• 26 May 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    26 May 2017

    Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) make Australia more competitive in international trade.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), with ITS Global, is undertaking an independent study of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) utilisation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

    The Study will analyse FTA utilisation and the broader impact of FTAs on Australian business activity and will make recommendations to support FTA policy, implementation and advocacy.  The research covers all of Australia’s FTAs, with an emphasis on the most recent agreements with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.   
    We value your business’ contribution to this important research, and would appreciate your assistance in completing a short online business survey, a key component of the research.  The survey should take 10-12 minutes to complete. Please note that the data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate and your private information will remain confidential. 


    You may receive an invitation to participate in the survey from other channels. We kindly request only one response. Thank you very much if you have already participated.

    The survey participation period closes on Friday 9 June 2017.

    Should you have any questions in regards to the survey, or experience any technical issues, please contact Sarah Macchiavelli on +61 (2) 6271 3029 or

    Australian Government Statistical Clearing House Approval number: 02551-01

    Supported by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.


  • 25 May 2017 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr Chris Atwell, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 2002-2004.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

    Read Chris Atwell's farewell message to ANZCCJ when he left Japan to return to Australia in 2004.




        As I conclude my employment assignment of over 4 years in Japan and whilst into my 42nd working year, I have elected to retire from ANZ Banking Group Limited.


    Throughout my time in Tokyo, I have been privileged to have been able to be a part of the life of the ANZCCJ and its membership, and leave Japan in the confidence that the Chamber will continue to thrive and play an ongoing and relevant role to the Australian and New Zealand business communities here.


    Both Barbara and I wish you well in your business careers and also long life and happiness for the future.

    In the event that you are passing through Sydney in the future, we would be delighted to have the opportunity to catch up.


    Our contact details are held by the Secretariat/Manager.




    Chris Atwell 


  • 23 May 2017 12:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a Chamber, we are always on the lookout for high quality Australian and New Zealand produce featured in Japan. As such, we are delighted to inform you that the Park Hyatt Tokyo showcases various Australian and New Zealand produce at their New York Grill, Peak Lounge, Pastry Boutique and finally at their signature French brasserie, Girandole. If you are looking for high quality Australian and New Zealand produce and wine in a sophisticated setting, we personally recommend looking to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. 

    The hotel currently serves Australian tenderloin, New Zealand beef sirloin and Australian Lamb at their French brasserie, Girandole and Cobram Silver olive oil (AUS) and Australian Lamb at New York Grill.

    There is a range of Australian wine at Girandole and the Peak Lounge as well as lamingtons available at our Pastry Boutique and finally iconic Australian pavlova available at the New York Grill.

    Learn more about the new chef of their signature French brasserie, Girandole here. 

  • 22 May 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    22 May 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    April and May have been marked as significant months for the ANZCCJ, with visits from the Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo MP, as well as the New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English and his accompanying business delegation. Amid global concerns about entering a new era of protectionism with regards to trade, regional trade meetings held in Vietnam over the past weekend (Sunday 21 May) are pivotal for the future of Australian and New Zealand trade liberalisation and associated benefits. 

    The Australian and New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have respectively released their perspectives on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) which has been under negotiation, between the 16 members, for the past four years and is hoping to be finalised by the end of 2017. The RCEP builds upon the strong relationships that Australia and New Zealand already have in Asia, has the potential to open up many more opportunities with the region's fastest growing economies and provide strategies for further growth. 

    Similarly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has also been a topic of discussion for both countries visiting ministers, as Australia, New Zealand and Japan lead the primary discussions for TPP 11, an agreement which promises economic benefits despite the United States withdrawal. Aiming to liberalise the flow of goods among countries in the Pacific Rim, TPP would ultimately result in new economic opportunities for Australian and New Zealand businesses.  Access to new markets provides our exporters with opportunities for expansion as well as our physical proximity to Asia giving us a comparative advantage to benefit from Asia-led trends of a growing middle and upper class, rising incomes, and increasing urbanisation.

