• 27 Nov 2017 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    Austrade has published an article reflecting on Australia’s strong position in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.

    Out of 190 countries, Australia is ranked the 14th easiest country to do business in (for the year 2017). This is a marginal improvement from the previous year, which saw Australia ranked 15th. What is more promising is that among the larger markets (countries with a population of over 20 million); Australia held an impressive 4th position.

    The article also focused Australia’s key areas of strength, which included contract enforcement, receiving credit, legal rights, construction permits and starting a business.

    The time to enforce contracts in Australia, on average, is 402 days. This level of efficiency has powered Australia to 3rd place for this category. Australia’s legal rights index reads a near perfect score of 11 out of 12, a feat only managed by nine other countries. Another key strength is dealing with construction permits, at which Australia is ranked 6th best. One of the most encouraging of the key strengths the article focuses on is the ease of starting a business. Australia is ranked 7th best globally, with registering a business taking only three steps and two and a half days.   

    The publication is welcome news, and extremely encouraging for businesses, investors and upcoming entrepreneurs.                

    Click here to read full article

  • 22 Nov 2017 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    ANZ BlueNotes has released an article on the future of the Australia - Japan relationship.  Australia and Japan have shared a strong relationship since the middle of the last century, and now, as mature economies, are embarking on the exciting opportunity of third country partnerships.

    The article highlights Lendlease (ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor) and SoftBank establishing a joint venture to expand into the United States to develop and own telecom infrastructure. There is also mention of Austrade’s Japanese Investment in Australia report shedding light on Japanese brewer, Kirin, now selling its Australian beer brand, Beer Creature, in China. Expanding business via third country partnership is the next phase of what is a healthy, mature Australia – Japan bilateral complementary relationship.

    The 15-year relationship between Softbank and Lendlease has enabled the companies to make an expansion of this calibre. The article also highlights the stability and security offered to those wanting to invest or expand in Japan. The country, structurally backed by a stable democracy, has been facing the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in well over a decade and is increasingly becoming open to trade. Additionally, with the mutual relationship built up over decades, the article notes that Japan is a low risk opportunity for businesses that needs be embraced.

    Click here to read the full BlueNotes article.       

  • 21 Nov 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    On 20 November this year, the ANZCCJ in association with the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) hosted the next event in the SME Support Program series in Osaka, prior to the welcome reception for the JNZBC Annual Joint Conference

    This was the first time an SME Support Program event was held in Osaka, and marked the two year anniversary of the program.

    ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series aims to connect 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. 

    As with past events in this series, participants learnt from fellow SMEs doing Japan-New Zealand business: what has worked well, what has been challenging, and what they would like to see done differently to make things better for SMEs in building the relationship between New Zealand and Japan.

    Six companies presented at the event:  Ecostore, PGG Wrightson Wool, and Tekron International from New Zealand; and Ikemu, Osawa Wines, and Sunnyside International School from Japan.

    To learn more about the SME Support Program visit our website
  • 20 Nov 2017 8:42 AM | Anonymous


    Team Australia heads back to Japan in 2018

    Baseball Australia has announced that Team Australia will    play a series of games against a full strength Japanese National team in March 2018.

    Team Australia will play the Japanese national team in at    the Nagoya Dome in Nagoya on 3 March, and at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on 4 March 2018.

    These games are a concerted effort from Baseball Australia to ensure Team Australia has ample opportunity to prepare for one of the most important periods of  international competition in Baseball Australia history. 

    Following the announcement of an annual series of games  against Cuba, these games against Japan will  serve as preparation for the next three years of international competitions, including the 2019 Premier12, 2020 Olympic Qualification and the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

    Team Australia will play against Japan in the baseball mad    cities of Nagoya and Osaka at the beginning of March, nearly a year to the day since Australia finished in a record    high 9th place at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

    Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale sees this as an opportunity to give Australia’s best baseballers continued    exposure on the international stage.  “We have to continue  to build significant relationships to ensure Team  Australia    has as many  opportunities as possible to play on the international stage,” Vale said.

    “To  have consistent opportunities to play against teams like Japan ensure that Team Australia brand continues to grow as this will be a key focus in our strategic direction.”   

    “This announcement comes following the ABL’s impending expansion, and    with our presence in Asia growing stronger each day, we’re excited to play    Japan on their home  soil.”

    “We  are honoured that an organisation such as NPB has invited us to  compete in these games in 2018, and we look forward to a continued  close    partnership with them in the  future.”

