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  • 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

  • 28 Nov 2019 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media release from Macquarie’s sixth Japan Infrastructure and Energy Conference

    Macquarie’s sixth Japan Infrastructure and Energy Conference explores the evolution of the energy value chain Tokyo, 26 November 2019 Macquarie successfully held its sixth annual Japan Infrastructure and Energy Conference in Tokyo yesterday. Over 300 representatives from the public sector, financial institutions and industry experts attended to discuss the development of the energy and infrastructure sectors. Convened under the theme of “Evolving the Energy Value Chain,” the conference offered a comprehensive snapshot of Japan’s energy and infrastructure markets, discussing the evolving landscape of Japan’s energy value chain as deregulation in the electricity and gas sectors continues to occur. With these structural changes, financial institutions will play a significant role in the financing and development of energy infrastructure. The sessions, featuring industry expert panellists, focused on the growth in green energy, as well as the technology innovations and infrastructure required to power Japan’s future. Topics encompassed rising opportunities in power and fuel trading markets to innovations in infrastructure technology. Takuji Watanabe, Japan Country Head, commented, “As Japan's energy transition continues to evolve, deregulation and structural change are creating new and innovative opportunities across the energy and power sectors. These changes are driving innovation and technological change in the world's third largest economy.” “Macquarie is committed to bringing our global expertise and local capability to support this transition. We’re seeing new opportunities for hybrid solutions and greater demand for integration across various asset classes including infrastructure, energy and commodities. We are excited about the opportunities in infrastructure and energy that will continue to power Japan’s economic growth,” he added.

    About Macquarie Group

    Macquarie (MGL and its subsidiaries, the Consolidated Entity) is a global diversified financial group with offices in 30 markets. Macquarie’s breadth of expertise covers asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. The diversity of our operations, combined with a strong capital position and robust risk management framework, has contributed to Macquarie’s 50-year record of unbroken profitability.

    Founded in 1969, Macquarie now employs over 15,700 people globally, has total assets of $A203.2 billion and total equity of $A18.4 billion as at 31 March 2019.

    For further information, visit www.macquarie.com

    Macquarie Group Limited 2

    For more information please contact:

    Ida Cheung, Macquarie Group, Corporate Communications

    ida.cheung@macquarie.com or +852 3922 3615

    Janet Jin, Macquarie Group, Corporate Communications

    janet.jin@macquarie.com or +852 3922 4772


  • 28 Nov 2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ together with the American, Canadian, French Chambers and European Business Council submitted the below letter to the New and Renewable Energy Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department and Agency for Natural Resources and Energy at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. 

    The Third Interim Subcommittee Report as discussed in the Subcommittee on Mass Introduction of Renewable Energy and Next-Generation Electricity Networks of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department/ Electricity and Gas Unit sets forth a Generation Side Basic Wheeling Charge (Hatsuden Gawa Kihon Ryokin), a charge for the use of the relevant transmission network, to be imposed on all types of electricity generators, including renewable energy generation projects.

    The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ), the European Business Council (EBC), and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (CCIFJ) are concerned that adjustment measures at the same level as the Generation Side Basic Wheeling Charge have been excluded in the Third Interim Subcommittee Report for projects with certified FIT rates which are in the Profit Consideration Period (Rijyun Hairyo Kikan or FIT price of 40, 36, 32 and 29 yen per kWh).

    Without these adjustment measures, the imposed Generation Side Basic Wheeling Charge would functionally generate the same effect as a retroactive and material economic reduction in the FIT rate, contrary to the foundation of the FIT law and FIT policy as per the following reasons:

    1) Japan's FIT scheme was intended to incentivize the private-sector to invest in new renewable energy projects in Japan. It did this by guaranteeing both the price and PPA term for such projects. The Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge is contrary to this principle, as it deprives developers of their secured rate of return under the FIT system. This would occur long after most developers have made investments to complete their projects in reliance on the FIT rate of return. Profit Consideration Period FIT rates were intended to stimulate private sector renewable energy investment in the initial period of the FIT scheme, as investors at the time had to invest without a strong track record in Japan of private sector renewable energy, and in doing so, took a significant commercial risk. As the Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge was not included as a cost when calculating the rates of return for the initial period FIT rates, the imposition of this charge now will substantially lower investor rates of return, which the FIT system intends to legally protect.

