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  • 27 May 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    On 24 May, ANZCCJ together with the Japan and Tokyo Chambers of Commerce and Industry co-hosted the Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party at the Australian Embassy. The night marked the ninth anniversary ANZCCJ had hosted the event, each occasion being hosted in the beautiful Australian Embassy gardens. This year, having moved the event to spring, guests experienced wonderful weather throughout the evening.

    The night drew over 270 guests to celebrate enduring business connections between Australia, New Zealand and Japan. ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend, addressed attendees, noting that she had attended the very first Garden Party event working at the Jeroboam booth and was happy to see how much the event had grown. She discussed the advantages that are coming with the CPTPP and noted that there are many upcoming opportunities to promote Australian and New Zealand values such as creating green, innovative, and high-quality products.

    She reminded the audience that the Rugby World Cup is only four months away. The rugby theme was present during the event with a rugby themed stage backdrop and with Australian born (Pone Fa’aumusili) and New Zealand born (Anaru Rangi) Melbourne Rebels rugby players in attendance on the night. The players threw five rugby balls as prizes into the crowd, to be kept by those who caught them.

    Australian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Greg Hunt, discussed the AusRally program, noting that in June the embassy will have a Team Australia launch and that the embassy looks forward to working with the chamber over the next sixteen months to promote Australia during upcoming international sporting events. He also reminded guests of the upcoming G20 summit in Japan and the annual business conference to be held in Osaka.

    New Zealand Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Dominic Walton-France, spoke of his personal passion for rugby. He described his excitement at how rugby brings people together and puts New Zealand on the world stage. He praised Japanese hospitality and highlighted the fact that various events during the RWC will be a good opportunity to engage with the business community.

    A common theme throughout the night was how important it was for all stakeholders to continue building and leveraging on the brand and reputation that Australia and New Zealand have in Japan, especially in the food and beverage industries. This would continue to be important for Australian and New Zealand companies who were seen, to date, as producing high quality, environmentally friendly and innovative food and beverage products.

    Guest speaker, Dr Akio Mimura from the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry also shared his anticipation for the upcoming RWC. Dr Mimura noted that he wishes to see finals games with Australia, New Zealand, and Japan participating. He then described the method in which TCCI connects to foreign countries, mentioning that in 2020 they will be sending a delegation to Australia and New Zealand, with members of the Japanese Business Committee travelling next February.

    ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus, Melanie Brock, briefly welcomed the crowd, noting the wonderful weather and the fantastic selection of food and beverage on offer. She gifted an All Blacks supporter’s cap and a Wallabies supporter’s scarf to Dr Mimura on behalf of the Chamber, asking that he support both nations during the RWC19. They then provided a joint kampai.

    The top door prize for the night – an economy ticket to Australia, flying with Qantas – was won by Taiki Hirata from STH Japan. Other prize winners included:

    • Takako Ohyabu (Nissan): SEPTIÈME Brasserie & Bar - Voucher for dinner for 2;
    • Brittany Arthur (Accenture Japan): Ruby Jack's ticket - Voucher for brunch for 2;
    • Jody Dopper (Sofico Services Japan KK): Arossa Restaurant – Voucher for lunch for 2;
    • Kenichi Kitamura (Avion International Japan): All Blacks branded sake from Tochigiken, Nikko (Katayama Sake Brewery);
    • Ross Cooper (Andaz Tokyo): KOB’s selection of organic tea and honey (imported from Queensland);
    • Achim Wagner (HORITOMI Commercial & Industrial Co., Ltd): Official Wallabies supporter pack (Rugby shirt and cap) provided by the Australian Embassy;
    • Yoko Kimura (MOD) & Andrew Walker (Panalpina Workd Transport (Japan) Ltd.): 2x Adidas Branded Official All Blacks shirt and shorts set (Japanese Size Large – Male) provided by Adidas; and
    • Chris Bond & Travis Parman (Nissan): Patties Foods, FourN’ Twenty 2x packs of Party Pies.

    The evening was brought to a close by ANZCCJ Food Ag and Hospitality Committee Chair, Tim Barnstable who thanked the vendors for making the evening possible.

    Accolade Wines, Don Small Goods, ECN Hospitalities, Fonterra, Patties Foods, Harnet Corporation, Jeroboam, Little Creatures, Murray River Organics, PJ Partners, Rangitoto, Treasury Wine Estates, Village Cellars, and Wholesum Japan all contributed their food and beverage products for the occasion, giving guests a great variety of high quality options to try.


