• 29 Jan 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia visited Japan on 18 January. To welcome, the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee (JABCC), with the assistance of ANZCCJ and a number of other organisations, hosted a business luncheon for the Japan and Australia business community. The event, located at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, included a select group of ANZCCJ members and guests.

    In his address to the audience, Prime Minister Turnbull reinforced the importance of Australia-Japan’s economic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, calling the two countries regional powers with global interest. Reflecting on the 55 year strong commercial and economic relations between Australia and Japan, Prime Minister Turnbull urged both countries to lead the way in strengthening innovation, the free flow of people, capital and ideas.

    Praising Japan as a “beacon of political and economic stability”, Prime Minister Turnbull mentioned several key successes of Abenomics, commenting that the Japanese stock market was at a twenty year high, corporate profits at record levels, and a remarkably low unemployment rate.

    Discussing his government’s recent 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, Prime Minister Turnbull argued that as a consequence of the international system being under “the greatest stress since its inception in the 1940s”, the need for regional leadership between Australia and Japan has never been more necessary.

    Focusing particularly on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) negotiations, both Prime Ministers of Australia and Japan concur that the agreement will effectively deliver sustainability of free and open markets, promise greater transparency, stronger rule of law, and bring the trading system into the digital world. The Prime Minister said that CPTPP and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will level the playing field for business and trade relations internationally, subsequently pursuing an effective global rules-based system. The Prime Minister also said that Australia and Japan should continue to work strategically on defence and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, where the security environment has become more challenging.

    Prime Minister Turnbull concluded by reinforcing Australia and Japan’s shared interests in achieving a global trade environment which allows for the free flowing of goods, services, capital and ideas within an effective rules-based framework.

    During his visit the Prime Minister also inspected the Australian Bushmaster defence vehicles which had been procured by the Japanese Minister of Defence and the Japan Ground Self Defence Force at the Narashino Training area, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The Prime Minister’s trip concluded with a dinner with Prime Minister Abe, where the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region was further discussed. An online copy of the statement issued by the two leaders can be found here.

    ANZCCJ would like to express thanks to the JABCC for their organisation of this successful event, and to Prime Minister Turnbull for taking the time to address our members and providing his valuable insight.

  • 29 Jan 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    22 January, 2018

    The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Australian Embassy Tokyo was delighted to welcome three legal practitioners from Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong Asia-Pacific presence, who presented on the trends and opportunities in mergers and acquisitions in Australia and Japan. The event speakers included:

    • ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci
    • Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper
    • Ashurst Melbourne, Partner, Natsuko Ogawa
    • Ashurst Tokyo, Partner Tracy Whiriskey
    • Ashurst Melbourne, Counsel Arabella Dove

    The seminar opened with insights from ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, who recognised the apparent trend of 2017, with a rise in investment deals between Australian and Japanese companies. Reflecting specifically on the strong and optimistic developments in the real estate sector, he concluded that organisations including ANZCCJ and Austrade will be instrumental in harnessing the Japanese desire to go offshore.

    Following this, Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner Brett Cooper reflected on Australia’s economic outlook, highlighting his prediction that Australia-Japan investment will continue to increase. Although investment will remain strong in the resources and energy sectors, he predicted that Japanese investment into Australia will continue to diversify into different sectors, particularly with Japanese businesses investing offshore. Specifically, Mr Cooper outlined the education and defence markets as key areas of growth.

    The third session featured a panel discussion with Natsuko Ogawa, Tracy Whiriskey, and Arabella Dove. Discussing key lessons learnt from deals conducted in 2017, the panellists further reflected on recent trends in Japanese investment into Australia. Particularly, the speakers noted increased transactions related to public companies, an adoption of more complex structures between Japan-Australia businesses, greater investment into personnel, company base and ideas, and the evolution of technology in the situation of acquisition transaction. Reinforcing some of the points Brett Cooper made, the panellists also agreed that investment will be diversified into other industry sectors.

    The seminar concluded with a Q&A session, accompanied by drinks to welcome the coming year.

    A big thank you to Ashurst for holding this event, to the Australian Embassy for hosting it, and to the speakers for their insights.

  • 19 Dec 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    2017 marks the 70th Anniversary of Qantas service in Japan. Qantas' first commercial flight arrived in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture with 6 people and 1,200 pounds of mail on 18th December 1947, after a 27 hour and 21 minute flight from Sydney via Darwin and Manila.  

    Today, there are daily flights from Haneda to Sydney, Narita to Brisbane and Narita to Melbourne, and 3 new services per week from Kansai to Sydney that started on the 14th December. 

