• 15 Feb 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Media release

    14 February 2016

    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Julie Bishop will visit Japan and China from 15 to 19 February to further deepen and broaden Australia’s relationships with two of our most important partners and progress our economic, political and strategic interests.

    Minister Bishop said "We have a special strategic partnership with Japan and I will be discussing a range of regional issues including our response to the ongoing, provocative and dangerous conduct of the North Korean regime".

    In Tokyo Minister Bishop will hold talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and plans to meet with Defence Minister Gen Nakatani as well as other senior Ministers. She will also join key stakeholders in the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship to mark the 40th anniversary of the Australia-Japan Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and will meet with business leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen our strong trade and investment relationship.

    In China, Minister Bishipo will co-chair the Annual Foreign and Strategic Dialogue with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.  "The Dialogue reflects our comprehensive strategic partnership with China and is an opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern, and take practical steps to strengthen our relationship".

    The Minister will meet key Australian business figures in China and will also launch the New Colombo Plan in Beijing, highlighting the important role of the work experience component of the study program for Australian students which will build our economic and educational ties.

    Media enquiries

    • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
    • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555
  • 04 Feb 2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers' Statement

    February 4, 2016

    We, the Ministers representing Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, are pleased to announce that we have today signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

    After more than five years of negotiations, we are honoured to be able to formalise our collective agreement of TPP which represents an historic achievement for the Asia-Pacific region.

    TPP will set a new standard for trade and investment in one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions. We signatories comprise nearly 40 percent of global GDP, a market of more than 800 million people, and around one third of world trade. Our goal is to enhance shared prosperity, create jobs and promote sustainable economic development for all of our nations.

    The signing of the agreement signals an important milestone and the beginning of the next phase for TPP. Our focus now turns to the completion of our respective domestic processes.

    We recognise the interest shown by a number of other economies throughout the region. This interest affirms our shared objective, through TPP, of creating a platform that promotes high-standards for broader economic integration in the future.


  • 26 Jan 2016 4:30 PM | Anonymous


    話題の千駄ヶ谷/北参道エリアに オーストラリアの美食コンプレックス

    TERRA  AUSTRALIS(テラ・アウストラリス)



    ANZCCJ Chair, Executive Council and members celebrating the launch of Global Sky Group's new restaurant, bar and function room - Terra Australis. 

    オーストラリアのプレミアムワイン「Sirromet(シロメィ)」を輸入・販売する株式会社ワインツリー(東京都港区虎ノ門、代表取締役 永田幸)は1月26日(火)、オーストラリアの祝日でもあるオーストラリアン・デーに、レストランとバーなど食の複合施設「TERRA AUSTRALIS (テラ・アウストラリス、以下TERRA)」を開業いたします。




    福田浩二/Koji FUKUDA

    1972年生まれ。26歳で単身ニュージーランドへ渡り、オーストラリアのスターシェフ、ルーク・マンガンの元で経験を積む。2006年「Salt」(東京・丸の内)総料理長に就任。2016年に独立、「TERRA AUSTRALIS」オープン。オーストラリア政府公認のラム親善大使を務めるなど、オーストラリアの美食の伝道師である。



  • 20 Jan 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2016 - Sports for Business Program launch - Rugby panel discussion

    On 19 January, the ANZCCJ kicked off 2016 on a strong foot as Chair, Melanie Brock, launched the ANZCCJ Sports for Business program at the Chamber's New Year reception.

    Sports for Business is the latest ANZCCJ initiative, aimed at creating opportunities for Australian and New Zealand companies to gain business from major sporting events hosted in Japan - specifically the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    In line with the Chamber's broader objectives, ANZCCJ Sports for Business aims to:

    • Inform - Provide our members with information about opportunities related to RWC2019 and 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. 
    • Represent - Leverage major sporting events held in Australia and New Zealand to promote our businesses and people as having the necessary sporting expertise to assist the Japanese Government and other stakeholders achieve their goals.
    • Provide opportunities for commercial connections - Create business networking opportunities among Australian/New Zealand and Japanese business through participation in a range of speaker and community events.

    A new Sports for Business sub-group was also announced and we encourage members to join and become involved.  Further details on the program can be found here

    A warm and special thank you to

    • Special guests: Japanese Defence Minister Nakatani | Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman, Mr Akio Mimura | Japan-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Association Chairman, Mr Ichiro Aisawa
    • ANZCCJ Patrons: Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Bruce Miller | New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Mark Sinclair
    • Our Rugby panel: Brave Blossoms No 10 player, Kosei Ono | Mitsubishi Dynaboars player and the first player to score 1000 Top League points in Japan, Ryan Nicholas | Qantas Wallabies player Bernard Foley | Street Rugby Alliance Head Producer, former player and professional coach, Kazuhira Onishi

    Event sponsors and partners



  • 18 Jan 2016 9:00 PM | Anonymous



    18 January 2016


    • The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) will launch its ANZCCJ Sports for Business program at a reception on 19 January at the Australian Embassy Tokyo. 
    • The Sports for Business program is an ANZCCJ initiative to create opportunities for Australian and New Zealand companies to gain business from major sporting events hosted in Japan, specifically the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


    • One of the ANZCCJ's premier annual networking events, the Shinnenkai is an opportunity for members and friends to meet old friends and colleagues and connect with new business contacts
    • Following the Rugby fever that gripped the nation last year, this year, the ANZCCJ Shinnenkai will host a stellar Rugby panel that will include RWC2015 Brave Blossoms star, Kosei Ono; professional Rugby player and the first player to score 1000 Top League points in Japan, Ryan Nicholas; and Street Rugby Alliance Head Producer, former professional player and first professional coach in Japan, Kazuhira Onishi; for a discussion on the road to success to 2019.