  • 16 May 2019 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    We pay tribute tonight to the former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke. The 23rd Prime Minister and Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991, he is the longest-serving Labor Party Prime Minister to have lived.

    We honour him for his large contributions to the Australian public, both during his time as Prime Minister as well as in his many other positions including as president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He is credited with bringing in reforms that modernised Australia’s economy, establishing Medicare and deepening Australia’s engagement with Asia. In 2012 he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan for his work to improve Australia's relationship with Japan in politics as well as after his retirement. Bob Hawke established a scholarship for Japanese high school students to visit Australia after his time in office. 

    'Hawkie' as he was affectionately known, was hugely respected and one of Australia’s most loved PMs. His passing is a great loss to the Australian public who he cared so deeply about and we will continue to remember his incredible contributions and the legacy that he has left behind. Vale Bob Hawke, a truly great Australian.
  • 15 May 2019 3:51 PM | Anonymous


    Business engagement in today's environment goes beyond face to face connections, B2B, B2C or even digital pathways. Because of this, chambers of commerce play a unique role in bringing together business communities toward common objectives and outcomes. These institutes pride themselves on keeping up-to-date on the shifting business environment and helping their members do the same.

    If you want to know what the Executive Director said about the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan in this report with Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Ltd., take a look online here.

  • 13 May 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous


    Ashurst​, a Platinum member of the chamber, has released these helpful M&A guides last month, highlighting key regulatory issues for foreign investors looking to establish or acquire general insurance or life insurance businesses in Australia. Ashurst has completed major life insurance acquisitions by Japanese investors including: Nippon Life Insurance's acquisition of MLC in 2016 and Daiichi's acquisition of TAL in 2008.

    Learn more here:

  • 03 Apr 2019 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    In Tokyo on 3 April, Australian Ambassador H.E. Mr Richard Court AC launched the AUS+RALLY campaign, an Australian Government sports diplomacy initiative celebrating Australia and Japan’s shared sporting passions, values and the connections sport unlocks in 2019 and 2020.

    Ambassador Court was joined in Tokyo for the launch by AUS+RALLY special guests, Wallabies Head Coach Mr Michael Cheika, Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Ms Leisel Jones OAM (London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004, Sydney 2000), Paralympic gold-medal-winning para-canoeist Mr Curtis McGrath OAM (Rio 2016) and Japan’s Minister for Reconstruction H.E. Mr Hiromichi Watanabe.

    Launched in partnership with Rugby Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia, the AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy initiative celebrates Team Australia in Japan in 2019 and 2020. The AUS+RALLY campaign name combines the Japanese name for ‘Australia’ with a rallying call for Team Australia as the world’s sporting attention turns to Japan. AUS+RALLY brings together new and existing sports diplomacy activities through a communications and events program. The program is intended to support Japan’s hosting of the world’s greatest sporting events and their important legacy.

    Ambassador Court launched the AUS+RALLY campaign, saying: “As the world’s sporting talent descends on Japan, there has never been a better time for Japan and Australia to engage through sport. From 2019 into 2020, sport can be a window into all that Australia and Japan celebrate – innovation, lifestyle, education, food and culture. I invite you to rally around the best of Australia in Japan!

    AUS+RALLY supports the Australian Government’s pioneering work on sports diplomacy, reinforced in the Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy launched on 1 February by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie.

    Welcoming the launch from Australia, Minister Payne said AUS+RALLY would build on Australia’s already strong sporting ties with Japan.

    By bringing together Team Australia in Japan, the Australian Government’s AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy initiative shows our support for Japan’s leadership in focusing the world on our shared Indo-Pacific region through the power of sport,” Minister Payne said.

    I know Japan will deliver on its reputation for excellent hospitality as it hosts the world’s greatest sporting events in 2019 and 2020.”

    Minister for Sports McKenzie said that Australia is known as an active and healthy sporting nation, producing a broad range of athletes and sports administrators with integrity and character.

    Our love and dedication to sport can provide us with unique opportunities to engage our neighbours, whilst advancing our national interests. Australia, like Japan, recognises the power of sport to bring people and nations together. While the focus of our sports diplomacy is global, at its heart this strategy is about engaging with our neighbourhood,” Minister McKenzie said.

