• 12 Mar 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, The Australian Embassy Tokyo, in collaboration with ANZCCJ and ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock, hosted a keynote address by Sam Mostyn. Ms Mostyn serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban and Mirvac Residential, and is chair of Citibank Australia. Sam was also the first woman to join the Australia Football League (AFL) Commission and introduced AFL's Respect and Responsibility policies. As a part of her presentation, Sam launched #CelebratingWomeninJapan, an initiative of ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock.

    The Honourable Richard Court AC, Ambassador to Japan, started the evening’s proceedings, welcoming guests and thanking the evening’s speakers for attending. Ambassador Court discussed the necessity of gender rights and women in leadership. Highlighting the 2018 flagship Public Diplomacy campaign, Australia now, Ambassador Court recognised that the Australia/Japan relationship is strengthened through cross-cultural engagement and equality, including the Women’s Touch Football Rugby collaboration. Following on, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci addressed the audience, highlighting the lack of gender parity in Japan and the importance of “levelling the playing field”. Andrew Gauci noted the need to create and maintain a pathway of success, enabling women to progress into leadership positions.

    Sam Mostyn addressed the audience, acknowledging the importance of International Women’s Day as highlighting the outstanding achievements of women, and the continuing necessity of pushing for change. Recognising Prime Minister Abe’s ‘Womenomics’ scheme, Sam noted the value of a “society where women can shine”, and argued that despite modern advancements towards gender equality, more action is necessary by Australia and Japan. Highlighting the positives of engaging women in business and sport, Sam recognised that organisations require women at all levels of leadership as they offer untapped opportunity; not only in terms of profit, but the flow of new ideas.

    Following Sam’s address, she was joined on stage by ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock and Ms Rui Matsukawa, Member of the House of Councilors, with Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh as moderator. The central themes from the discussion was the use of communications and social media as generating equality change, and the importance of values, both societal and personal, as the vehicle for instigating gender parity. The quality of the discussion was excellent, and the Chamber would like to thank all the speakers for their valuable insights.

    The event concluded with an informal networking opportunity for guests. ANZCCJ would like to express thanks to the Australian Embassy and Melanie Brock Advisory for the successful event.

  • 07 Mar 2018 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JMEC Testimonials:

    JMEC helps individuals enhance their careers in Japan:

    Sébastien Arribe participated in JMEC 23, 2016-2017. As a software engineer, he entered JMEC to receive an introduction to business.

    Ami Watanabe participated in JMEC 22, 2015-2016. She was a Daijob Scholarship Recipient who was attracted to the academic nature and practical appplication of a JMEC certificate.

    Luis Costigan participated in JMEC 21, 2014-2015. He entered JMEC to gain practical business knowledge in order to gain new opportunities for leadership roles within his company,

  • 28 Feb 2018 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Message from the Chair

    This month was a time for us as a Chamber to take stock of the progress made over the last year and lay the foundations of a road map for 2018. Thank you to our Platinum and Gold Corporate Sponsors who participated in our roundtable session and all of the members who provided feedback through our surveys this month. For those of us on the Executive Council, we take your feedback seriously and will be giving further thought to what you each had to say when the Executive Council meet for our annual strategy session on 6 March. For those of you who have not yet given your feedback, please fill in our survey online before Friday 2 March.

    No doubt part of our strategy this year will include bringing Australian and New Zealand businesses with our Japanese counterparts together at events surrounding key sporting fixtures. The personal engagement achieved amongst business people at these events helps to drive relationships that further business ties. For this reason I was personally quite excited to see the announcement earlier this month that the final Bledisloe test match between the Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks will be held at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on 27 October. A great opportunity to raise the profile of our businesses if managed well. All Black’s Coach Steve Hansen made a great comment at a joint AIG-Nikkei event on 3 February. He said that like any top performing sports team, businesses should be collaborating with one another to share ideas so that together we will all get sharper. I think as a Chamber, we’re particularly strong in this area of collaboration. I would like to encourage those of you who are interested to get involved in our Sports for Business and Food Ag and Hospitality subcommittees by joining the regular meetings and signing up to get the email announcements (which you can do through emailing This will help you keep up-to-date with one another and opportunities coming down the pipeline. Both committees meet regularly and exchange ideas, information and opportunities.

    This month I would also like to recognize the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC); a business training program in Tokyo which joins companies looking for a fresh strategic perspective, with company employees looking for a once in a lifetime kind of learning and development experience. The ANZCCJ was a founding supporter of this program with Bill Hall still active in driving JMEC forward. JMEC is geared around upskilling young executives and professionals and at the same time assisting foreign companies to further penetrate the Japanese market. Lendlease benefited from being a project sponsor a few years ago and I’m a firm supporter of this program having seen firsthand what it can deliver. The 2018 JMEC program starts 11th November (Saturday), with applications due 15th October. For more information visit:

    I’d also like to announce that ANZCCJ will be moving offices in April to We Works located in Shimbashi/Toranomon. With our existing term coming up we were keen to get better value from the real estate we use but at a similar cost. After a thorough search we decided the new option provided the best price and location with an opportunity to host meetings and events more cost effectively. In addition, the work space is cutting edge and collaborative, the right feel for the kind of Chamber that we are. The team will plan some casual office warming get together for those who are around to visit in May.

