• 25 Mar 2016 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealanders have chosen their flag

    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says a robust democratic process has allowed New Zealanders to choose their flag.

    Preliminary results, released by the Electoral Commission this evening, show 1,200,003 voted to keep the current flag, while 915,008 voted for the Kyle Lockwood-designed, alternative flag. Final results will be released by the Electoral Commission on Wednesday 30 March.

    “We have run a robust, democratic process that has allowed us to discuss who we are and how we want to be represented on the world stage.

    “I acknowledge there will be those who are disappointed with the outcome, but the majority of New Zealanders have spoken and we should all embrace that decision.

    “This process has engaged Kiwis in their homes, in their schools and in their workplaces, here in New Zealand, and right around the world – it is something we’ve all had a point of view on.

    “It’s been a good conversation to have – voter turn-out of 2,119, 953 shows how deeply passionate New Zealanders are about their national identity.”

    The Flag Consideration Panel, which ran the independent public engagement process, reports that over 10,000 flag designs were suggested and the alternative design gallery drew over two million page views.

    Over 1.75 million Kiwis engaged online, 43,000 shared what they stood for, and 6,000 visited public seminars and information stands. 

    Mr English wishes to thank everybody who has taken part in the process.

    “This process has been a good debate around patriotism.

    “Now a flag has been decided I encourage all New Zealanders to use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it,” he says.


  • 24 Feb 2016 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series | 中小企業向けサポートプログラム 第2回イベント

    On 23 February 2016 we had the privilege of hosting the second instalment of the ANZCCJ SME Support event series with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) at Restaurant Salt by Luke Mangan.

    The ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series connects Japanese businesses with little or no international experience with Australian and New Zealand executives, businesses and organisations with substantial experience, expertise and know-how in international business, trade and investment. ANZCCJ members and partner organisations join the event as 'Advisors' who share knowledge and experiences on a voluntary basis.

    ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Kohei Tsushima, General Manager of National Australia Bank Japan, welcomed participants and introduced the event.  In the first part of the seminar, JETRO's Senior Director for Global Strategy, Yoichi Kimura, explained the TPP and the support systems available to Japanese companies who wish to take advantage of the opportunities the TPP presents for business between Australia-New Zealand and Japan.

    The second part of the seminar was a presentation by AOM Visa Consulting Managing Director, Yayoi Ashikaga, outlining the different business visa options available for Australia and New Zealand and how the application process works.

    The seminar was followed by a networking session, where participants interacted and discussed their business ideas with the large number of advisors who shared their passion and experience in doing business between Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Restaurant SALT by Luke Mangan provided a great venue for the event, with a relaxed atmosphere for networking.

    When asked for feedback on the event, one of the advisors said “the level of engagement of the participants was very high. I felt they all got something out of it, at differing levels. I have never received so many business cards – not to mention business proposals – at an event!”.

    The third SME Support event will be held in May, again with strong support from JETRO.  Watch this space for updates.

    A special thanks to Penfolds and Salt by Luke Mangan for their continued support of this event series



  • 23 Feb 2016 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Address to Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), Tokyo

    Speech, check against delivery

    16 February 2016

    Good morning. I’m delighted to be in Japan. On this visit I met last night with Foreign Minister Kishida, and this afternoon I’m meeting with Prime Minister Abe. I’m also meeting with Defence Minister Nakatani. My two days here will have been most productive and fruitful as I meet with businesspeople, people from industry and my political counterparts and senior politicians in the Japanese political hierarchy.

    That’s appropriate, given the nature of our bilateral relationship. We are longstanding friends and partners. Of course, our relationship, in contemporary terms, is based very much on our economic, trade and investment partnership. Next year it will be seventy years since the historic commerce agreement signed by Prime Ministers Kishi and Menzies was entered into, and when you think that we’ve had almost seven decades of economic, trade and investment ties, it is quite an extraordinary relationship.