    The AUS+RALLY launch took place at the Australian Embassy’s Australia Day in Spring celebration, attended by over 1,000 friends of Australia in Japan, including senior representatives of Australian and Japanese business, government and community organisations. Representatives of the Cabinet Secretariat’s Host Town Initiative, ChildFund Australia (Pass it Back initiative), Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG), and Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee were present for the launch.

    Rugby Australia, Chief Executive Raelene Castle said that Rugby Australia is uniquely positioned to provide strong engagement in Asia through Australia’s national teams and athletes and Rugby Australia is very proud to be doing so.

    The Qantas Wallabies are one of the world’s most recognised sporting brands and the Rugby World Cup in 2019, coupled with Rugby Sevens to be played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, puts Rugby in a strong position to further enhance our relationships with Japan and the wider region,” Ms Castle said.

    The launch of AUS+RALLY will allow Rugby Australia, in partnership with the Australia Government, to enhance our diplomatic and trade outcomes with one of our closest partners. I know that tens of thousands of Australians are looking forward to travelling to Japan to support the Wallabies and Sevens Teams over the next two years, which will enhance the friendship between the two countries and provide significant revenue to Japan’s economy.”

    AOC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Matt Carroll AM, welcomed the AUS+RALLY launch, noting the AOC can play a valuable role building bridges in the Asia/Pacific region and beyond.

    Whether this is through our representation on regional sporting bodies or our participation in multi-sport Games, the AOC has forged strong relationships. And there is no bigger stage than the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. With our family of 44 sports, the AOC has both the capacity and the desire to make a contribution on the ground in a substantial way.”

    Paralympics Australia Chief Executive Lynne Anderson said the AUS+RALLY campaign will make a long-lasting impact.

    The people of Japan now have a golden chance to build a more inclusive society for people with a disability through Paralympic sport; to challenge stereotypes and transform attitudes; to increase participation and engagement by breaking down social barriers and do so in a way that sets a new standard for the rest of the world to follow,” Ms Anderson said.

    Paralympics Australia is excited to help the people of Japan achieve that goal alongside the Australian Embassy Tokyo, the Australian Olympic Committee and Rugby Australia.”

    AUS+RALLY will increase the interest in Rugby World Cup 2019 and create opportunities for more people to engage with rugby. As two-time world champions, we look forward to welcoming the Wallabies and wish them the best of luck. Many international fans will visit Japan and we hope they travel the length and breadth of the country to explore its diverse culture and history. They will engage with local people across our country and build connections that will lead to friendships lasting long after the tournament,” Rugby World Cup 2019 Organizing Committee CEO, Mr Akira Shimazu said.

    The spirit of AUS+RALLY is already alive. Matt Carroll AM, AOC Chief Executive Officer was involved with the Organising Committee from the very early days as we were established our organisation. He provided valuable support and advice and we very much look forward to welcoming him back to Japan to experience the Rugby World Cup.”

    Background

    AUS+RALLY is a sports diplomacy initiative of the Australian Embassy Tokyo, run in collaboration with the Rugby Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia in 2019 and 2020. The AUS+RALLY communication and events program brings together new and existing sports diplomacy activities to support Japan’s hosting of the world’s largest sporting events.

    Running until September 2020, AUS+RALLY unites Australia’s sportspeople, sports leaders and sports fans in support for Japan’s hosting and important legacy of the world’s three biggest sporting events. The campaign emphasises themes that match our common sporting and cultural values, like inclusiveness, respect and follow-through.

    As one of Japan’s closest regional partners, Australia already enjoys a deep sporting connections and a healthy sporting rivalry with Japan. Through the Australia-Japan Foundation, Australia played a leading role in the introduction of life-saving and touch football into Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, Australian and Japanese sports people have enjoyed a steady exchange of competitions and players. In 2017 and 2018, national teams from Australia and Japan played each other 23 times in Japan and around the world. Over the same period, eleven Australian teams visited Japan, and many elite Japanese athletes travelled to Australia to train and play, including in baseball, tennis, golf and surfing.

    Japan’s time zone, proximity and familiarity for many Australians mean that upcoming sporting events in Japan will engage a new generation of Australians with international sport and Japan. Australia and Japan’s A$72 billion trade relationship and growing defence and strategic ties also give these sporting events added meaning and potential to Australia.

    Australia and Japan’s close sporting ties were recognised in the signing of the Australia-Japan Sports Memorandum of Cooperation signed in January 2017. The Australian Government has pioneered international sports diplomacy efforts, recognised in the Australian Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy, the Australian Sport 2030 - National Sport Plan and the Australian Foreign Policy White Paper, all of which recognise the diplomatic value of sport.


