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  • 17 Mar 2020 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first $30,000AUD donated to the ANZCCJ for the Red Cross Bushfire Relief appeal has been matched by one of our corporate sponsors for a total contribution of $60,0000! We wish to thank everyone again for their generosity and support for Australia during this unprecedented and trying time.

    ANZCCJ will continue to accept and pass on donations to the Red Cross appeal. If you wish to make a contribution, please email us at info@anzccj.jp with your/company name and how much you would like to donate in JPY, and our team will reply to you with our bank details.
  • 13 Mar 2020 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March 5, AustCham Korea and the Kiwi Chamber held a free webinar to update members and friends on the current situation surrounding COVID-19, its effects, and the economic outlook for Korea and the wider region.

    Dr. William Shin gave an informative overview of the medical situation, emphasising that information and statistics are constantly changing and it is therefore important to keep up-to-date with the developments. He stressed the necessity of personal hygiene to protect oneself from contracting COVID-19; regular hand washing, use of hand sanitiser with 60% alcohol content and avoiding touching one’s face, mouth and eyes.

    At the time of the webinar, Dr. Shin stated that there had been 83 countries with confirmed coronavirus cases. As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world it is likely to be very hard to contain the outbreak, but that many researchers are working hard on a vaccine.

    Dr. Shin explained that virus outbreaks can take a toll of mental health, with risk factors including information overload and the spread of fake news, loneliness from social distancing, plans affected by travel bans or other restrictions, or stigmatization of the infected. He recommended organisations ensure careful information management, on-site counselling, and communication with stakeholders.

    Among the measures recommended for businesses to protect themselves, it is important to identify key functions and the individuals required to support those functions, while minimizing health risks and putting plans in place should employees need to take leave of absence for quarantine or caregiving. Exploring options to split teams and work in alternative locations, and ensuring a robust travel policy were other measures recommended by Dr. Shin.

    Khoon Goh, Head of Asia Research for ANZ, focused on the economic impact of COVID-19 for South Korea. He noted that after the outbreak in Wuhan, China had seen significant success in containment of the virus. Wuhan were seeing an approx. 150 cases/day rate of increase while rest of China had seen a decrease in new cases and deaths, allowing overall restrictions to ease and businesses to resume operation. Goh emphasised that, as the cases were now confirmed across several other countries, COVID-19 was no longer a “China problem”, but one that would begin to have a global economic impact.

    Goh gave four examples of the main ways economies would be affected by COVID-19; the impact of significantly reduced tourist numbers from China, reduced trade activity from China, epidemic responses (closure of schools and businesses, travel restrictions), and the indirect impact from loss of consumer confidence and supply chain issues.

    In comparison to the MERS outbreak of 2015, Goh stated that the loss in Chinese tourism to Korea will likely take a longer time to recover; equivalent to the effect had by the ban on Chinese tour groups in 2016. The already significant effect on trade with China has lead to a slump in business confidence. With Daegu recording the majority of COVID-19 cases in South Korea, the impact on its usual 3% contribution to GDP will see a flow on for main industries as the city is locked down to contain the virus.

    At the time of the webinar, Goh predicted a fiscal deficit of 1.4% for South Korea, with a stimulus package predicted to mitigate this by 0.2%. The Bank of Korea had not yet cut rates, but may need as other countries around the world continued to do so. He emphasised that countries would need to come together to coordinate their fiscal response, with greater measures required for the longer it takes to contain the virus.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank AustCham Korea and the Kiwi Chamber for sharing access to this informative webinar.


  • 12 Mar 2020 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To keep informed on the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, we recommend the following resources for up-to-date, reliable information and advice.

    JNTO : Latest information about COVID-19 in Japan, government measures and travel advice.

    Australian Department of Health : General information about COVID-19, its symptoms and how it spreads.

    New Zealand Ministry of Health : Information for travellers or those recently entering New Zealand.

    Smartraveller : Advice for Australians in or travelling to Japan.

    SafeTravel  : Advice for New Zealanders in or travelling to Japan.

    Department of Home Affairs : Information for those returning to Australia from regions affected by COVID-19.

    JNTO Visitor Hotline (24hr) 050-3816-2787 : English language hotline that can provide information on clinics and hospitals for those who are concerned they may have COVID-19.


  • 12 Mar 2020 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    [Edit: This event was held on March 10 2020, prior to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We look forward to working with Sharon, Liz and NZOC in the leadup to the Olympics, now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021.]

    On 10th March 2020, the ANZCCJ Sports for Business Committee (SFB) hosted members of the New Zealand Olympic Committee for a Briefing on their Tokyo 2020 Programme. This event was held via a Zoom teleconference so that members could join in remotely - a meeting format that is becoming more and more common for us all amid the current COVID-19 precautions. 

