ANZCCJ was pleased to welcome in 2018 at the elegant Conrad Tokyo’s TwentyEight Bar. We had the honour of hearing from New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh, Vice Chairman of Japan Australia Business Chamber of Commerce (JABCC), Mr Yorihiko Kojima, as well as our own ANZCCJ Chair and CEO of Lendlease, Andrew Gauci.
The event enabled attendees to network and mingle with friends and new contacts, whilst being treated to spectacular Tokyo views, free flowing drinks, a full buffet dinner featuring Australian and New Zealand cuisine, insightful speeches, and excellent door prizes. Thank you to our ANZCCJ sponsors Treasury Wine Estates, Conrad Tokyo and SunWolves for their contributions.
ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci kicked off the evening with sharing about the Chamber’s priorities for 2018, highlighting ANZCCJ's goal of continually raising the profiles of Australia and New Zealand in Japan. Andrew reinforced the strength of current Australia, New Zealand and Japanese business relations, and encouraged business leaders to guide Japanese firms to realise opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton reinforced that the New Zealand Government has a desire to consolidate trade partnerships, expand trade in the energy and food sectors, and develop a renewed interest of Japan amongst New Zealanders. Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh provided comments on the success of the recent visit by the Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, giving thanks to JABCC, ANZCCJ, Meat and Livestock Australia, and Treasury Wine Estates for their assistance with the Australian Prime Minister’s business luncheon. Minister Walsh reinforced Australia and Japan’s interconnectedness on economic trade relations and security agendas, highlighting the recent development of the biennial Ministerial Economic Dialogue between both nations. ANZCCJ was glad to also hear from Vice Chairman of JABCC Mr Yorihiko Kojima who during his toast also commented on how strong the relationship between Australia and Japan was, as evidenced by Prime Minister Turnbull’s recent visit.
The event was a nice send off to former ANZCCJ Executive Director Cristina Merino, who has worked tirelessly for the Chamber and we wish to honour her for all her good work. We have now welcomed our new Executive Director, Judith Hanna who prior to taking on the role, worked at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo. We look forward to working with Judith for what, we expect is going to be a busy and fruitful 2018.