  • 03 Apr 2019 12:01 PM | Anonymous

     

    リチャード・コート駐日オーストラリア大使は43日、東京において、スポーツ外交をテーマにした「AUS+RALLY」(オーストラリー)キャンペーンの開幕を宣言しました。キャンペーンは2019-2020年の期間中、オーストラリアと日本でスポーツへの情熱を分かち合うと共に、スポーツが生み出す価値やつながりを称えるものです。

    オーストラリア大使館で開催された開幕式典には、男子ラグビー代表チーム監督のマイケル・チェイカ氏、過去4回(2012年ロンドン、2008年北京、2004年アテネ、2000年シドニー)の五輪で金メダルを獲得した競泳のリーゼル・ジョーンズ氏、2016年リオデジャネイロパラリンピックのカヌーで金メダルに輝いたカーティス・マクグラス氏、復興大臣の渡辺博道氏が特別ゲストとして参加しました。

    AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンでは、オーストラリアラグビー協会ならびにオーストラリアオリンピック・パラリンピック両委員会と連携し、日本が世界のトップアスリートを受け入れる2019-2020年、スポーツ界のオーストラリア代表選手らで構成する「チーム・オーストラリア」の日本での活躍を称えます。世界のスポーツ関係者が日本に注目する中、今回のキャンペーン名は、国名のオーストラリアと「チーム・オーストラリア」に声援を送る際のかけ声(RALLYING CALL)を掛け合わせて生まれました。「AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンでは、交流やイベントのプログラムを通じ、新規および既存のスポーツ外交活動を一つに取りまとめていきます。このプログラムでは、数々の世界的なスポーツイベントの日本開催と、大会後の重要なレガシーを支援していきます。

    コート大使はキャンペーンの開幕にあたり、次のように述べました。「世界のトップ選手らが次々に来日する中、スポーツを通じた日豪交流でこれほどふさわしい時期はない。2019年から2020年にかけ、スポーツはイノベーションやライフスタイル、教育、食、文化などあらゆる分野で両国が称え合う際の呼び水となり得る。皆様には、オーストラリアの魅力を共に解き明かす『AUS+RALLY』キャンペーンを応援していただきたい」。

    AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンは、オーストラリア政府が早くから取り組むスポーツ外交政策を補完するものです。スポーツ外交については、マリース・ペイン外務大臣とブリジット・マッケンジースポーツ担当大臣が今年21日に発表した「スポーツ外交2030戦略」でさらに強化されています。

    ペイン外務大臣は「AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンについて、「すでに強固な日本とのスポーツ交流をより発展させたものとなる」として歓迎し、次のように述べました。「チーム・オーストラリアを日本に結集させることで、オーストラリア政府によるスポーツ外交キャンペーン『AUS+RALLY』は、スポーツの力を通じて世界の目をインド太平洋地域に向けさせ、日本のリーダーシップへの支援を示すものである。2019 年と2020 年に世界的なスポーツイベントを開催するにあたり、日本はおもてなしの国としての高い評価を行動で示すことであろう」

    マッケンジースポーツ担当大臣は「オーストラリアはスポーツが盛んな、健康な国として知られており、人格や品位を備えた数々の選手やスポーツ関係者を輩出している」とし、次のように述べています。「国民のスポーツへの愛着や熱心さは、わが国の国益を増進すると共に、近隣諸国と関わる独自の機会を生み出してくれる。オーストラリアは日本と同様、人々や国同士をひとつにまとめるスポーツの力を認識している。スポーツ外交での焦点は世界に向けられているが、実際には、この戦略は近隣諸国との関係を深めるためのものである」

    AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンは、オーストラリア大使館が開催する「Australia Day in Spring」レセプションの場で開幕しました。このレセプションには、両国のビジネス界や政府、関係機関などの代表者ら1,000 名以上が出席しました。キャンペーンの開幕式典には、ホストタウンを推進する内閣官房やNGO「チャイルド・ファンド・オーストラリア」(パス・イット・バック)、公益財団法人東京オリンピック・パラリンピック競技大会組織委員会、公益財団法人ラグビーワールドカップ2019 組織委員会の代表らが出席しました。

