• 06 Jul 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Photo Credit: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Article by James Grimes, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    60 years ago today, history was made in the relationship between Australia and Japan. On the 6th of July 1957, despite the forces of the then not so distant history and the weight of public opinion, our two countries came together to sign a trade agreement that would shape the direction of ongoing relations between Australia and Japan for decades to come. Indeed, even today the legacy of this agreement can still be felt and understood as one of the earliest foundations of our great friendship and strong partnership.

    The remarkableness of this achievement cannot be understated. At the time Australian Government officials faced a punishing uphill task in convincing the Australian public of the value of any trade deal with Japan, for at that time memories of the recent conflict were still fresh. However, these officials, such as Minister for Trade John McEwen, realised that our future was, and is always, going to be linked intimately with Asia. As a result and thanks to the foresight of those who were brave enough to look beyond and see what could bind us together, rather than what could separate us, we broke new ground and made an extraordinary dream of a more prosperous and secure region become reality.

    The treaty was the first of its kind for Japan, significantly lowering tariffs and granting favoured nation status between much of the trade between Australia and Japan. When it came into effect, for many it was like walking into the unknown. We did not know what the exact impacts would be and the way events would play out. As fortune would have it, the agreement not only helped to pave the way forward for both Australia and Japan’s ongoing economic growth, but it also laid the foundations for a truly special relationship between our two countries for decades to come.

    Within a decade, Japan had overtaken the United Kingdom to become Australia’s largest export market and one of our most significant trading partners. The agreement was instrumental in establishing the relationships and mutual trust required for further treaties, such as the 1963 rework of the original 1957 agreement, the 1976 Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, the 1995 Join Declaration on the Australia-Japan Partnership, and then most recently the 2014 Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. The 2014 agreement deserves to be regarded as the spiritual successor to the original 1957 treaty, for as one of the most liberalising trade agreements Japan has ever signed, it too follows in the tradition of breaking down barriers and reinforcing our two nation’s position as key partners and good friends.

    Even today, 60 years later, Japan is still Australia’s third highest trading partner, with two-way goods and services trade valued at over $60 billion dollars. The goods and services that move between our countries are as varied as our nations themselves, covering natural resources, agricultural products, automobiles, electronics, financial and legal services, education, as well as investment and the development of technology.

    These connections have led to the creation of links that transcend commerce alone. Tourism between our two countries is booming, a trend that began in the late 50’s after the signing of the original commerce treaty. With the increased exposure to the idea of Japan as a partner and a friend, Australian airlines faced significant pressure as demand outstripped supply in regards to flights to and from Japan. This curiosity and desire to see and learn more about each other’s cultures is something that is still felt by people today.

    We are two countries bound by shared values, common goals and a belief in the value of the rules-based international order. Our friendship has deepened over the past 60 years, and our ties have become stronger. Much of the work we have done together and the accomplishments we have achieved stem from the ground that was broken 60 years ago when Australia and Japan overcame adversity and the weight of history to step forward into a shared and bright future.

    This legacy is one that we carry forward as we continue to work together, as partners, as friends, and as colleagues. The Chamber is excited to continue this tradition of fostering these ongoing relationships as we look forward to the next 60 years of Australian and Japanese relations.

    For media inquiries please contact the ANZCCJ Executive Director at:

  • 30 Jun 2017 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rt. Hon. Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and his wife visited Japan for an official working visit from Tuesday, 16 May to Thursday 18 May 2017. During his stay, the Prime Minister met with Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe, and visited a number of key locations in Japan which have strong trade links with New Zealand.

    To mark the occasion, the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton has written a letter detailing the Prime Minister’s visit, and thanking the Japanese government, as well as Australian and New Zealand colleagues and friends in Japan for marking the occasion.

    Prime Minister English had previously visited Japan in his previous ministerial posts, but this was his first trip to Japan as Prime Minister, and the visit further reinforced and strengthened the relationship between Japan and New Zealand.

