• 09 Jun 2016 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that a video message from Mr Ayumu Goromaru of the Queensland Reds (Super Rugby) can now be viewed on the Australian Embassy's new website.

    The video was filmed before the Reds vs Sunwolves (Japan) game last month.  It features Bond University, where Mr Goromaru is studying English, and other areas of Australia, particularly Brisbane where the Reds are based.

    Mr Goromaru talks about how he has enjoyed and benefited from studying in culturally diverse Australia.  He encourages Japanese students to follow in his footsteps.

    To watch the video, click here

    Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  We expect that these events and sports diplomacy will strengthen the strategic partnership between Australia and Japan.

    The ANZCCJ, through our Sports for Business Committee, is proud to support athletes such as Ayumu Goromaru and to develop business opportunities and relationships for ANZCCJ members via sporting related activities. For more information on how you can get involved with the Committee's activities, please contact our Executive Director, Cristina Merino, at

  • 01 Jun 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Executive Council Member nominations open 1 June

    2016 KEY DATES

    Executive Council nomination period: 1 June to COB 14 July 2016

    Absentee ballot period: 15 July to COB 20 July

    Election date: 21 July 2016

    The ANZCCJ's strength comes from the continued and active participation from its members.  Nominations for the six [6] Councillor positions currently available on the Executive Council are now open for the 2016-2018 term. 


    Members wishing to nominate for election for the 2016-2018 term, are asked to complete the Nomination Form. Nominations must be proposed and seconded by full Chamber members, agreed to by the Nominee (by way of signature) and returned to the Secretariat by fax or email by 5:00pm on Thursday 14 July 2016. Early nominations are strongly encouraged.

    If you would like to learn more about what is involved, join our Executive Council info session on 20 June at 6:00pm.  More details can be found on the event page.

    Click here for full details on the candidature and voting process

    Click here to read the ANZCCJ Constitution.


    This year's elections and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) will be held at the Australian Embassy on 21 July 2016.

    If you are unable to attend the AGM, you may vote through an absentee ballot.  Absentee ballot papers will be available on our website from 15 July.

    AGM Agenda
    1.  Chair’s Report
    2.  Treasurer's Report incorporating the Statement of Accounts for 2015-2016
    3.  Election of 2016-2018 Executive Council members
    Proposal to amend the ANZCCJ Constitution (the proposal will be sent as an update at least two weeks prior to the AGM)

    Appointing a proxy
    A voting member may authorise in writing any person to act as his/her proxy at the Annual General Meeting  The proxy shall be entitled to exercise all the powers for the voting member represented.  There is no limit to the number of voting members that a proxy may act for.

    We encourage any members unable to attend the AGM to appoint a Proxy to ensure we achieve a quorum for this important meeting. Proxy forms must be returned to the Secretariat by 5:00pm, 20 July 2016.

  • 30 May 2016 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Voting in the Australian Federal Election - 2 July 2016

    30 May 2016

    The Australian Federal Election will be held on 2 July 2016. Australian citizens living in Japan who are enrolled to vote are able to cast their ballots in this election by either applying online for a postal vote or voting in person at an overseas voting centre.

    Online Postal Vote Applications
    Online applications for a postal vote (for those already registered to vote) are available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website here. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016. If you lodge a postal vote, you are not required to attend in person at an overseas voting centre.

    In-person voting at an Embassy or Consulate
    If you are currently enrolled, you can vote in person at an overseas voting centre, commencing Monday 20 June 2016. In Japan, the overseas voting locations and opening times are:

    Australian Embassy, Tokyo
    Address: 2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 17:00
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00

    Australian Consulate-General, Osaka
    Address: 16F Twin 21 MID Tower, 2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00

    Australian Consulate-General, Fukuoka
    Address: 7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building, 1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 (by appointment only)
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00 (no appointment required)

    Australian Consulate, Sapporo
    Address: 17th Floor, Sapporo Centre Building, North 5, West 6-2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 (by appointment only)
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00 (no appointment required)

    If you intend to vote in-person at an Embassy or consulate, you must bring your current Australian passport as identification.

    If you are unable to vote in this election, please fill out this form and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission.

    Information for Representatives of Political Parties

    Representatives of political parties will be permitted to hand out how-to-vote cards under the covered area between the Embassy guard house and the main entrance. In addition, please also note the following:


    Party worker

    A person who hands out how to vote cards to voters as they enter the polling place. Party workers are not permitted within six metres of the polling place, except to cast their own vote. They must not obstruct voters from entering the polling venue.


    Party workers may enter the polling place only once, to record their vote. An exception is made if a voter who needs help nominates a party worker to assist them.


    Party workers asked to assist voters must remove any political badges they are wearing and cover any political logos on clothing etc. before entering the polling place.

    If you have any further questions, contact either the ANZCCJ at or by calling us on 03-6234-9350. To check whether you are enrolled to vote or not, please contact the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) via their online enquiry form, or by calling +61 2 6160 2600.

