• 21 Feb 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    On Thursday 14 February, ANZ, together with the Chamber, hosted the second ANZ Economic Outlook Series "HORIZONS" at the Palace Hotel. With over 80 guests, including ANZ employees and clients and Chamber members. The seminar commenced with opening remarks by ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend and ANZ CEO Mitch Mason. Special guest speakers included Richard Yetsenga, ANZ Chief Economist, John Corrin, ANZ Global Head of Loan Syndications and Jeff David, ANZ State Director (QLD, NT & WA), Institutional Property Group.

    The seminar commenced with an insightful presentation on the global economic priorities for 2019 by ANZ Chief Economist, Richard Yetsenga. Richard spoke of the key issues in the global economy which comprised of the slowing down of the global economy, structural demographic issues faced in countries such as China and South Korea, and tariffs initiated by the ongoing trade wars between the US and China. He noted that China is readily slowing down with the working age population falling, as a result, growth is expected to slow down and is shifting towards a consumption economy. He also highlighted that Australia’s economy had a solid run throughout 2018 and that New Zealand was also performing as one of the strongest economies in the world.

    Following Richard’s presentation, a panel discussion was then held between panellists Richard Yetsenga, Jeff David and John Corrin. The panellists discussed the nature of the Australian housing market and the bigger global economy from 2018 leading into 2019. Jeff noted that housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne were still falling, coinciding with a reduction in deposits paid for land. They also said the house market slowdown was due to the lack of availability of credit in the market and the growth of interest in offshore lenders from East Asia, from countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and India. The property market on a global scale is rapidly growing, and green lending is set to grow in Australia and New Zealand which provides a growing opportunity for institutional investors.

    The seminar concluded with a Q&A session, with closing remarks made by ANZ CEO Japan, Mitch Mason thanking everyone in attendance.

    Thank you to ANZ for hosting the seminar, and Palace Hotel for their excellent hospitality.

  • 13 Feb 2019 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    On 7 February, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) held its fifth Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) event with guest representative speakers Tanya Orr (Air New Zealand), Yuichi Hirose (ANZ), Emma Ley (ANZ), Chika Narukawa (ANZ), Yasuo Suzuki (Fonterra), Elizabeth Cox (Macquarie), Kohei Tamura (Rio Tinto) and Andrew Chapman (systemsGo). Over 50 attendees came to hear and talk with Australian and New Zealand companies operating in Japan.

    YEP Chair, Eve Bentley made welcoming remarks to all at the event and introduced the representative speakers for the evening. After the guest speakers briefly introduced themselves, the attendees broke off into their respective allocated groups and had the opportunity to ask questions with the company representatives. The evening concluded with a networking session, in which attendees and speakers engaged to talk about career opportunities and prospects within Australian and New Zealand companies in Japan.

    Two most frequently asked questions during the event were in relation to language skill competency and working culture/environment within the representative’s companies. Many participants were concerned with the companies’ language requirement. To address this one of the speakers mentioned that although it is preferable to be fluent in both English and Japanese, companies are more likely to focus on skills, experience and specific degrees and technical capabilities required for the job. On working culture, the Australian and New Zealand companies were able to find a balance between the office culture back home with the one in Japan, including dealing with overtime, maternity leave and work pressure, although this was something managers needed to keep on top of to encourage a healthy work environment.

    The attendees and speakers enjoyed making connections with a variety of people who participated in the event. The Youth Empowerment Program’s mission is to continue to empower young professionals in Tokyo by helping them to connect with one another and be exposed to the career opportunities in Japan.

