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  • 28 Oct 2021 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday 20 October, the ANZCCJ Sports for Business Committee hosted an online webinar to reflect on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which concluded in September this year. After a one-year postponement and two weeks of incredible competition in Tokyo, Peter Gibson (Executive Advisor Tokyo 2020 - Australian Olympic Committee) and Ian Scott, Co-Chair of the ANZCCJ Sports for Business Committee, sat down with Lynne Anderson (CEO of Paralympics Australia) and Fiona Allan (CEO of Paralympics New Zealand) to share some insights into the games, as well as some highlights and challenges encountered by the Paralympic teams amidst unprecedented times.

    Lynne and Fiona shared some of the hard calls and sacrifices they had to make to protect the safety of their athletes. Fiona noted the high stakes involved as, if strict COVID protocols were not followed, athletes would consequently not be able to compete. Therefore, alongside supporting the athletes, safety became a top priority for both teams. Lynne shared that the Australian team made the choice to confine themselves to an ‘Australia Bubble’ within the village, which meant the athletes were unable to mix with those from other countries and were unable to eat at the dining hall. Peter and Lynne recollected that, as a result of this decision, the staff from the Australian team assisted in putting together 900 meals per day for the athletes.

    Fiona and Lynne were then asked by Peter to share some of the highlights and challenges that emerged from this year’s Paralympic Games. A highlight for Fiona was the enthusiastic uptake by the New Zealand public. The number of people in New Zealand with a disability who were interested in participating in sport increased greatly, with a 400% uptick in registrations to the New Zealand Paralympic website. According to Fiona, keeping up engagement and team morale amongst the New Zealand athletes was a challenge, as they were unable to attend the opening or closing ceremonies, and thus had to find alternative methods of boosting spirit within the team.

    Lynne’s highlight was the real impact of the Paralympic Games in Australia, especially with several states in the midst of lockdown. With more Australians than ever before watching the Paralympics from home, the impact these games had was unprecedented and beyond what had been hoped for. The ‘Green and Gold Virtual Seat’ campaign hoped to raise $500,000 to support current and future Paralympic talent. At the conclusion of these games, the fundraiser had raised over four times this amount, with $2.4 million being donated by the Australian public. This success was noted as a permanent change towards a growing legacy of awareness and social inclusion in Australian parasports. Peter shared that the inclusivity and diversity embraced by Japan, particularly by the NHK ,was a highlight for him.

    Peter then went on to ask Lynne and Fiona ways in which companies can become more inclusive. Fiona shared that advertisements are available on the New Zealand Paralympics website for companies to utilise athletes as ambassadors for their brand as a way to further support the comparatively less-funded parasports. Lynne shared the best way for corporations to become involved with the parasports legacy is to look within their own organisations for ways they can improve inclusivity and diversity in their community.

    Thank you to our wonderful speakers and to everyone who attended! For those who would like to view the event in full, a recording is available from the ANZCCJ Events Gallery.

  • 06 Oct 2021 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The JANZ Society invites ANZCCJ Members to join the New Zealand Ambassador’s Cup Golf Event on Thursday, 18 November, 2021, at the Yachiyo Course, Taiheiyo Club.

    Surrounded by beautiful nature, this parkland walking-type golf course has flat, well-manicured fairways. For this event, the course has kindly prepared a very special package which includes caddies, lunch and party food and drink. Their menus are produced by the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant “Momonoki”. 

    Date:  Thursday 18 November, 2021

    Venue:  Taiheiyo Club, Yachiyo Course

    Fee: ¥22,495 (tax inlc.) – covers 18-hole golf round with caddy and lunch (¥20,350) plus party food & drink (¥2,145)

    RSVP: Friday 5 November

    See links below for more details.