    Congratulations to Qantas on this impressive achievement! 

  • 12 Dec 2017 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    This month we look back on 2017, a year of growth for ANZCCJ.  The Chamber has reached new heights in membership, event participation and industry influence. Our corporate membership is up 12% from last year, with significant growth in the sports, tourism and hospitality sectors. We have hosted more events than ever before, and significantly expanded our reach through our media platforms. Our full membership and sponsorship summary can be found here.

    Growth can also be seen in Australia/ New Zealand – Japan relations in a broader sense. Earlier this year, ANZCCJ made a submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper 2017by addressing key challenges for Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan. It was found that there is a lack of on-ground presence of Australian and New Zealand companies in Japan, impeding business growth prospects and the potential to deepen business relations. There is also a clear lack of understanding about Australian products among Japanese consumers. Research has shown that consumers perceive our product offerings to be lacking in sophistication, primarily comprising of raw materials and ingredients.

    The Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper 2017 has since been released and has addressed these concerns. Japan is acknowledged as a global economic giant and Australia’s ‘Special Strategic Partner’, sharing many of Australia’s central values. The policy seeks to deepen economic ties, trade and investment with Japan and to strengthen economic dialogue to complement the existing FTA. The lack of understanding of Australian product offerings is also addressed, with the policy aiming to develop a strong and consistent “nation brand” to market Australia’s commercial, educational and cultural credentials in a competitive global market. Additionally, the policy fundamentally embraces trade openness, and aims to help Australian businesses and workers benefit from an open and competitive economy.

    Earlier in the year, Japan released the 2017 Diplomatic Bluebook. In this, Japan has acknowledged Australia and New Zealand as important partners, and its commitment to strengthening relationships with the two countries. Japan has committed to further advancing the EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) with Australia. There is a strong emphasis on how the three countries share common values such as openness to trade.

    Similar, in its Japanese Investment in Australia report published in July, Austrade confirmed that Japan is Australia’s second largest export market and second largest source of foreign investment, valued at A$91 billion. Some 421 Japanese companies operate in Australia, providing over 58,000 jobs. The report concluded that Japanese investment in Australia is diversifying, and will continue to expand to ensure future prosperity. 

    We have also seen a rise in investment deals between Japanese and Australian companies. Major deals this year include, Tokyo based MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings’ acquisition of an approximate 6.3% of outstanding shares of Challenger LtdLendlease’s infrastructure joint venture with Soft Bank Group to develop and own telecom infrastructure assets in the United States, Mizuho and Marubeni Corporation’s successful completion of a trial transaction between Japan and Australia over a blockchain/DLT network, and Nishio Rent All’s definitive Share Sale Agreement to acquire 80% shares of North Fork Pty Ltd, just to name a few. 

    Economic cooperation between Japan and New Zealand also became a hot topic in 2017 amid news on negotiations for a revised Trans Pacific Partnership. Trade between Japan and New Zealand is dominated by natural and food products such as dairy, beef, fish, wood and aluminium, but in recent years we have seen an increasing focus on tech exports as well, as demonstrated in this year's JNZBC Conference in Osaka

    In 2018 we look forward to upcoming events such as the SME Support Program IT Industry Insights,  ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2018,the Ashurst M&A Year in Review and the Dream Collective’s Equip the Next Generation of Female Leaders Luncheon. We will look to build upon a good start to the year and make 2018 as beneficial as possible for all our members.  

    December marks the end of a fabulous stint at the Chamber for our outgoing Executive Director, Cristina Merino. Cristina has shown tremendous leadership in the role and has contributed so much in making the Chamber the successful organisation that it has become.  On behalf of all at the Chamber I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and wish Cristina all the best in her future endeavours. This month we will be welcoming Judith Hanna as our new Executive Director. Judith has huge shoes to fill and I look forward to her adding her strengths to the organisation to build upon the strong base that we have.

    Finally, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all our members! If you are looking for great Christmas deals in Tokyo, take a look at the ANZCCJ's Guide to Christmas and New Year's to learn about the exciting events and offers available through our sponsors. Stay well.

    Andrew Gauci

    Click here for the full ANZCCJ Newsletter December 2017.

  • 11 Dec 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Guide to Christmas and New Year's in Tokyo

    Please enjoy this short guide to the exciting Christmas deals and events available through our sponsors.

    On behalf of the team at the ANZCCJ, we hope you enjoy the festive season and the New Year ahead. 