    2月7日(木)、第五回Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)が開催された。ニュージーランド航空、オーストラリア・ニュージーランド銀行、フォンテラ、マッコーリー証券会社、リオティント、そしてシステムズゴーと、日本で展開するオーストラリア・ニュージーランド企業計6社が参加した。オーストラリアやニュージーランドと関わるようなキャリア構築を目指す学生・社会人50人ほどが集まり、会場は大いににぎわった。





  • 25 Jan 2019 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ was delighted to welcome in 2019 at the Hamarikyu Ballroom at Conrad Tokyo. We were honoured to hear from New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Rob Tranter, President of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC), Sir Rod Eddington, Japan Australia Business Chamber of Commerce (JABCC) Vice Chair, Yorihiko Kojima as well as our own ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci and ANZCCJ Chair-elect, Sally Townsend. It was also with great pleasure to have Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court in attendance on the evening. ANZCCJ Co-Vice Chair Catherine O’Connell did a fantastic job as MC for the evening.

    The Shinennkai brought together people from various business industries and provided the opportunity for new networking prospects with attendees enjoying a selection of top-quality free flow drinks and a delicious buffet with Australian and New Zealand ingredients. Thank you to our ANZCCJ sponsors Conrad Tokyo, Oakwood and Yurikong for their contributions to the night.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci, during his speech, reflected on the Chamber’s successful past year, stating that ANZCCJ’s goal of strengthening the business ties between Australia, New Zealand and Japan for the future has been enhanced. ANZCCJ Chair-elect Sally Townsend introduced herself as the succeeding Chair of the Chamber as of 30 January, speaking of her excitement to the new appointment. New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton spoke of New Zealand’s strategy for the New Zealand-Japan relationship which included, strengthening the political-security partnership, focusing on trade relations, building partnerships in the energy sector, and closer peer-to-peer engagement. Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Rob Tranter reinforced that the Chamber and Embassy have been active in promoting sporting events such as the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sir Rod Eddington AO highlighted the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was made possible through the joint efforts of Australian, New Zealand and Japanese cooperation and was proud of this milestone.

    The Chamber would like to thank outgoing Chair, Andrew Gauci who will take up the position of Senior Councillor and warmly welcome our incoming Chair, Sally Townsend who will commence her duties from 30 January 2019.

  • 17 Jan 2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Australian Embassy Tokyo was delighted to welcome Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong Asia-Pacific presence, and Deloitte, a professional services firm, who presented an overview of mergers and acquisitions between Australia and Japan in 2018. The event speakers included:

    • Andrew Gauci, ANZCCJ Chair
    • Brett Cooper, Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner,
    • Natsuko Ogawa, Partner, Ashurst Melbourne
    • Tracy Whiriskey, Partner, Ashurst Tokyo
    • Shin Takenaka, Partner, Deloitte Sydney
    • Yoshi Shinozuka, Manager, Deloitte Tokyo

    The seminar opened with remarks from ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci. He recognised the importance of Japanese M&A with Australian firms. He reflected that M&A activity was likely to increase in the coming year, and noted the success of deals in 2018 such as Mitsui’s acquisition of AWE, Lifull Co’s acquisition of Mitula Group and Bunka Shutter acquiring ArcPac Garage Doors. He noted that it was key that law firms such as Ashurst, and Chambers of Commerce like ANZCCJ take a key role in providing good advice to Japanese and Australian companies engaged in M&A.

    Following this, Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner Brett Cooper reflected on Australia’s economic outlook. He reported that key economic indicators, like wage growth and GDP growth, made Australia an attractive investment environment. He also reflected on some areas for growth in Australia-Japan trading relations. He highlighted Australia’s nascent hydrogen industry, agricultural investment including agtech, asset management and tourism as growth areas for Australia-Japan trade.

    A panel discussion was then held between Ashurst partners, Natsuko Ogawa and Tracy Whiriskey, and Deloitte Partner Shin Takenaka and Manager Yoshi Shinozuka. The panellists reflected on trends in Japan-Australia M&A in 2018. In particular, they highlighted the role the Royal Banking Commission has had on regulatory compliance and corporate governance. There has been greater regulatory scrutiny of deals, including national interest considerations, and an increased need for Japanese companies to make sure M&A targets satisfy competition law. Lastly, the panellists touched on the importance for both Australian and Japanese businesses to invest time and resources in post-merger integration, particularly in understanding each other’s unique business culture.

