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  • 01 Nov 2016 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Farewells Melanie Brock and welcomes new leadership team


    1 November 2016


    ANZCCJ held its 'Building on Success' event at the Australian Embassy on the evening of 31 October 2016 to farewell Chair Melanie Brock and welcome incumbent Chair, Andrew Gauci, CEO of Lendlease Japan and his new leadership team.


    The event allowed ANZCCJ members, key stakeholders and partners to celebrate Melanie’s tremendous commitment to the Chamber over the past six years.  “Melanie really cares”, said Andrew Gauci as he described his relationship with Melanie at both a professional and personal level.  Andrew also introduced the new Executive Council of the Chamber, expressing his high expectations and confidence in this team to deliver increasing value for our members.


    In her final speech as Chair, Melanie talked about her years of experience as an Australian living and working in Japan.  She reflected on the highlights of the past six years, such as her role in lobbying for the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA); establishing the ANZCCJ’s SME support programme to support Japanese companies to do business with Australia and New Zealand; launching the Sports for Business Committee; and the work the Chamber has done in the Tohoku region post-3/11, which has become the flagship CSR initiative for ANZCCJ.


    The speeches by our Patrons: Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Bruce Miller, and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, and our distinguished guests: President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Ambassador Christopher LaFleur; Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Akio Mimura, also acknowledged the successes the Chamber has achieved in recent years and the contributions Melanie has made to the Australia-New Zealand-Japan relationship. Dr Mimura offered a toast with apple cider from Minami Sanriku and sake from Kamaishi, both gifts from the Mayors of Kamaishi and Minami Sanriku who  also joined the event.


    As a surprise, there were a number of recorded video messages sent in by Mr Murray McLean AO, Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation and former Australian Ambassador to Japan; Sir Rod Eddington AO, President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee; and Mr Ian Kennedy, Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council and former New Zealand Ambassador to Japan.


    One final surprise was a moving dance and song performance by Ngā Hau E Whā, a New Zealand Māori performing arts group based in Japan, as a gift from the New Zealand Embassy. This performance included songs, and a haka dedicated to Melanie to wish her well on the rest of her journey.


    ANZCCJ thanks everyone who joined us on this special night and also Treasury Wine Estates and Penfolds for their sponsorship.


  • 31 Oct 2016 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    在日オーストラリアニュージーランド商工会議所 

    会頭歓送迎会

    釜石市 野田武則 市長 ご挨拶

     

    2016.10.31

    [English follows Japanese]

     

    まずもって先の九州熊本地震で被災された方々にお悔やみとお見舞いを申し上げます。


    さて、本日は、メラニー・ブロック会頭および新任会頭とリーダーシップチーム歓送迎会にお招きいただき、誠にうれしく思います。

     

    釜石市は、鉄の街、魚の街、そしてラグビーの街です。地元の人々は、ラグビーを街の伝統として誇りをもって愛し、応援し続けています。


    震災で被害を受けたとき、ラグビーが我々を元気づけてくれました。世界中のラグビーの仲間が助けてくれました。メラニーさんも助けてくれました。3.11東日本大震災発生から5年が過ぎましたが、被災地では、住民の皆さんが住まいの再建ができることを最優先して復興に取り組んできました。


    また、道路整備が一段と加速して進められ、それによって生産性の向上と生活の質の向上が期待できるところです。東北被災地を代表して、ラグビーワールドカップ2019が釜石で開催されますことは、大いなる地域の誇りです。復興を早めてくれると同時に、この地域が飛躍する機会を与えてくれます。


    釜石市は、東日本大震災後、時を同じくして震災に見舞われたクライストチャーチに、毎年、中学生を派遣しています。また市民有志で、英会話ガイドの養成講座を開設いただき、イングランド大会に中学生視察団を派遣するなど、新たな国際交流活動が始まっております。2019年は、復興の形がみえてくる頃です。今日までさまざまなご支援とご協力をいただいた全国の方々、全世界の方々に、感謝の気持ちを伝え、表明する機会になります。


    人と人を結ぶラグビー。そのラグビーの世界の祭典となるラグビーワールドカップは、子どもたちに夢と希望を与えてくれて、世界中と交流できる絶好の機会であります。皆様には、ぜひ、これからも、ラグビースピリットのもと、釜石市との友好を育んでいただけましたら、たいへんうれしく思います。


     重ね、御礼を申し上げまして、ご挨拶とさせていただきます。

     釜石市長 野田 武則


    Message from Mr Takenori Noda, Mayor of Kamaishi City

    on the occasion of ANZCCJ’s farewell to Melanie Brock

    and introduction to our new leadership team

     

     

    First of all, I would like to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to all the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquakes.

