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  • 07 Dec 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Austrade has published an article highlighting Hitachi's announcement to invest A$1.25 billion in Australia. 

    In a recent Social Innovation Forum held in Brisbane, Hitachi announced that they have committed A$1.25 billion to ‘social innovation’ projects in Australia to the year 2020.  

    Social innovation, according to Hitachi, is “using innovative technologies and business solutions to address the key trends and challenges facing society”.

    Hitachi has already invested A$875 million in 2016-2017, most of which were allocated to developing mining technology. The innovations developed in Australia would then be exported globally.

    This year, Hitachi increased its Australian employment force to 3, 650. 

    Click here to read full article.


  • 06 Dec 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Austrade has published an article on the 2017 Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award.

    The Japanese firm, NEC, was declared the winner of the 2017 Investment Award, highlighting the company’s contribution to the Australian economy.

    The company employs over 1, 800 people in Australia, and has been investing in Australia’s ICT community for over 50 years. NEC displayed its commitment to Australia by opening an Australian headquarter and Innovation Centre in Melbourne, and a Global Security Intelligence Centre in Adelaide.  

    Click here to read full article.


  • 29 Nov 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    三菱地所株式会社及び三菱地所レジデンス株式会社は、2017 年11 月24 日にオーストラリアの不動産及
    び建設会社であるLendlease(レンドリース社)と共同で、メルボルン中心部における、地上44 階建、総
    戸数719 戸の大型タワーマンション開発事業「Melbourne Quarter East Tower(メルボルンクォーターイ
    ーストタワー)」に参画することに合意しましたのでお知らせします。三菱地所グループとして、オーストラ
    リアで初の住宅事業となります。
    【本プロジェクトの特徴】
    ・三菱地所グループとしてオーストラリアで初の住宅事業
    ・オフィス3 棟、住宅3 棟の大規模複合開発「Melbourne Quarter」プロジェクトの住宅第一弾案件
    ・地上44 階建、住宅総戸数719 戸の大規模住宅開発事業
    オーストラリア・メルボルンは、居住人口が約440 万人ですが、現在も毎年約10 万人のペースで人口が
    増えており住宅ニーズが高まっています。本計画地はメルボルン中心部の南西に位置し、主要なターミナル
    駅である「サザンクロス」駅至近で高い交通利便性を誇ります。
    今般、参画する「Melbourne Quarter
    East Tower」は、大規模複合再開発である
    「Melbourne Quarter」計画の一画におけ
    る住宅開発事業で、2017 年11 月末に着工
    し、2020 年の竣工を目指します。
    三菱地所グループは、現在アジア・オセア
    ニア地域9 ヶ国で海外事業を展開しています。
    今後も世界各国で培ってきた不動産開発ノウ
    ハウ・商品企画力を活かし、積極的に海外で
    の不動産事業を進めて参ります。

  • 29 Nov 2017 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Melbourne, 24 November 2017

    Lendlease has announced it secured one of Japan’s largest property companies, Mitsubishi Estate Asia, as a joint venture partner in Melbourne Quarter’s first residential building, East Tower.

    Mitsubishi Estate Asia and Lendlease will each hold a 50 per cent interest in the 44-storey building – Lendlease’s largest residential tower in Australia – which will offer views over the CBD, the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. Construction of East Tower commenced earlier this month.

    Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer for Property, Kylie Rampa, said the partnership with Mitsubishi was a strong vote of confidence in Melbourne’s apartment market and Lendlease’s vision for its latest urban regeneration project, Melbourne Quarter.

    “The joint venture with Mitsubishi Estate Asia demonstrates the strength of our plans to revitalise the western end of Flinders Street into a new and thriving residential and commercial neighbourhood, including what will be our largest residential building in Australia,” Ms Rampa said.

    “We are reimagining this part of Melbourne’s CBD as a new city landmark, with more than 50 per cent of the precinct dedicated to public open space.

    “This partnership with Mitsubishi furthers Lendlease’s strategy to engage with world-leading organisations to bring to life our vision to create the best places,” Ms Rampa said.

    This is the second time Lendlease has partnered with Mitsubishi Estate Asia on a major project, following Mitsubishi and Ping An Real Estate signing with Lendlease as joint venture partners on Circular Quay Tower in Sydney last year.