    Today we are also celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, which took our relationship to another level. Today, Japan is our second largest trading partner, our second largest investor, and I note that Mr Takahashi is here today representing Japan Post. The recent acquisition of Toll Holdings in Australia demonstrates that there is so much to our bilateral relationship and so much more that we can do together.

    In that regard I want to thank those involved in the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, but also the Japan-Australia Business Cooperation Committee, for you have been the vanguard of this economic relationship, and have been promoting and advocating greater economic ties between our two countries for such a very long time. So thank you for your efforts, your energy and your passion for this relationship.

    Over more recent years, the relationship has grown even deeper in a strategic sense.

    We now describe our relationship as a special strategic partnership. So often we have a similar world view on events that are swirling around us in our region, and globally. And as two democracies committed to freedoms, the rule of law, the international rules-based order and democratic institutions, it’s natural that Australia and Japan should partner in responses to some of the challenges we face.

    It is a time of great global volatility.

    In Europe there are signs of disunity and rising extremism; they are facing a humanitarian crisis from the Middle East that is impacting on Europe’s ability to cope with the mass of people coming to their shores. Russia is intent on trying to destabilise the unity in Europe and NATO. Economically, there are significant global challenges, as there is a major divergence amongst the global economies. For example, the United States Federal Reserve is tightening monetary policy; in Europe and in Japan the central banks are maintaining accommodative monetary policy. China – such a significant economy to so many countries around the globe, I think something like 120 countries nominate China as their number one trading partner – China is transitioning to a more sustainable economic growth model.

    There are challenges in our region.

    The tensions in the South China Sea, where the interests of great powers intersect; some of the random acts of destabilisation and volatility coming from North Korea with its recent ballistic missile launch; and the impact of all of these challenges on the economies of our region are challenges that Australia and Japan face together. During my discussion with Foreign Minister Kishida, we covered such a range of issues, and on virtually every issue we were aligned in our views and our outlook. So this is a special strategic partnership.

    When you look at the global volatility, it is having an impact on Australia’s economy. We are transitioning from economic growth based on investment in the construction phase of the mining resource sector, and we are having to transition to a broader base and find other drivers of economic growth.

    Australia is maintaining a very credible economic performance; after all, we are now in our twenty-fourth consecutive year of economic growth. That is a remarkable feat, if I might say, on the part of any country. Our growth is continuing at 2.5 per cent this year, and Australia will weather the global and regional volatility, but that means our relationship with trusted partners like Japan is even more important.

    That’s why the signing of the Australia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement meant so much to Australia and, I believe, to Japan, for even though we were such strong trading partners, there was still so much more that we can do together in other areas, in services, in agriculture. And business is starting to see the benefit, both in Japan and in Australia, of this historic free trade agreement.
    In fact, I believe that Australia and Japan set a standard that was followed in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    This is an historic agreement – twelve member countries coming together in the name of trade liberalisation – and the Australia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement was the precursor to what is now, I believe, the gold standard for trade agreements in our region, and hopefully will set a standard for other agreements to meet.

    There is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) that is currently under negotiation, and I believe that the TPP will be setting the bar for RCEP and any other agreements. Hopefully the aspiration of APEC for an Asia-Pacific free trade zone will become a reality, hopefully in my time as Foreign Minister but maybe just after!

    And what Australia and Japan did in the TPP negotiations – working together and collaborating – I think will be of great benefit to our region. After all, from the United States’ perspective, having been the security guarantor of our region for so many decades, and embracing the rebalance policy to our region, the TPP represents the economic manifestation of the rebalance’s strategic and economic requirement for US leadership in our part of the world.

    Back home in Australia, we are highly conscious of the fact that we need to diversify our economy. While we are renowned around the world for our mining, energy and resource sector, we have a much more sophisticated and diversified economy. In fact, I believe that our greatest natural resource is our people, and our greatest natural asset their creativity and ingenuity and talent and skills. With that in mind, we have embraced what we call a policy of “economic diplomacy” within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and hence part of the government’s foreign policy.