    2021 New Zealand Ambassador's Cup Golf Event

    2021年 ニュージーランド大使トロフィ

  • 27 Aug 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HORITOMI Commercial & Industry Inc. was established in 1885 and has been manufacturing logistics containers and high performance coating films for 136 years. The company began with the manufacturing and selling of cotton packing bags and raw material for spinning. After the war, it exported bags for wool to Australia and New Zealand. There, the wool was packaged in these bags and exported to Japan, where it was made into high quality garments by wool weaving companies and exported around the world. 

    Today, HORITOMI manufacture packing paper and anti-corrosion paper for steel coils and car parts, flexible container bags for transporting chemical raw materials, and import factory automation and labour-saving equipment from Finland, Germany, and Italy, for sale to Japanese customers. HORITOMI have always believed that business activities and social contribution activities are like two wheels of a car - in order to move forward, both wheels must be turning at the same time. The company's raison d'être is the well-being of its employees and their families, and its contribution to the local community.

    One of the company’s manufacturing plants is based in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, and was badly damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster. Iwaki’s water supply was cut-off for about a month after the disaster, then for another month after a shallow aftershock struck on April 11 2011. As a professional logistics container and packaging manufacturer, HORITOMI thought about ways to address this problem and went on to develop a foldable emergency water tank, Holift Water.

    At present, whenever the water supply is cut off, many local governments in Japan will receive water via truck from a neighbouring municipality. These trucks are equipped with taps to provide the water directly to the local citizens. Due to the high cost and limited number of these water trucks, the points from which water can be distributed will also be limited, which results in large queues forming at these locations.

    HORITOMI proposes that municipalities store the Holift Water foldable water tanks so that, whenever water supply is cut off, it will be easy to place the tanks throughout each district. The water trucks will then be able to travel between these areas and the water treatment plants throughout the day to ensure a continuous supply.

    Use of these foldable water tanks has now been adopted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Waterworks, the 23 specials wards of Tokyo, the Japan Self-Defense Force, and the water and sewerage bureaus of various municipalities across Japan. In addition to selling these tanks, in the event of a disaster the company also provides support to bring water supply to affected areas.

    For example, one tonne of drinking water was delivered by truck to Joso City during the flooding of the Kinugawa River, to the large-scale evacuation sites at Mashiki Health & Welfare Center, hospitals and elementary schools after the Kumamoto earthquake, to various community centers and locations requested by local neighbourhood associations during the flooding of Onomichi, Hiroshima, and to city water distribution points in East Japan after Typhoon Hagibis.

    With each disaster relief operation, HORITOMI make improvements based on their experience of how the product is used on the ground. This has earnt the praise of a Tokyo University professor specializing in disaster preparation, who referred to the project as “practical disaster relief that benefits the local community”.

    On 7 July, after the recent landslides struck Atami, two employees drove by truck from Sakai, Osaka, to the Nakamichi Community Center in the affected area of Izusan to deliver and install two Holift Water tanks.

    As many elderly live in that area, having a daily water supply is vital. These people were very glad to have use of the tanks, as were the Tokyo Fire Department, Self-Defense Force and National Police Agency members working in the area, who were covered in mud while searching for the missing. After the day’s work, this water supply allowed them to wash the mud from their uniforms.

    As a company with a base in Fukushima, HORITOMI will never forget when, a month after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and resulting Fukushima disaster, the Prime Minister of Australia was the first world leader to visit the Tohoku region. The following year, the Australian Ambassador to Japan donated playground equipment to the village of Iitate, where many had needed to evacuate, and to this day ANZCCJ and many Australian businesses in Japan have continued their volunteer efforts. HORITOMI believe this engagement between communities has contributed to the wonderful relationship between Australia and Japan, as friendship is formed between individuals before it is formed between nations.

    As a company, HORITOMI would like to express their gratitude to the people of Australia and New Zealand for their support after the disaster 10 years ago, and will hold on to this gratitude as they continue with their disaster relief efforts.














  • 11 Jun 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday 3 June, The Technology Education Innovation and Research (TIER) committee held an online event on the theme of "Technology's Role in the Future of International Education." We were fortunate to have a diverse and talented panel of expert speakers from all areas of the education industry, coordinated with generous support from the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in Tokyo and our TIER Committee members.