    Team Australia has made significant advances on the official WBSC Rankings presented by ENEOS, with a rise from 12th in early 2016 to a record high 7th following the U18 World Cup in September 2017. General Manager of Team Australia Baseball Glenn Williams “It’s  an exciting opportunity for our team to return to Japan and take on the number  1 ranked team in the world,”    Williams said.   

    “It’s a fun  place to play, we always get treated really well in Japan and it  will be another great experience".

    Read the official press release here.

  • 17 Nov 2017 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Qantas / ANZCCJ Special Offer ex Kansai (Osaka) for Sydney

    Business class Osaka Sydney Return Fare @ JPY205,000 + TAX

    Applicable flights:              

    Southbound QF34 ex Kansai (Osaka) | Northbound QF33 ex Sydney 

    Travel period: From Thursday 14 December 2017 to Saturday 24 March 2018 into Osaka   

    Flight schedule:   


    Monday Kaisai /Sydney 2250/1040+1                     

    Thursday / Saturday  Kansai/Sydney  1855/0645+1                     


    Monday Sydney / Kansai  1355/2120     

    Thursday / Saturday: Sydney / Kansai  0930/1725                     

    Eligibility: ANZCCJ members and accompanying family & friends

    Price (Adult):  JPY205,000 + TAX for Return from Kansai (Osaka) to Sydney - Please note that one-way fares are not available 

    Child fare : 90% of adult fare

    Infant with Seat: 90% of adult fare

    Infant without Seat: 10% of adult fare

    Subject to availability of designated booking class for Special Offer


    • Minimum stay: 2 nights (3 days)
    • Maximum stay: 28 days
    • Change: NOT permitted after ticketing
    • Cancellation fee: Before departure JPY10,00 (Note : Non-Refundable in case of no show)
    •  Payment: Credit card only

     Application requirements

    • Date of Departure ex Osaka and ex Sydney
    • Title (MR / MS / MRS etc.)
    • Family name
    • Given name         
    • Date of birth (in case of age, under 18)
    • Contact 1 : E-mail
    • Contact 2 : Mobile phone number 

     How to apply:

    Please send this application form by e-mail attachment to QH International Co., Ltd. (Qantas’s subsidiary travel agent)

    Toranomon 37 Mori Bldg 9F, 3-5-1 Toranomon, Minako-ku, Tokyo 105-0001

    First Category Travel Agent No. 980  

    Application Deadline: 7 days before departure            

    Contact: Mr Masatomo Shimegi

  • 17 Nov 2017 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Event Summary by Jack Dowling

    Yesterday, as part of his first international tour as Western Australian Premier, The Hon Mark McGowan MLA addressed a select group of ANZCCJ members and guests at a lunch hosted by ANZCCJ at the Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo.

    Premier McGowan, accompanied by his wife Ms Sarah McGowan and a delegation from the Western Australian Government, said he had visited Japan on three prior occasions and expressed the love both he and his wife have for the country. During his address, Premier McGowan touched on the strength of the bond between Japan and Western Australia, including resources trade since the 1960s, agricultural exports, tourism and direct investment.

    He also highlighted opportunities for Western Australian businesses in Japan as well as for Japanese business in Western Australia, including leveraging the world-class aluminium manufacturing in Western Australia, expanding agricultural exports and the mutual benefits of an increase in tourism and hospitality both in Western Australia and Japan.

    The Premier and his delegation will be in Japan until Sunday and will travel to Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture, Sister State of Western Australia for almost 36 years, later this week.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank Premier McGowan for taking time out of his busy schedule to offer a candid address to our members and for sharing his knowledge and insights.

    Watch Premier McGowan’s speech here

  • 15 Nov 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    On 15 November 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), in collaboration with Platinum Sponsor, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) co-hosted a New Zealand Economic Outlook seminar with guest speaker Sharon Zollner, ANZ New Zealand Senior Economist at The Peninsula Tokyo.

    Ms Zollner discussed the future outlook and landscape in New Zealand in the wake of the recent national election outcome, and in the midst of domestic housing issues and global geopolitical turmoil.