    オーストラリアラグビー協会のレリーン・カッスルCEO は「当協会は代表チームや選手を通じ、アジアで深い関与を実践できる独自の立場にあり、実際にそうしている点を大変誇りに思っている」とし、次のように述べました。「代表チームのワラビーズは、世界で大きく認められたブランド的存在である。2019 年ラグビーワールドカップや2020 年東京オリンピックでの7 人制ラグビーの実施によって、我々と日本および他の地域との関係を強化するラグビーの役割はさらに重要なものとなるだろう」

    「キャンペーンの開始により、当協会はオーストラリア政府との協力を通じて、わが国の緊密なパートナーである日本との外交や貿易面での成果を高めることができるだろう。何万というオーストラリア国民が今後2 年間、代表チームやセブンズ・チームに声援を送るために日本を訪れるのを楽しみにしている。これにより両国間の友情は深まり、日本経済に大きな利益がもたらされる」

    オーストラリアオリンピック委員会のマット・キャロルCEO は、「当委員会はアジア太平洋地域の内外で、架け橋として貴重な役割を果たせる」とキャンペーンの開始を歓迎し、次のように述べました。「地域のスポーツ組織への代表派遣や複数競技の大会への参加を通じ、当委員会は強力な関係を築いてきた。来年の東京オリンピックはまたとない大舞台である。44 のスポーツ競技とともに、当委員会は現場レベルで著しい貢献を果たす力と意欲の両方を持ち合わせている」

    オーストラリアパラリンピック委員会のリン・アンダーソンCEO は、「『AUS+RALLY』キャンペーンは長期的な効果を生み出す」とし、次のように述べています。「日本の方々は今やパラリンピック・スポーツを通じ、障がいを持つ人々のための、より共生的な社会を実現させる格好の機会を得ている。固定観念に挑み、人々の態度を変えさせる。社会的障壁を打ち破り、参加や関与の度合いを高める。またこれにより、世界が追従するような新たな基準を打ち出すことのできる絶好の機会である。当委員会は日本の方々が、オーストラリア大使館やオーストラリアオリンピック委員会、オーストラリアラグビー協会と共に、こうした目標を実現するのを支援していきたい」ラグビーワールドカップ2019 組織委員会の嶋津昭事務総長は次のように述べました。「このキャンペーンを通じて、ラグビーワールドカップ2019 日本大会への関心が高まり、より多くの人々にラグビーに触れて頂ければ素晴らしいと思います」。

    「大会本番では、日本代表とともに、過去2 回の優勝を誇るオーストラリア代表が大活躍することを期待しております。そして、観戦に訪れる方々には、日本中を巡り多様な文化や歴史に触れ、楽しんで頂きたいと思っております。それらを通して育まれる国や地域を超えた交流が、大会後も末長く続いていくことを願っております。また、オーストラリアオリンピック委員会のマット・キャロルCEO は、私達と一緒になってラグビーワールドカップ2019 日本大会の立ち上げを指導して頂いた方です。2019 年にお会いすることを楽しみにしています」


    AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンの背景

    AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンは、オーストラリア大使館によるスポーツ外交キャンペーンで、2019-2020 年、オーストラリアラグビー協会ならびにオーストラリアオリンピック・パラリンピック両委員会と連携して実施されます。数々の世界的なスポーツイベントの日本開催を支援するために、交流やイベントのプログラムを通じ、新規および既存のスポーツ外交活動を一つに取りまとめていきます。

    2020 9 月までの期間中、世界最大の3 つのスポーツ大会の日本開催と大会後の重要なレガシーを支援する点で、「AUS+RALLY」キャンペーンはオーストラリアのスポーツ関係者や指導者、ファンの皆様らを一体として取り込んでいきます。また共生や尊敬、貫徹といった両国のスポーツ、文化が重視する共通の価値観に見合うテーマを前面に押し出します。

    オーストラリアは地域における緊密なパートナー国として、すでに日本との間にスポーツを通じた深い絆や健全なライバル関係を築いています。豪日交流基金を通じ、オーストラリアは1970 年代から80 年代にかけて、ライフセービングやタッチフットボールを日本に紹介する上で大きな役割を果たしました。それ以来、両国のスポーツ界では、大会の開催や選手の派遣を通じた交流が絶えず行われてきました。両国の代表チームが日本国内外で2017 年と2018 年の間に対戦した試合の数は23 にも上ります。この期間、11 のオーストラリア代表チームが日本を訪れる一方、野球やテニス、ゴルフ、サーフィンなどの競技では日本から多くのトップ選手がオーストラリアに渡り、合宿や試合に臨んでいます。