    Daisuke Asano (Director, Educational Industry Office - METI) opened the session, sharing METI's 'StuDX' policy for digitalisation of the learning environment, including a "1-to-1" device initiative. Asano also introduced METI's EdTech pilot project with free open online courses focusing on the UN SDGs. 

    Our panel discussion was moderated by University of Tokyo professor Jenny Corbett, covering the unique ways members of ANZCCJ have embraced online opportunities in primary, secondary and corporate education.

    Rose Hashinaga (Operations Director - CI&T Japan) shared her insights into how EdTech is being used in the corporate world and its role in supporting internal training at CI&T. As a global company growing at a rate of 30-40% each year, effectively doubling in size in three years, CI&T has embraced online opportunities to not only train staff, but also maintain a strong and connected company culture. Celebrating 25 years of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CI&T held a 25 hour-long online party for staff all over the world, involving simultaneous interpreters to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to be included.

    Misa Kitaoka (Director of Education, Japan - Education New Zealand) introduced ENZ's New Zealand Global Competence Certificate (NZGCC) - a program with the aim to provide Japanese students (and students around the world) with the much needed soft-skills involved in becoming a 'global citizen.'  In a saturated global online tertiary education market, Misa highlighted New Zealand's focus on the underserved secondary education sector. Misa, along with key partners Hiroyuki Osada and Haruko Tanaka from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education, dove into how the Tokyo-New Zealand partnership "promotes diversity, inclusion, and an entrepreneurial mindset in students."

    Peter Gibson (Executive Advisor Tokyo 2020 - Australian Olympic Committee) shared the success of the Australian Olympic Committee's Connect 'Tomodachi' program. The program paired 311 schools across both Australia and Japan (a total of 622 classrooms and nearly 18,000 students), providing opportunities for students to share unique insight into their country’s customs, lifestyle and activities in the lead up to and during the Olympic Games. In an example of how this program is serving to overcome international borders, a primary school of only three students in Northern Hokkaido has connected and built relationships with students in Outback Queensland - an opportunity that may not have arisen were it not for the roll out of this program during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Peter commented, we "certainly hope there comes a time soon where they can visit each other in person."

    Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and to everyone who attended! Please visit our website to keep up-to-date with future events.

  • 30 Apr 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ is proud to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Committee, to be Co-Chaired by Ashurst Partner and ANZCCJ Executive Council member Tracy Whiriskey, and Shu Saito, Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management.

    Japanese companies are increasingly adopting long-term sustainability strategies, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their strategic focus. With the Paris Agreement and the Suga government's commitment to a net zero economy by 2050 also in mind, we believe this is the right time for the chamber to establish a sustainability committee to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand businesses, universities and start-ups with the trade and investment opportunities that this creates. As Prime Minister Suga noted this will 'lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about growth'. 

    This 'green growth strategy' creates opportunities in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including more efficient manufacturing practices, higher recycling rates, hydrogen, off-shore wind and other renewable energy sources and carbon capture, as well as more broadly across all industries and their supply chains. This includes TMT, industrials, financial services, retail, automotive and healthcare amongst other sectors. This change creates opportunities for established corporates, start-ups and the education sector through research and development. 

    By establishing a Sustainability Committee, ANZCCJ will serve as a platform for information sharing, advocacy and external engagement to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand organisations to make the most of the opportunities that the net zero economy goal creates. Participation in the Sustainability Committee will be open to all ANZCCJ members and is expected to generate interest across a broad range of sectors, not only energy and infrastructure, including those seeking to implement and maintain environmentally conscious business practices and corporate social responsibility goals within their organisations. 

    Please click here to sign-up for the Sustainability Committee mailing list, to be the first to receive future updates and announcements.

