• 08 Mar 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    08 March 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity through highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by women worldwide, and the ability of every individual to combat these through bold action and meaningful support. The theme for 2017 is: #BeBoldForChange. For many, this means being bold against what is holding them back, and for others it may simply be standing up and challenging stereotypes. In doing so, #BeBoldForChange is able to embrace a future which will be inclusive to all people.

    The ANZCCJ will #BeBoldForChange through challenging bias and inequality by ensuring that it challenges conventional stereotypes and highlights when women are excluded. Through querying all male speaking panels, ANZCCJ seeks to illuminate bias, suggest alternatives and embrace an inclusive and fair leadership. Moreover, ANZCCJ will endeavor to enhance women’s advancement through its internship program, through which it assists in mentoring and assisting young women by taking junior female colleagues to major events and meetings, as well as encouraging a dynamic, supportive and flexible working environment. Through appointing women to our board, we demonstrate our value in supporting women’s advancement, and providing mentors for the future. ANZCCJ pursues the celebration of female achievements through its consistent reinforcement of the success of women leaders in both the business world, but also across all social, economic, cultural and political spheres. In raising women’s visibility through the dissemination of their roles as media spokespeople, as well as their ability to be overall role models, we reinforce and support the triumphs of women. Finally, as a Chamber of Commerce, ANZCCJ is able to champion women's education through supporting female innovation of new products and services, as well as celebrating the discovery of new knowledge by female researchers.

    ANZCCJ is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange as a way to declare the bold actions we currently undertake, and will continue to carry out in order to pursue purposeful action which can accelerate gender parity worldwide.

    To learn about some of the great initiatives taken by ANZCCJ Sponsors, click here. 

    Will you #BeBoldForChange?

    Read more about what you can do to commit to change at

  • 07 Mar 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    07 March 2017 

    LRB Sports, an organisation which looks to maximise the opportunities of New Zealand's youth through sports has approached the ANZCCJ for support through sponsorship for the Paikea 7's tour of Tokyo. 

    The Paikea 7's are a women's rugby team from Gisborne, New Zealand. The Paikea 7's are coming to Tokyo  on 17 April, for a week of rugby with matches against some of Japan's top teams. 

    The team sees this as an opportunity for the Japanese players to make international friends, learn to communicate in English and play a top quality physical team. 

    Sponsorship can come in the form of a monetary donation, or in kind. 

    Sponsors will receive the following: 

    • Mention of your company in up coming media interview and television appearances 
    • Signed jersey from the NZ women sevens team 
    • Your banner/logo on the LRB Sports website and Facebook page 
    • You banner/logo on the event poster 
    • Paikea 7's warm up jersey 
    Follow LRB Sports on social media here and learn more about the organisation here

    To sponsor, contact LRB Sports Founder Luke Bradley at

  • 28 Feb 2017 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    28 February 2017

    The Australian Government's  Foreign Policy White Paper, the first since 2003, is slated for publication later this year. It will look at Australia's economic, security and foreign policy interests and examine global trends in the years ahead.

    The ANZCCJ's submission to the White Paper outlines the challenges faced by our members operating in Japan and makes recommendations for achieving enhanced Australia-Japan business ties.

    View ANZCCJ's submission

    About the White Paper

  • 22 Feb 2017 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Emma Kodaka

    21 February 2017

    On 21 February, we were joined by over 50 Japanese and other business representatives for the sixth instalment of our SME Support Program event series, at the contemporary Australian themed restaurant, Salt by Luke Mangan.

    The SME Support Program is presented on a quarterly basis by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), and hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and JETRO. The program aims to connect small and medium sized Japanese businesses with little or no international experience with Australian and New Zealand executives, businesses and organisations with substantial experience, expertise and know-how in international business, trade and investment.

    Speakers who presented at the event were:

    • Hideaki Yoshimura, Global Value Partners, CEO
    • Hitoshi Sato, Maruhachi Tent, CEO
    • Julia Ward, Australian Embassy Tokyo, Second Secretary

    Mr Yoshimura was the first to present, giving us an insight into his experiences of entering the market in Australia and the opportunities and challenges he faced. Next, Mr Sato and his associates gave a fascinating presentation on their unique company, the benefits of long-term internship and market entry overseas. Finally, Ms Ward of the Australian Embassy in Tokyo spoke about the ‘New Colombo Plan’, an initiative by the Australian government to send its best and brightest students to undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan. The presentations were followed by a networking session for participants and advisors to mingle and discuss business opportunities in Australia and New Zealand from the Japanese perspective.