    Economic diplomacy is about using our diplomatic networks, our assets, our policies, to drive deeper economic engagement between Australia and the other 100 or more countries where we have a diplomatic mission.

    And it’s actually part of the KPIs – I hope this isn’t news to you, Bruce – part of the KPIs of our heads of mission that they enhance trade, investment and economic ties between the host country and Australia. Our missions are required to produce the equivalent of a corporate business plan to demonstrate how they would achieve that.

    Now, that might make sense to you as businesspeople, but it’s something that our diplomatic network had not been asked to do before, and the results have been wonderful, as our ambassadors and our posts are focusing on other areas of engagement than perhaps the traditional areas of economic ties that had existed.

    In this regard, we are embracing innovation at the heart of the Government’s economic agenda.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is the ideal Prime Minister to drive an agenda based on innovation. Many of you in this room will know his history, but for those who don’t, Prime Minister Turnbull in an earlier life was a very successful barrister. He then became a merchant banker, and back in the 90s he was one of the first people to realise the potential of the internet with an early online service provider. He established this long before even experienced tech companies had appreciated the impact of the internet and online activity, and he was very successful in that venture and he then went on into public life. So he has been a risk-taker, an innovator, a businessperson, and he has brought that enthusiasm and energy to our innovation agenda.

    Last December he announced the National Science and Innovation Agenda, with backing of over a billion dollars, to place Australia at the forefront of innovation. It was timely, for he made a visit to Japan and met with Prime Minister Abe, and Australia and Japan have so much in common in this regard. Japan is an innovator par excellence. Japan leads the world in robotics and so many of the new, challenging industries and areas. We have much to learn from Japan and we hope that we will be able to partner in some of our more creative industries.

    This is what we’re focusing upon; what we call our creative industries. Australia has world-class talent in design, in engineering, in fashion, in education, in tourism. There are a whole range of areas where we have so much to offer; we just need to unleash the talent.

    We now have a Minister for Industry and Innovation. We have a junior minister for innovation; he’s 25 years old, and I think that’s quite appropriate, to have a minister who’s grown up with technology to be in charge of innovation, encouraging tech startups and various forms of funding, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and the like.

    So it’s part of a much more outward-looking Australian economic view, and I believe that working with partners like Japan we will see a much more diversified Australian economy emerge. That’s good news, because it means we will continue to weather the global economic storms and the regional challenges, but we can’t do it alone; we must do it in partnership.

    There have been some extraordinary success stories between Australia and Japan, and one of them is our education exchanges. For many years Japan has been sending young people to our country and we have been sending young Australians to Japan, but a couple of years ago we established what has become signature policy of the Coalition government: the New Colombo Plan. Based on the original Colombo Plan of the 1950s, when we brought to our shores people from countries that were struggling to develop their economies. We brought their bright young people to Australia to train in our universities, to gain Australian degrees and to go home and rebuild their countries.

    So I decided it was time we reversed that, to send our bright young people into our region, to live here, to study and to have an internship or a mentorship or some kind of work experience, so that young Australians could get a greater understanding of where our future lies, and that is in our region.
    Japan came on board as one of the first pilot countries, to test out our New Colombo Plan, back in 2014. It was a leap of faith in Japan’s part, because it meant we were sending young students to live here, they needed places at universities, they needed opportunities to carry out work experience in your businesses and your industries. It was pushing the student exchange envelope further than we had in the past, and yet Japan willingly embraced the concept.

    And from a standing start, in the beginning of 2014, to the end of this year, 2016, one thousand Australian students will have lived, studied and worked in Japan under the New Colombo Plan.

    I want to thank those businesses in the audience represented here today who have willingly taken young Australian students into their workplaces. I know Mitsui and Mitsubishi and others have been very generous in working with our universities, with the government, and with our business chambers and embassy to ensure that this extraordinary experience can continue.