    To read HE Stephen Payton’s Thank you letter, click here

    To read the Prime Ministers’ Joint Press Release, click here

  • 21 Jun 2017 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    As of 21 July, Air New Zealand will be flying into Haneda Airport. Air New Zealand currently operates daily flights to Narita, increasing to 10 times a week over the peak months. From 21 July, the three additional peak services will operate to Haneda Airport. Using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the Haneda services will depart Auckland on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
    Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said the direct Auckland-Haneda Tokyo route would offer more choice for customers traveling to and from Japan.  

  • 19 Jun 2017 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boosting productivity by changing the way we work: A look at the third arrow of Abenomics

    19 June 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    As part of the ANZCCJ’s Abenomics event series, we held a lunchtime networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club featuring keynote speech from Gaku Hashimoto, Japanese State Minister for State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Given the complexities of the Japanese social economy, there has been increasing efforts to create innovative solutions from Japanese corporations and the government in order to address these concerns.  Exemplifying this, the event featured four panellists from four respective companies in Japan, each addressing the promotion of productivity in the workplace with varying strategies.

    Minister Hashimoto outlined a number of measures under the governmental framework towards Japan’s Work Style Reform. Given Japan’s unique demographic context of an aging population and low birth-rate, it is essential for the Japanese government to attempt regulation in some areas in order to facilitate the continuation of productivity and labour participation. Issues that he addressed include those such as overtime work, fairness in salaries for regular and non-regular workers and balancing childcare to encourage men to take a greater role in parenting, as well as encouraging the elderly and women greater flexibility and access in workplace opportunities. These issues are inherently complex, and the government relies on corporations to embrace and include these in their operations. As such, our panellists gave a number of highly relevant examples of boosting productivity through addressing the issues Hashimoto discussed, which in turn provided inspiration to the many guests representing a number of corporate spheres in Japan. 

    Our panellists for this instalment of the Abenomics series included; Mr Senri Tanida, President of Tanita Corporation, Mr Taku Nishimura, President of SOW Experience, Ms Shizuka Aone, Head of Corporate Affairs at Lendlease Japan and finally Mr Laurent Gachet, CEO of Edenred Japan. 

    Tanita Corporation – a new ANZCCJ member, monitors its employees’ health and wellbeing through the use of nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. Improving productivity through this monitoring system has allowed for Tanita to reduce its employee’s average BMI’s to healthy levels, and their work has been highlighted in two governmental white papers.  Mr. Nishimura, of SOW experience, explained the benefits of allowing employees to bring their children to work with them, and provide flexible ways for women to work. Creating such an environment has clear benefits to both employers and employees, and has been successful in allowing companies to maintain their employees for the longer term.

    Ms. Aone, from Lendlease Japan, detailed the flexible working practices which have been adopted at Lendlease, and encourage a workplace that meet’s all stakeholder’s expectations, and is a good environment to work in.   Their working hour policy is from 7am to 10pm, as opposed to the regular working day hours of 9am to 5.30pm, as well as no work on weekends. Whilst this may resemble only a slight change, it is clear that in Japan, working hours have significant impact. This policy by Lendlease encourages diversity, inclusion and ensures that employees are mindful of work life balance. Lastly, Mr Gachet, of Edenred Japan explained the benefits for corporations, both large and small-medium enterprises, of giving employees real purchasing power through their meal card allowance system. For many employees, the money allocated to them normally is not enough to pay for sufficient meals. As such, Edenred’s system demonstrates that over 99% of card funds are utilised at the cooperating restaurant and convenience stores, and in Japan, providing meals can prove to be a valuable workplace strategy in terms of supporting the employees.

    As always, the Panel was concluded with a lively Q&A session, featuring questions to Minister Hashimoto and the other speakers. In conclusion, ANZCCJ would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Jakob Edberg, President and CEO, GR Japan for his moderating of this event and Tanita Corporation for their kind gifts to all of our guests. 




  • 15 Jun 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Meet Our Ambassadors

    Event wrap up by Eve Bentley

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome both our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC; and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, at an evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club on 14 June 2017. This was a unique opportunity for ANZCCJ members to meet the ambassadors, hear about their individual connections with Japan, as well as their country’s relationship with Japan, economically, culturally and politically.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci welcomed the Ambassadors, remarking that both of them are “fantastic supporters of the business community,” a sentiment that was shared by the Ambassadors regarding the importance of ANZCCJ members in forging business-to-business ties in Japan.

