(JSDA), it will begin operations in late August to early September.

    According to the Nikkei report about this development "The Australian economy continues to be strong, and infrastructure related developments such as natural resource, railway, and port are active. Japanese financial institutions are expected to increase their involvement in this area. On the back of such demand, NAB has decided that meeting such AUD funding needs via the securities entity could prove successful."

    Full press release: 

    NAB証券株式会社は日本にて金融商品取引業の登録を完了

    ナショナル・オーストラリア銀行“NAB”)グループは、日本における100%子会社であるNAB証券株式会社が、本日関東財務局への第一種金融商品取引業登録が完了しましたので、お知らせ致します。

    NABグループは、既存の法人ビジネスに加え、本邦の機関投資家向けにオーストラリアやニュージーランドの債券のみならず、デリバティブ、そしてレポ取引やその他の証券関連商品を提供していく方針です。

    NAB証券株式会社(英語名:NAB Japan Securities Limited、日本証券業協会への加入後に証券業務を開始しますNAB証券株式会社の代表取締役社長には外池ジャナリが就任致します。

    NABグループでグローバル市場部門を統括するエグゼクティブジェネラルマネージャーであるドリュー・ブラッドフォードは、次のように述べています。

    「このたびの金商業登録により、NABは国際戦略において最も重要と考える日本市場への展開が可能になりました。日本はオーストラリアにとって世界第二位の貿易国であり、またオーストラリアへの証券投資ではアジア最大で、そして直接投資においては全体の45を占めています。証券業務開始により、広範囲の商品やサービスの提供が可能となり、オーストラリアやニュージーランドの事業法人と日本の投資家との橋渡しとなるための重要な役割を担うことになります。NABグループは今年日本において開業50周年を迎えます。この節目の年に日本での新規ビジネスを展開できることを誇りに思っております。これは日本や日本の投資家へのコミットメントであり、オーストラリアやニュージーランドの事業法人や機関投資家に対するビジネスリーダーとしてのNABグループの役割を示すものだと考えています。」

    NABの東京支店は引き続き外国為替の業務に注力するとともに、法人取引の強みを生かして、オーストラリアやニュージーランドの融資活動を日本において強化していく予定です。

    以上

    お問い合わせ:

    ナショナル・オーストラリア銀行 東京支店

    03-3241-8821(代表)

    NAB証券株式会社

    03-3241-8806(代表)


  • 02 Jul 2019 12:05 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    On 30 June in 2019, leading international property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, has announced a partnership to invest in data centres across the Asia Pacific region. The partnership will be funded 20 per cent by Lendlease and 80 per cent by a large institutional investor. The initial equity commitment by the parties is US$500 million, combined with leverage will enable the partnership to invest US$1 billion in the sector. Completed assets and new development opportunities will be targeted across Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore – all markets in which Lendlease has a significant presence. Lendlease’s integrated capability across development, construction and investment is well placed to execute on the significant growth forecast for the data centre sector. Accordingly, Lendlease has been appointed as development, construction, property and investment manager for the partnership.

    Lendlease’s CEO Asia Tony Lombardo said, “A data centre platform is a strategic fit for the Group, aligning with our targeted key trend of infrastructure, our telecommunications strategy and our integrated business model. This partnership will enable us to leverage our track record of project managing, designing and building data centres with the strong growth potential for this sector, which is evolving into a mainstream real estate asset class.” Commencement of the partnership is subject to the relevant regulatory approvals.

    ENDS

    For more information contact:

