ANZCCJ was delighted to welcome in 2019 at the Hamarikyu Ballroom at Conrad Tokyo. We were honoured to hear from New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Rob Tranter, President of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC), Sir Rod Eddington, Japan Australia Business Chamber of Commerce (JABCC) Vice Chair, Yorihiko Kojima as well as our own ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci and ANZCCJ Chair-elect, Sally Townsend. It was also with great pleasure to have Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court in attendance on the evening. ANZCCJ Co-Vice Chair Catherine O’Connell did a fantastic job as MC for the evening.
The Shinennkai brought together people from various business industries and provided the opportunity for new networking prospects with attendees enjoying a selection of top-quality free flow drinks and a delicious buffet with Australian and New Zealand ingredients. Thank you to our ANZCCJ sponsors Conrad Tokyo, Oakwood and Yurikong for their contributions to the night.
ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci, during his speech, reflected on the Chamber’s successful past year, stating that ANZCCJ’s goal of strengthening the business ties between Australia, New Zealand and Japan for the future has been enhanced. ANZCCJ Chair-elect Sally Townsend introduced herself as the succeeding Chair of the Chamber as of 30 January, speaking of her excitement to the new appointment. New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton spoke of New Zealand’s strategy for the New Zealand-Japan relationship which included, strengthening the political-security partnership, focusing on trade relations, building partnerships in the energy sector, and closer peer-to-peer engagement. Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Rob Tranter reinforced that the Chamber and Embassy have been active in promoting sporting events such as the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sir Rod Eddington AO highlighted the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was made possible through the joint efforts of Australian, New Zealand and Japanese cooperation and was proud of this milestone.
The Chamber would like to thank outgoing Chair, Andrew Gauci who will take up the position of Senior Councillor and warmly welcome our incoming Chair, Sally Townsend who will commence her duties from 30 January 2019.