• 30 Oct 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ has just released a report on the International Education Market. This report provides an update to our members and the wider business community on this important sector of Australia/New Zealand-Japan relations and the activities, successes and visions of our members operating within this space. 
    Thank you to our Chamber Sponsors ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, AOM Visa Consulting, Bond University, CISaustralia, Globalink Internships, Global Sky Group, Griffith University, Southern Cross University, and Beyond Immigration Services Saitama, as well as the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in Japan for helping us
     compile this report. We hope you find it both informative and engaging.

    Access the report here

  • 10 Oct 2019 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On the final morning of the 57th Annual Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference in Osaka, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) together with Ashurst, Austrade, Macquarie and the South Australian Trade and Investment Office in Japan hosted a breakfast on Australian M&A and investment opportunities in Australia. The seminar was a platform for an engaging discussion with three key lessons emerging: The foundation of trust between Australia and Japan is paramount; due diligence and careful research into who you’re investing into and why they wish to partner with you is key; diverse investment opportunities exist in Australia with respect to size, industry and location, and one should think broadly about future partnerships between Australia and Japan.

    Japan is Australia’s second largest source of foreign direct investment after the US and its investment continues to grow – doubling in the last decade to around AUD93 billion. Japan’s investment is diversifying from Australia’s traditional sectors such as resources and energy and agriculture, into renewables, information and communications technology, and financial services. From more complex transactions, including takeovers, to venture capital investments in technology, as well as an increasing trend of asset recycling, the cross-border M&A activity between Japan and Australia is becoming increasingly dynamic.

    Speakers at this event included Austrade CEO Stephanie Fahey, South Australia Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Honorable David Ridgway, Macquarie Capital Senior Vice President, Kanna Mihara, MLC Life Insurance Chairman, Peter Grey, and President of Nanosonics Japan K.K Katsumi Maruyama. Ashurst Partner Natsuko Ogawa was panel moderator and Ashurst Japan Partner and ANZCCJ EC member Tracy Whiriskey was our MC. 

  • 28 Sep 2019 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday 27 September 2019, we held the ANZCCJ Rugby Charity Gala 2019 at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. The event was sponsored by AIG, ANZ, Atsumi & Sakai, the Australian Embassy Tokyo, and Lendlease Japan. With the assistance of our generous sponsors we were able to contribute to three charities. Funds raised went to support grass roots rugby clinics for Kamaishi children conducted by former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and New Zealand Rugby at the new Kamaishi Recovery Stadium in Iwate Prefecture as well as ‘ChildFund Pass it Back’ and ‘Support Our Kids’. This event marked the second charity gala that the ANZCCJ has held, following last year’s ANZCCJ Bledisloe Cup Charity Gala Dinner in 2018. It was one of our biggest events to date, with over 300 guests in attendance.

    A number of distinguished guests were in attendance on the night including HE Richard Court AC, Australian Ambassador; HE Hamish Cooper, New Zealand Ambassador; Takenori Noda, Kamaishi Mayor; Raelene Castle ONZM, Rugby Australia Chief Executive; Cameron Clyne, Rugby Australia Chairman; Brett Gosper, World Rugby CEO; Eddie Jones, Head Coach Rugby England; and Hiroyuki Katsumata, Deputy Mayor of Hakone. (To note: Many of these guests were there to celebrate the night and not as official representatives of their organisations.)

    Guests were welcomed to the tune of world-renowned singer songwriter and voice artist Donna Burke and her band Ganime Jazz, who entertained diners throughout the evening, and a Haka performance by Haka Works. We were also honoured to have the Webb Ellis Cup on display in the ballroom throughout the event.

    ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend welcomed guests to the event and invited Ambassador Court and Ambassador Cooper to the stage to give a joint kampai. Ambassador Court discussed how rugby can unite people and reminded the audience of the history-making fact that this is the first time the Rugby World Cup is being held in Asia. As a symbol to show the pride that exists in working together, Ambassador Court revealed to the audience the world’s first All Blacks/Brave Blossoms/Wallabies supporters’ scarf and wore it together with Ambassador Cooper. Ambassador Cooper emphasised the opportunities rugby creates, not only for business and tourism, but also for the continued strengthening of Japan, New Zealand and Australia relations. He said he was glad that proceeds from the Gala would help young people who have been impacted by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

    CEO of Rugby Australia Raelene Castle congratulated the RWC Organising Committee for organising such a special event while noting that the RWC19 will be the most-watched, most-attended World Cup in history. She emphasised the power of community, pointing to how far the city of Kamaishi has come from the devastation of 2011 to a city filled with energy from the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Kamaishi Mayor Takenori Noda reiterated the importance of community, passionately explaining how the people of the town have come together, with the help of rugby, to rebuild Kamaishi after the devastation in March 2011.