    多くのオーストラリア国民にとって日本は時差が少なく、地理的にも近接する馴染み深い国であり、今後日本で開催されるスポーツ大会は、若い世代が国際スポーツや日本との関わりを持つ機会になると思われます。両国間の貿易は720 億豪ドル規模に及ぶほか、防衛・戦略面での関係も進展しており、こうしたスポーツのイベントはオーストラリアにさらなる意義と大きな可能性を与えることでしょう。

    両国間の緊密なスポーツ交流は、2017 1 月に署名されたスポーツ分野での協力に関する覚書でも確認されています。オーストラリア政府は、世界的なスポーツ外交を他国に先駆けて展開しており、「オーストラリア・スポーツ外交2030 戦略」や「オーストラリア・スポーツ2030-全国スポーツ計画」、「オーストラリア外交政策白書」のいずれにおいても、スポーツの外交的価値が認められています。


  • 03 Apr 2019 11:46 AM | Anonymous

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    As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements, visit the JMEC homepage at www.jmec.gr.jp. You can find the application form here: http://www.jmec.gr.jp/project-clients/apply. Project Client application deadline: November 30, Project Client Fee: ¥1,500,000. Early Bird Special application deadline: 30 September, Project Client Fee: ¥1,200,000.

    JMEC is also looking for individual applicants to participate in the program and learn how to research and develop a professional business plan. This ‘mini MBA’ style program includes classroom training with experienced executives and successful entrepreneurs as lecturers—as well as hands-on experience in writing a business plan for a real business project, submitted by a real company. Interested applicants can find more information and apply here: http://www.jmec.gr.jp/participants. Apply on-line by 15 October.

    ANZCCJ is open to receiving applications for those interested in participating but looking for sponsorship to cover the participation fee of JPY150,000. Applicants must send through details to the Executive Director, Judith Hanna, stating what they hope to get out of the opportunity and how they will use this to further the Chamber’s mission - to represent, inform and provide commercial connections for its members. The successful applicant must be Australian, New Zealand or Japanese as well as a member of the Chamber.

  • 28 Mar 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Estimated population numbers in Japan are staggering - In just over 20 years (2015-2040) the population is expected to drop from its estimated 127m to 111m, and by 2090 down to approximately 67m, according to the National Institute  of Population and Social Security Research. To address labour shortages in Japan, due to an aging population and falling birth rate, the Japanese government announced in 2018 that it will implement new residency visa statuses as early as April 2019. Currently there are 1.3m foreign workers in Japan (as of October 2017) out of a population of 2.5m foreign people, but with the decline in Japanese population, a bigger driver for more immigrants has been made. As one answer to this, the Japanese Government has established the Specified Skilled Worker(tokutei ginou, 特定技能) visa that is meant to attract more foreign workers to Japan. It covers 14 specific industries: Nursing care, building cleaning, material industry, industrial machinery manufacturing, electrical and electronic information related, construction, shipbuilding and marine equipment, automobile maintenance, aviation related, lodging, agriculture, fishery, food and beverage manufacture, restaurants. Within each category, an estimated number of acceptances for the first year of the visa being in place is 47,550 and 345,150 over the full five years that the new visa will be open for applications. Top categories expecting the greatest number of visa approvals in the first year includes: Agriculture, building cleaning, food and beverage manufacture, construction and nursing care. Overall, the nursing care industry is expected to be the largest recipient of visas granted with 60,000 over the next five years due to domestic demand. Those eligible for this visa category will need to first pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N4 or higher, or the newly introduced Japanese Language Test, and also pass the skill test which is prepared by each industry sectors. In the case of technical intern training of 3 years or more, the Japanese language test and skills test are not required. These applications shall be done abroad and also within Japan. 

    The employment contract is required to be secured before application to the District Immigration Office, after which the Certificate of Eligibility is issued and this is sent to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate to receive the visa (this visa can be up to 5 years in length). If a student within Japan, or a dependent, the N4 level exam is required, in addition to the employment contract. However the process differs, where the District Immigration Office is able to issue a new Residence Card upon permission of the Change of Status.

    There are a number of great resources online to work out how these policy options may affect you or your workforce. Numbers stated above were provided by Nakai Immigration Services LPC who held a seminar on these visa changes on 12 March. If ANZCCJ members would like a referral to some of the Chamber’s contacts who specialise on immigration/visa issues, please email info@anzccj.jpand outline your specific needs so that we can assist. 