    TPP aims to provide a way to promote regional economic integration, contribute positively to the economic growth prospects of its member countries, and create new opportunities for all stakeholders involved, including workers, families, businesses and consumers. These efforts would address our concern about protectionism, contribute to maintaining open markets, strengthening the rules-based international trading system, increasing world trade, and raising overall living standards. The recent regional trade meeting in Hanoi underlined the vision for TPP to be expanded in the future to other economies, as well as for the TPP agreement assessment to be prepared before the next APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in November of 2017.

    As such, given this month’s significant free trade discussions and negotiations, the ANZCCJ is motivated to continue to pursue the outcomes of their roundtable talks with the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) in Japan, as well as the aforementioned objectives presented by the visiting trade ministers respectively, and Prime Minister English.

    To read the actions and outcomes from the 23rd Meeting of APEC Ministers responsible for Trade, click here.

    To read more about the RCEP from the Australia DFAT, click here.

    To read more about the RCEP from the New Zealand MFAT, click here.

     For more information, or general inquiries, please contact


  • 18 May 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Welcomes New Zealand & Japanese Business Leaders to a Luncheon with Rt Hon Bill English


    By Sam Brustad

    The ANZCCJ hosted 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.

    • The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, Dr Mary English, Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, and a delegation of leading business representatives from NZ.
    • This was part of Mr English’s first visit to Asia as Prime Minister, and he spoke at length about the strong relationship between Japan and New Zealand, as well as the future of the TPP11 deal.
    • Following the lunch was a round table for business leaders, and the signing of a ‘sports collaboration’ Memorandum of Understanding between the Japanese and New Zealand govts.

    The ANZCCJ was proud to host a working luncheon for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Bill English and his wife, Dr Mary English, at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. In attendance from the Prime Minister’s delegation was the Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, leading business representatives from NZ, and local NZ media. Also in attendance were the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, members of the ANZCCJ executive council, and local New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders.

    The event MC was ANZCCJ Executive Council Member, Catherine O’Connell, and HE Ambassador Payton introduced the Prime Minister. Both spoke of the rich potential for bilateral cooperation that this trip represented.

    During his speech Prime Minister English spoke about his visit with Prime Minister Abe later that afternoon, and how best NZ could build on the “strategic cooperative partnership” that they had built with Japan. PM English stated that NZ had become known in Japan as a “reliable, safe supplier of high quality foodstuffs” and that Japanese investment into NZ enjoyed a stellar reputation for being high quality, long-term, and relationship-oriented.

    He also acknowledged that Japanese investment had been key in helping to establish many NZ industries such as aluminum production. On top of this, joint investment and aid by NZ and Japan has been beneficial to the Pacific region and the NZ-JP relationship. Key to NZ’s success as one of the highest performing economies within the OECD, according to English, was high rates of transparency in govt and NZ’s open society that welcomed foreign trade, investment, and migrants.

    One of the key messages of the PM’s Speech was to show how both NZ and Japan were strongly in favour of the TPP11 trade deal, as they were the only two countries to have ratified the original TPP agreement. PM English also stated that this agreement would play an important role in securing global financial stability, restoring confidence in multilateral trade deals and combat harmful protectionist rhetoric. He hopes to impress this upon ministers at a meeting to discuss this issue in Hanoi next week, with the aim that through greater trade and growth the US will once again be willing to join the deal. PM English also spoke about NZ’s fear of instability in East Asia due to the actions of the North Korean government, and the importance of international legal institutions in resolving the ongoing territory disputes within the region.

    Finally, on the subject of Rugby, the PM welcomed the signing of the MoU on Sports Collaboration. In ending his speech, the PM spoke of the common democratic values that link Japan and New Zealand despite their geographic distance and cultural differences.

     Following this was a speech by JNZBC Chair, Mr Kiyotaka Shindo.

     ANZCCJ Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

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  • 18 May 2017 7:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealand – Japan Summit Meeting Joint Press Release

    18 May 2018

    1. Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honourable Bill English and Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe held a productive meeting in Tokyo on 17th May 2017. The two leaders reiterated the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between New Zealand and Japan founded on common values, such as freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, as well as a strong commitment to peace and security, free trade and investment, and sustainable development.  

    2. The two leaders acknowledged the success and maturity of New Zealand –Japan relationship at all levels, reflecting strong cooperation over many years.

