• 18 Jan 2016 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    18 January 2016


    • The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) will launch its ANZCCJ Sports for Business program at a reception on 19 January at the Australian Embassy Tokyo. 
    • The Sports for Business program is an ANZCCJ initiative to create opportunities for Australian and New Zealand companies to gain business from major sporting events hosted in Japan, specifically the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


    • One of the ANZCCJ's premier annual networking events, the Shinnenkai is an opportunity for members and friends to meet old friends and colleagues and connect with new business contacts
    • Following the Rugby fever that gripped the nation last year, this year, the ANZCCJ Shinnenkai will host a stellar Rugby panel that will include RWC2015 Brave Blossoms star, Kosei Ono; professional Rugby player and the first player to score 1000 Top League points in Japan, Ryan Nicholas; and Street Rugby Alliance Head Producer, former professional player and first professional coach in Japan, Kazuhira Onishi; for a discussion on the road to success to 2019.


    Melanie Brock, ANZCCJ Chair, Australian Rugby Foundation Japan Chapter President, and Board Member of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) said: 

    "More and more Australian and New Zealand companies are using sport to forge closer ties with businesses, government and customers. It makes sense for our Chamber to use this channel to create opportunities for our members in Japan”.

    For further information and for a copy of the ANZCCJ Sports for Business program, please contact:

    Cristina Merino, Executive Director ANZCCJ

    T 03 6234 9351  F 03 5545 9906  M 090 4097 4023 



    Notes to Editors:

    About the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is an independent, non-profit organisation that has been dedicated to the development of commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since 1972. The ANZCCJ currently has approximately 650 members. The membership consists of Australian and New Zealand members conducting business in Japan, Japanese companies with economic ties to Australia and New Zealand, overseas members and others maintaining business relationships between Japan and Australia/New Zealand. The current Chair of the Chamber is Melanie Brock, who has served in this position since 2010.

  • 11 Jan 2016 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Japan Australia New Zealand Society invites ANZCCJ members to its New Year's Party

    The New Years party of Japan Australia New Zealand Society will be held at the Reception Hall of the Australian Embassy on January 28, 2016. Enjoy the company of the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors, Embassy staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, JANZ members and Australian and New Zealand Organizations in Tokyo.

    For a special attraction, Hiroki Hashimoto, young Japanese folk music singer (age 30) and player of traditional Tsugaru Shamisen will exhibit his skills which has won him the national contest of folklore in 2013.



    Reception Hall of the Australian Embassy

    2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo  Tel: 03-5232-4111

    Date:   January 28 (Thu), 2016

    Registration 5:30 p.m. Welcome Drinks

    6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m: Ceremony, Buffet Dinner, Folk Music and New Years fortune lottery.

    Fee:    JANZ members and family 7.000 yen   Guests 9,000 yen


    Dress Code: Business Attire (Neck Tie and Jacket), Japanese Kimono

    Application: Please send the application form by fax or E-mail to by January 20th (Wed).


    Attention: Payment at the Embassy on the day is not allowed.

    For inquiries, please contact Tadashi Kanai, Director of JANZ by E-mail: or by phone 090-3231-0189


  • 22 Dec 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Melanie Brock

    Dec 2015

    Once again another year is over and what a year it was! I am looking forward to 2016 and hope it is a prosperous year for us all.

    2015 was a terrific year for the Australia - New Zealand - Japan relationship, for the Chamber, and for our members.  It saw two very successful annual conferences held by the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) and the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) with great representation by our Executive Council and corporate members.  This year also saw the launch of a new ANZCCJ event series aimed at supporting Japanese SMEs and conducted entirely in Japanese.  We also brought our members a variety of seminars, networking events, panel discussions and intimate round table discussions with prominent business and government figures.  Each of these initiatives aims to bring value to our members, so we were pleased to see so many of you taking advantage of the opportunities we created in 2015. I hope you will continue to support the Chamber in 2016. Please sing out if there is anything particular you would like us to focus on - always happy to get feedback.

    I see Australia and New Zealand entering 2016 with exciting new momentum and purpose. Business confidence is positive, driven by developments such as the signing of the JAEPA and the conclusion of negotiations on the TPP.  Next year the Chamber is set to review its existing committees and launch new ones to better reflect its membership and interests.  We also have a few events already lined up for next year, starting with our Shinnenkai on 19 January, the second event in the SME Support Program series in February, along with a range of special guests coming to speak at Chamber events. Watch this space for future event announcements and updates!

    Finally, I would like to thank our members, new and old, for their sponsorship and commitment to the goals of our Chamber this year. A big thanks to the Secretariat for its hard work and to all our interns too.

    Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a fantastic 2016!