    The evening featured speeches from both Ambassadors, the transcripts of which you can read below, followed by a Q&A session. Questions asked included the impact of large sporting events in New Zealand (World Masters Games 2017) and how this could be replicated in Japan in 2021, how to promote diversity in sport and showcase Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, and finally the Ambassadors' thoughts on the TPP and climate change agenda in the absence of US Support.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee, and the Japan New Zealand Business Council for co-hosting this event with us.

    14 June 2017

    Speech, Check against delivery

    Tokyo, Japan

    Speech by HE Richard Court AC, Australian Ambassador to Japan

    Minasan Konbanwa.

    To Chairman Andrew, and to Ambassador Stephen, and our dear friend Kojima-san.

    I would like to thank the members of the ANZCCJ for making myself and Mrs Court so welcome in Tokyo, three months ago.

    My personal career path has enabled me to work on both sides of the fence, 20 years in political life, and the remainder in the private sector.

    It has taught me to respect the role of government, and involving both politicians and the bureaucracy, and it has taught me to respect the role that the private sector plays, in particular the importance of capital and risk.

    For the last four years, for the last four decades, China, Korea, and Japan have played a major role in my working life. It is however, Australia’s incredibly strong bilateral relationship with Japan that I have enjoyed working with the most. It is a relationship that is the envy of many countries.

    Since the second world war, Australia has grown in three big ways, with a lot of chop in between.

    The first wave came with Japan rebuilding after the war, and it needed resources, it needed minerals and energy. And just twelve years after the war, in 1957, a commerce agreement between our two countries was signed.

    Trust and Confidence grew, and the foundations that were laid in the early 1960s, are still delivering significant benefits to both countries today.

    The second wave was the Korean making its own economic success. And the third wave, a big wave, was the incredible economic success we have seen in China.

    The downside of the China story was that is has been very large and quick, building unrealistic expectations within both the government and the public in Australia.

    So, primary production, agriculture, minerals and energy remains the backbone strength of the Australian economy. But unfortunately, the old economic adage is correct, that is primary producers are Prize takers not prize setters, so when commodity prices are down, Australia hurts.

    Today’s challenge for Australia is to diversify our economy, and it is happening although it is not always fully appreciated. But we are seeing big changes in tourism, information technology, in the financial and insurance services areas, infrastructure, health services and many other areas.

    The positive legacy of our strong bilateral relationship is that the trust in investment has flowed through to trust at the political level, people level and the strategic defence level.

    There is always a risk however that the consistent positive trajectory in the Australia-Japan relationship may lead to complacency in how we look at each other, and we cannot take this strong relationship for granted.

    An Australian Prime Minister Menzies observed, “More good things in life are lost by indifference than ever were lost by active hostility.”

    The onus is on all of us not just to adapt as circumstances change, but actively seek out new opportunities. And for our part the Australian government is thinking ahead about how we present modern innovative Australia to Japan.

    Next year, we will organise a major celebration of Australia in Japan called Australia Now, and we are looking forward to partnering with you to implement an ambitious program of events throughout 2018.

    We are also working with many of you to future proof the relationship through initiatives such as the AJBCC future leaders program, led by Co-Chairs Mr Gerard Adams and Ms. Chisato Kaieda and the ANZCCJ and its members enthusiastic hosting of the New Colombo Plan interns.

    It is the ANZCCJ members, in this room tonight, who play a critical role forging the real business to business links which drive this relationship forward.

    And we look forward to strengthening the respective roles of the government and the private sector in this critical bilateral relationship.

    Arigatou Gozaimasu.

    - Ends -

  • 15 Jun 2017 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Meet Our Ambassadors

    Event wrap up by Eve Bentley

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome both our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC; and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, at an evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club on 14 June 2017. This was a unique opportunity for ANZCCJ members to meet the Ambassadors, hear about their individual connections with Japan, as well as their country’s relationship with Japan, economically, culturally and politically.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci welcomed the Ambassadors, remarking that both of them are “fantastic supporters of the business community,” a sentiment that was shared by the Ambassadors in their speeches regarding the importance of ANZCCJ members in forging business-to-business ties in Japan.