    Managing Director of Mitsubishi Estate Asia, Mr Shojiro Kojima, said, “This is the first time Mitsubishi Estate Asia has invested in Melbourne, and East Tower in the Melbourne Quarter precinct will offer refined apartment living in close proximity to the shops, galleries and restaurants that the city of Melbourne is renowned.”

    Located at 628 Flinders Street, East Tower offers 719 one, two and three bedroom apartments, designed by internationally acclaimed Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects; it is one of three residential towers approved for the site.

    Once finished, Melbourne Quarter will be home to 3,000 residents and 12,000 workers. The precinct will feature three public green spaces comprising a neighbourhood park next to East Tower, an elevated garden called the Skypark on Collins Street, and a new city square at the heart of the precinct.

    Melbourne Quarter’s residential towers received planning approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne in August 2016. Construction is underway on the precinct’s first office building One Melbourne Quarter, which is due to be completed in September 2018.

  • 27 Nov 2017 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Austrade has published an article reflecting on Australia’s strong position in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.

    Out of 190 countries, Australia is ranked the 14th easiest country to do business in (for the year 2017). This is a marginal improvement from the previous year, which saw Australia ranked 15th. What is more promising is that among the larger markets (countries with a population of over 20 million); Australia held an impressive 4th position.

    The article also focused Australia’s key areas of strength, which included contract enforcement, receiving credit, legal rights, construction permits and starting a business.

    The time to enforce contracts in Australia, on average, is 402 days. This level of efficiency has powered Australia to 3rd place for this category. Australia’s legal rights index reads a near perfect score of 11 out of 12, a feat only managed by nine other countries. Another key strength is dealing with construction permits, at which Australia is ranked 6th best. One of the most encouraging of the key strengths the article focuses on is the ease of starting a business. Australia is ranked 7th best globally, with registering a business taking only three steps and two and a half days.   

    The publication is welcome news, and extremely encouraging for businesses, investors and upcoming entrepreneurs.                

    Click here to read full article

  • 22 Nov 2017 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZ BlueNotes has released an article on the future of the Australia - Japan relationship.  Australia and Japan have shared a strong relationship since the middle of the last century, and now, as mature economies, are embarking on the exciting opportunity of third country partnerships.

    The article highlights Lendlease (ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor) and SoftBank establishing a joint venture to expand into the United States to develop and own telecom infrastructure. There is also mention of Austrade’s Japanese Investment in Australia report shedding light on Japanese brewer, Kirin, now selling its Australian beer brand, Beer Creature, in China. Expanding business via third country partnership is the next phase of what is a healthy, mature Australia – Japan bilateral complementary relationship.

    The 15-year relationship between Softbank and Lendlease has enabled the companies to make an expansion of this calibre. The article also highlights the stability and security offered to those wanting to invest or expand in Japan. The country, structurally backed by a stable democracy, has been facing the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in well over a decade and is increasingly becoming open to trade. Additionally, with the mutual relationship built up over decades, the article notes that Japan is a low risk opportunity for businesses that needs be embraced.

    Click here to read the full BlueNotes article.       

  • 21 Nov 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On 20 November this year, the ANZCCJ in association with the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) hosted the next event in the SME Support Program series in Osaka, prior to the welcome reception for the JNZBC Annual Joint Conference

    This was the first time an SME Support Program event was held in Osaka, and marked the two year anniversary of the program.

    ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series aims to connect 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. 

    As with past events in this series, participants learnt from fellow SMEs doing Japan-New Zealand business: what has worked well, what has been challenging, and what they would like to see done differently to make things better for SMEs in building the relationship between New Zealand and Japan.

    Six companies presented at the event:  Ecostore, PGG Wrightson Wool, and Tekron International from New Zealand; and Ikemu, Osawa Wines, and Sunnyside International School from Japan.

    To learn more about the SME Support Program visit our website
  • 20 Nov 2017 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Team Australia heads back to Japan in 2018

    Baseball Australia has announced that Team Australia will    play a series of games against a full strength Japanese National team in March 2018.

    Team Australia will play the Japanese national team in at    the Nagoya Dome in Nagoya on 3 March, and at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on 4 March 2018.

    These games are a concerted effort from Baseball Australia to ensure Team Australia has ample opportunity to prepare for one of the most important periods of  international competition in Baseball Australia history. 