    The seminar concluded with a Q&A session, accompanied by drinks to welcome the coming year.

    Thank you to Ashurst and Deloitte for hosting the 2018 update, and the speakers for their insights.


  • 10 Jan 2019 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) opens its call for expressions of interest for grant support for 2019 on 10 January. This is an opportunity to apply for financial support for collaborative research projects that combine Japanese and Australian university researchers with researchers from industry or government on topics of significance for the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship. Grants are available for many different types of research and will typically be between AUD$50,000 to AUD$150,000 in value.  Please look at the Guidelines for more details about what areas will be supported.  These grants are a valuable opportunity to start up new projects or to extend existing ones with Australian counterparts. Grants can support the exchange of researchers to build lasting links between research teams from diverse organisations. 

    The Foundation’s mission is to encourage collaborations between academic institutions, industry and government in Australia and Japan and to support people who are transforming the bilateral relationship through these partnerships.  One-way FAJS does that is through the project grant program. The Guidelines explaining the criteria for projects can be found at the Foundation’s website FAJS are keen to support research collaborations between excellent institutions in Australia and Japan and hope to reach a wide range of potential research partners. 

    The expression of interest is a simple online process with very little paperwork. After initial assessment, the Foundation will invite selected projects to go to the next stage of submitting full applications. The EOI process for the projects opens on January 10 and closes on January 31.  The link to the online application process will be posted on the Foundation website on January 10. After initial assessment invitations to submit full applications will be sent to selected applicants on February 15.




    プロジェクトの基準を説明するガイドラインは、FAJSのウェブサイトhttps://www.fajs.orgに掲載されています。ガイドラインの全文は、 から入手できます。

    応募については、簡単な申請手続きをオンライン上で行っていただくだけです。FAJSの一次審査を通過したプロジェクトには、次の二次審査に進むにあたり、正式な申請書を提出していただきます。Expression of Interest (EOI) Application Formによる一次申請受付期間は、110日から131日までとなっております。オンライン申請のリンクは、110日にFAJSのホームページwww.fajs.orgに掲載されます。二次審査については215日にご案内いたします。

  • 20 Dec 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    On 17 December, the Australian Embassy together with JETRO and ANZCCJ held a seminar on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Embassy. The Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court and the Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Frances Adamson kicked off the session, before passing the mic over to First Secretary, Emily Flahive (a prior CPTPP negotiator) to provide an outline of the CPTPP agreement.

    From left: Adam Coin, Australian Embassy Tokyo; Tadayuki Nakashima, JETRO; Cheryl Stanilewicz, Austrade and Tim Barnstable, Saputo Dairy.

    This was followed by a panel discussion which included ANZCCJ Food and Agriculture Committee Chair, Tim Barnstable from Saputo Dairy, along with the Chief Senior Researcher at JETRO Tadayuki Nagashima, and Australian Embassy Trade Commissioner and Counsellor (Commercial) Cheryl Stanilewicz, moderated by Australian Embassy Trade & Economic Counsellor Adam Coin. The panel discussion and question and answer time was eye opening, and we’ve summarised the top 7 key things for you to know below:

    1. The CPTPP will enter into force on 30 December 2018 for 6 countries – Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and Singapore. For Vietnam, the agreement will apply from mid-January 2019. The remaining 4 countries (Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru) still need to ratify the deal in their domestic legislatures. Once they do, the CPTPP will take effect for those countries within 60 days

    2. The CPTPP will eventually eliminate more than 98% of tariffs between CPTPP countries.

    3. Countries in the CPTPP zone account for 23.9% of Australia’s total good exports, 22.5% of Australia’s service exports and 15.6% of the total stock of Australian foreign investment.