     

    I am pleased to be joining the event to farewell Melanie Brock and to meet the new ANZCCJ leadership team.

     

    Kamaishi is a city of Fish, Steel and Rugby. People in the community have loved and supported Rugby as a tradition and as the pride of our city.

     

    Even though the Tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated our city, Rugby was always in our mind and rugby has brought us many blessings. Thanks to the bonds that rugby brings, we have received so much support from all over the world including from Melanie-san.

     

    More than five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We have placed the highest priority on assistance for the rebuilding of houses for the disaster victims.   The construction of the expressway network has advanced dramatically. Thanks to that we will be able to improve productivity and the quality of life.

     

    It will be an honor for the community to be able to host the RWC2019 in Kamaishi, on behalf of all the affected areas. RWC2019 will spur on the progress in this reconstruction and development.

     

    Every year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Kamaishi has sent junior high school students for a short term stay to Christchurch where the earthquake hit contemporaneously.  A citizen’s volunteer group has already started several new programs for internationalising young people. For instance, some students study at the guide training course in English after school and some other students were dispatched to RWC2015 in England.

     

    In 2019, the recovery from the disaster will be achieved. RWC2019 will be an opportunity to express our gratitude to those who aided and supported in various ways from all over the world.

     

    Rugby can make many great bonds between people. RWC is the world festival of Rugby that gives the dream and the hope for the young people. And it is to be an outstanding opportunity to build a greater friendship among people throughout the world.

     

    It is our great pleasure to bring up friendships with you based on a rugby spirit from now on.


    Thank you and I look forward to collaborating with ANZCCJ in the future.


    Takenori Noda

    Kamaishi City Mayor


     

  • 24 Oct 2016 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Law firm Ashurst recently issued a pro bono and corporate responsibility report outlining the firm's global engagement with local communities around the themes of justice, opportunity and empowerment. In addition to local charitable activities, Japanese qualified lawyers in the firm's Tokyo office (Ashurst Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo, associated with Ashurst LLP) already provide pro bono advice on matters of Japanese law. With several lawyers qualified in Australia or England & Wales, the Tokyo team is keen to identify charities, non-profits, social and micro enterprises based in Japan who require legal advice on those overseas jurisdictions and who may qualify for pro bono legal advice under the "opportunity" or "empowerment" themes.


    Please contact Senior Associate Luke Russell on Luke.Russell@ashurst.com if you have any thoughts or suggestions

  • 21 Oct 2016 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TOKYO, JAPAN, 21 October 2016 – To capture growing demand for premium wine amongst Japanese consumers, leading global winemaker Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today announced it will expand its portfolio offering of quality Australian and New Zealand wine brands in Japan through an improved route-to-market strategy.


    Under the new strategy, TWE will directly import, market and sell a number of premium wine brands including Rawson’s Retreat, Lindeman’s, Wynns, Coldstream Hills, Yellowglen,Pepperjack, and Secret Stone, while strengthening strategic relationships with key partners in the fine wine retail, supermarket and convenience store, on-premise, and e-commerce channels.


    The new direct import strategy builds on the success of TWE and its existing distributor partnerships in Japan - brands including Penfolds, Beringer, Wolf Blass, Rosemount and Matuawill continue to be available through these distributor partnerships.


    Wines that will be directly imported, marketed and sold by TWE will be available to trade partners from 10 January 2017. In addition to the Australian and New Zealand brands, TWE plans to also introduce a number of the Company’s premium Californian wine brands under the direct import model from April 2017.


    According to General Manager for TWE Japan, Travis Brown, the expansion of TWE’s portfolio reflects the growing appreciation of quality wines amongst Japanese consumers, and reinforces the importance of the Japan market to TWE’s growth aspirations.


    “This is an important and exciting development for TWE in Japan and for Japanese wine lovers.  Having our team of people selling and marketing our brands will allow us to build stronger relationships with our consumers and our partners than ever before.  The recent signing of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement which sees the gradual elimination of tariffs on Australian wine is already making Australian wine more attractive to consumers and trade alike,” Brown said.


    Managing Director and President for TWE Asia, Europe and Latin America, Robert Foye added that the changes are in line with the Company’s strategic focus on enhancing its route to market in key countries across Asia.


    “TWE has had great success in improving its route to market in Greater China, Korea,Singapore and Taiwan. We are now also focused on Japan. Per capita wine consumption in Japan is one of the highest in the Asia region, and we are seeing the interest in premium wine increasing - this presents enormous opportunity for TWE to introduce more quality wines to the market. With a global portfolio of some of the most awarded wines in the world, our business is well positioned for growth in Japan through our new direct import model, as well as strengthened partnerships with key customers,” Foye said.