    Esther Ee  Esther.Ee@lendlease.com Tel: +65 9071 8987 


    レンドリース、10 億米ドルのデータセンター共同事業を発表

    2019 年6 月30 日東京 – 不動産およびインフラストラクチャーのリーディンググループであるレンドリ

    ースは、アジア太平洋地域におけるデータセンターへの投資を目的とした共同事業を発表しました。

    レンドリースが20%、大型機関投資家が80%出資し、当初500 百万米ドルで組成され、レバレッジ後

    の投資総額で10 億米ドルを目指します。レンドリースが重要拠点を配するオーストラリア、中国、日

    本、マレーシア、そしてシンガポールでの既存物件の取得、および新規開発を行います。

    開発、建設、投資分野にわたるレンドリースの総合力を、特に成長が見込まれるデータセンターセクタ

    ーに活かし、この共同事業では、開発、建設、投資および不動産管理を担います。

    レンドリースのアジア最高経営責任者であるトニー・ロンバードは、次のように述べています。「データセ

    ンターへの取り組みは、我々のインフラおよびテレコミュニケーションを主力ターゲットとした戦略や総

    合力を活かしたビジネスモデルに合致している。不動産投資の主流として急成長する可能性のあるデ

    ータセンター分野においても、私たちのプロジェクトマネジメント、設計や建設といった経験を活かすこと

    ができる。」

    レンドリース・ジャパンのマネジング・ダイレクターであるアンドリュー・ガウチは次のように述べています。

    「日本においても、各企業の間でパブリッククラウドの普及が加速する中、ハイパースケールデータセ

    ンターのニーズも高まっている。そのような日本国内のニーズに応えられるデータセンターの提供を目

    指す。」

    本共同事業は、関係当局による許可を前提としています。

    詳細については、以下担当者にお問い合わせください。

    青根 静

    マネジャー

    コーポレート・アフェア

    080-3578-3971

    Shizuka.Aone@lendlease.com



    Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Their vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 13,000 employees internationally. Their core capabilities are reflected in their operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides them with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows them to provide innovative integrated solutions for their customers.

    They are known as 联实 in Chinese. For more information, please visit: www.lendlease.com

  • 14 Jun 2019 2:00 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    On 5 June 2019 the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan jointly hosted a lunch event with Jean-Sebastien Jacques (J-S), Global CEO of Rio Tinto, at the Roppongi Hills Club. The American, Canadian and South African chambers of commerce also joined in for the event with a total of almost 100 participants.

    Following a three-course meal, ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend introduced J-S, noting the positive performance of Rio Tinto in recent years and mentioning their exit from coal in the process of moving toward a low carbon economy. She explained that J-S would give a speech to the audience, followed by a fireside discussion before finally taking questions from the audience.

    J-S explained that business had reached a vital crossroad in a new era of complexity. He pointed out four broad themes which he believes are changing the fundamentals of doing business and shaping the direction of the world. These themes included:

    • Rising powerful global forces which are heavily influencing trade and the geo-political balance;
    • The bias of global growth toward emerging markets with a shift in economic power going from the West to the East;
    • Technology such as AI, big data, and automation and the disruption that comes along with it; and
    • Shifts in societal expectations, with a move toward working for passion and purpose, and paying stronger attention to environmental impacts and responding to climate change.

    According to J-S, business leaders must embrace complexity and partnerships, practicing a disruptive innovative mindset internally to stay relevant and avoid being victims of disruption. He suggested that while not all leaders who make these bold decisions will be successful, such moves are important for business leaders to take while also not distracting their cash-generating core business.

    J-S noted that the mining industry has a long way to go and is not invincible to disruption. Even though the basics of mining have been stable over the past few decades, new technologies are being implemented across the industry to increase productivity. At Rio Tinto for example, they have been building their first “smart” mine in Western Australia.

    The ability to partner with companies in other industries and collaboratively work toward disruption and improvement is another vital leadership factor mentioned by J-S.  Additionally, keeping sustainability and climate change considerations in mind is key as they are important to employees, and society at large. Workplaces must transition to embrace new ways of doing business that adjust to changes and encourage their employees to also adapt and innovate.

    J-S was optimistic about Japan’s position to capitalise on opportunities going forward. He praised Japan’s leadership in bringing the TPP-11 to fruition while noting labour productivity, a skills shortage, and an increasingly aging workforce as key challenges facing Japan. J-S pointed out that Japanese companies have traditionally taken a big role in technological innovation and must continue their leadership in this way. On environmental sustainability, J-S also praised Japan for its initiative of making Olympic medals from scrap metals, and other environmentally friendly actions of the 2020 Olympic organisers.

    Fireside Discussion

    Kaori Takahashi, Deputy Editor at Nikkei International News was invited to the stage to moderate a discussion with J-S. Kaori has visited many Rio Tinto sites around the world and thus she described her knowledge of the company, from the history dating back over 140 years to their first copper mine in Spain to their modern-day achievements such as their automated train system in Western Australia, which was visited in 2013 together by then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She touched on how Japan and Australia are strongly connected through mining and highlighted the importance of the minerals mined in Australia and exported to Japan to Japan’s post-war economic development.

    Kaori noted that high barriers to entry in the mining industry gave Rio Tinto an advantage, but asked that given 90% of their materials are traded across borders, is J-S concerned about the China/USA trade war? J-S noted that there are two drivers that grow international business: International GDP growth and increased international trade. He noted that in China there has been no major surprise in terms of GDP but that potential trade wars would have real impact on business. J-S said that he is concerned about trade protectionism and looking carefully at the current situation. He noted that trade has created a great deal of wealth in the past fifty years and that those who believe that some trade deals are not fair should make sure they “don’t kill the machine” but instead try and fix the issues in a constructive way.