    SFB Vice-Chair Ryann Thomas welcomed Sharon van Gulik, New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Commercial Director, and Liz Fitzgerald, the Events & Brand Activation Manager, who presented an update on the New Zealand Team’s preparations, the programme for New Zealand House, volunteer opportunities, and the current impact of COVID-19 on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    As NZ athletes continue to qualify for the games, the NZ Olympic Committee have put a lot of thought into further integrating New Zealand Maori culture into the NZ team, with extensive use of Te Reo (Maori language) and a new Haka to be performed for the first time by both male and female athletes. This year will also mark 100 years since the famous Silver Fern symbol became a key part of the New Zealand Team identity, and will continue to be worn with pride by the Tokyo 2020 competing athletes.

    In regards to concerns surrounding COVID-19, although some changes have had to be made to qualifying events around the world, the message from the New Zealand Olympic Committee and IOC is clear – the Games are going ahead! While every measure will be in place to ensure the health and safety of athletes and supporters, event organisers and national committees are continuing to move forward and actively prepare for an exciting summer tournament in Tokyo.

    During the Games, the NZ Olympic Committee is focused on providing Manaaki, New Zealand hospitality, through the New Zealand House in Daikanyama – a “mini Aotearoa” for supporters to gather and watch New Zealand athletes compete via live broadcast from Sky. With up to 16 screens throughout the venue, all NZ participating events are sure to be covered, in addition to the other major events during the competition period. Entry will be free to all, with New Zealand food and beverages provided at accessible prices. After the official merchandise store opens its doors on July 9th, there will be a soft opening of the house on July 21st ahead of the official opening on July 25th. Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to follow the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Facebook (where they are the most followed Olympic Team in the world!) https://www.facebook.com/nzolympicteam

    Finally, the New Zealand Team is looking for volunteers to support their 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games programme. These volunteer roles are critical to ensuring the New Zealand Team is able to deliver an outstanding Olympic Games campaign and programme for the athletes, partners, whanau (family) and supporters. They are looking for volunteers for either pre games, or during Games – or both. All New Zealand Team Volunteers will be provided with official team kit to wear, a Suica card for transport to and from venues, meals and tickets to at least one Olympic Games event. If you would like to be considered for one of the volunteer roles, you can find the application form here. Applications close on Friday, 20 March 2020. If you have any questions please contact Liz Fitzgerald on liz@olympic.org.nz, or Sharon van Gulik on sharon@olympic.org.nz .

    We would like to thank Sharon and Liz for sharing this briefing with the Sports for Business Committee, and look forward to supporting the New Zealand Team in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. Please feel free to contact Sharon and Liz directly with any questions, or email the ANZCCJ Secretariat at info@anzccj.jp for more information.

  • 12 Mar 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to all those who have donated to the ANZCCJ Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief Fund.

    Your kind donations will go toward aiding in the recovery of Australian communities, wildlife and bush-land.

    Total amount raised: JPY8,895,070 (including private donations) as of 12 March 2020

    Tomokazu Nagai - ¥1,000,000

    Shima Tsuchida - ¥3,000

    Haru Tsuyukubo - ¥5,000

    Junko De - ¥5,000

    Niigata Australia Association - ¥122,000

    Life connect - ¥1,000,000

    Bun Coffee - ¥36,140

    Tanaka Koichi (Yokosuka city) - ¥194,535

    Fun Dining - ¥31,142

    CAMELBACK Sandwich&Espresso - ¥11,548

    Toyo Eiwa Junior High School, Senior High School - ¥84,850


    Other donations to be announced as received.

  • 28 Feb 2020 6:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To keep our members and friends informed on the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, ANZCCJ will share relevant updates and advice from the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. 

    The following key measures are currently recommended, to protect the health of individuals and help prevent spread of the virus.

    Good Hygiene Practices

    We encourage everyone to adopt good hygiene practices, particularly when it comes to hand hygiene.  Please wash your hands regularly and make use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser where available.

    Flexible Working Arrangements

    Many businesses and organisations are implementing flexible work arrangements, including working from home and flexible working hours, subject to business needs.

    Stay away from others if you have flu-like symptoms

    If you are feeling unwell and/or starting to display flu-like symptoms, it is important that you avoid going to work and stay home where possible. If concerned, please see a doctor straight away. It is a good idea to ring ahead, so your doctor can get ready to receive you in a way that is safe for everyone.  

    Finally, please note that several prefectures around Japan have established multilingual hotlines to provide information on health services for those who may be showing symptoms. The hotline established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is offering this service in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Thai, and is available from 9am to 8pm everyday. Please call 03-5285-8181, or refer to the below news article for similar hotlines in other regions.
    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200226_37/

  • 12 Feb 2020 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ANZCCJ Shinnenkai was held on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, in the Hamarikyu Ballroom of the Conrad Hotel Tokyo. This year, in an effort to raise funds for the Australian bushfire crisis, we turned the event into the “ANZCCJ Charity Shinnenkai.” While marking the beginning of 2020 and recognising our successes in 2019, it was also necessary for us to express our condolences toward Australia; to the people that have lost their homes, their loved ones, their precious animals and the bushland. We are proud to announce that we have raised ¥1,500,000;  and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle and auction, as well as everyone who donated items for both events.