  • 28 Mar 2019 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    Climate risks and opportunities have formed part of Rio Tinto’s strategic thinking for over two decades, and now Rio Tinto has published its first “Our approach to climate change” report, which illustrates how the company plans to contribute to and leverage the transition to a low carbon future. It uses recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) as a framework to assess the potential risks and opportunities of climate change and related policies. Based on this, Rio Tinto has outlined four key areas where it will take actions:

    1. Supply essential metals and minerals for the transition to a low-carbon economy
    2. Reduce emissions from its own footprint
    3. Identify and assess physical risk exposures
    4. Partner to advance climate goals

    The company has reduced its emissions-intensity footprint by almost 30 percent since 2008, ahead of targets, and renewable sources produce nearly three-quarters of the electricity it uses. Rio Tinto believes the transition to a low-carbon society will be best managed through partnership between government, business and society. In 2018, it announced a new technology partnership with Alcoa, with support from Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec, to develop aluminium smelting technology that emits oxygen in lieu of carbon - an industry first. The full report is available on Rio Tinto’s website, here.


  • 26 Mar 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Rugby Alliance Japan event at the Conrad Tokyo, “Diversity In Rugby” emphasised how rugby can include all of society in a way that perhaps other sports cannot. Hearing Magnus Hansson, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover Japan,  share about Land Rover Japan’s initiatives ahead of RWC19 was inspiring; big businesses need to support grassroots initiatives to see change. Panelists discussed what makes rugby different from other sports. Values of respect, diversity of format, teamwork are all qualities that rugby eschews. Fiona Taag, Head of Global Sponsorship and Europe Marketing Communications of DHL, suggested that Japan could take a small leaf out of NZ’s book, saying that support to the local Japanese rugby communities will be what delivers value to the Japanese regions outside of Tokyo.  President of the Shibuya International Rugby Club and Senior Director at RWC19 Organising Committee, Koji Tokumasu, the "Godfather of Rugby in Japan" extended an invitation to any visiting rugby fans and teams, to visit grassroots, youth Shibuya International Rugby Club. Keiko Asami, World Rugby Board member and former Head Coach of Japan Rugby Women's Sevens Team said that for diversity within rugby to grow, we needed to learn to accept who we are, and move from there. She also said it would be exciting to see the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 in NZ, which she expects will be another driving force for women rugby player numbers to grow in Japan. Rob Abernethy, Rugby World Cup Limited 2019 Executive Director, basically summed it up when he said diversity in rugby is about rugby being a sport for everyone – a copy of Rob's comments are included below. Thank you to the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Executive Director, Lori Henderson and our partners in the Rugby Alliance – the American, British, Canadian, French, Irish, Italian and South African chambers of commerce in Japan, and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  As a chamber in Japan we enjoy participating and helping to drive these discussions because we care! Together we are working with the RWC19 Organising Committee and World Rugby Leadership to deliver the RWC2019 “Impact Beyond 2019” legacy. Photos provided by the British Chamber are online here.

    ラグビーワールドカップ(RWC2019)の開催までいよいよ180日を切りますます熱気が高まる中、去る326()に「ラグビーの多様性」をテーマにしたイベントが開催されました。
    ラグビーは、数あるスポーツの中でも特に壁がないスポーツであると言えるでしょう。「老若男女問わず、身体能力の差も問わず、誰でもが楽しむことのできる」―そんなラグビーの良さが、パネルディスカッションでは活発に話し合われました。
    ご登壇頂いたのは浅見敬子氏(ワールドラグビー理事、元7人制女子日本代表ヘッドコーチ)マグナス・ハンソン氏(ジャガー・ランドローバーCEO)、フィオーナ・タグ氏(DHL)、そして徳増浩司氏(渋谷インターナショナルラグビークラブ会長、ワールドカップ2019組織委員会事務総長特別補佐、アジアラグビー名誉会長)。
    互いの尊重、型の多様性、そしてチームワークといった概念がラグビーの特色であり重要な価値である。大企業が草の根の活動を積極的に支援するべきだ。地域のラグビーコミュニティをサポートすることが地方の活性化にもつながる。地元のラグビークラブの門は誰に対しても開かれているからファンもプレーヤーも気軽に訪れてほしい。―以上のような意見が登壇者から出され、最後にRWC2019ゼネラルマネージャーのロブ・アバーネシー氏が「ラグビーの多様性とは、ラグビーが全ての人を対象にしたスポーツであることに他ならない」と結びました。
    ラグビー・アライアンスのメンバーである在日英国商業会議所(BCCJ)、在日米国商工会議所(ACCJ)、在日カナダ商工会議所(CCCJ)、在日南アフリカ商工会議所(SACCJ)、在日アイルランド商工会議所(IJCC)、在日フランス商工会議所、在日イタリア商工会議所(ICCJ)、そして本イベントの共催者である東京商工会議所に感謝の意を表明します。日本の商工会議所としてRWC2019を共に盛り上げていけることを、ANZCCJ一同大変喜ばしく思っています!

