• 04 Nov 2016 3:19 PM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    Tourism Australia has confirmed the appointment of Joe Yoshiyuki Nakazawa as its new Country Manager Japan, taking up the Tokyo-based role on 1 December 2016.

    Mr Nakazawa joins Tourism Australia from HRS Hotel Reservation Service Japan, where he is currently the Managing Director.

    Prior to his current role, Mr Nakazawa was with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he has worked for eight years as Country Manager Japan. Before IATA, he worked as a senior executive at JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) where he managed travel trade relationships, including new business development and e-commerce.

    Based in Tokyo, Mr Nakazawa will report to Tourism Australia Regional General Manager North Asia. Mr Hogg said Mr Nakazawa’s extensive aviation experience and understanding of the Japan travel market had been key factors in making the appointment.

    “The Japanese market has rebounded strongly in recent times with visitor numbers growing strongly over the past 12 months. A big part in this turnaround has been the focus we have placed upon strengthening our relationships with aviation, distribution and trade partners in market, as well as strong marketing activity. These are certainly areas where Joe’s experience and strong skill set will give us significant additional momentum,” Mr Hogg said.

    Mr Nakazawa said he was looking forward to working for the national tourism organisation of a country that helped shape his own personal development.

    “Having spent three years studying at Bond University for my MBA, I have already feel a close affinity with Australia. This is an exciting time to join Tourism Australia and I look forward to leading a highly energised team in such an important market,” Mr Nakazawa said.

    Japan represents Australia's sixth largest inbound market, with 391,100 Japanese visitor arrivals for the year ending August 2016, up 20.2 per cent. These visitors generated over $1.5 billion in total expenditure over a similar period.

    Mr Nakazawa replaces Andrew Reilly, who previously held responsibility for Tourism Australia’s Japan team and left the organisation at the end of April.

    For further information contact:

    Leo Seaton, Tourism Australia, on +61 447 463197


  • 01 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

    1 November 2016

    It is an honour and a privilege today to commence as Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

    Melanie Brock, our outgoing Chair, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us. The ANZCCJ has flourished under Melanie’s leadership and guidance. Under her watch we launched many important initiatives including the Japanese SME Support Program and the Tohoku Reconstruction Program. Over the past six years we also experienced a marked increase in engagement with the Japanese business community and Japanese membership.

    We are very pleased that Melanie has agreed to continue to support the ANZCCJ as Chair Emeritus, a role in which she will continue to provide advice based on her deep experience.

    I joined the ANZCCJ Executive Council in 2010 and have served as Vice Chair for five of the last six years.  As the head of an Australian business operating in Japan, it became clear to me that people and organisations on both sides can continue to do more to fully utilise the great opportunities that exist to grow businesses and deepen relationships. Whether it is the challenge of large New Zealand or Australian firms not understanding the depth of pipeline here or Japanese organisations facing the challenges of navigating the sea of opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, it's hard to watch potential not being fully utilised. With a love for our countries, whatever contribution I could make to improve the situation was worth pursuing and a role as an EC member helped facilitate that.

    As for top priorities over the next few years, market and political conditions will allow the Chamber to play a stronger role in increasing opportunities for Australian and New Zealand business to grow market presence in Japan. In addition, with Japanese capital increasingly looking off shore, the Chamber can help build bridges that better enable Japanese investment into our home countries and jointly into third markets. We will keep you posted on our progress and would love to hear your views.

    We are fortunate to have two strong Vice Chairs in Ed Cole and Catherine O’Connell and Martin Spann as Treasurer. I am also very fortunate to have inherited an energetic, diverse and impressive Executive Council that is passionate about giving back to the business community in Japan.

    We look forward to maintaining and building upon the success our Chamber has achieved over the past several years.


    Andrew Gauci

  • 01 Nov 2016 8:59 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

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



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     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 | ANZCCJ (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 if you have any thoughts or suggestions

  • 21 Oct 2016 2:05 PM | ANZCCJ (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


  • 19 Oct 2016 8:58 AM | ANZCCJ (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

  • 12 Oct 2016 9:36 AM | ANZCCJ (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 | ANZCCJ (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

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