    Participants reported that they were pleased to hear the “candid and insightful business experiences of the presenters and advisors.

    Thank you to our guest speakers, business owners and entrepreneurs who attended this event and to our ANZCCJ Advisors who donated their time to this event.

    ANZCCJ is committed to providing useful advice, information and networking opportunities to SMEs in Japan who are interested in trade with Australia and New Zealand. For more information on how your business can take part at our next SME Support Program Event as a presenter, advisor or participant, please contact Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director at

  • 01 Feb 2017 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ is pleased to announce that we will be revamping our 2017 online Member Directory in line with our aim to increase member engagement and assist business collaboration between Japanese and Australian/New Zealand companies. The Directory will be updated to contain the following new information and features:

    • An online ANZCCJ member-only forum that facilitates cross-border business engagement;
    • An ANZCCJ member-only directory that will allow for enhanced business promotion and marketing;
    • Individual member areas of expertise to allow business enquiries to be directed to the right person in your organisation.

    To ensure that your profile is complete, please log in to your profile, click on ‘Edit Profile’ and provide the following information:

    • include your individual areas of expertise that you are happy for other members to contact you about;
    • select an “Industry Type” for your company and/or services; and
    • include a brief “Company Profile”.

    If you have forgotten your password, you may reset it here or contact for assistance.

  • 27 Jan 2017 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By George Onishi

    The Australian community in Tokyo were treated last night to a delightful five course dinner at Salt by Luke Mangan to celebrate this year's Australia Day. Guests enjoyed a selection of fine Australian wines paired with contemporary Australian-Japanese cuisine, beautifully prepared by Chef Saito.

    A big thank you to Sally Townsend for putting together a fantastic evening for us. Sally, a big supporter of the Australian community in Tokyo, is not only President of the Australia Society Tokyo (AST), but also a member of the ANZCCJ Executive Council; Co-Chair of the Sports for Business Committee; and Vice-Chair of the Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee.

  • 18 Jan 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event summary by George Onishi

    7 January 2017

    The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Australian Embassy Tokyo were pleased to welcome three legal practitioners from Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong presence in Asia-Pacific, to present a seminar on trends and opportunities in the Japan-Australia M&A market. The presenters were:

    • Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Tokyo)
    • Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Melbourne)
    • Geread Dooley (Senior Associate, Sydney)

    The seminar was opened with introductions by ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci and Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper.

    In the first session, Ms Whiriskey and Ms Ogawa reflected on overall trends in Japan-Australia M&A activity from 2016. Ms Whiriskey outlined Japan’s cross-border M&A activity from last year, identifying growth sectors and key Japan-Australia deals. Ms Ogawa looked at key trends from 2016 and gave suggestions for Japanese investors based on these trends.

    In the second session, Ms Ogawa outlined the foreign investment regulatory landscape in Australia, highlighting key developments relevant to investors.

    Mr Dooley presented the third session with predictions and deal opportunities in cross-border M&A looking ahead to 2017. He noted that economic trends, both globally and within Australia, presented opportunities for Japan-Australia M&A in various key sectors.

    The seminar was concluded with a Q&A session followed by drinks to welcome the new year.

    The ANZCCJ would like to thank all speakers for their insightful observations on what is a key aspect of the commercial relationship between Japan and Australia.


  • 13 Jan 2017 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    13 January 2017

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome in the New Year at the stylish Roppongi Hills Club in the company of our Patrons, Australian Ambassador HE Bruce Miller and New Zealand Ambassador HE Stephen Payton, members, and guests.

    As well as a chance to mix and mingle with friends old and new, attendees were treated to spectacular views, excellent speakers, and fantastic door prizes thanks to a number of ANZCCJ sponsors: Penfolds wine, Bun Coffee, Capilano Honey, Murray River Organics, Salt by Luke Mangan and Terra Australis.


    MC for the night and Executive Council member, Sally Townsend, welcomed Andrew Gauci to the stage where he made his first speech at an ANZCCJ Shinnenkai as Chair.  This evening also marked the last event that HE Bruce Miller would be attending in his capacity as Australian Ambassador and ANZCCJ Patron.