    The Shinnenkai commenced at 6:30 pm, with free-flowing drinks and our MC, Chair Emiratis Melanie Brock’s welcome. Melanie then welcomed our special guests; Australian Ambassador to Japan HE Richard Court, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan HE Hamish Cooper, JCCI and TCCI Chair Dr Akio Mimura, Odawara Chamber Chair Teisuke Suzuki and Chair of the Chamber, Sally Townsend. Sally spoke about the Australian bushfires, expressing her pain for Australia while encouraging people to maintain their hope and positivity in relation to Australian business continuity.

    Ambassador Court expressed his thanks for the donations flowing in to help Australia get back on its feet. He outlined that Australia still aims to accommodate tourists, send Australian produce across the world and continue to encourage student exchanges. He highlighted successes that mark Japan and Australia furthering their connection, including new air links and the forthcoming JCCI Delegation’s mission to Australia. The Australian Embassy Tokyo kindly donated a rugby jersey signed by the Wallabies national team for the Charity Auction.

     Ambassador Cooper expressed his sympathy for the Australian bushfires and outlined how New Zealand has been eager to support their neighbour. New Zealand has sent 170 firefighters to Australia, along with defense force assets. Ambassador Cooper expressed his hope for Australia’s future and renewal. He outlined successes in New Zealand Japan relations, such as the JCCI Delegation also visiting New Zealand and the opportunities arising from the CPTPP agreement. The New Zealand Embassy Tokyo also donated a dinner for six with Ambassador Hamish Cooper and Trade Commissioner Craig Pettigrew to the Charity Auction.

    Dr. Mimura began with a reflection on the successes of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He also expressed his support for Australia during this time of hardship and emphasised the importance of further cooperation between Japan, Australia and New Zealand as like-minded countries. He drew particular attention to the forthcoming inaugural JCCI Delegation to Australia and its increased importance in this time of critical need. Thank you, Dr Mimura, for attending and speaking at the Shinnenkai. 

    Other items donated to the Charity Auction included a Champagne Diamond from Rio Tinto, a signed shirt from the 2016 All Blacks International Rugby Championship Squad, a signed All Blacks 2019 Rugby World Cup shirt from AIG Holdings, two soccer uniforms (one signed by Kagawa Shinji), three baseball gloves donated by Adidas and a John Wilson voucher for creative consulting donated by John Wilson.

    Thank you to those who donated time, money and items to the ANZCCJ Charity Shinnenkai 2020. We hope to see you all again soon.

  • 10 Jan 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    ANZCCJ platinum member Lendlease is to make generous donations to Australia bushfire relief.

    Lendlease will be donating 500,000 AUD towards assistance.


  • 16 Dec 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday 9th December, Rio Tinto Aluminium hosted the Japanese Sustainability Forum. The forum was supported by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), of which Rio Tinto is a founding member. The event provided an overview of ASI and their mission to collaboratively foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

    Opening remarks were made by Rio Tinto’s VP for Aluminium Sales and Marketing, Tolga Egrilmezer, who spoke about the increasing demand for sustainably-produced products, and the key role that responsible aluminium can play. He also discussed Rio Tinto’s leadership in this area including its position as the first company worldwide to receive ASI certification, and its sale of the first batch of zero-direct-carbon aluminium produced by its Elysis joint venture to Apple the previous week.

    Deputy Director-General from Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, Yutaka Matsuzawa, spoke on Japan’s focus on the “4Rs” of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, plus Renewables, for a sustainable economy. Soon after representative speakers from various areas in the industry spoke on their commitment to ASI. The event was conducted in both English and Japanese.

    Chief Executive Officer of ASI, Fiona Solomon, provided a detailed outlook on the purpose and objectives of ASI. ASI covers the complete aluminium value chain and their performance standards include environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as they see sustainability as going beyond just traditional ‘environmental measures’. She noted the partnership between Nespresso and Rio Tinto to use 100% ASI certified aluminium in coffee capsules by 2020. This showcased how two companies on opposite ends of the supply chain can collaborate for the same purpose.

    Several ASI members were involved in the agenda, including representatives from Novelis Inc, DSW Automotive, Nippon Tetra Pak and Nestle Nespresso. Recurring themes included the importance of recycling, a closed-loop system and the importance of collaboration between industry players. Though the companies were from different markets they shared a common message, “aluminium is the key for a sustainable future”.

    The forum continued with a final panel discussion including all speakers where they discussed the importance of shifting how the industry works. Instead of behaving in fragmented ways, industry partners must come together and collaborate to showcase the importance of aluminium for a sustainable future. Additionally, they highlighted the potential of the Japanese Aluminium Industry to begin taking steps toward sustainability.

    There was an opportunity to ask questions throughout the forum. The event concluded with a networking cocktail to socialise and interact. Thank you to Rio Tinto for hosting the Japanese Sustainability Forum.


  • 11 Dec 2019 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With great sadness, we give our condolences to the victims and families of those affected by the White Island volcano eruption on Monday 9 December. Around 47 people from different parts of the world were on the Island during the eruption. Sixteen people have passed away and two are currently missing. Among those affected are from Australia, Malaysia, China, US, UK and New Zealand. 

    We extend our deepest condolences to those affected and their families.

    Last updated: 11/12/2019 3:22pm JST


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