    From the establishment of Australia’s Penfolds in 1844 and Lindeman’s in 1843, to the 1876founding of Beringer Vineyards in the United States, TWE has a diverse portfolio of some of the most recognised and awarded wine brands in the world. In the financial year 1 July 2015to 30 June 30 2016, TWE sold 33.6 million 9LE cases of wine and generated net sales revenue of A$2.232 billion. TWE operates across four regional business models – Australian and New Zealand, Asia, the Americas and Europe - with wine sold in more than 100 countries globally.


    The Company owns and operates more than 9,000 planted hectares of vineyards in Australia and New Zealand, and is custodian of some of the most sought after viticultural assets in the Barossa Valley and the Coonawarra in Australia, as well as in Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand. In the United States, TWE operates more than 4,000 planted hectares of vineyards across renowned viticultural regions in California, including Sonoma County, NapaValley, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara, as well as the picturesque Gabbiano vineyard in Tuscany, Italy.


    About Treasury Wine Estates


    Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The Company has a rich heritage and a portfolio of some of the most recognised and awarded wine brands in the world, including: Penfolds, Wolf Blass,Beaulieu Vineyard, Lindeman’s, Sterling Vineyards, Blossom Hill, Pepperjack, Rawson’s Retreat, Matua, Beringer, Stags’ Leap, 19 Crimes, Gabbiano, Chateau St. Jean and Wynns Coonawarra Estate. TWE is focused on portfolio premiumisation and brand-led marketing,with world-class production facilities in internationally recognised wine regions. The Company sources grapes from a mix of owned, leased and third-party vineyards. Employing approximately 3,500 winemakers, viticulturalists, sales, marketing, distribution and support staff across the globe, TWE’s wine is sold in more than 100 countries around the world.


    For further information, please contact:


    Tommy Tse

    PR & Brand Communications Manager – Greater China, Japan, South Korea

    Treasury Wine Estates 

    T: +852 2682 4407

    E: tommy.tse@tweglobal.com

  • 19 Oct 2016 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Australian Foodex Pavilion in 2017 will be the largest Australian presence at Foodex for many years. The Victorian Government in conjunction with Food South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia

    Government offices in Tokyo have agreed to combine their stands under the Australia Unlimited Banner.


    There will also be space available for individual companies and industry bodies to participate.  We hope this format will attract more companies and provide a more coordinated approach under one common branding - Australia.

    Companies from Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia should contact their respective State representatives to reserve space BEFORE 26 October.  Other individual companies should apply directly to the JMA website


    The price of a basic 9 sq m booth is available at the website.  Companies that participate on the state government's stands will be eligible for a 10% discount for the space.

    Design and construction of the stand and additional equipment costs will be shared by state stands based
    on their size.  Equipment rental will be for individual companies or state stands to organise.  This information can also be found at JMA's home page.


    ANZCCJ and the Victorian Government office in Tokyo will also jointly organise a business networking function for exhibitors and key Japanese industry guests.  Stay tuned for updates!


    For further details please contact your local state government trade & investment office in Tokyo or contact ANZCCJ at info@anzccj.jp



  • 12 Oct 2016 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event Summary - The Business of Rugby with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper


    12 Oct 2016 | By Olivia Harland


    The new Tri-Seven Roppongi building was the venue for our most recent joint chamber event, The Business of Rugby, with special guest speaker World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper.  Brett was in Tokyo as part of a World Rugby delegation to attend review meetings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


    The discussion began with the position of the current world champions, the All Blacks, and their latest world record-equalling of 17 consecutive test wins. The All Blacks have continued to dominate the sport after their back to back World Cup win in England 2015 and will be a favourite in 2019.  


    The Olympic effect on Rugby

    The Olympics has created a path for 7’s rugby, with players such as Sonny Bill Williams transitioning from 15’s to Olympic 7’s this year at Rio. Typically, 15’s is an easier code for national teams to get up to speed on and for viewers to understand.

    Due to the ‘Olympic effect’, rugby is now included in school curriculums and has also grown women’s rugby globally. World Rugby now has focus and funding for women’s rugby due to huge growth and increase in popularity. Brett Gosper said in a recent press release, “Women’s rugby is one of our major growth areas with two million women and girls playing the game worldwide.” This growth has somewhat taken care of itself as women are enjoying and taking a keen interest in the sport.