    Kaori’s next question was asking J-S for more detail on smart mine technology, such as how big data and other emerging technologies are creating improvements at Rio Tinto. J-S noted that they have been testing and employing around 120 new forms of technology recently, which are helping them get a real time understanding of the condition of assets. While many of these technologies have been previously employed in other industries JS noted that the mining industry is now catching up. Rio Tinto are happy with the operation of their automated trains in Western Australia, allowing them to easily send cargo loads on 2.4km long trains. As they have so many sensors on their automated equipment, they have become the largest corporate broadband user in Australia, and they are facing a challenge in that they currently have so much data but don’t yet completely understand how to best use it. J-S emphasised that the implementation of 5G technology will be extremely important for their business to assist with real time data collection due to increased data transfer times and capacity.

    Regarding partnerships outside the mining industry, Kaori asked J-S what sort of companies they are looking at to collaborate or make products with, particularly in Japan. He replied that he is unable to name specific companies but is open to the idea of partnering with Japanese companies and may already have some discussions in progress.

    Finally, Kaori’s last question was how have environmental, social and governance criteria (ESG) impacted growth? J-S noted that Rio Tinto acknowledges the science behind climate change and wants to be a part of the solution to the problem. He explained that the company has exited from mining coal, recently issued its first TCFD (climate change report) and takes carbon pricing into consideration when making investment decisions as concrete steps to help the environment. They want to produce the materials which are required by manufacturers but do so in a greener, more environmentally friendly manner. Rio Tinto also hopes to be carbon neutral by 2050 and J-S noted that whilst they are not sure of the full solution now, they are working towards it.

    Audience Questions

    BCCJ Chair David Bickle asked J-S about the importance of diversity and how Rio Tinto was aiming to improving on this particularly with relation to gender parity). J-S acknowledged the challenge and said that they don’t yet have the full solution, admitting that they are struggling with this and progress isn’t moving fast enough as 80% of their workforce is still male. He said progress is being made but it is slow, noting that two years ago they spent a significant amount of money to close the gender pay gap but that this has again drifted back to previous trends, which needs constant attention and improvement. He pointed out that twice a year they conduct an employee engagement survey and in the most recent survey 60% of their 43,000 employees responded. The three most represented topics of concern from respondents related to climate change, diversity, and the distribution of wealth.

    Matt Ketchum from the CCCJ asked if Rio Tinto are planning on deploying blockchain technology given strong and differing regulation in different countries. J-S responded by noting that it is still early days for this technology and that they will want to better understand business cases before making a final decision on this. He noted that Rio Tinto wants to remain relevant so they will explore this and leave the option on the table for now.

    J-S received several other questions in relation to climate change and action. In answering how to balance profit/investor interests and environmental interests. J-S noted that pure ESG investor numbers are limited but are on the rise, explaining that they were surprised at the amount of climate change concern they heard from questioners at their Perth AGM. J-S said that profit is still important because otherwise the business could disappear, and noted that the metals they mine are essential to the world and the economy, saying that they want to continue to provide the materials the world needs and turn a profit in a more environmentally friendly way.

  • 27 May 2019 10:00 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    On 24 May, ANZCCJ together with the Japan and Tokyo Chambers of Commerce and Industry co-hosted the Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party at the Australian Embassy. The night marked the ninth anniversary ANZCCJ had hosted the event, each occasion being hosted in the beautiful Australian Embassy gardens. This year, having moved the event to spring, guests experienced wonderful weather throughout the evening.

    The night drew over 270 guests to celebrate enduring business connections between Australia, New Zealand and Japan. ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend, addressed attendees, noting that she had attended the very first Garden Party event working at the Jeroboam booth and was happy to see how much the event had grown. She discussed the advantages that are coming with the CPTPP and noted that there are many upcoming opportunities to promote Australian and New Zealand values such as creating green, innovative, and high-quality products.

    She reminded the audience that the Rugby World Cup is only four months away. The rugby theme was present during the event with a rugby themed stage backdrop and with Australian born (Pone Fa’aumusili) and New Zealand born (Anaru Rangi) Melbourne Rebels rugby players in attendance on the night. The players threw five rugby balls as prizes into the crowd, to be kept by those who caught them.

    Australian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Greg Hunt, discussed the AusRally program, noting that in June the embassy will have a Team Australia launch and that the embassy looks forward to working with the chamber over the next sixteen months to promote Australia during upcoming international sporting events. He also reminded guests of the upcoming G20 summit in Japan and the annual business conference to be held in Osaka.

    New Zealand Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Dominic Walton-France, spoke of his personal passion for rugby. He described his excitement at how rugby brings people together and puts New Zealand on the world stage. He praised Japanese hospitality and highlighted the fact that various events during the RWC will be a good opportunity to engage with the business community.