    3. The two leaders reiterated their firm commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Prime Minister Abe welcomed New Zealand’s recent ratification of the TPP Agreement, alongside Japan. The two leaders appreciated the value of the TPP in enhancing high-standard regional trade rules and architecture, and contributing to growth, competition, innovation, and productivity that creates jobs and lower costs to consumers, as well as its strategic benefits. The two leaders affirmed the importance of close cooperation in realising TPP’s strategic and economic benefits and remain committed to maintaining the unity among the signatories and early entry into force of the TPP Agreement, whilst bearing in mind opportunities for other economies to join if they accept the high standards of the TPP. They also confirmed that New Zealand and Japan continue to work together on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement negotiations to achieve a high-quality agreement, covering trade in goods, trade in services, and investment as well as rules such as trade facilitation, rules of origin, e-commerce, intellectual property and government procurement, reaffirming the RCEP Guiding Principles and the Joint Statements by RCEP Leaders. They shared the view that ambitious, comprehensive, balanced, and high-standard TPP and RCEP outcomes would contribute positively to the shared goal of regional economic integration.  

    4. The two leaders condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s nuclear tests, repeated ballistic missile launches and proliferation activities. They strongly urged North Korea to cease its destabilising and provocative actions immediately and to fully comply with its international obligations and commitments, including those under relevant United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions. The two leaders welcomed the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2321 and emphasised the importance of enhancing pressure on North Korea through full, thorough and sustained implementation by Member States of all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolutions 2270 and 2321. The two leaders strongly urged North Korea to resolve the abductions issue at the earliest time.  

    5. The two leaders underlined the importance of ensuring a stable, free and open rules-based order and of enhancing connectivity in our region and beyond. They confirmed that New Zealand and Japan will continue to work proactively in this regard, together with other like-minded partners. Prime Minister English appreciated the briefing by Prime Minister Abe on Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” and welcomed Japan’s greater engagement in the region.  

    6. The two leaders also re-emphasised the importance of upholding the rules-based regional and international order in the maritime domain, and called on all states to respect freedom of navigation and overflight, and unimpeded trade. They reaffirmed that any issues in the maritime domain should be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law and expressed their strong opposition to any use of force or actions that could increase tensions.  

    7. In this regard, the two leaders expressed concern over the situation in the South China Sea and called on the parties to settle disputes by peaceful means in accordance with United Nations
    Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and in light of the award rendered by the Arbitral Tribunal on 12 July 2016. They called on all parties to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight and ensure unimpeded trade while avoiding provocative actions that could increase tensions and erode regional trust and confidence, including land reclamation, building of outposts, construction and militarisation.  

    8. The two leaders encouraged early finalisation of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) and full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety.  

    9. The two leaders welcomed the contribution of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as important elements of regional architecture that promote stability and prosperity and advance regional economic integration. Japan welcomed New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021.  

    10. Recognising the unique and complex challenges in the Pacific region, the two leaders emphasised the importance of cooperation between Japan, New Zealand, and the Pacific island countries to build economic and environmental resilience and maintain regional peace and stability. The two leaders committed to continue practical cooperation and policy consultation.  

    11. The two leaders acknowledged the commitment to develop the security and defence relationship following the signing of a Memorandum of Intent on Defence Cooperation in 2013. They welcomed recent concrete progress on the unit-to-unit exchanges and underscored the importance to seek further exchange and cooperation opportunities. They encouraged their officials to continue work on a possible acquisition and cross-servicing agreement (ACSA) between the two countries.  

    12. The two leaders encouraged stronger business linkages between Japan and New Zealand in areas of complementary strengths. They reaffirmed the importance of strengthening the partnership in food and agriculture between the two countries, and a shared commitment to food quality and safety. They welcomed the recent growth in research and commercialisation partnerships in functional food, elderly care technologies, agri-business, and geothermal energy. The two leaders welcomed the ongoing discussion between their officials to explore a Japan-New Zealand partnership on renewable energy. Prime Minister English welcomed Japan’s upcoming role as Chair of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). The two leaders instructed their officials to resume Joint Economic Consultations.