    4. Unlike JAEPA, the CPTPP allows producers to self-produce a certificate of origin for export making it a lot easier for exporters

    5. Some specific highlights for the Japan market include:

    • Reductions in Japanese tariffs on Australian beef to 9% within 15 years (currently 18% under JAEPA).
    • Horticulture tariff reductions in areas like table grapes, where CPTPP will bring the tariffs down to 0%.
    • Elimination of the 29.8% tariff on most bulk cheese over 15 years.
    • Tariff reductions and new access for cereal and grains exporters into Japan.
    • Cotton will come into Japan without tariffs, and with Viet Nam as a CPTPP party, third-country manufacturing possibilities open up.
    • Honey into Japan will have its tariff of 25.5% removed over eight years with no quotas 
    • Greater dairy access with quotas established for butter, skim milk powder, condensed milk, among others. 
    • Frozen yogurt, which currently has a duty of 26.3%, has been reduced to 13.15% over ten years, with quota volume restrictions under JAEPA, but under CPTPP the tariff will move to 0% in ten years with no restrictions on volume.
    • Tariffs will be eliminated on bottle wine in 2021 and on bulk wine at entry into force. The tariffs on bottle wine under the EU EPA will be eliminated at entry info force. 
    6. Exporters can choose whether to use JAEPA or CPTPP, but one agreement should be chosen. To check which FTA is best for your business, DFAT have a handy online tool here:

    With the first round of tariff cuts to take place on 30 December 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has released information on the application processes for importing products subject to tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under the CPTPP.  Further information can be found in Japanese here:

    For further information on the CPTPP:

      For Australian businesses, information on the CPTPP can be found here.  For enquiries, please contact:

     For New Zealand businesses, information on the CPTPP can be found here.  For enquiries, please contact:

  • 14 Dec 2018 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Rugby Alliance

    The Rugby Alliance 'Joint Chambers of Commerce in Japan Rugby Alliance' was launched in Tokyo on 19 September, 2018 at a special Joint-Chamber “RWC 2019 - One Year to Go” event.

    The Alliance is comprised of 8 international Chambers of Commerce in Japan, who have national teams participating in the Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament. With the first game kicking off on 20 September 2019, the RWC 2019 will provide fantastic opportunities for local communities and businesses across Japan. This has already been indicated by the unprecedented international interest in ticket sales. 

    Rugby Alliance Mission Statement:

    "Support Japan’s delivery of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, fostering a legacy of more inclusive communities and embracing opportunities for international business and exchange."

    Rugby Alliance Pledge:


    • Exchange knowledge of best practices;

    • Compile and share a master calendar of events; and

    • Channel combined resources into the delivery of three co-hosted events. 

    Choosing a Logo

    The Rugby Alliance now requires a logo to use at events and across communication channels. The logo should symbolise strength and solidarity, whilst recognising the driving forces of the RWC2019 and Chambers of Commerce.

    Please review the following draft logo designs (A-F) and cast your vote, recognising your top 3 in order. The logo which gains the highest number of votes will be announced on January 10, 2019. To understand more about the thought behind the designs, a description of each logo can be found here.

    Vote here for your favourite logo!

  • 19 Nov 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    On October 15, 2018, METI’s Significant Development of Renewable Energy and Next Generation Electric Grid Network Committee (Saisei Kanou Enerugi Tairyou Dounyu /Jisedai Denryoku Network Sho Iinkai) introduced strict new deadlines and other measures on solar project development, which, if not met, will result in the project FIT rate and duration being reduced significantly. According to METI, more than 20 GW of solar power projects which are entitled to 40, 36 and 32 yen kW/h FIT rates have not reached commercial operations and are unreasonably taking up grid capacity, preventing new players from developing alternate renewable energy projects in the affected grid areas.

    While some reasons behind this proposal may be well intentioned, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ), CCI France Japon (CCIFJ), and European Business Council (EBC) are concerned by its suddenness, radical nature and the ambiguity around its implementation, which does not reflect the reality of actual project development processes.