  • 07 Dec 2017 1:04 PM | Anonymous

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    出所:The Daily NNA 豪州&オセアニア版12月1日掲載

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  • 07 Dec 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Austrade has published an article highlighting Hitachi's announcement to invest A$1.25 billion in Australia. 

    In a recent Social Innovation Forum held in Brisbane, Hitachi announced that they have committed A$1.25 billion to ‘social innovation’ projects in Australia to the year 2020.  

    Social innovation, according to Hitachi, is “using innovative technologies and business solutions to address the key trends and challenges facing society”.

    Hitachi has already invested A$875 million in 2016-2017, most of which were allocated to developing mining technology. The innovations developed in Australia would then be exported globally.

    This year, Hitachi increased its Australian employment force to 3, 650. 

    Click here to read full article.

  • 06 Dec 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Austrade has published an article on the 2017 Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award.

    The Japanese firm, NEC, was declared the winner of the 2017 Investment Award, highlighting the company’s contribution to the Australian economy.

    The company employs over 1, 800 people in Australia, and has been investing in Australia’s ICT community for over 50 years. NEC displayed its commitment to Australia by opening an Australian headquarter and Innovation Centre in Melbourne, and a Global Security Intelligence Centre in Adelaide.  

    Click here to read full article.

  • 29 Nov 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    三菱地所株式会社及び三菱地所レジデンス株式会社は、2017 年11 月24 日にオーストラリアの不動産及
    び建設会社であるLendlease(レンドリース社)と共同で、メルボルン中心部における、地上44 階建、総
    戸数719 戸の大型タワーマンション開発事業「Melbourne Quarter East Tower(メルボルンクォーターイ
    ・オフィス3 棟、住宅3 棟の大規模複合開発「Melbourne Quarter」プロジェクトの住宅第一弾案件
    ・地上44 階建、住宅総戸数719 戸の大規模住宅開発事業
    オーストラリア・メルボルンは、居住人口が約440 万人ですが、現在も毎年約10 万人のペースで人口が
    今般、参画する「Melbourne Quarter
    East Tower」は、大規模複合再開発である
    「Melbourne Quarter」計画の一画におけ
    る住宅開発事業で、2017 年11 月末に着工
    し、2020 年の竣工を目指します。
    ニア地域9 ヶ国で海外事業を展開しています。

  • 29 Nov 2017 12:10 PM | Anonymous
    Melbourne, 24 November 2017

    Lendlease has announced it secured one of Japan’s largest property companies, Mitsubishi Estate Asia, as a joint venture partner in Melbourne Quarter’s first residential building, East Tower.

    Mitsubishi Estate Asia and Lendlease will each hold a 50 per cent interest in the 44-storey building – Lendlease’s largest residential tower in Australia – which will offer views over the CBD, the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. Construction of East Tower commenced earlier this month.

    Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer for Property, Kylie Rampa, said the partnership with Mitsubishi was a strong vote of confidence in Melbourne’s apartment market and Lendlease’s vision for its latest urban regeneration project, Melbourne Quarter.

    “The joint venture with Mitsubishi Estate Asia demonstrates the strength of our plans to revitalise the western end of Flinders Street into a new and thriving residential and commercial neighbourhood, including what will be our largest residential building in Australia,” Ms Rampa said.

    “We are reimagining this part of Melbourne’s CBD as a new city landmark, with more than 50 per cent of the precinct dedicated to public open space.

    “This partnership with Mitsubishi furthers Lendlease’s strategy to engage with world-leading organisations to bring to life our vision to create the best places,” Ms Rampa said.

    This is the second time Lendlease has partnered with Mitsubishi Estate Asia on a major project, following Mitsubishi and Ping An Real Estate signing with Lendlease as joint venture partners on Circular Quay Tower in Sydney last year.

    Managing Director of Mitsubishi Estate Asia, Mr Shojiro Kojima, said, “This is the first time Mitsubishi Estate Asia has invested in Melbourne, and East Tower in the Melbourne Quarter precinct will offer refined apartment living in close proximity to the shops, galleries and restaurants that the city of Melbourne is renowned.”

    Located at 628 Flinders Street, East Tower offers 719 one, two and three bedroom apartments, designed by internationally acclaimed Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects; it is one of three residential towers approved for the site.

    Once finished, Melbourne Quarter will be home to 3,000 residents and 12,000 workers. The precinct will feature three public green spaces comprising a neighbourhood park next to East Tower, an elevated garden called the Skypark on Collins Street, and a new city square at the heart of the precinct.

    Melbourne Quarter’s residential towers received planning approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne in August 2016. Construction is underway on the precinct’s first office building One Melbourne Quarter, which is due to be completed in September 2018.

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