    Japan as RWC2019 host nation

    There is a lot of excitement and interest in rugby in Japan and having an Asian country host the event shows rugby is becoming a global sport. Japan’s success in the England World Cup in 2015 has created great momentum for Rugby in Japan - now is the time to grow the sport in Japan. Their game against Samoa was watched by a record-breaking 25 million Japanese viewers, “the biggest national viewing audience in rugby history”, as reported by The Guardian. “Japan 2019 … is set to be a ground-breaking global celebration of rugby and the host nation” said World Rugby in a recent press statement.

    When compared to other tournament host countries, there are more cultural and linguistic challenges to overcome in Japan however, as Gosper told Kyodo in an interview recently, “Japan is ahead of England 2015 in terms of preparations”.


    Sponsorship opportunities

    During this visit, World Rugby announced a substantial package of sponsorships and supplier rights granted to Dentsu Inc. According to World Rugby, Dentsu’s knowledge of and reach in the Japanese market will attract major Japanese commercial partners and allow World Rugby top-tier commercial partner agreements, broadcast, licencing, and hospitality rights. This will also ensure maximum national coverage of the event and attract Japanese commercial partners.

     

  • 26 Sep 2016 8:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan is conducting a survey to check the pulse of Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan.


    Once compiled, the results will be made public on our website.  By conducting regular surveys, we hope to build a resource for ANZCCJ members to have more information on Australian and New Zealand business sentiment in Japan.

    Responses will be collected anonymously and the survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete. 


    It is worth noting that the more people who participate, the more useful this data will be for all members. We thank you in advance for your time!

     

    Response deadline: COB Monday 3 October 2016


    Take the survey

  • 21 Sep 2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    AJBCC Executive Committee: 2 New Members

    At the recent AJBCC AGM, two new Executive Committee Members were appointed: Arnoud Balhuizen, President Marketing and Supply, BHP Billiton; and Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive - Iron Ore, Rio Tinto. Sir Rod Eddington AO, President of the AJBCC thanked two previous Executive Committee members, Andrew Harding, formerly of Rio Tinto and Dean Dalla Valle, BHP Billiton for their contribution to the AJBCC.

    2016-17 Executive Committee:

    President: Sir Rod Eddington AO, Chairman - Australia & New Zealand, JP Morgan

    Vice Presidents:

    • Peter Coleman, Managing Director & CEO, Woodside Energy Ltd
    • Ross Adler AC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrade International Pty Ltd
    • Ian Williams, Partner - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Bob Seidler AM, Chairman, Hunter Phillip Japan Pty Ltd

    Treasurer: Doug Bartley, Director, Pacific Title Pty Ltd.

    Executive Members:

    • Tim Lester, Partner, Hogan Lovells
    • Adam Tindall, CEO, AMP Capital
    • Bruce Gosper, CEO, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
    • Arnoud Balhuizen, President Marketing and Supply, BHP Billiton
    • Grant Crothers, Chief Executive Officer, Burra Foods Pty Ltd
    • Peter Grey, Co-Chair Japan Business Group, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
    • Andrew Low, Head Of International Investment Banking, CLSA Limited
    • Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive - Iron Ore, Rio Tinto
    • Peter Cleary, Senior Consultant, Shinka Management
    • Prof. Jenny Corbett, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Research Training The Australian National University
    • Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, VISY
    • Andrew Parker Partner, Deals And Asia Practice Leader, PwC Australia

    Ex-Officio Members:

    • Australia Japan Foundation Represented by Murray McLean AO, Chair
    • Australian and New Zealand Chamber Of Commerce & Industry In Japan (ANZCCJ) represented by Melanie Brock, Chair
    • AJBCC Future Leaders Represented By Penny Alexander, Managing Associate, Allens
  • 21 Sep 2016 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    AJBCC Melbourne Conference: Online Registration to Close

    Online registration for the AJBCC's upcoming 54th annual Joint Business Conference on the 9-11 October, 2016 in Melbourne will close at COB on Monday 26 September, 2016. The latest conference program is obtainable here. If you are a member of the AJBCC and have not registered to attend the conference, please register.


    Registered delegates have already been sent the current list of participants. With almost 400 attendees this will be one of the largest Joint Business Conferences held.


    Currently with no direct air service between Tokyo and Melbourne, the number of JABCC members companies who will be attending the AJBCC's Joint Business Conference to be held in Melbourne 9-11 October, 2016 has meant that JABCC members will use a direct charter flight. Already there are over 150 Japanese delegates registered which, together with Australian participants, should see the total number reach 400.


    Have you registered?

    Registration is required. To ensure your place, you need to register as soon as possible. Register here.