    13. The two leaders welcomed enhanced bilateral cooperation in sport, culture and people-to- people linkages. They stated their intention to cooperate for the success of the Rugby World Cup 2019, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the World Masters Games 2021 to be hosted by Japan. They appreciated both initiatives; “Sport for Tomorrow” and “Game on English”. They also welcomed the signing of the bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation between the Japan Sports Agency and the Sport New Zealand. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of sister city exchanges for promoting mutual understanding especially among young people.  

    14. With their past experiences of natural disasters in both countries, including great earthquakes, the two leaders shared the intention that both sides will seek further opportunities to work together to enhance recovery and resilience in the region.  

    15. The two leaders reaffirmed that Japan and New Zealand would continue to work closely together on global issues such as security, disarmament and non-proliferation, human rights, the 2030  Agenda for Sustainable Development, climate change, the UN Security Council reform, based on their shared commitment to common democratic values, peace and security, free trade and investment, and international law.  "The information contained in this email message is intended only for the addressee and is not necessarily the official view or communication of the Ministry. It may be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient you must not use, disclose, copy or distribute this message or the information in it as this may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please email or telephone the sender immediately."


  • 18 May 2017 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealand Government Release

    18 May, 2017

    PM meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

    Prime Minister Bill English and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated their commitment to the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) in a meeting in Tokyo today.

    “Both New Zealand and Japan remain committed to seeing the TPP Agreement come into force, while at the same time ensuring there are opportunities for other economies to join,” Mr English says.

    “The TPP remains valuable both economically and strategically for New Zealand. It will improve access for our exporters and lower tariffs around the Asia-Pacific.”

    Mr English and Prime Minister Abe also discussed a number of key bilateral issues, and shared their concerns on regional and international issues including North Korea, and the threat of international terrorism.

    “We value Japan’s views on these issues,” Mr English says.  “Japan and New Zealand are close friends and have partnerships in a number of areas including trade and investment, science and technology and security and defence.

    “Today we agreed that renewable energy and agriculture will be two areas which we will focus on in the next few years,” Mr English says.

    “Sport will also feature with Japan set to host Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2020 and the World Masters’ Games in 2021.

    “I was pleased to announce that the All Blacks will play a test in Japan in November 2018,” Mr English says.

    Mr English was accompanied on his visit to Japan by Minister of Trade Todd McClay, and a delegation of senior business leaders.

    Japan is New Zealand’s fifth largest trading partner, with two-way trade totalling over $7 billion, and the fifth largest source of foreign investment.  Over 100,000 Japanese visit New Zealand each year, including nearly 10,000 students.

    “My visit recognises the strength of our long-standing relationship, and the important role that Japan plays in our region,” says Mr English.


  • 11 May 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ hosts RWC Pool Draw Screening and Networking Evening

    11 May 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    • 10 May marked the much awaited Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw, held in Kyoto by World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee. 
    • ANZCCJ, in conjunction with BCCJ, held an exciting evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club, featuring a recorded screening of the draw followed by an expert panel discussion.

    The Rugby World Cup will be held from September 20 to November 2, 2019 and Japan will be the first Asian country to host the tournament. At the draw in Kyoto, eight slots were allocated to the teams yet to qualify.

    Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner

    Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner

    Pool C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2

    Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2

    Among the highlights of the pool draw was of course, New Zealand & South Africa being in same pool given their history as long term competitive rivals. Attendees playfully celebrated their friendly rivalries over potential outcomes of the cup, as the draw was screened as well as following up with inquiries about how Japan intends to address the various logistical considerations of hosting such an event, both fun and serious. The expert panel addressed many of these questions in the discussion and follow-up Q&A session as moderated by Julianne Merriman, Trade Commissioner,  from the Australian Trade Commission.

    The Panel featured Sam Pearson (Kiwi), the Partnership Development Director for CSM Sports & Entertainment in Japan, David MacCallum (Aussie), the Commercial Director of STH Group Asia and finally our Japanese panelist was Yuji Honda, the Head of Strategy & Legacy on the RWC 2019 Organising Committee.

    The Rugby World Cup is  an opportunity for Japan to showcase itself as a global hub for tourists who will be visiting.  During the panel, Yuji Honda explained, "From a hospitality perspective the aim is on creating a great experience for guests and there are a number of fun ideas about the structure and opportunities."