    The New Colombo Plan is now in thirty eight countries in our region, and by the end of this year 10,000 Australian students will have been involved in the New Colombo Plan. This is because the Australian government recognises where our future lies, and we want our young Australians to be innovative, creative, nimble, agile; to have experienced the culture, the politics, the life of the countries with whom we will be sharing our future. And Japan is absolutely pivotal to Australia’s future.

    We are also developing an agenda for Northern Australia, and there’s a white paper out there in relation to the development of the north, across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. This will provide unprecedented opportunities for investment in our country, investments which will benefit the investor as much as it will benefit Australia. And I certainly encourage Japanese companies, as they have so often in the past, to consider ways that they can invest in Australia that will be of benefit to both our countries.

    The development of northern Australia is a very exciting concept, and in so many areas, not just mining, resources and energy, but in health and education and medicines and a whole range of areas of excellence where we believe that joint collaborations will drive economic growth, job opportunities and of course benefits for the nations involved.

    So I’m delighted to be back here again amongst friends, and this afternoon we will be celebrating that fortieth anniversary of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation. I firmly believe that even though we have achieved so much together, the very best days of the Australia-Japan relationship lie ahead of us.

    QUESTION My name’s Kay Stevenson, I’m a masters’ student at Tokyo University. I was on the precursor to the New Colombo Plan; I came over on the Prime Minister’s Australia in Asia Award, and I’m really glad that support from the Australian Government is continuing in the New Colombo Plan. I currently study international cooperation, in particular disaster relief, and from the viewpoints I’ve read and the people I’ve talked to, the cooperation between Australia and Japan in the area of humanitarian assistance has greatly developed since 2011. I’d like to ask for your insights into that.
    JULIE BISHOP I spoke earlier about how our relationship is broadening way beyond the economic, trade and investment into a special strategic partnership, and the work that we’re doing jointly in the area of humanitarian relief and natural disaster relief has increased exponentially. I have experienced it first hand; during the typhoon in the Philippines, Typhoon Hainan, we worked closely with Japan in recovery efforts in the Philippines. In fact, our C130 arrived on the tarmac in Manila at the same time as the Japanese, and the Japanese defence minister and I compared notes on where we were heading and what we were doing, and it was a very similar approach.

    Having worked so closely together in the Pacific, I’m in fact announcing today that Australia and Japan have established a Pacific Strategy where we will collaborate even further in the areas of development, defence and diplomacy in the Pacific, particular in the south-west Pacific.

    But it goes way beyond our region. I was in London recently at the Syrian Humanitarian Donors Conference, and Australia has been supporting the humanitarian effort as a result of the civil war in Syria since 2011. Japan was present at this donors’ conference and made an extraordinary contribution to the humanitarian effort – I think it’s something like Japan has already committed something like $1.2 billion and an extra $350 million was announced at that conference – and this just underscores the global commitment to peace and stability that Japan has. Not only is it an extraordinary contributor to the UN peacekeeping effort – in fact I believe that Japan has been involved in about 27 peacekeeping operations, deploying about 10,000 personnel over the years, and the UN just could not be as effective as it is in peacekeeping without that contribution from Japan.

    So we are working closely together on disaster relief in our region and also partnering in humanitarian efforts elsewhere in the world, and that’s part of the special friendship and relationship between Australia and Japan. We see the world from a very similar standpoint, and I think this area of humanitarian and natural disaster relief is a place where Australia and Japan can cooperate and collaborate even further.

    QUESTION My name is Frank Holder, I’m a Japanese with an Australian accent because I grew up in Perth. Currently I’m a permanent resident in Melbourne.

    JULIE BISHOP Why would you leave Perth?

    QUESTION I want to go back! Fantastic place. My question is, how important do you think teaching Asian languages is for Australia’s future in Asia, and do you think enough is being done in Australian primary and secondary schools for the promotion of Asian languages?