    Conference Cost:

    There are 3 types of annual AJBCC membership subscription. Each of these subscriptions provides for complimentary participation at the AJBCC conference:

    • nominated [primary] representative
    • additional representative
    • future leaders nominated representatives
    Hotel Accommodation: Hurry!

    One of the nominated hotels, the Hilton, is almost fully booked. Please ensure that you have confirmed accommodation by booking now.

    Also please be aware that it has just been announced that the Socceroos will play Japan on Tuesday 11 October evening in Melbourne. This will place added pressure on available accommodation.


    Accommodation: Members are responsible for arranging and paying for their booking on their own account. However, the AJBCC has organised a block allocation and special conference rate for members at 3 hotels in close proximity to MCEC. These are Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and the Hilton South Wharf. The AJBCC conference pages give details of the room types available as well as a direct link to each hotel's online AJBCC conference booking page.

    Please be aware that at the time of the AJBCC meeting, in addition to the Socceroos game, Melbourne will be host to a major World Congress and accommodation will be at a premium. This means that members should reserve their accommodation as soon as possible to ensure they receive the special conference rate. (The hotels will progressively release unbooked rooms from the AJBCC's block allocation as the weeks go by.) Members can book now and cancellation charges only apply closer to the check-in date. Please see the individual hotel's terms and conditions for details.


    If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact the AJBCC.

  • 08 Sep 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A DELECTABLE SUCCESS AS ANZCCJ CELEBRATED THE BEST OF AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND GOURMET FOOD & WINE

     

    Event summary by Sam Brustad, ANZCCJ Secretariat

     

    • The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) hosted a Gourmet Food and Wine Party at the Australian Embassy on the evening of 7 September 2016.
    • Six different Tokyo-based restaurants served a range of Australian & New Zealand tasting plates with other local importers, stores and bars providing a range of fine wines, coffee, drinks and dessert.
    • Distinguished guests included Australian Ambassador to Japan HE Bruce Miller, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan HE Stephen Payton, and Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Akio Mimura.


    One particularly promising sector for growth in Japan for Australia and New Zealand is the gourmet food and wine industry.  According to NZTE, Japan is the world's largest net food importer, with 61 per cent of its food consumption coming from food and beverage imports. In meeting the high expectations of this discerning, multi-billion dollar market there is huge potential for Australian and New Zealand businesses. For New Zealand, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will see all tariffs on wine imports into Japan dropped and the tariff on imported beef will be reduced from 38.5% to 9% over 16 years. For Australia, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) provides valuable preferential access for Australia's exports and will support further growth in two-way investment. This will help continue the strong trajectory of growth for the two markets - particularly in the area of high quality meat, dairy, fruit and wine.


    To help promote this trend, the ANZCCJ hosted its annual 'Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party' to showcase the very best of what our region has to offer. Despite tropical storm "Malou” bearing down on Tokyo and the fear of rain disrupting the event, it proved to be a huge success. Some vendors were moved indoors but the event was still able to make use of the Embassy’s outdoor patio area for those vendors manning the BBQs.  


    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock welcome guests and several distinguished speakers, including the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors to Japan.  Melanie referred to the strong economic bond shared between Japan and Oceania through food and wine. Dr Akio Mimura, Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, echoed this sentiment as he offered a toast for the evening.  The closing remarks were made by ANZCCJ’s Chair-elect, Andrew Gauci. One very lucky guest, Mr Masaki Gunnarsson from Edelman Japan, walked away with a premium economy return ticket from Haneda to Sydney courtesy of Qantas Airways as part of the lucky prize draw.

     

    The restaurants that participated in our first ‘pop up’ dining event were:
    • Two Rooms |Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar | R2 Supperclub (Chef Matthew Crabbe)
    • Salt by Luke Mangan (Chef Takuya Saito)
    • Covet (Chef Takaaki Okano)
    • Terra Australis (Chef Koji Fukuda)
    • Wakanui Grill Dining & Bar
    • Me's Cafe & Kitchen (Chef Naoya Numata)

     With cheese, oysters, desserts and drinks being provided by:

     

    • Jeroboam Fine Wine Club (wine)
    • Allpress (coffee)
    • Australian Brewery (beer)
    • Capi (mixers)
    • Temple Brewery (beer)
    • Fonterra (cheese)
    • Village Cellars (wine)
    • Harnet (oysters)
    • Winetree (wine)
    • Harry’s Catering (desserts)
    • Meredith Dairy (cheese)

    A special thanks goes out to our event partners: the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Australian Trade Commission, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Qantas Airways and Meat & Livestock Australia.

     

    See you all again next year!

     


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