    Following the announcement of an annual series of games  against Cuba, these games against Japan will  serve as preparation for the next three years of international competitions, including the 2019 Premier12, 2020 Olympic Qualification and the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

    Team Australia will play against Japan in the baseball mad    cities of Nagoya and Osaka at the beginning of March, nearly a year to the day since Australia finished in a record    high 9th place at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

    Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale sees this as an opportunity to give Australia’s best baseballers continued    exposure on the international stage.  “We have to continue  to build significant relationships to ensure Team  Australia    has as many  opportunities as possible to play on the international stage,” Vale said.

    “To  have consistent opportunities to play against teams like Japan ensure that Team Australia brand continues to grow as this will be a key focus in our strategic direction.”   

    “This announcement comes following the ABL’s impending expansion, and    with our presence in Asia growing stronger each day, we’re excited to play    Japan on their home  soil.”

    “We  are honoured that an organisation such as NPB has invited us to  compete in these games in 2018, and we look forward to a continued  close    partnership with them in the  future.”

    Team Australia has made significant advances on the official WBSC Rankings presented by ENEOS, with a rise from 12th in early 2016 to a record high 7th following the U18 World Cup in September 2017. General Manager of Team Australia Baseball Glenn Williams “It’s  an exciting opportunity for our team to return to Japan and take on the number  1 ranked team in the world,”    Williams said.   

    “It’s a fun  place to play, we always get treated really well in Japan and it  will be another great experience".

    Read the official press release here.

  • 17 Nov 2017 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Qantas / ANZCCJ Special Offer ex Kansai (Osaka) for Sydney

    Business class Osaka Sydney Return Fare @ JPY205,000 + TAX

    Applicable flights:              

    Southbound QF34 ex Kansai (Osaka) | Northbound QF33 ex Sydney 

    Travel period: From Thursday 14 December 2017 to Saturday 24 March 2018 into Osaka   

    Flight schedule:   

    Southbound: 

    Monday Kaisai /Sydney 2250/1040+1                     

    Thursday / Saturday  Kansai/Sydney  1855/0645+1                     

    Northbound:

    Monday Sydney / Kansai  1355/2120     

    Thursday / Saturday: Sydney / Kansai  0930/1725                     

    Eligibility: ANZCCJ members and accompanying family & friends

    Price (Adult):  JPY205,000 + TAX for Return from Kansai (Osaka) to Sydney - Please note that one-way fares are not available 

    Child fare : 90% of adult fare

    Infant with Seat: 90% of adult fare

    Infant without Seat: 10% of adult fare

    Subject to availability of designated booking class for Special Offer

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    • Minimum stay: 2 nights (3 days)
    • Maximum stay: 28 days
    • Change: NOT permitted after ticketing
    • Cancellation fee: Before departure JPY10,00 (Note : Non-Refundable in case of no show)
    •  Payment: Credit card only

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    • Date of Departure ex Osaka and ex Sydney
    • Title (MR / MS / MRS etc.)
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    Please send this application form by e-mail attachment to QH International Co., Ltd. (Qantas’s subsidiary travel agent)

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  • 17 Nov 2017 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Event Summary by Jack Dowling

    Yesterday, as part of his first international tour as Western Australian Premier, The Hon Mark McGowan MLA addressed a select group of ANZCCJ members and guests at a lunch hosted by ANZCCJ at the Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo.

    Premier McGowan, accompanied by his wife Ms Sarah McGowan and a delegation from the Western Australian Government, said he had visited Japan on three prior occasions and expressed the love both he and his wife have for the country. During his address, Premier McGowan touched on the strength of the bond between Japan and Western Australia, including resources trade since the 1960s, agricultural exports, tourism and direct investment.

    He also highlighted opportunities for Western Australian businesses in Japan as well as for Japanese business in Western Australia, including leveraging the world-class aluminium manufacturing in Western Australia, expanding agricultural exports and the mutual benefits of an increase in tourism and hospitality both in Western Australia and Japan.

    The Premier and his delegation will be in Japan until Sunday and will travel to Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture, Sister State of Western Australia for almost 36 years, later this week.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank Premier McGowan for taking time out of his busy schedule to offer a candid address to our members and for sharing his knowledge and insights.

    Watch Premier McGowan’s speech here


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