    JULIE BISHOP Most certainly the Government believes that our school curricula should have Asian languages as a core component. The New Colombo Plan is a manifestation of that. We have said often that we wanted to make young Australians more Asia-literate. That includes not just understanding the culture, the politics, the communities, but also being conversant in the languages of the region.

    Japan has for a long time promoted the study of Japanese in Australia, I think it’s the third-largest cohort of foreign language speakers in our schools would be Japanese. And we are certainly encouraging the states, who are in charge of school curriculums, to embrace the study of Asian languages from the earliest age possible, and that means primary schools. There are some wonderful examples of Australian schools embracing Japanese at the earliest age.

    I believe that it should be fundamental to the curriculum, a second language, not only for the engagement with that particular country or region, but also as an educative tool for young people to learn a second language.

    We have in place a number of initiatives, but it really is focusing on ensuring that the states, who run the education systems, have enough teachers, and that’s where we need to look at more exchanges with countries like Japan to get Japanese speakers into our schools so they can educate the next generation who then go on to be Japanese teachers or language teachers.

    So that’s one of the challenges, but hopefully that will be one of the benefits of the New Colombo Plan, that students coming to our region either have a second language or will be able to enhance their skills in that second language. And we are particularly promoting teachers and teaching, so that those students will come back and become the teachers we need for the future. There’s always so much more we can do, but I think there’s a much greater awareness about the benefits of a second language.

    Might I say on the part of businesses, I remember way back when I was the managing partner of a major law firm in Perth and I would interview all the potential article clerks and carry out something like 200 interviews in the summer holidays. At that time, if somebody spoke a second language it was more of a curiosity than anything else; it didn’t actually impact on the person’s likely success as an articled clerk. These days, if they can speak a second language it puts them into the ‘yes, let’s consider this person’ pile, because so much of our business is done internationally in our globalised economy, if someone can converse in another language then that is a huge advantage for them. So I think that young people and businesses are recognising the importance of a second or third language and giving it due weight.

    QUESTION Thanks very much for your speech today. I think it was great. It was very natural and, off the cuff rather than just sticking to the speech, it was very nice. I think it was the first time I have ever seen it, so well done.

    I’m from Lend Lease. I just wanted to ask you about potential Japanese and Australian ventures in to third countries in Asia. We often find ourselves going head to head with Japanese organisations. More recently, we’ve been trying to create joint ventures and do a lot more. I think businesses from both countries would benefit far more if there was a more structured approach to potentially joining forces and collaborating with third countries in Asia. I was wondering if there were any thoughts you might have on how we could do that better going forward.

    JULIE BISHOP Well actually that is happening now and this is one of the examples of how this relationship, seventy years old in terms of our contemporary, economic, and trade relationship, is transforming itself in so many ways. We are actually collaborating together, in joint ventures or other vehicles, to work in third countries and there are number of great examples of that. So that our companies are into the global and regional supply chains and there have been some terrific examples of Australia and Japan working together in third countries. Indeed that is where the Government is following business and industry in that regard.

    This Pacific strategy, that we’ve announced today, is an initiative that I have announced, is a replication of that where the Australian, and Japanese, governments are working together in third countries. Normally we would be competing, if you like, in the development space whereas now we are aligning our interests and our work so that there is a better outcome for the recipient country, but also better value for the dollar invested from our respective countries and an alignment of what we are seeking to do. And it is one of the first examples I’ve seen of governments actually working together to deliver development assistance in third countries in the region.

    So, it’s happening at the Government level, it’s happening at the business level and because there is so much trust between Australian and Japanese businesses – we’ve had a long history of working together – this will be a trend for the future so you have actually touched upon something that is already happening in so many ways. Particularly in our region with some of the economies, in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, where we can work together to gain a better outcome than if we had gone it alone, or had competed.

    Source: Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs

    Media enquiries

    • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
    • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555
  • 15 Feb 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)


    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)



    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 member (Administrator)
    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 member (Administrator)


    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

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