  • 18 May 2016 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event wrap-up

    Supporting Japanese SMEs to do business with Australia and New Zealand

    18 May 2016


    International business is key to success in today’s global economy, with the potential for SMEs doing business overseas an increasingly attractive option.  


    In Japan, according to the FY2011 White Paper on SMEs, approximately 6,300 small and medium-sized enterprises undertake direct exports. This figure has seen steady growth since then as more and more businesses eye the scope of opportunity and potential that overseas markets offer. 


    Despite this however, there remains a level of hesitation among Japanese businesses, many of which are often apprehensive to engage with international business partners. 

    Through the SME Support Program event series, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) aims to support Japanese businesses and entrepreneurs with little or no international experience by providing practical advice from Australian and New Zealand executives, businesses and organisations with substantial experience, expertise and know-how in international business, trade and investment.


    For the third event in this series we partnered with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) to host a New Zealand trade and investment seminar on 17 May 2016. 

    The key messages and insights from our guest SME speakers at the event were:

    1. Brand New Zealand. Market New Zealand brands in Japan by highlighting NZ’s green, safe and healthy lifestyle

    2. Finding the right match.  As a small business you will not be the biggest or most respected partner from your New Zealand supplier’s perspective. What’s important is finding a way for your company to add value to your supplier’s brand.   

    3.  Using sports and lifestyle as a marketing tool.  Promote imported products by associating them with sports that are famous in New Zealand, such as Rugby.

    4. The value of local support organisations. There is real value in the advice received from the New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand Trade & Enterprise to develop relationships and negotiate deals.

    5. Expect challenges. Varying regulatory frameworks, laws and business customs can be challenging.  Ask lots of questions and just give it a try!

    The audience of 40 Japanese SMEs and entrepreneurs who attended the event went away with new found confidence to engage with New Zealand business.  A huge thank you to our inspirational guest speakers:

    1.  Akino Myoi, CEO, Fusion Life

    2.  Daisuke Nakayama, President, Nakayama Shoji

    3.  Hisayuki Watanabe, CEO, Sunnyside International



    Tuesday 9 August 2016 | 2:30pm – 4:30pm

    JETRO Headquarters (5F)

    Free admission – early registrations are encouraged

    Registration deadline:  COB 1 August 2016


    For inquiries on the program or on doing business with Australia and New Zealand, contact Cristina Merino at the ANZCCJ Secretariat at


  • 11 May 2016 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Australia Work Visa Guidebook is now available for download from JETRO's website


    Australia’s immigration policy is changing frequently and in order to successfully conduct business in Australia, it is important to stay up to date with the latest visa information.

    JETRO Sydney's first issue of the Australian Work Visa Guidebook published in January 2014 was aimed for Japanese corporates and focussed primarily on work visa applications for Expats.

    In January 2016, JETRO issued a revised version, covering the various changes made to regulations since 2014 and other optional visas for business people such as training and short term business travel.

    The Australia Visa Guidebook Jan 2016 edition is now available from JETRO official web site. 


    JETRO Australia Work Visa Guidebook Jan 2016 edition (Only in Japanese)


  • 30 Apr 2016 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Strengthening Australia-New Zealand-Japan relations at the grassroots level

    As many members will know, the Chamber convened its first Sports for Business Committee meeting on 29 March. It was terrific to see so many members keen to be involved and we are excited about the start of what promises to be another very active committee.

    With the Rugby World Cup held in 2019, soon followed by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, the time is right for the ANZCCJ to look at potential business opportunities for our membership. No one can deny the importance of rugby after Japan's amazing win over the South Africans at last year's World Cup.
    I don't personally profess to know all the rules of rugby but I am truly enjoying seeing how Japan raises its profile further through sport. The Chamber is committed to supporting sporting associations such as the Japan Rugby Football Union and the Street Rugby Alliance to further raise the profile of rugby in Japan.
    Events like the Street Rugby at Nihonbashi held on 2 April present a fantastic opportunity for Japan, Australia and New Zealand to strength ties at the grassroots level. We will keep you updated on the activities of the Sports for Business Committee and the exciting events that we are planning, including a reception in June on the occasion of the match between the NSW Waratahs and the Sunwolves.  Keep an eye on the new Sports for Business events section in our website for news and updates!

    Melanie Brock

    Read the full newsletter here

  • 18 Apr 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) offers its condolences to the victims who have lost friends and family in the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.  We are deeply concerned by the devastating images of wreckage and loss of life and stand with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Julie Bishop MP and the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs The Hon Murray McCully, ready to provide assistance.

    平成28年熊本地震により甚大な被害が発生しました。在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所として、被災にあわれた方々に心よりお見舞い申し上げますとともに、亡くなられた方やそのご家族にはお悔やみを申し上げます。1日でも早い復旧を祈りすると同時に、在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所ではオーストラリア外務大臣ジュリー・ビショップ(Julie Bishop)、ニュージーランド外務大臣マレー・マッカリー(Murray McCully)とともに復旧へ向けた最大限の努力をさせて頂く所存です。 

  • 31 Mar 2016 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.  We dedicate this issue of the ANZCCJ newsletter to those who lost loved ones to the natural disasters that hit the Tohoku region and who are still recovering from their loss.   