  • 30 Apr 2021 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday 23 April, the Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee (FAHC) partnered with South Australia Trade & Investment to host a wine tasting and networking evening at Shibuya Scramble Square. As the first face-to-face event hosted by ANZCCJ in 2021, we were delighted to welcome over 40 guests as we sampled a wide variety of delicious South Australian wines, supplied by importers Jeroboam, Colonial Trading Co., Sarment, AJ Trading, A Wines, and excellent gin by Eat Lab. Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Executive Chef Koji Fukuda prepared a special menu featuring Paroo roo meat Kanga Sangas, South Australian blue fin tuna with Kinkawooka mussels, and honey and almond lamingtons.  

    We would like to extend our thanks to all the food and wine suppliers for their support, FAHC Chair Tim Barnstable and ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend for hosting this event, and to all our members and friends who joined us for what was a great evening.

  • 19 Mar 2021 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, the ANZCCJ hosted an online Sports for Business Committee meeting featuring three expert speakers from the sports marketing and hospitality industry, who shared their observations on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and what the Games may look like amid an ongoing global pandemic. 

    Thomas Sailer (Adidas Japan - Vice President, Brand and Marketing Director), Cristina Merino (STH Japan - Head of Commercial), and Nicholas Bruce (Nielson Sports - Vice President, Head of Consulting & Research) offered different perspectives that allowed us to better understand the issues they have faced in the COVID-19 pandemicthe unique marketing opportunities going into the Tokyo Olympics, the current state of sponsorship activity, consumer sentiment, and what we learned from the Rugby World Cup 2019.  

    In sharing her experience responding to a postponed Games and new challenges facing event organisers, STH Japan’s Cristina Merino spoke positively of the ways in which the industry has responded, explaining, “[the COVID-19 pandemic] has forced us to become very entrepreneurial in this market. It has helped us focus on new business in Japan and new initiatives which may not have happened otherwise”.  

    Additionally, Thomas Sailor of Adidas spoke of the lessons from 2020 and how the brand has shifted its marketing strategy, commenting that, “2020 taught us that we needed to adapt our product offer so that it worked for Japanese consumers rather than being largely dependent on an inbound consumer group. The products have to be commercial on their own, even if our athletes cannot promote a product on the field of play”.  

    Furthermore, with his extensive experience in media evaluation and brand exposure within sport, Nielson Sports’ Nicholas Bruce provided insight into the change in industry trends in response to the pandemic, highlighting that, “what we’ve seen is the acceleration of new and existing trends in the last 12 months, particularly the shift to digital trends, the growth of athletes and influencers as a platform in their own right, and virtual sports and e-sports… which are stepping up to fill the gap caused by the pandemic”.  

    The discussion concluded on an enthusiastic note, with speakers looking forward to seeing how the upcoming Olympic Games unfold and future sporting events beyond 2021. 

  • 12 Mar 2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday, March 11 2021, ANZCCJ paused to mark 10 years since the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which struck off the coast of Tohoku in 2011.

    In a small Memorial Service in Shiba Park, Tokyo, ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend spoke of the experience of those on the ground in Japan on that day, as well as the close relationships that have formed between Australia, New Zealand and Tohoku in the 10 years since.

    Tim Barnstable, Chair of the Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee shared stories and photos from the many volunteering trips the committee has made to Minami Sanriku and his experience working alongside the local people to develop and harvest new farm crops, helping out at the annual Friendship Festival and recovery market, and the warmth of those who welcomed them each time.

    Andrew Gauci, Managing Director and CEO of Lendlease Japan described his experience of arriving in Tohoku just after the disaster struck, and how he and his staff worked to restore telecommunications services in the region as quickly as possible. He remarked on the way his staff and the local people in Tohoku cared for each other in the days following the disaster, and their selflessness during a time of such difficulty. Andrew shared the words of Minami Sanriku Mayor Jin Sato, that the most important contribution outside volunteers to the area could make was simply the act of coming to Tohoku itself. A more in-depth look at Lendlease Japan’s Minami Sanriku Community Support Project is available here

    Matthew Walker, Senior Vice President of AIG Japan Holdings described his experiences across the region and emphasised the positive impact of sport throughout the recovery period. On a larger scale, visits by top rugby players Scott Fardy and Richie McCaw and the Rugby World Cup match held in Kamaishi in 2019 had meant a great deal to these towns, but smaller projects to engage the young people of the region had also provided much healing to the local people who are still suffering from the psychological impact of the disaster to this day.