    Melanie Brock

  • 16 Dec 2015 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    マルコム・ターンブル首相 が来日





    2015 年1月に発効した日豪経済連携協定(EPA)では一年目において、様々な商品輸出の増加が見られた。またオーストラリアと日本は、共に最近妥結した環太平 洋パートナーシップ(TPP)協定に参加している。この協定は地域全体に、経済成長と機会のための新しい時代を切り開くものである。



  • 16 Dec 2015 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    16 December 2015

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to Tokyo on his first trip to North Asia as Prime Minister on 18 December.

    Australia’s relationship with Japan is a sophisticated special strategic partnership built on common values and a shared view of the world and the region.

    Japan is our second largest two-way trading partner and a major investor in Australia. Our economic relationship is broad-based, encompassing joint business ventures, trade and investment, education and science, sport and culture, energy and agriculture.

    The first year of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, which entered into force in January 2015, has seen an increase in exports of a range of products. Australia and Japan are both parties to the recently-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which will usher in a new era of economic growth and opportunity across our region.

    Japan is a leading innovator, and the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan will be an opportunity to build strong ties in creating a research and business culture that incentivises and rewards innovation and entrepreneurship.

    In their bilateral discussions, Prime Ministers Turnbull and Abe will discuss all aspects of the Australia-Japan relationship, including economic and trade relations, security and defence cooperation, and Australia’s concerns about Japan’s decision to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer.

  • 11 Dec 2015 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Call to Action

    Pacific countries are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change and extreme natural events. Through this $2 million Challenge the Australian Government is calling on innovators, entrepreneurs, designers and scientists to rethink humanitarian response.

    Find more details here

  • 09 Dec 2015 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Street Rugby at Chichibunomiya Stadium

    On 8 November, Club Australia and the ANZCCJ collaborated with the

    Street Rugby Alliance to host the Street Rugby at Chichibunomiya Stadium event.

    The event commenced with a number of speeches by key Japanese sports and Government figures:

    • Mr Saburo Kawabuchi - Chairman, Cheer Nippon (major event sponsor)
    • Mr Kazumi Ohigashi - President, Japan Sports Council
    • Mr Akira Shimazu - CEO, RWC 2019 Organising Committee
    • Mr Kimura Tetsuya - LDP
    • HE Mark Sinclair - New Zealand Ambassador to Japan
    • Ms Melanie Brock - ANZCCJ Chair and President of the Australian Rugby Foundation Japan Chapter
    Also in attendance were representatives of the 12 cities that will be hosting Rugby World Cup matches in 2019.

    Following the ceremony, an impressive performance of the Haka was delivered by staff of the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo.

    The event, which was covered by a range of Japanese media including NHK News, Fuji TV and TV Asahi, attracted participation by approximately 100 teams, including 14 foreign teams. ANZCCJ member teams in the event were New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the New Zealand Embassy to Japan, Rio Tinto, Nippon Steel, Macquarie and Peninsula Tokyo, as well as teams consisting of Chamber members' family and friends.

    The Chamber, alongside Club Australia also organised a number of food and beverage stalls:

    • Lamb Chops by Club Australia
    • Meat Pies by 'Pie no le'
    • Wine by Jeroboam Fine Wine Club
    • Craft Beer by Gotemba Kogen Beer
    • Tea by Nerada (KOB)

    The ANZCCJ has been involved with Street Rugby Alliance since the launch of the first event in Nihonbashi earlier this year, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside both the Alliance and Club Australia to increase awareness of Rugby in Japan and to develop a pool of bilingual and experienced volunteers in the lead up to RWC2019 and 2020.

  • 07 Dec 2015 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Portraits of Success: Australians and New Zealanders leading global business

    On Friday 4 December 2015, ANZCCJ’s “Portraits of Success” event brought together 3 distinguished Australian and New Zealand global business leaders to present to us their international business success stories in Asia, with a focus on Japan.

    The panel consisted of  Ms Leanne Cutts, President and Representative Director of Mondelez International;  Mr Ross Rowbury, President and Representative Director of Edelman Japan; as well as Ms Vanessa Wallace, Japan’s Chairman and Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The discussion panel was moderated by Mr Edward Cole, Managing Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Tokyo Office and ANZCCJ Vice Chair.

    The panel discussion began with a question on how changes to the relations between Japan and its neighbouring countries in the Asian Pacific region have effected businesses and what new opportunities and challenges arose for their (and their client’s) businesses. The implications of the newly formed Japan-Australia TPP and the constantly ageing/ shrinking Japanese population were of particular focus. The panel also highlighted the importance of informal networks in helping to respond to these changes and provided insights on how to look for information/ techniques to help understand the Japanese markets better.

    Challenges in recruiting talent, both within Japan and from overseas (eg internal secondments), as well as the benefits of having a diverse workplace were discussed.  Ms Leanne Cutts and Ms Vanessa Wallace also examined the challenges and advantages of being a senior business woman in Japan.

    For future business strategies, the panel acknowledged the differences in risk-taking behaviours in Japan and how changing plans are not often welcomed by more conservative Japanese managers and staff. The panel then provided advice on how to manage risk-taking behaviour and whether “strategy” talk is helpful or not from their own experience. The event concluded with a conversation about business prospects for 2016.

