• 19 Apr 2017 4:40 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ welcomes Australian and Japanese business leaders to a Lunch and keynote speech by Hon Steven Ciobo

     19 April 2017

     By Sam Brustad

     ●  The ANZCCJ hosted Hon Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment at a Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 19 April 2017.

    • After a welcoming address by ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, Minister Ciobo made his remarks to an audience of 80 business leaders including an accompanying business delegation from Australia. This was followed by a lively Q&A session.

    ANZCCJ was proud to host a sit-down luncheon at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo to welcome Hon Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Minister Ciobo is in Japan leading a delegation of Australian businesses to showcase Australian capabilities in a range of key sectors including which is an area of particular interest in Japan on 18 and 19 April.

    The event allowed Minister Ciobo to directly engage with business leaders from both Japan and Australia and was attended by the Australian Ambassador, HE Richard Court, members of the ANZCCJ Executive Council and senior officials from the Australian and New Zealand embassies in Tokyo.

     During his welcoming remarks, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci referenced the strong case for increasing the bilateral relationship signified by this visit. He also acknowledged Ambassador Court who formally delivered his credentials to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan just last week, saying that he looked forward to working with him closely in the future.

    Minister Ciobo then spoke on the various opportunities for the Japan- Australia bilateral relationship. He began by acknowledging the committed work of the ANZCCJ and its members to promote Australia in Japan. He reflected on the importance of this year – with 2017 marking the 60th anniversary since the signing of the 1957 Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement – and on the importance of the historic relationship between the two countries.

    Further trade deals such as JAEPA have helped to promote the free flow of goods and services between Australia and Japan. Since the signing of JAEPA both Australian and Japanese exporters have benefitted, with key industries such as Australian beef and wine up 25% and 13% respectively. For Japan, the rate of engineering technology exported to Australia is up by 40% and passenger vehicles up 17%. This growth trend looks set to develop beyond these traditional sectors as well, with up-and-coming industries such as digital currencies and Bitcoin technology expected to be another huge source for growth. Minister Ciobo also made clear that the Australian government is committed to taking a diverse approach to Asian markets with a strong focus on Japan, particularly in raising the profile of Japanese businesses in Australia.

    During the Q&A session Minister Ciobo was asked his thoughts on the future of trade deals such as the prospect of a TPP11. Minister Ciobo said that Australia remained committed to promoting free trade, particularly during this time when the benefits of trade globalisation have been called into question. When asked about the benefits of free-floating currencies the Minister acknowledged that while it had certainly benefited the Australian economy as a “shock absorber” during the resource boom and the GFC, individual countries needed to assess their particular economic situation in order to make the appropriate decision.

    Read the full script of Minister Ciobo’s speech here

     ANZCCJ media inquiries: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

    T 03 6234 9350 | E

  • 18 Apr 2017 11:29 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    The ANZCCJ is proud to support the New Zealand Alumni Club of Japan (NZACJ), which was founded by Education New Zealand. NZACJ is an alumni network that connects people with a New Zealand education background in Japan. Their mission is to promote New Zealand as a study destination to prospective students through a wide range of events and activities. 

    Membership is open to those Japanese who have studied in New Zealand with a student visa as well as New Zealanders residing in Japan who are interested in connecting with Japanese alumni. For those interested in becoming a member, please sign up on the form on their website here and they will contact you. 

    New Zealand Alumni Club of Japan: NZACJ は、ニュージーランド大使館 エデュケーション・ニュージーランドにより創設されたニュージーランド留学経験者を繋ぐ組織です。留学先としてのニュージーランドの認知度を高めるため、留学フェア、勉強会等のイベントを通じて会員同士の交流を深めます。会員条件として、学生ビザを取得してニュージーランドに留学された方、また日本在住ニュージーランド出身の方を対象とさせていただきます。

  • 18 Apr 2017 10:53 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scheduled their Government Procurement Seminar for the Fiscal Year of 2017 to be held on Monday May 15.  This seminar is open to domestic and foreign suppliers and members of foreign missions / representative offices interested in the Japanese Government Procurements. 

    For the full details of this seminar, you can read the attached document here

    If you are interested in taking part in the seminar, please send all of your necessary information to the email below by no later than  Monday, 8th of May.