    Finally, we have a few exciting events coming up in March. On 7 March is the annual Foodex networking event, where Australian food producers can showcase their products to Japanese consumers. On 9 March we have Sam Mostyn a leader in sustainability, gender equality and business management who serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban and Mirvac, and chair of Citibank Australia, speaking about women in sports and business at the Australian Embassy. Sam was the first woman to join the Australian Football League (AFL) Commission and worked to implement the AFL's Respect and Responsibility policies and indigenous program, I will be very much looking forward to hearing from her next month. Keep an eye out on the ANZCCJ website for updated news and events.

    Andrew Gauci

  • 01 Feb 2018 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a business training program in Tokyo centred on a business plan writing competition. With the goal of upskilling young executives and professionals, whilst assisting foreign companies to enter the Japanese market, JMEC is designed for professionals to challenge themselves to achieve. 2018’s JMEC program starts 11th November (Saturday), with applications due 15th October. For more information visit:
  • 30 Jan 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The tone for our business year has been set positively by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull's recent visit. Importantly he reinforced the strength of Australia-Japan relations including the 55-year long commercial partnership. The Prime Minister’s address at the Japan Australia Business Council Committee luncheon emphasised the need for Australia and Japan to enhance cooperation as regional powers with global interests. This included, in particular, the need to work together to pursue the free-flow of international trade. A message well understood by our members, both Australian and New Zealand, and underpinned by the action focused initiatives of the Chamber.

    In line with the promotion of bilateral trade, one of ANZCCJ’s Platinum sponsors, Ashurst held their annual M&A in Review event on 17 January. Mergers and acquisitions directly influence the landscape and operations of businesses so for our members to hear about how the business context has shifted continues to be immensely valuable.

    And to celebrate the start of the New Year, we had our annual Shinnenkai at the Conrad Tokyo’s Twenty Eight Bar. We had the pleasure of hearing from the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton and Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh, as well as the Vice Chairman of the Japan-Australia Business Cooperation Committee, Yorihiko Kojima. Having business and government leaders connecting and building relationships helps to water the seeds of new ideas and initiatives that drive our businesses forward. Thanks to all who attended.

    The Chamber’s goal for this year is to build on what we’ve achieved so far but also venture into new opportunities, try some new things and work hard with our stakeholders. I’m asking each of you as members and sponsors to think about how the Chamber can work better and smarter together. We want your feedback and over the month of February we’ll be seeking your input ahead of the Executive Council’s next strategy planning meeting set for early March. The Chamber is also keen to ensure that we effectively utilise the government led 2018 Australia Now campaign. This eight-month program running from April to November, will showcase the best of Australian innovation, lifestyle and creativity to Japan, enhancing Australia and Japan’s relationship through further collaboration and exchange. 

    I would like to welcome our new Executive Director Judith Hanna to the Chamber. Judith will be a valuable addition to the team and is really excited to be joining us at this time. And finally, please keep an eye out for our upcoming events on our website. We have a busy and exciting year ahead! I wish you all a safe and happy start to 2018.

    Andrew Gauci

  • 30 Jan 2018 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ was pleased to welcome in 2018 at the elegant Conrad Tokyo’s TwentyEight Bar. We had the honour of hearing from New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh, Vice Chairman of Japan Australia Business Chamber of Commerce (JABCC), Mr Yorihiko Kojima, as well as our own ANZCCJ Chair and CEO of Lendlease, Andrew Gauci.

    The event enabled attendees to network and mingle with friends and new contacts, whilst being treated to spectacular Tokyo views, free flowing drinks, a full buffet dinner featuring Australian and New Zealand cuisine, insightful speeches, and excellent door prizes. Thank you to our ANZCCJ sponsors Treasury Wine Estates, Conrad Tokyo and SunWolves for their contributions.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci kicked off the evening with sharing about the Chamber’s priorities for 2018, highlighting ANZCCJ's goal of continually raising the profiles of Australia and New Zealand in Japan. Andrew reinforced the strength of current Australia, New Zealand and Japanese business relations, and encouraged business leaders to guide Japanese firms to realise opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton reinforced that the New Zealand Government has a desire to consolidate trade partnerships, expand trade in the energy and food sectors, and develop a renewed interest of Japan amongst New Zealanders. Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh provided comments on the success of the recent visit by the Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, giving thanks to JABCC, ANZCCJ, Meat and Livestock Australia, and Treasury Wine Estates for their assistance with the Australian Prime Minister’s business luncheon. Minister Walsh reinforced Australia and Japan’s interconnectedness on economic trade relations and security agendas, highlighting the recent development of the biennial Ministerial Economic Dialogue between both nations. ANZCCJ was glad to also hear from Vice Chairman of JABCC Mr Yorihiko Kojima who during his toast also commented on how strong the relationship between Australia and Japan was, as evidenced by Prime Minister Turnbull’s recent visit.

    The event was a nice send off to former ANZCCJ Executive Director Cristina Merino, who has worked tirelessly for the Chamber and we wish to honour her for all her good work. We have now welcomed our new Executive Director, Judith Hanna who prior to taking on the role, worked at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo. We look forward to working with Judith for what, we expect is going to be a busy and fruitful 2018.

  • 29 Jan 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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.

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