    ANZCCJ was honoured to host this panel and would like to thank all participants who attended the event. Special thanks to our 3 panel guests, Leanne, Ross and Vanessa as well as our Vice Chair, Ed.  We look forward to seeing you at the next Portraits of Success event.

  • 02 Dec 2015 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Japan to welcome 12 New Colombo Plan Scholars in 2016


    1 December 2015

    A total of 12 New Colombo Plan scholars will study in Japan under the 2016 round of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

    “I am delighted Japan will welcome 12 of Australia’s best and brightest undergraduate students as New Colombo Plan scholars to live, study and undertake work placements in various cities across Japan,” Australian Ambassador to Japan Bruce Miller said.

    Alexander Best from Edith Cowan University will study at Kyoto Sangyo University, and plans to undertake an internship with a Japanese sporting association.

    Lachlan Kenway from the University of Queensland will study at Waseda University.

    Megan Lock from the University of Adelaide will study at Osaka University, and
    plans to undertake an internship in the field of foreign language education.

    Clarence Ma from the University of New South Wales will study at the University of Tokyo, and hopes to undertake an internship with an international or Japanese law firm.

    Casey Macfarlane from Griffith University will study at Hiroshima University, and plans to undertake an internship in the field of waste management, specifically recycling management.

    Estelle McCabe from Griffith University will study at Saitama University, and plans to undertake a communications internship within the oil and gas sector.

    Alexander McLeish from Monash University will study at the University of Tokyo, and plans to undertake internships with international law firms.

    Rosemary Menzies from the University of Sydney will study at Kyoto University, and hopes to undertake a laboratory based internship.

    Kingsley Nguyen from the University of Western Australia will study at Nagoya University, and hopes to undertake an internship with a major Japanense company.

    Diane Salim from the Australian National University will study at the University of Tokyo, and plans to undertake an internship with a leading research physicist in Japan.

    Kayla Rain Williams from University of Technology Sydney will study at Yamaguchi University, and plans to undertake an internship with an organisation related to international development in the Pacific.

    And Grace Yee Yan Yeung from Griffith University will study at Meio University, and plans to undertake an internship with an international non-profit organisation.

    “The strong interest of Australian students in studying in Japan reflects the bonds of friendship and opportunity that exist between Australia and Japan,” the Ambassador said.

    New Colombo Plan scholarships are highly prestigious, with only 100 awarded in 2016, and recognise students’ exceptional academic performance, community engagement and commitment to deepening relationships with our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.

    “This talented group of students will be impressive young ambassadors for Australia in the Indo-Pacific region, as they undertake studies, gain industry experience and learn about another culture while fostering friendships and networks that will last a lifetime,” Minister Bishop said.

    “Australia is investing in the next generation of leaders who will continue to advance and build on our important bilateral relations in the Indo-Pacific region”.

    The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.

    The Australian Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan.

    For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit or follow @NewColomboPlan on Twitter.


  • 30 Nov 2015 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Breakfast with Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General and Minister for Racing, Victorian Parliament

    30 November 2015

    On 30 November, the ANZCCJ hosted a breakfast event with the Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General and Minister for Racing, at the Grand Hyatt, Tokyo.

    The Minister, who was visiting Japan for the first time to attend the 2015 Japan Cup (Horse Racing) and to meet with representatives of the Japanese equine industry, delivered a well-received speech and Q&A regarding the opportunities in Victoria for two-way trade with Japan, especially in the racing industry. 

    The Minister began by outlining a number of positive aspects of Victoria's economy, such as:

    • Its mature and diversified nature, proving resilient to external shocks
    • Triple A credit rating and a forecast growth in surplus exceeding AUD 1.2 billion 
    • Billions of dollars invested in current infrastructure projects, complementing Melbourne's liveability score of 97/100, making it the world's most liveable city (for the fifth consecutive year)
    Following this, the Minister referred to the wide range of world class events hosted by Victoria and which are fundamental to the State's tourism industry, especially highlighting the Melbourne Cup. He continued by reflecting on Japan's notable involvement in the racing industry, which he has a strong desire to see increase in the future. The Minister also noted his interest in Japan's rigorous integrity standards in the racing industry, which would be an area of focus during his visit to Japan.

    In finishing his presentation, the Minister noted the strength of

    Victoria's two-way business connections with Japan, evident through the abundance of Japanese culture and cuisine in the State, as well as Japan's popularity as an international study destination.

    He went on to say that the Victorian Government's commitment to the Japanese market is strong, as evidenced by five Ministerial visits by Victorian Ministers in the past twelve months and Melbourne's appointment as the host city of the 2016 Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) Conference.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank all those who participated in the event, with a special thanks to Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General and Minister for Racing for addressing our members this morning.

    Photos of the event can be viewed here

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