    The ANZCCJ looks forward to hearing about the expected procurement of goods and services in 2017.

    Further information on government procurement in Japan can be found on MOFA's website here

  • 18 Apr 2017 10:25 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    For those interested in procurement (bid tenders and information on placing orders) the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) has produced their official English translation guidelines for all prospective contractors interested in submitting tenders for procurement for the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. All individuals or businesses interested in submitting tenders can now read the guidelines in English. 

    ANZCCJ previously prepared a Provisional Translation of these guidelines at the end of March, which are still available free of charge for members at our Member Resources page. To access these materials, please follow the link and enter your login details when prompted.

    The planned procedure is described in TOCOG’s Procurement Guidelines (Japanese), which includes key information about TOCOG’s procurement policy and the steps in the bidding process. 

  • 17 Apr 2017 4:48 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment The HoN STEVEN CIOBO MP

    Media release

    17 April 2017

    Marking 60 years of Australia's trade and investment partnership with Japan

    I am leading a business delegation to Japan to support the creation of new export opportunities for Australian businesses, which will help generate more Australian jobs.

    The delegation is made up of senior business leaders from the food and beverage, financial services, and health and life sciences sectors. Together, we will pursue new commercial opportunities, promote ‘brand Australia’ and forge new business partnerships.

    A major focus of my visit, on April 18-19, will be to progress the implementation of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Australia is the only major agricultural exporter to have a Free Trade Agreement with Japan and our exports are booming under this landmark agreement.

    Sixty years since the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement, our commercial and trade policy relationship with Japan is strong and productive.

    As the third largest economy in the world, and our second largest export market and source of foreign investment, Japan is a vitally important trade and economic partner for Australia. The challenges facing the global trading system make close and effective cooperation between Australia and Japan more vital than ever.

    The Turnbull Government is committed to expanding trade and investment with Japan as we work together to advance our shared commitment to a global system of open, liberalised trade.


    Media enquiries: Trade Minister's Office: (02) 6277 7420 | DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555
  • 31 Mar 2017 1:42 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    31 March 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) on behalf on the Australian Government has commenced a major study on Japanese Investment in Australia and opportunities for future business, entitled: ‘Japanese Investment in Australia – A Trusted Partnership’. As natural partners in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan and Australia share a diverse and extensive history in their partnership. 

    The commission of this new Australian Governmental study not only celebrates the contribution of Japanese investment to Australia, but commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Agreement on Commerce between Japan and the Commonwealth of Australia. Signed in 1957, this Commerce Agreement between Australia and Japan was the first breakthrough in post-war relations. Indeed, Australia was the first country to drop the discriminatory high tariffs which many countries maintained with regards to bilateral relations with Japan. Thus the significance of the agreement was symbolic beyond its outlined trade implications.

    This contribution intended as a result of this study includes its long-term view, corporate and community citizenship, the development of new industries in Australia, significant new skills training and employment, and exciting innovation. The study will also identify current investment trends and opportunities for future partnerships. Global business flows and both countries’ extensive business footprints in the Asian region are bringing new opportunities for collaboration. The study will also explore opportunities flowing from the success of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) which was signed in Canberra on 8 July 2014 and entered into force on 15 January 2015. Austrade predicts this report will be released mid-2017, and is intended to recognise and celebrate the enormous contribution of Japanese investment to Australia’s economic prosperity over the previous decades. The ANZCCJ similarly recognises the significance of this study towards its own organisational practice, and looks forward to its release.

    You can read the official Japan Project Brief here.

  • 30 Mar 2017 8:00 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    30 March 2017

    Hitachi Construction Machinery’s announcement this month that it has been successful in its takeover bid for leading heavy engineering company, Bradken is just one of an increasing number of recent Japanese investments in Australia. In calendar 2015, the stock of direct foreign investment into Australia saw Japan move from the 3rd biggest overseas investor to 2nd, eclipsing the long held position of the UK. (The US is Australia’s largest foreign investor.)