    ANZCCJ Sports for Business Committee Co-Chairs Matt Walker and Ian Scott then took to the stage to announce three special rugby awards. The Community Award was awarded to Rugby World Cup Planning Committee Senior Director Koji Tokumasu and presented by ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend, the Diversity in Rugby Award was awarded to Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and presented by ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock, and the Leadership in Rugby Award was awarded to England Rugby Coach Eddie Jones (former Brave Blossoms Coach) and presented by AIG President Bob Noddin.

    Door prizes were generously donated by Palace Hotel, Air New Zealand and Qantas and won by guests as follows: Lunch for two at the Wadakura Restaurant at The Palace Hotel: Yukio Osawa; dinner for two at the Grand Kitchen at The Palace Hotel: Amy Fischer; an “All Blacks fan pack” with an Air New Zealand ticket from Tokyo to New Zealand with All Blacks/Adidas sportswear: Midori Kitahara; a “Wallabies fan pack” with a Qantas ticket from Tokyo to Australia with Wallabies/Asics sportswear: Alberto Zanonato.

    The night was a huge success. Thank you to our Executive Council members, Chamber members and guests who came together to celebrate rugby for Australia, New Zealand and Japan. It was a true expression of the power of sport in bringing together people, businesses and nations.

  • 27 Sep 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday 26 September 2019, the ANZCCJ jointly held a business seminar event “Australia and Japan – Investing in the Opportunities” with Austrade at the Australian Embassy Tokyo. This seminar provided business executives an overview of the opportunities for Australian and Japanese businesses in their respective markets and discussed methods for leveraging bilateral relationships to create further opportunities in other markets. Australian Ambassador to Japan, H.E Richard Court AC gave an overview of the relationship and areas for future growth, and Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper spoke about the opportunities in Japan, discussing an overview of the market, political context, and market priorities for Austrade in Japan. ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend was the MC for the event, and Japan Country Manager at Commonwealth Bank, Martin Spann was moderator for the two panels which discussed “emerging opportunities and challenges for Australian businesses in Japan” and “inbound Japanese trends to Australia” followed by a Q&A session. Panellists included Managing Director & CEO of Lendlease Japan, Andrew Gauci, Director, Invest Japan Promotion Division at JETRO, Mio Kawada, Managing Director at AMP Capital Japan, Kenson Wong, Partner at Ashurst Japan, Tracy Whiriskey, Senior Vice President at Macquarie Capital Japan, Kanna Mihara, Senior Manager, Global Strategy & Regional Management Dept. at Mitsubishi Corporation, Baden Firth.

    A key takeaway from the event was that there are many valuable business opportunities available in Japan, but proper research into the market, gearing your product/service delivery toward the customer, having a high standard of quality and enough understanding about the cultural differences (and the seniority of those Japanese partners you are working with) are important factors for success. Some areas of opportunity to look out for in the Japanese market include tourism, healthcare, robotics/automation, IT and infrastructure and digital development as well as renewable energies and much more as the economic and political horizon changes. Joint ownership structures and investment ventures with Japanese companies is also ripe with opportunity as companies like AMP Capital, Ashurst, Lendlease, Macquarie Capital and Mitsubishi Corporation have seen. Despite hesitations some may best approach entering the Japanese market through third markets, but there is a wealth of opportunity in the country with some panellists noting that Japan has always been a more profitable market for them rather than other key competitive markets. For those wishing to explore opportunities in Japan, please reach out to the Chamber as well as JETRO who offer advice to new market entrants.