    Working at STH group, who were also the global rights holder for the official hospitality and travel programmes for Rugby World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015, David explained that “The Rugby World Cup is low risk, high return relative to other major sporting events. In terms of organising and hosting sporting events, it is one of the better events to be charged with in terms of organising. Looking at the data from the last Rugby World Cup in England in 2015, on average 400,000 tourists, each spending around 3000 pounds and staying on average 14 days. Most people were following a team over a couple of weekends, balancing travel and games.”

    Yuji Honda explained that the Rugby World Cup 2019 will have 12 host cities across Japan, including major cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama. "The important challenge is the other 10 cities and concerns as to how to fill the venues, and activating the local and international communities of the featured games."

    Other important points that were mentioned were the need to create general awareness among the Japanese public, but also increase understanding about how companies can leverage major sporting events to the benefit of their businesses. Given that the Rugby World Cup is one of the largest events in the world, the panelists further added that the excitement surrounding it can simultaneously translate into business opportunities. This can be taken advantage of through the use of social media, for example. 

    Altogether, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening featuring both entertainment and business networking complemented by the stunning views of the Roppongi Hills Club. ANZCCJ would also like to acknowledge the sponsors of this amazing event, Air New Zealand, and thank them for their donation of the generous lucky draw prize. Congratulations to ANZCCJ member Ryo Hayakawa, on his winning the two tickets to New Zealand! A further thank you to Robert Walters, an official sponsor of the Brave Blossoms for the goodie bags.  

    In his closing remarks, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci, remarked, "The Chamber looks forward to working with Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan to leverage the many events we will be hosting over the following years as we get closer to the RWC and the Olympics."

    You can read further details about the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw on the official site here, in both English and Japanese.

    ANZCCJ inquiries: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

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  • 25 Apr 2017 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce is proud to launch our newly redesigned website!

    To read our press release, click here. 

    With visitors to our website approximating 1672 per month, the primary objectives of our site development efforts were focused on access, diversifying content, and increasing the visibility of our committees and events. The new design also allows for streamlined menus, clear navigation, and a responsive and more interactive layout for all site pages. Explore the site to learn more about our full and updated spectrum of services!

    Other features include our updated FAHC Restaurant & Café Directory and interactive feedback form accessible from here.

  • 24 Apr 2017 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    PM announces changes to ministerial portfolios

    24 April 2017

    Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

    The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

    In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration.

    Mr Mitchell has been promoted to Cabinet.

    Tim Macindoe, a former chairman of the justice and electoral select committee and National’s senior whip since the 2014 election, and Scott Simpson, the chairman of the local government and environment select committee have been appointed ministers outside cabinet.

    “This is a Government that is focused on the future. Our careful stewardship of the Government’s books over the past eight years has given us a rare opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and we are going to take it.

    “These changes illustrate the depth of talent within National’s parliamentary ranks,” Mr English says.

    “As education minister, Ms Parata has changed the conversation in our schools and driven sharp rises in achievement for all our students, particularly Māori and Pasifika.

    “As foreign affairs minister, Mr McCully has improved existing relationships and developed new ones, all the while running a truly independent foreign policy for New Zealand.

    “Neither will be easily replaced but in Nikki Kaye and Gerry Brownlee we have two very well qualified successors.

    “The same holds true for the Ministers who are picking up the roles relinquished by Mr Brownlee to take up the demanding foreign affairs position.

    Mr English said he particularly wanted to pay tribute to Mr Brownlee for his untiring efforts to put Christchurch back on its feet after the 2011 earthquakes.

    “Having worked alongside him as associate minister for several years his successor, Ms Wagner, is ideally placed to replace him.”

    The Prime Minister also announced some changes to the housing portfolios.

    Social Housing Minister Amy Adams will remain responsible for Housing New Zealand and all aspects of the Government’s supply of social and emergency housing. She will also take responsibility for the Crown land programme and have a closer involvement in the Government’s overall house building programme.

    Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith will continue to oversee the various aspects of building regulation, including planning, minimum codes and building sector productivity issues.

    The new ministers will be sworn in next Tuesday and the new Cabinet will hold its first meeting on May 8.


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