    The evening featured speeches from both Ambassadors, the transcripts of which you can read below, as well as a brief Q&A session. Questions asked included the impact of large sporting events in New Zealand (World Masters Games 2017) and how this could be replicated in Japan in 2021, how to promote diversity in sport and showcase Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, and finally the ambassador’s thoughts on the TPP and climate change agenda in the absence of US Support.

    The ANZCCJ would like to thank the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee, and the Japan New Zealand Business Council for co-hosting this event with us.

    14 June 2017

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    Speech by HE Stephen Payton, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan

    Minasan Kombanwa.

    Ladies and Gentlemen good evening, I am delighted and a little bit embarrassed to be in the spotlight this evening.

    I would like to thank the Chamber for hosting this event, and particularly Chairman Shindo and Vice-Chairman Kojima for attending tonight despite your busy schedules.

    I would like to say at the outset, how much I have appreciated the work of the ANZCCJ and the support it gives to New Zealand’s work in Japan. A very successful lunch hosted by the Chamber for the New Zealand Prime Minister is just the latest example. We value our relationship very much.

    I would also like to record my appreciation for the good cooperation we enjoy with our good colleagues at the Australian Embassy, not least Ambassador and Mrs Court.

    As requested, let me talk briefly about myself. I first came to Japan with my wife Janet Lowe in 1984, and we learnt Japanese in Yokohama and worked as second secretaries at the Embassy.

    We came back to Japan in 1994, I was consular-general in Osaka, Janet worked for the WHO in Kobe, we lived in Kobe with our two young daughters. We were there for the earthquake.

    We have also lived and worked in Fiji, and in Brussels. Janet was the Deputy Head of Mission in Tokyo when I was director of the NZ commerce and industry office in Taipei. I have also worked as New Zealand’s APEC senior official, including when Japan hosted APEC in 2010.

    Three years ago, when Janet was appointed New Zealand Ambassador to the Netherlands, I joined her there and spent two years doing short term assignments including as acting Ambassador in Brussels, Rome and Warsaw. Janet will finally join me here in Tokyo in August (hopefully).

    I am delighted to be back in Japan, and to be here through the Rugby World Cup, Olympics and Paralympics. This is a fascinating country, a very important partner for New Zealand in a very important and difficult region, and this is a very interesting time to be working anywhere.

    That’s enough about me, what about New Zealand and its relationship with Japan?

    This is our longest standing relationship in Asia, and among our most important relationships anywhere in the world. Our close diplomatic relationship over many years is based on shared values and a strong desire to see stability and prosperity in this region, our own region and globally, and we have a growing defence relationship.

    We have strong trade, investment and commercial ties that go back over many years. These have been focused in such areas as Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aluminum, Tourism and Education. In recent years there has been growing cooperation in new areas such as Energy and various technologies.

    New Zealand does not have preferential access to the Japanese market through a bilateral free trade agreement, therefore TPP has been particularly important for us in this market. The United States’ withdrawal from TPP agreement was very disappointing, Japan’s willingness in the realisation of TPP 11 is very encouraging. At the same time, we are seeking to work with Japan in the area of agriculture in new ways, particularly in Hokkaido.

    As with Australia, our political and economic relationship with Japan has been supplemented over many years by growing people-to-people links, sister cities, friendship societies, cultural exchanges, sports exchanges, educational exchanges, etc.

    Nevertheless, we believe the average Japanese person does not know much about New Zealand beyond the few stereotypical images. This remains a challenge.

    As two countries who experience earthquakes and other natural disasters we cooperate in disaster response and preparedness, in recent year there has been more contact between the Maori and Ainu indigenous peoples. We are still finding new things to do together.

    Looking forward, I believe we will continue to build on the strong relationship I have described, we want to work closely with Japan to address the political and security challenges in this region and beyond.

    We want to deepen and broaden our economic relationship on the basis of a successful TPP agreement and we hope to use the RWC in 2019, the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, and the World Masters Games 2021 to introduce New Zealand and the opportunities of New Zealand to a wider range of Japanese.