    2) The justification for imposing the Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge on all categories of generators and as a regular recurring payment over the life of their projects, is that it will be accompanied by a reduction in the initial grid connection costs payable by generators prior to grid connection (the tokutei futan or specific burden) for projects that receive approval from now onwards. However, existing Early Certified Projects will have already paid their connection cost amounts in full prior to commercial operation, and therefore will not benefit from the reduction of the specific burden. Without any adjustment measures to compensate such projects for having already paid their connection costs, imposing the Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge on the FIT Projects will directly contravene one of the key justifications for introducing this charge.

    3) An additional charge on FIT scheme power generation projects is problematic from the viewpoint of investor protection and due process, as it will adversely affect a large number of investors if no adjustment measures are made. Since the introduction of the FIT system, investments into FIT power projects in Japan by domestic and international energy companies, general business companies, financial institutions, life insurance companies, trust banks, pensions, private funds and individuals, have steadily expanded. As infrastructure funds typically invest in power projects that are in operation, the introduction of the Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge for the FIT projects will cause a decrease in investment yields, and for listed funds a corresponding fall in their share price, creating significant uncertainty as to the security of these renewable energy investments.

    4) The imposition of the new Generation Side Basic Wheeling Charge without any adjustment measures to the existing FIT projects, may risk violating the Energy Charter Treaty, such that treaty member country investors would be able to commence arbitration under the Convention for a breach by a host country. If an arbitration tribunal were to determine that the imposition of the Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge on FIT Projects without adjustment measures is not justifiable, then the Japanese Government would be exposed to a significant number of international arbitration cases and would face claims for large amounts of compensation on the grounds that investor interests have been violated.

    5) The new Generation Side Wheeling Charge will be levied on all types of generators (i.e. nuclear, thermal, hydro and FIT), and is intended to spread the burden of constructing, operating and maintaining the transmission system between electricity end users (through retailers) and generators. However, whilst retailers generally have the ability to pass wheeling charges onto their customers, renewable energy project owners that supply electricity under the FIT scheme, will have no similar ability to pass this cost on to their utility customers, due to the FIT PPA structure consisting of a fixed rate tariff, with no scope for increase.

    Imposing the Generating Side Basic Wheeling Charge now on Early Certified Projects without any adjustment measures, will significantly affect investor's confidence in the stability and predictability of the FIT system. It will have a material negative impact on solar project returns and damage trust and confidence in Early Certified Projects including on the part of investors, business operators, financial institutions and other stakeholders. Unforeseen retroactive FIT rate reduction could also potentially negatively impact the developing renewable energy industry in Japan as developers and investors will be dis-incentivised to start or continue projects in Japan.

    We strongly recommend METI to consider the impact of the current proposal in consultation with various stakeholders.

    In addition, it is acknowledged that The Third Interim Subcommittee Report also proposes changes to the current FIT scheme including transition to Feed in Premium (FIP) scheme within the forthcoming revision of FIT Law by the end of 2020. It appears that the special treatment on exemption from imbalance penalties, which is now available under the FIT scheme, may not be available under the FIP scheme. Whilst we share the view that the FIT scheme should evolve as the technology matures and cost is reduced, with a view to reduce renewables charges to the consumers, we strongly request that METI does not apply any retrospective changes to existing FIT projects arising from these revisions (including to expand the risk of imbalance penalties to existing FIT projects), and any material changes to new projects to be implemented after a sufficient dialogue with the industry and consideration to potential impact on investors’ perception towards the Japanese market.



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