    At the Chamber we are honoured to support two organisations that continue to play vital roles in facilitating rebuilding activities in Tohoku: Support our Kids (SOK) and O.G.A. for Aid.  SOK supports children whose lives have been deeply affected by the 2011 disasters through overseas homestay programs, charity auctions and other activities. Every time you register for an ANZCCJ event, 500 yen of your event fee goes towards SOK.  O.G.A. for Aid is an NPO based out of Minami Sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture. They are the longest running international aid organisation in Tohoku and have been organising community rebuilding workshops and events since March 2011. The Chamber teams up with O.G.A. for Aid to organise Volunteer Weekends to Minami Sanriku every year.  The next one will be held on 28-29 May and and I strongly encourage you to join us and help remind the people of Tohoku that they have not been forgotten.

    Travelling to Tohoku gives you a sense of what happened on 3.11 but more importantly, what needs to be done. The sheer scale of the reconstruction work needs to be seen to be believed.  Being there means you can be part of a conversation with the locals and hear more about what they actually need. My most recent trip to Tohoku, timed to attend the 3.11 Memorial Service in Minami Sanriku, was a great example of the importance of ongoing relationship building.  I met with the Mayor of Kamaishi (the venue for one of the matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup) and discussed ways the Australian and New Zealand business community might be come involved in the lead-up to 2019. I stayed the night with a beef producer I first met in 2011 (as part of the MLA Together With Japan program) and over fine Iwate wagyu shabu shabu and a drop or two of Australian red (donated by the lovely folks at The Peninsula) we talked about how producers and farmers might gain more knowledge about marketing their products in overseas markets. More opportunities for some of our members perhaps.  In any case, getting up there and having a look around, and a chat, is well worth the effort.

    Many companies and individuals have been terrific in terms of their ongoing engagement in Tohoku. This month we would like to highlight the fantastic work that some of our main corporate sponsors – ANZ, Lendlease, MLA, Australian Embassy Tokyo, and Rio Tinto Japan – continue to do in Tohoku.


    Melanie Brock

    Read the full newsletter by clicking on the link.

  • 25 Mar 2016 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealanders have chosen their flag

    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says a robust democratic process has allowed New Zealanders to choose their flag.

    Preliminary results, released by the Electoral Commission this evening, show 1,200,003 voted to keep the current flag, while 915,008 voted for the Kyle Lockwood-designed, alternative flag. Final results will be released by the Electoral Commission on Wednesday 30 March.

    “We have run a robust, democratic process that has allowed us to discuss who we are and how we want to be represented on the world stage.

    “I acknowledge there will be those who are disappointed with the outcome, but the majority of New Zealanders have spoken and we should all embrace that decision.

    “This process has engaged Kiwis in their homes, in their schools and in their workplaces, here in New Zealand, and right around the world – it is something we’ve all had a point of view on.

    “It’s been a good conversation to have – voter turn-out of 2,119, 953 shows how deeply passionate New Zealanders are about their national identity.”

    The Flag Consideration Panel, which ran the independent public engagement process, reports that over 10,000 flag designs were suggested and the alternative design gallery drew over two million page views.

    Over 1.75 million Kiwis engaged online, 43,000 shared what they stood for, and 6,000 visited public seminars and information stands. 

    Mr English wishes to thank everybody who has taken part in the process.

    “This process has been a good debate around patriotism.

    “Now a flag has been decided I encourage all New Zealanders to use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it,” he says.


  • 24 Feb 2016 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series | 中小企業向けサポートプログラム 第2回イベント

    On 23 February 2016 we had the privilege of hosting the second instalment of the ANZCCJ SME Support event series with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) at Restaurant Salt by Luke Mangan.

    The ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series connects 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. ANZCCJ members and partner organisations join the event as 'Advisors' who share knowledge and experiences on a voluntary basis.

    ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Kohei Tsushima, General Manager of National Australia Bank Japan, welcomed participants and introduced the event.  In the first part of the seminar, JETRO's Senior Director for Global Strategy, Yoichi Kimura, explained the TPP and the support systems available to Japanese companies who wish to take advantage of the opportunities the TPP presents for business between Australia-New Zealand and Japan.

    The second part of the seminar was a presentation by AOM Visa Consulting Managing Director, Yayoi Ashikaga, outlining the different business visa options available for Australia and New Zealand and how the application process works.

    The seminar was followed by a networking session, where participants interacted and discussed their business ideas with the large number of advisors who shared their passion and experience in doing business between Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Restaurant SALT by Luke Mangan provided a great venue for the event, with a relaxed atmosphere for networking.

    When asked for feedback on the event, one of the advisors said “the level of engagement of the participants was very high. I felt they all got something out of it, at differing levels. I have never received so many business cards – not to mention business proposals – at an event!”.

    The third SME Support event will be held in May, again with strong support from JETRO.  Watch this space for updates.

    A special thanks to Penfolds and Salt by Luke Mangan for their continued support of this event series



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