    The main topics Ms Zollner discussed during her presentation and the Q&A that followed included:

    • Transition growth drivers including net migration, terms of trade and fiscal spending
    • Price slowdown in the housing market
    • Key sectors including tourism, construction and agriculture
    • The outlook for the NZD and the NZD and USD exchange rates
    • Uncertainty in the wake of the national election result

    As per ANZCCJ’s strategy for 2017, we aspire to work closely with our major sponsors to bring high level information to members. We hope the session gave you deeper insight into some of the key economic themes and their impact on your business dealings with New Zealand.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank Ms Zollner for talking the time to share her knowledge and insights. We also extend a special thank you to our co-hosts, ANZ and our members for joining us.

    For more information about ANZ in Japan, visit their website

  • 15 Nov 2017 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    On 14 November, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), in association with the Young Entrepreneurs Group of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Japan YEG), co-hosted an International Business Connections event at Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar, Tokyo.

    The event brought together 160 international guests from a variety of industries to promote business matching and information sharing between Japanese SMEs/entrepreneurs and overseas firms planning to expand their market and/or the range of products and services supplied to Japan.

    The event had two sessions.  Session one, which was co-hosted by ANZCCJ and Japan YEG, was a seminar featuring presentations by ANZCCJ SME members Fusion Life and KOB.  Ms Akino Myoi and Ms Wakako Hara discussed their experience with doing business with Australia and New Zealand and offered YEG members advice for their own businesses.  

    Following this, session two provided the chance for guests from the participating foreign chambers of commerce to mingle, meet potential business partners and discuss new opportunities for international collaboration.  The foreign Chambers of Commerce that participated in the event were:

    • Austrian Business Council
    • The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan
    • The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
    • Danish Chamber of Commerce Japan
    • The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan
    • The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan

    ANZCCJ would like to thank members and guests for joining us for a lively evening of networking opportunities. We would also like to offer a special thank you to our co-hosts, Japan YEG.

  • 13 Nov 2017 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Ahead of the launch of its eighth season, the Australian Baseball League (ABL) is embarking on an ambitious and innovative growth strategy to capitalise on continuous increases in participation; and the excitement of baseball returning to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

    Not only is the ABL planning to expand from six to eight teams in 2018/2019, it will increase focus on new markets in Regional Australia and Asia as primary targets for expansion teams.

    Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale sees opportunities in Asia as a groundbreaking step for Australian Baseball.

    "There has never been an opportunity of this magnitude in Australian sport before, as baseball has the potential to reach millions of consumers across Asia.” said Vale.

    “Baseball is the number one sport in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, when it comes to attendance, participation and broadcast ratings.”

    "While we are playing between November and February these baseball rich countries are seeking out more baseball games to watch; and further opportunities to develop their players.”

    “We share a time zone and natural broadcast footprint with our northern neighbours, and as such the ABL is perfectly positioned to be the premier Winter league in Asia.” Vale said

    Australia has always had significant ties to Asian baseball, consolidated when in March 2017 Chinese Taipei's World Baseball Classic (WBC) team participated in a series of exhibition games here in Australia which were viewed by millions.

    "Broadcast delivery will be all important in the expansion process," Vale said. "We will design a schedule which encourages local and international broadcast opportunities; and we have already had significant interest following the announcement of the six highly regarded Asian marquee players to play this season.”

    Read the full press release here.

  • 13 Nov 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    On October 31st, ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor Meat and Livestock Australia held two rugby clinics in Kamaishi to launch their nutrition program "Aussie Beef de Genki Kids!" and to support earthquake reconstruction in the area. 

    The program aims to support both parents and children's genki  by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through nutrition and sport related events. Andrew Cox, MLA Regional Manager, asserts that “In Australia, Aussie beef and rugby are both great for growing kids - physically and mentally. With the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Sevens rugby in the 2020 Olympics, now is the right time to build partnerships that help make Japanese kids more genki!”. Learn more here.  

    The first clinic was held at Unosumai Elementary School, and gave the children an opportunity to improve their rugby skills coached by ex-Australian national rugby players, Mr. Mark Ella and Mr. Justin Harrison, and Japanese players from Kamaishi Seaweaves.  The children also enjoyed a tasting of Aussie beef steak after the clinic and a friendly practice match of tag rugby. Later in the afternoon, the clinic moved on to Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School for more rugby training.

    Kamaishi-city is well known for rugby and will be a host city for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Learn more about the inspiring story of Kamaishi-city and how it is rebuilding through rugby here.

    On November 3, MLA also hosted a rugby festival in Yokohama, the planned location of the Rugby World Cup Final. 550 people spent the day sampling Aussie beef, taking photos  and participating in rugby training drills and practice matches.

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