    The ANZCCJ was honoured that Ambassador Miller would take the time to attend our event on the night of his departure. Chair Gauci acknowledged the Ambassador's incredible contribution to the advancement of Australia-Japan relations and thanked him for his support of the Chamber over the past five years.

    The Ambassador thanked guests and asked ANZCCJ members to continue to show their support to incoming Ambassador, Richard Court, who will shortly be taking up his position.

    In their speeches, both Andrew Gauci and Leo Lewis (Financial Times Tokyo Correspondent) spoke of the potential for Japan’s future engagement with the world. For Chair Gauci, market and political conditions will allow the Chamber to play a stronger role in increasing opportunities for Australian and New Zealand business to grow market presence in Japan.  Mr Lewis, who has been covering Asia as a jounalist for 14 years, spoke about Abenomics and the strong character of Japanese PM Abe and the importance of stable leadership within Japan.

    New Zealand Ambassador HE Stephen Payton and ANZCCJ Patron acknowledged  Ambassador Miller and wished him well for his future endeavours.  He concluded by offering a toast to the New Year.

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    12 January 2017

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is proud to have joined as a Supporter of the inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue.

    The Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD) is an independent and non-partisan diplomatic initiative established in 2016 which seeks to engage the next generation of Australian and Japanese leaders in a future-focused exchange on the challenges and opportunities facing both countries.

    AJYD Founder and Chair, David Lang, welcomed the new partnership as an opportunity to enhance the contributions that both organisations make to the Australia–Japan relationship. 'Establishing and entrenching a positive new initiative like the Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue is made possible thanks to a broad coalition of partners who share our vision, so I'm pleased to have received such strong support from the ANZCCJ,' Mr Lang said.

    The inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue, to be held in Melbourne from 3 – 6 May 2017, will host a cross-sectoral group of 20 delegates—10 from Australia and 10 from Japan—aged between 25 and 40 who have a proven professional track record and a demonstrated commitment to the bilateral relationship. AJYD 2017 will include panel discussions on governance and public policy, the 'Special Strategic Partnership', the trade relationship after JAEPA, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the future of the bilateral relationship, alongside compelling site visits, social activities and special guests. Applications for AJYD 2017 are open until 27 January.

    Each year, the Dialogue will grow an alumni network of engaged Australian and Japanese leaders who maintain a strong interest in the future of the bilateral relationship.

    Further information on the Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue is available on their website.

    Media inquiries:

    Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director |

    About ANZCCJ

    The ANZCCJ is an independent, non-profit organisation that has played a constructive and meaningful role in developing commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since it was founded 1972.

    The ANZCCJ has approximately 600 members and holds a variety of events to give members the opportunity to keep abreast of changes in foreign policy and economic conditions, gain knowledge regarding different aspects of the Japanese market and develop new business and social contacts.

  • 15 Dec 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NSW Government announces departure of Investment and Trade Commissioner in Japan

    15 Dec 2016


    The NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) announced the recent retirement of Mr Geoffrey Walker, who held responsibility for the NSW Investment and Trade office in Japan from 2013. Mr Walker left DPC in November.


    The Director of the International Network Branch at DPC, Mr Na-aim Abdie, said that Mr Walker had made an invaluable contribution to the work of NSW Government in Japan, and wished him well in future endeavours.


    Mr Abdie announced that Mr David Carlow, who joined the Tokyo office as the new Investment and Trade Lead in Japan in August 2016, would manage the operations of the Tokyo office from 1 December 2016 until a new Commissioner is appointed.


    Mr Carlow joined DPC from Wireless Marketing Lab, where he served as the Marketing Director and New Business Engagement Lead for parent company WirelessGate Inc., Japan’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).  Previously, Mr Carlow worked in senior management roles across Australian Government, including positions at the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Department of Industry, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and Department of Education, Science and Training.


    Mr Carlow said he was looking forward to the opportunity to lead the direction of in-market work.


    “Having spent many years working in both Australia and Japan, in both the government and private sectors, I am really happy now to be applying that total experience to the work and interests of NSW Government. This is an exciting time to be in DPC and I look forward to leading a highly-energised operation in an important market”, Mr Carlow said.


    Japan remains the world’s third largest economy, NSW’s number one destination for merchandise exports and NSW’s second largest source of direct foreign investment. The NSW-Japan relationship continues to represent a significant benefit to NSW and the economy.


    For further information contact:

    Liz Gordon, Department of Premier and Cabinet, on +61 2 9228 3922


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