    RUGBY ALLIANCE – DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – World Rugby Executive Director for RWC19, Rob Abernethy Closing Remarks

    26 March 2019

    Distinguished guests, Asami san, Shimazu san, Tokumasu san, the Rugby Alliance & joint Chamber representatives, Fiona and Magnus from our RWC 2019 Worldwide Partners DHL and Jaguar Land Rover respectively, ladies and gentlemen, friends of rugby…and friends. Good Afternoon….Konichiwa…it is my great pleasure to be here today and thank you for the opportunity to speak. My name is Rob Abernethy and I’m the RWC 2019 Executive Director based here in Tokyo working with our partner Japan Rugby 2019 to deliver the Rugby World Cup kicking off 20 September, or just 178 days from now. Firstly thank you for hosting today’s event and in turn offering another important platform for discussing Diversity and Inclusion, already a key agenda item for World Rugby and its stakeholders and supporters over some time. We believe that rugby is the perfect vehicle for inclusivity and diversity. To put it simply, World Rugby’s mission is to grow the global rugby family and vision is ‘a sport for all, true to its values’. The two statements go hand in hand – rugby is a growing, thriving, global sport because it is inclusive and fosters diversity at all levels. We are a game for all shapes and sizes – physicality’s – genders – ages and abilities from touch, to tag, to beach, sevens, tens, fifteens a side format - there is something in rugby for everyone. Rugby is the fastest-growing women’s team sport – the female fan base is growing at 6x the rate of males and for the second year in a row in 2018, more new females joined the sport than men – indeed, twice as many last year. We are proud of our work to close the gender gap. Driven by an ambitious 2017-25 Women’s game development plan, we are breaking down barriers and seizing opportunities – strengthening participation and competitions, promoting leadership and inspiring everyone to get on board. World Rugby has moved from 0% women on its Representative Council to 35% in a little over a year – progressive times indeed. We are also proud of our partnership with the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and the shared values and projects that we are hold so dear – indeed, Japan is a trailblazer in wheelchair rugby and we will see this form of the game showcased at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. We are also proud of our partnership with International Gay Rugby and the promotion of inclusivity and diversity projects around the world. We have heard already from the esteemed panel about the great development wins via the Impact Beyond 2019 program is delivering along with our official RWC 2019 charity, ChildFund and their Pass It Back program, the latter bringing terrific rugby and life legacy outcomes to individuals and communities not so privileged across Japan and Southeast Asia.   But none of this would be possible without purpose, people and character and that’s why I believe that the sport Rugby is a winner. We are a sport that does not just have values - of SOLIDARITY, PASSION, INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE & RESPECT - we live them! Yes, there are always challenges, areas to improve upon or grow…that we World Rugby could do better on but we are a community that is a sum of its global grassroots to elite parts – a movement for good and I believe as it relates to us over the next 7-8 months RWC 2019 as a vehicle can further progress the sport and what is stands for here in Japan, in Asia more broadly and in doing so, around the globe. Thank you / arigato gozaimasu for the opportunity to say a few words to you today and thank you to the Rugby Alliance for hosting this event.

    Just quickly on RWC 2019 if I may:

    To date it is the most successful RWC ticketing program in RWC history! Huge international take up – 400,000 is the inbound visitation forecast, let’s hope its greater than that all can enjoy the positive benefits and impacts. Huge take up domestically not only in the big cities / 12 host cities, venues and Fan Zones  but the reach will also cover the regional areas that will also host many of the 55 Team Camps across the length and breadth of Japan. RWC 2019 will be special, it will be ever so unique, it will be a festival…it will be a celebration … a fusion of rugby and culture. Thank you all once again for your support and contribution to our cause the and the RWC 2019.



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