    Melanie Brock, ANZCCJ Chair, Australian Rugby Foundation Japan Chapter President, and Board Member of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) said: 

    "More and more Australian and New Zealand companies are using sport to forge closer ties with businesses, government and customers. It makes sense for our Chamber to use this channel to create opportunities for our members in Japan”.

    For further information and for a copy of the ANZCCJ Sports for Business program, please contact:

    Cristina Merino, Executive Director ANZCCJ

    T 03 6234 9351  F 03 5545 9906  M 090 4097 4023 



    Notes to Editors:

    About the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is an independent, non-profit organisation that has been dedicated to the development of commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since 1972. The ANZCCJ currently has approximately 650 members. The membership consists of Australian and New Zealand members conducting business in Japan, Japanese companies with economic ties to Australia and New Zealand, overseas members and others maintaining business relationships between Japan and Australia/New Zealand. The current Chair of the Chamber is Melanie Brock, who has served in this position since 2010.

  • 11 Jan 2016 8:13 PM | Anonymous
    The Japan Australia New Zealand Society invites ANZCCJ members to its New Year's Party

    The New Years party of Japan Australia New Zealand Society will be held at the Reception Hall of the Australian Embassy on January 28, 2016. Enjoy the company of the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors, Embassy staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, JANZ members and Australian and New Zealand Organizations in Tokyo.

    For a special attraction, Hiroki Hashimoto, young Japanese folk music singer (age 30) and player of traditional Tsugaru Shamisen will exhibit his skills which has won him the national contest of folklore in 2013.



    Reception Hall of the Australian Embassy

    2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo  Tel: 03-5232-4111

    Date:   January 28 (Thu), 2016

    Registration 5:30 p.m. Welcome Drinks

    6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m: Ceremony, Buffet Dinner, Folk Music and New Years fortune lottery.

    Fee:    JANZ members and family 7.000 yen   Guests 9,000 yen


    Dress Code: Business Attire (Neck Tie and Jacket), Japanese Kimono

    Application: Please send the application form by fax or E-mail to by January 20th (Wed).


    Attention: Payment at the Embassy on the day is not allowed.

    For inquiries, please contact Tadashi Kanai, Director of JANZ by E-mail: or by phone 090-3231-0189


  • 22 Dec 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous


    Melanie Brock

    Dec 2015

    Once again another year is over and what a year it was! I am looking forward to 2016 and hope it is a prosperous year for us all.

    2015 was a terrific year for the Australia - New Zealand - Japan relationship, for the Chamber, and for our members.  It saw two very successful annual conferences held by the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) and the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) with great representation by our Executive Council and corporate members.  This year also saw the launch of a new ANZCCJ event series aimed at supporting Japanese SMEs and conducted entirely in Japanese.  We also brought our members a variety of seminars, networking events, panel discussions and intimate round table discussions with prominent business and government figures.  Each of these initiatives aims to bring value to our members, so we were pleased to see so many of you taking advantage of the opportunities we created in 2015. I hope you will continue to support the Chamber in 2016. Please sing out if there is anything particular you would like us to focus on - always happy to get feedback.

    I see Australia and New Zealand entering 2016 with exciting new momentum and purpose. Business confidence is positive, driven by developments such as the signing of the JAEPA and the conclusion of negotiations on the TPP.  Next year the Chamber is set to review its existing committees and launch new ones to better reflect its membership and interests.  We also have a few events already lined up for next year, starting with our Shinnenkai on 19 January, the second event in the SME Support Program series in February, along with a range of special guests coming to speak at Chamber events. Watch this space for future event announcements and updates!

    Finally, I would like to thank our members, new and old, for their sponsorship and commitment to the goals of our Chamber this year. A big thanks to the Secretariat for its hard work and to all our interns too.

    Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a fantastic 2016!

    Melanie Brock

  • 16 Dec 2015 6:30 PM | Anonymous


    マルコム・ターンブル首相 が来日





    2015 年1月に発効した日豪経済連携協定(EPA)では一年目において、様々な商品輸出の増加が見られた。またオーストラリアと日本は、共に最近妥結した環太平 洋パートナーシップ(TPP)協定に参加している。この協定は地域全体に、経済成長と機会のための新しい時代を切り開くものである。



  • 16 Dec 2015 8:23 AM | Anonymous


    16 December 2015

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to Tokyo on his first trip to North Asia as Prime Minister on 18 December.

    Australia’s relationship with Japan is a sophisticated special strategic partnership built on common values and a shared view of the world and the region.

    Japan is our second largest two-way trading partner and a major investor in Australia. Our economic relationship is broad-based, encompassing joint business ventures, trade and investment, education and science, sport and culture, energy and agriculture.

    The first year of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, which entered into force in January 2015, has seen an increase in exports of a range of products. Australia and Japan are both parties to the recently-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which will usher in a new era of economic growth and opportunity across our region.

    Japan is a leading innovator, and the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan will be an opportunity to build strong ties in creating a research and business culture that incentivises and rewards innovation and entrepreneurship.

    In their bilateral discussions, Prime Ministers Turnbull and Abe will discuss all aspects of the Australia-Japan relationship, including economic and trade relations, security and defence cooperation, and Australia’s concerns about Japan’s decision to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer.

  • 11 Dec 2015 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    A Call to Action

    Pacific countries are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change and extreme natural events. Through this $2 million Challenge the Australian Government is calling on innovators, entrepreneurs, designers and scientists to rethink humanitarian response.

    Find more details here

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