    After years of concentration on organic growth and eschewing majority acquisition, the last few years have seen a dramatic shift in Japanese investment strategies in Australia. Equally the focus, especially for the Japanese trading houses, was in the resources and energy area. But the strategy has been slowly evolving and now is rapidly gaining momentum. Big ticket acquisitions reflect the need for Japanese companies to source more of their income from overseas as they face a shrinking but affluent market at home. To do this they have had to move away from minority equity as it will not deliver the dividend income they require. Organic growth, much prized by Japanese management and sensible in a relatively stable economic environment, is no match for the volatility and compression of the time-rate-of-change which is occurring in a number of markets and sectors. Japanese M&A in the Australian alcohol and beverage market was an early example but these have since been followed by equally spectacular acquisitions in logistics and life insurance. However, there has been a spate of recent Japanese acquisitions which are linking Australian business even more closely with a broader range of players in Japan. Interestingly, some of these deals are by lesser internationally known Japanese corporates and equally of smaller magnitude. Sectors in Australia in which there has been either Japanese acquisition or “green fields” establishments over the last 12-24 months include:

    ·         Construction
    ·         Fuel Storage
    ·         Logistics
    ·         Life Insurance
    ·         Wealth Management
    ·         Stockbroking
    ·         IT Consulting
    ·         Advertising
    ·         Agriculture
    ·         Car Parking Stations
    ·         Motor Vehicle Retailing
    ·         Food Packaging
    ·         Forestry
    ·         Resources

    Sourced from AJBCC Business Alerts, click here for more. 

  • 29 Mar 2017 1:55 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    From 3 April, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) will start releasing details of Tokyo2020-related tenders through its Business Chance Navi 2020 online portal (Japanese). Company pre-registration through the portal is required for prospective suppliers to participate in the bidding process.

    The planned procedure is described in TOCOG’s Procurement Guidelines (Japanese), which includes key information about TOCOG’s procurement policy and the steps in the bidding process.

    ANZCCJ has prepared a Provisional Translation of these guidelines, available free of charge for members at our Member Resources page. To access these materials, please follow the link and enter your login details when prompted.

  • 24 Mar 2017 4:38 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    24 March 2017

    As we approach the new financial year, the ANZCCJ, in February, convened a Sponsor Consultation working group to discuss and exchange views with our membership on how the Chamber could deliver more value, and to update our understanding of member businesses’ needs and expectations.

    Through consultation with 33 member companies, ANZCCJ was able to compile valuable data regarding perspectives on the challenges faced by businesses operating in Japan as well as recommendations for improving the Australia-Japan and New Zealand-Japan bilateral relationship.

    To read our full report, click here.

  • 08 Mar 2017 11:00 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    08 March 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity through highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by women worldwide, and the ability of every individual to combat these through bold action and meaningful support. The theme for 2017 is: #BeBoldForChange. For many, this means being bold against what is holding them back, and for others it may simply be standing up and challenging stereotypes. In doing so, #BeBoldForChange is able to embrace a future which will be inclusive to all people.

    The ANZCCJ will #BeBoldForChange through challenging bias and inequality by ensuring that it challenges conventional stereotypes and highlights when women are excluded. Through querying all male speaking panels, ANZCCJ seeks to illuminate bias, suggest alternatives and embrace an inclusive and fair leadership. Moreover, ANZCCJ will endeavor to enhance women’s advancement through its internship program, through which it assists in mentoring and assisting young women by taking junior female colleagues to major events and meetings, as well as encouraging a dynamic, supportive and flexible working environment. Through appointing women to our board, we demonstrate our value in supporting women’s advancement, and providing mentors for the future. ANZCCJ pursues the celebration of female achievements through its consistent reinforcement of the success of women leaders in both the business world, but also across all social, economic, cultural and political spheres. In raising women’s visibility through the dissemination of their roles as media spokespeople, as well as their ability to be overall role models, we reinforce and support the triumphs of women. Finally, as a Chamber of Commerce, ANZCCJ is able to champion women's education through supporting female innovation of new products and services, as well as celebrating the discovery of new knowledge by female researchers.

    ANZCCJ is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange as a way to declare the bold actions we currently undertake, and will continue to carry out in order to pursue purposeful action which can accelerate gender parity worldwide.

    To learn about some of the great initiatives taken by ANZCCJ Sponsors, click here. 

    Will you #BeBoldForChange?

    Read more about what you can do to commit to change at

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