    Thank you very much.

    - Ends -


  • 14 Jun 2017 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event summary: An Evening with Joe Schmidt and Irish Rugby

    By Emma Kodaka and Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    As the Ireland Mens national rugby team prepared to face Japan in two tests (Tokyo and Shizuoka), members from Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan ( ANZCCJ), British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) heard from one of the leading coaches in world rugby, Joe Schmidt, and Paul Dean, a player from the touring squad.  The Irish Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington, was among the guests at this exclusive event organised by the IJCC.

    The Irish squad and management held their first full training session in Tokyo, before departing by to Hamamatsu, ahead of Saturday’s opener at the Ecopa Stadium.

    Schmidt and Dean shared with the audience that “Japan are capable of beating the best teams in the world, so it will be a big step up, and we’ll have to improve on last week.”

    Even though training has been intensive and players have been under pressure, Coach Schmidt revealed that the team is getting used to the culture and will have their first ‘real taste’ of Japan, on a day off, with two groups going to see sumo wrestlers in training.

    Following the interactive discussion, guests were invited for an exciting networking opportunity, as well as a buffet and free flowing drinks.

    For media and other inquiries contact ANZCCJ Executive Director, Cristina Merino at

  • 05 Jun 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is hard to believe that 90% of Japanese consumers don’t know the best way to enjoy red meat steak. According to a consumer survey conducted by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), less than 10% of respondents have ever cooked 2cm thick steaks at home.  Steak cuts generally sold at Japanese supermarkets are 1cm thick.

    To help educate consumers on the best way to enjoy an Aussie beef steak, MLA is launching its first -ever Aussie beef  pop up shop “Let’s Barbie with Aussie beef” to experience authentic Aussie style BBQ in Omotesando from 6 to 18 of June. Additionally, this year’s summer campaign will provide consumers with tips on how to cook the perfect steak and how to enjoy thick cut Aussie beef.

    The Pop Up Shop will offer three different types of Aussie beef steak varieties: “Beauty” (dry fruit & ginger), “Genki” (garlic and chilli), and “Let’s Barbie” (mint & lime flavours) for 500 yen each. Shoppers will also be able to purchase thick cut steaks to cook at home for 1,200 yen each.  

    Visit the Pop Up Shop to enjoy live performances and connect with the #tag “Daburuatsu” with your photos at the POP UP STORE.

    For more information , please see the campaign website:

  • 31 May 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    New technologies and innovation are changing the face of agriculture and Australia is one of the leading forces in the Agtech revolution. The seventh installment of the ANZCCJ SME Support Program launched the latest ANZ In Focus Report: “Agtech – advance Australia agriculture”.

    As ANZ’s Head of Agribusiness Mark Bennet explained, Australian agriculture will see an unprecedented change over the next twenty years, brought on by new investment and new technologies. This change will occur across the entire supply chain and will arguably be a greater catalyst than the ‘green revolution’ from the 1930s to the 1960s, where the growth of herbicides, pesticides and fertiliser saw agricultural productivity rise rapidly.

    The term “AgTech” takes in a broad field of technologies which are being directly implemented in the agricultural supply chain, both on their own or integrated with other technologies. The event provided the perfect opportunity for ANZ to raise awareness of opportunities for Japanese and Australian SMEs to partner in agribusiness, noting that Japan is already Australia’s second highest agribusiness value market.  The presentation also highlighted the strong potential for further mutual growth and as Bennet noted, "Australia must look to Japan as a leader in technology to develop opportunities for Australian agriculture".

    The presentation was followed by a networking session that facilitated business matching between around 70 CEOs from Australia and Japan in the food and agriculture/farming sector.

    A huge thank you to our guest speaker Mark Bennet, Head of Agribusiness ANZ; ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Grant Knuckey, ANZ CEO Japan; and event MC ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Kohei Tsushima, Challenger Limited Japan.

    For ANZCCJ media inquiries contact  Cristina Merino, Executive Director at

  • 29 May 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ was honoured to host the Rt Hon Bill English, the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a working luncheon where he spoke to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. Click on the button below to watch a video of his speech. 



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