  • 20 Sep 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ had an exciting start to the Rugby World Cup 2019 season with a very special guest visiting Japan. The Chamber, together with the New Zealand Embassy and Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC), had the honour of hosting the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern for a business luncheon at the Conrad Tokyo. The lunch was attended by over 200 guests and the Prime Minister spoke about New Zealand working together with Japan on renewable energy, in particular thermal energy, encouraging young Japanese women in agriculture and business, and the success of a number of partnerships between the two countries through R&D. Four of these R&D partnerships, covering a broad range of research areas including AI and robotics, bio-fuels from microalgae, functional foods and health supplements, were formalised with the signing of MOUs at a ceremony after the lunch. Akira Ichikawa, Chair of the Japan Committee for the JNZBC and Representative Director for Sumitomo Forestry Co Ltd., also spoke at the lunch, expressing his gratitude and well-wishes for the PM’s visit to Japan. Our Co-Vice Chair Catherine O’Connell was MC for the event. The full joint statement issued by both countries is online here. A copy of the PM's speech is available in English here and Japanese here

  • 02 Sep 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is proud to announce the ANZCCJ Rugby Charity Gala to be held at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo on Friday, September 27th, 2019.

    This prestigious event will see the ANZCCJ host the who’s who of Japanese and international rugby as Japan plays host to the world’s largest rugby tournament. The event will also be attended by guests from the Australian and New Zealand embassies, local government, as well as international and local corporate supporters of rugby.

    Attendees at the ANZCCJ Bledisloe Cup Gala held in 2018

    Left to right : Steve Tew, CEO of New Zealand Rugby / Melanie Brock, Chair Emeritus of the ANZCCJ / Takenori Noda, Mayor of Kamaishi / Raelene Castle, CEO Rugby of Australia / Andrew Gauci, former Chair of the ANZCCJ / Richie McCaw, former All Blacks captain.

    This year, the Chamber will be presenting three awards to people who have contributed to the growth of rugby in Japan and around the world.

    The 3 award categories that will be presented on the night are:

                Leadership in Rugby Award  

                Diversity in Rugby Award

                Community Award

    Funds raised at this this year’s event will support grass roots rugby clinics for Kamaishi children conducted by former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and New Zealand Rugby at the new Kamaishi Recovery Stadium in Iwate Prefecture. Charities also supported will be ‘ChildFund Pass it Back’ and ‘Support Our Kids’.

    With this event, the ANZCCJ continues its proud tradition of building on the great relationship shared by Australia, New Zealand and Japan across business, sport, and the wider community.

    Tickets to this exclusive event are on sale now via the ANZCCJ website (information below). Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Guests at the Rugby Charity Gala will enjoy a four course menu infused with the finest Australian and New Zealand food and wine, with entertainment from world renowned singer songwriter and voice artist Donna Burke and her band, Ganime Jazz.

    Event details:

         ANZCCJ Rugby Charity Gala 2019

         Date: Friday, 27th September, 2019

         Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (registration starts at 18:15)

         Venue: Aoi Ballroom 2F, Palace Hotel Tokyo (1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)

         Ticket Information:

         Dress Code: Business Attire or Black Tie (optional)


    About the ANZCCJ

    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 700 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.

    A downloadable PDF document containing this press release can be found here.

  • 02 Sep 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(以下、ANZCCJ)は、来る2019927日(金)に、「ラグビー・チャリティ・ガラ・ディナー 2019」をパレスホテル東京で開催する運びとなりました。



    左から、ニュージーランド・ラグビー協会CEO スティーブ・チュー氏、ANZCCJ 名誉会頭 メラニー・ブロック、岩手県釜石市長 野田 武則氏、オーストラリア・ラグビー協会CEO レイリーン・キャッスル氏、ANZCCJ 会頭 アンドリュー・ガウチ、元オールブラックスのキャプテン リッチー・マコウ氏


    • リーダーシップ・イン・ラグビー賞
    • ダイバーシティ・イン・ラグビー賞
    • コミュニティ賞

    本イベントの収益の一部は、岩手県の釜石鵜住居復興スタジアムにて、元オールブラックスのキャプテン リッチー・マコウ氏とニュージーランド・ラグビー協会によって釜石の子どもたちのために開催されたラグビークリニックのほか、スポーツと国際開発を組み合わせたプログラム「ChildFund Pass it Back」、および東日本大震災被災児童自立支援プロジェクト「Support Our Kids」の支援にあてられます。


    尚、本イベントのチケットは、ANZCCJのウェブサイトから購入可能です。席数には限りがありますので、お早めにお申し込みください。参加者は、オーストラリア、ニュージーランドのフュージョン料理コースメニューとワインに加え、世界的に知られるシンガーソングライターのドナ・バークとそのバンド ガニメジャズによるエンターテインメントをお楽しみいただけます。

    ラグビー・チャリティ・ガラ・ディナー2019 概要>

    • 日時:2019927日(金) 19:002100(受付開始18:15
    • 会場:パレスホテル東京 2F 葵の間 (住所:東京都千代田区丸の内1-1-1
    • チケット購入
    • ドレスコード:ビジネス、またはブラックタイ

