• 27 Jun 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    27 June 2016

    • ANZCCJ and Street Rugby Alliance to hold their first ‘Green Carpet’ VIP and media event on 30 June 2016
    • Top Australian Super Rugby team, The New South Wales Waratahs, will play against Japan’s new Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, for the first time
    • The match will take place at Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium on 2 July


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), in conjunction with Street Rugby Alliance, are delighted to host a ‘Green Carpet' media event as a prelude to the ANZCCJ’s Japan welcome reception for the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby team. A highlight of the Green Carpet event will be a Street Rugby demonstration by the Waratahs and Japanese kids.

    This media event, which will be held at the Australian Embassy Tokyo on 30 June 2016, will also be an opportunity to learn about the ANZCCJ’s Sports for Business program and Street Rugby Alliance’s grassroots Rugby initiative.


    The welcome reception following the Green Carpet event will host prominent figures from Japanese sports and government and from the Australian and Japanese business community. 


    The NSW Waratahs will be in Japan to face Japan’s new Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, at a match on 2 July in Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium. 

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock said “We look forward to welcoming the NSW Waratahs to Japan and hope that their visit will encourage further engagement between Australia and Japan through sport.”


    NSW Waratahs CEO, Andrew Hore, welcomed the news.

    “The team thanks everyone that has worked behind the scenes to deliver this event and to the event’s main sponsor, Macquarie Capital Securities. We look forward to what will be an incredible clash against the Sunwolves in Tokyo”.


    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director                             

    T 03 6234 9350 | E


    About ANZCCJ Sports for Business

    ANZCCJ Sports for Business is an Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan Committee that aims to develop opportunities for ANZCCJ members through sporting related activities.


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is a non-profit organisation with over 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.


    To learn more visit or call us at 03 6234 9350.

  • 20 Jun 2016 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    2016 AJBCC and JABCC Joint Business Conference - "New Challenges, New Ideas"

    Register here now:

    The AJBCC and its counterpart the JABCC come together every October for their annual Joint Business Conference held alternately in Australia and Japan. This year Melbourne will be the host city. With around 400 delegates, this year’s overall theme is “New Challenges – New Ideas”. 

    Whilst the enactment of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) in 2015 has signalled new business opportunities in the Australia-Japan relationship, there is widespread business understanding that the overall global economic environment and technology advances are subjecting core sectors to challenges which have not been witnessed before. Plunging resources and energy prices, concerns about China's economic transition, the impact of disruptive technologies on mature products and business process services, environmental issues and continuing excessive global liquidity make for a difficult path to be navigated.  

    How are these challenges being met in the Australia-Japan context and what new ideas can we see emerging to mitigate such issues?  New Challenges - New Ideas provides a forum for discussion amongst senior Australian and Japanese executives. This Joint Business Conference, the 54th annual one, explores key issues relevant to companies currently in the Australia-Japan business space, as well as those wishing to expand their business into this segment.


    SUNDAY 9 OCT 2016

    Executive Committee Meetings and Future Leaders Program

    Afternoon high level briefing session

    Evening Networking Welcome Reception: Government House


    Keynote: “Business Success In An Uncertain Era?”  Australia-Japan: Year In Review

    Lessons Learnt (Part 1): Australian Investment In Japan

    Breakout Session 1: Resources & Energy: Hurdles & Opportunities

    Breakout Session 2:  Finance: Low Interest Rate Environment

    Lessons Learnt (Part 2): Japanese Investment In Australia 
    Conference Formal Dinner: National Gallery of Victoria 


    Review From Resources & Energy And Finance Breakout Sessions

    Future Leaders - Emerging Roles

    Emerging Opportunities (Facilitated Session With Representatives Of Key Sectors)

    Closing Ceremony And Networking Lunch

    Afternoon Site Tours – Emerging Opportunities Related

  • 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

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