    In raising a glass of local sake to the future of the Tohoku region, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan H.E. Hamish Cooper paid tribute to the resilience of the communities who continue to work towards their recovery, and the way that the Australian and New Zealand people had rallied in support. 

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan sends its thoughts and prayers to the people of the Tohoku region. We will never forget March 11 2011, and remain committed to supporting our friends in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate into the future. 

    Gambarō Tōhoku



    Food, Agriculture, Hospitality Committee (FAHC)の委員長ティム・バーンズテーブルは、同委員会が南三陸町で行ってきた数多くのボランティア活動の中で、地元の人々と一緒に新しい農作物を開発・収穫したり、年に一度のフレンドシップ・フェスティバルや復興市を手伝った経験や、毎回訪れる度、温かく歓迎してくれた地元の方々についてのエピソードや写真を紹介しました。







  • 30 Nov 2020 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ANZCCJ Annual General Meeting 2020 was held on November 25 at the Australian Embassy Tokyo and via Zoom. Members voted for six Executive Council (EC) members for the 2020-2022 two year term. 

    Congratulations to the successful candidates (in alphabetical order of company)

    • Matthew Walker, AIG Japan Holdings (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Martin Spann, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Sally Townsend, Government of South Australia, Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Gerard Adams, Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. (Individual Australia)
    • Elizabeth Cox, Macquarie Group (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Tim Barnstable, Saputo Dairy Australia (AU Corporate Sponsor)

    The EC members will be joined by the below members who are continuing on the EC for 2021 as a part of their two year term.

    • Catherine O'Connell, Catherine O'Connell Law (NZ Individual Member)
    • Neville Falkner, Fonterra New Zealand (NZ Corporate Sponsor)
    • Andrew Gauci, Lendlease Japan (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Jennifer Sakaguchi, Rio Tinto Japan Limited (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Tracy Whiriskey, Ashurst (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Nobi Yamaji, Personal Information Protection Commission (JPN Individual Member)

    Following on from the AGM, the 12 EC members and and 4 ex-officio members from the Australia and New Zealand Embassies met on November 26 to confirm the appointment of the Office Bearer positions. We are happy to announce that Sally Townsend was re-appointed for a two year term as Chair, Martin Spann was re-appointed for a two year term as Co-Vice Chair, and Tim Barnstable was re-appointed as Treasurer for another one year term. Our Co-Vice Chairs, Catherine O’Connell and Nobi Yamaji will both be continuing the second year of their two year term for 2021. This fulfils the requirements of the ANZCCJ Constitution and Bylaws on the make-up of our EC and Office Bearers.

    Thank you to all who participated in the AGM online and in person, in particular those candidates who ran for election. We also wish to thank our outgoing EC member Ian Scott for his dedication and strong contribution to the Council. The ANZCCJ's strength comes from the continued and active participation of its members and the strategic leadership of its EC.

    A copy of ANZCCJ's AGM 2019/20 Report is available to members from the Member Resources page on our website. Minutes from the AGM will be available to members in due course.

  • 02 Oct 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, 30 September, the ANZCCJ’s Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee (FAHC) hosted a networking and catch-up event at Platform 9 in Pullman Hotel, Tamachi.

    Tim Barnstable, Chair of the FAHC, opened the event with a warm welcome and introduction of special guests Derek Baines and Scott Walker. Derek Baines recently assumed the role of Tourism Australia’s Country Manager (Japan), and Scott Walker is the new MLA Regional General Manager (Japan & Korea). It was also a pleasure for the ANZCCJ to welcome Gerard Adams back to Japan after his time working in the US.

    Guests enjoyed an evening of relaxed conversations and networking, with gourmet three-course meals provided by Platform 9.

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