    ANZCCJ について



  • 29 Aug 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday 28 August, Austrade and the NSW Government jointly hosted an R&D seminar at the Australian Embassy. Austrade General Manager for North East Asia, Brett Cooper, articulated the "R&D as a service" offering for Japanese companies and the benefits of partnering with Australian universities and research institutes to leverage commercial opportunities in Australia and in overseas markets. NSW Government Commissioner, Peter Knight, and NUW Alliance CEO, Matt Gijselman, explained the major infrastructure initiatives in Western Sydney around the Aerotropolis and described the "multiversity" as a potential R&D partner to Japanese companies.

    A panel discussion moderated by the Austrade's Business Development Manager, George Manetakis, discussed the experiences of Hitachi, MHI Australia, The University of Tokyo and Keio University in partnering with Australian universities. Professor Jenny Corbett, representing the Foundation for Australia Japan Studies, gave an overview of various R&D grants and tax incentives available for companies undertaking research in Australia.

    Finally, Trade Commissioner, Scott Morriss, detailed the practical support Austrade provides to Japanese Companies looking for R&D partners. Namely, acting as their own personal 'Technology Attaché' to pinpoint research capabilities in Australia.

  • 01 Aug 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From 1-31 August 2019, visitors to the Tuku Iho | Living Legacy exhibition in Gallery 3, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT will be transported to a different country and culture. The exhibition, developed by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), aims to protect, promote and perpetuate Māori arts, crafts and culture. By offering guests the opportunity to experience unique artworks and performance for free, Tuku Iho | Living Legacy plays an important role in deepening awareness and understanding of New Zealand culture as Japan gears up for the much-anticipated Rugby World Cup.

    The exhibition began with a spectacular opening night performance by Rob Ruha & Jay'ed, which involved a musical collaboration of Te Reo Māori and Japanese that created a stunning track "Ka Rere". Live performance continued to be a core feature of the exhibition, with Raukura performing the Kapa Haka daily from 1-14 August in various locations around Tokyo. Kapa Haka encompasses traditional Māori performing arts, one of which is the famous ‘Haka’ performed at the beginning of rugby matches. Raukura is a kapa haka group consisting of young talented performers selected to travel and perform with Tuku Iho | Living Legacy after winning New Zealand’s National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition in 2018.

    In addition to their live performances, over 50 unique pieces of art produced by NZMACI will be displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition. These works cover a range of mediums, including traditional and contemporary stone, bone, pounamu (greenstone), wood carvings, textile works and bronze works. Guests can also experience similar pieces being created before their eyes, with the creations later being donated to the hosting venues.

    Project leader Kiri Atkinson-Crean from Te Puia emphasises the many cultural connections between New Zealand and Japan. ‘There are many synergies between Māori and Japanese cultures’, stated Crean, ‘particularly in relation to the use of stories to keep history alive, dance, art and the importance of ancient legacy to modern society.’ Jamus Webster, who came to Japan with Tuku Iho | Living Legacy as the Kapa Haka tutor, believes the exhibition is ‘an opportunity to showcase, create relationships and educate the world about our unique Māori culture’.

    In fact, every detail of Tuku Iho | Living Legacy has been carefully crafted by Karl Johnstone, former director of NZMACI, who hopes to not only share Māori culture but learn about other cultures and encourage a dialogue about identity. This fits within the exhibition’s broader goals to extend beyond cultural engagement and enable the strengthening of political relationships, encourage the forging of education partnerships and facilitate international trade opportunities. Since 2013, Tuku Iho | Living Legacy has travelled to China, Malaysia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, North America - and now Japan - with huge success. ANZCCJ would like to express our gratitude to NZMACI for bringing a taste of New Zealand to Tokyo and wish them all the best in the future.

  • 24 Jul 2019 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Guidelines to Best Practice, administered by Australia’s Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR), mandates agencies to undertake a post-implementation review for all regulatory changes that have major impacts on the economy. Regulatory changes adopted as a result of JAEPA will be subject to such a review. This post-implementation review is separate to the various review mechanisms contained in JAEPA itself. The review is due in January 2020 which will be five years from JAEPA’s entry into force. During this process, Australian stakeholders are invited to make submissions on the impact of JAEPA on their businesses. Further information on the call for submissions can be found here. Submissions need to be made before 23 August 2019.

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