    A common theme throughout the night was how important it was for all stakeholders to continue building and leveraging on the brand and reputation that Australia and New Zealand have in Japan, especially in the food and beverage industries. This would continue to be important for Australian and New Zealand companies who were seen, to date, as producing high quality, environmentally friendly and innovative food and beverage products.

    Guest speaker, Dr Akio Mimura from the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry also shared his anticipation for the upcoming RWC. Dr Mimura noted that he wishes to see finals games with Australia, New Zealand, and Japan participating. He then described the method in which TCCI connects to foreign countries, mentioning that in 2020 they will be sending a delegation to Australia and New Zealand, with members of the Japanese Business Committee travelling next February.

    ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus, Melanie Brock, briefly welcomed the crowd, noting the wonderful weather and the fantastic selection of food and beverage on offer. She gifted an All Blacks supporter’s cap and a Wallabies supporter’s scarf to Dr Mimura on behalf of the Chamber, asking that he support both nations during the RWC19. They then provided a joint kampai.

    The top door prize for the night – an economy ticket to Australia, flying with Qantas – was won by Taiki Hirata from STH Japan. Other prize winners included:

    • Takako Ohyabu (Nissan): SEPTIÈME Brasserie & Bar - Voucher for dinner for 2;
    • Brittany Arthur (Accenture Japan): Ruby Jack's ticket - Voucher for brunch for 2;
    • Jody Dopper (Sofico Services Japan KK): Arossa Restaurant – Voucher for lunch for 2;
    • Kenichi Kitamura (Avion International Japan): All Blacks branded sake from Tochigiken, Nikko (Katayama Sake Brewery);
    • Ross Cooper (Andaz Tokyo): KOB’s selection of organic tea and honey (imported from Queensland);
    • Achim Wagner (HORITOMI Commercial & Industrial Co., Ltd): Official Wallabies supporter pack (Rugby shirt and cap) provided by the Australian Embassy;
    • Yoko Kimura (MOD) & Andrew Walker (Panalpina Workd Transport (Japan) Ltd.): 2x Adidas Branded Official All Blacks shirt and shorts set (Japanese Size Large – Male) provided by Adidas; and
    • Chris Bond & Travis Parman (Nissan): Patties Foods, FourN’ Twenty 2x packs of Party Pies.

    The evening was brought to a close by ANZCCJ Food Ag and Hospitality Committee Chair, Tim Barnstable who thanked the vendors for making the evening possible.

    Accolade Wines, Don Small Goods, ECN Hospitalities, Fonterra, Patties Foods, Harnet Corporation, Jeroboam, Little Creatures, Murray River Organics, PJ Partners, Rangitoto, Treasury Wine Estates, Village Cellars, and Wholesum Japan all contributed their food and beverage products for the occasion, giving guests a great variety of high quality options to try.


  • 16 May 2019 9:56 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    We pay tribute tonight to the former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke. The 23rd Prime Minister and Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991, he is the longest-serving Labor Party Prime Minister to have lived.

    We honour him for his large contributions to the Australian public, both during his time as Prime Minister as well as in his many other positions including as president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He is credited with bringing in reforms that modernised Australia’s economy, establishing Medicare and deepening Australia’s engagement with Asia. In 2012 he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan for his work to improve Australia's relationship with Japan in politics as well as after his retirement. Bob Hawke established a scholarship for Japanese high school students to visit Australia after his time in office. 

    'Hawkie' as he was affectionately known, was hugely respected and one of Australia’s most loved PMs. His passing is a great loss to the Australian public who he cared so deeply about and we will continue to remember his incredible contributions and the legacy that he has left behind. Vale Bob Hawke, a truly great Australian.
  • 15 May 2019 3:51 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)


    Business engagement in today's environment goes beyond face to face connections, B2B, B2C or even digital pathways. Because of this, chambers of commerce play a unique role in bringing together business communities toward common objectives and outcomes. These institutes pride themselves on keeping up-to-date on the shifting business environment and helping their members do the same.

    If you want to know what the Executive Director said about the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan in this report with Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Ltd., take a look online here.

  • 13 May 2019 10:00 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)


    Ashurst​, a Platinum member of the chamber, has released these helpful M&A guides last month, highlighting key regulatory issues for foreign investors looking to establish or acquire general insurance or life insurance businesses in Australia. Ashurst has completed major life insurance acquisitions by Japanese investors including: Nippon Life Insurance's acquisition of MLC in 2016 and Daiichi's acquisition of TAL in 2008.

    Learn more here:

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