    For project developers and investors specifically, the proposal does not give those demonstrating good-faith progress on remaining planning requirements (including, for example, those that have already secured land and interconnection rights, and/or those that have already entered into binding agreements to purchase major components of equipment needed to build the project) the opportunity to address these concerns. Nor does it give enough time to alter project schedules, especially in cases in which any hurdles to development lay beyond the control of project developers/investors themselves, including in relation to local government approvals and community input.

    More generally, this proposal threatens to undermine market participants’ confidence in the security, stability, and predictability of Japanese market rules. This in turn harms investment and growth and gives reason to any stakeholder in the Japanese economy to view this proposal with concern.

    Our member companies and others have invested billions of dollars and years of effort in the Japanese renewable energy industry, often in rural regions or economically disadvantaged areas, and their subsidiaries employ thousands of skilled renewable energy professionals within Japan. Indeed, as the renewable power market has matured, larger, more experienced, and more diverse investors have participated – growth that is necessary for a stable, competitive industry.

    The renewable power industry is growing globally and offers opportunities for Japanese technology, construction, manufacturing, and financing organizations, as well as continued partnership with foreign companies and investors.

    Greater use of renewable power also supports Japan’s goal of a clean, diverse, safe, and secure power generation mix, reduces Japan’s dependence on imports of fossil fuel, and is essential for Japan to meet its COP21 commitments on reduction of CO2 emissions.

    With this new proposal, after years of commitment to renewable energy, Japan risks ceding its leadership in the industry and damaging its well-earned reputation for stability, transparency and rule of law, for several reasons:

    • First, the proposal does not differentiate between assets that have achieved development or construction milestones and have credible sponsors, and assets that lack these attributes (which are presumably those causing concern).
    • Second, the proposed changes to program deadlines do not account for typical – or even accelerated – timelines relative to historical averages or industry norms. The deadlines, as proposed, are subject to local governmental and newly introduced utility-driven processes that have not yet been defined.
    • Further, power plant development and construction requirements vary by region; but the proposal treats all assets in the same way. Sponsors that follow industry best practices and build for durability and safety may find themselves penalized by the introduction of new deadlines set without regard for the need to comply with existing third-party stakeholder and relevant local agency review processes.

    Investors deploy capital based on the expectation of regulatory stability that accounts for these industry norms. Any modification to a regulatory framework that is backward-looking, or applies timelines that do not accommodate industry realities, will be regarded as de-facto retroactive, and equivalent to regulatory expropriation of rights. Some investors may even find that significant investments are put at risk by policies which would give rise to claims under investment protection insurance coverage that are usually only procured for projects in developing countries.

    We hope that METI and other government stakeholders, working in good faith with industry participants, will take the time required to adequately consider the impact that this measure would have on many local economies and on the perceived risks associated with foreign direct investment in Japan. At a minimum, additional consideration should be given to projects that have met demonstrable milestones and that have made good-faith progress on remaining planning requirements.

    We are optimistic that the Japanese government and industry stakeholders can find a solution that supports the government’s priorities while protecting both Japanese and non-Japanese investors and reinforcing Japan’s reputation for stability.

  • 14 Nov 2018 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Last night ANZCCj held its Annual General Meeting at the Australian Embassy, where members voted for seven Executive Council members for the 2018-2020 two-year term.

    Congratulations to the successful candidates (in alphabetical order):

    • Tim Barnstable, Saputo Dairy Australia (Corporate Sponsor)
    • Elizabeth Cox, Macquarie Group (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Ian Scott, Atsumi & Sakai (Corporate Sponsor)
    • Martin Spann, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Sally Townsend, Sarment Group (Individual Member)
    • Matthew Walker, AIG Japan Holdings (Corporate Sponsor)
    • Nobi Yamaji, Rio Tinto Japan (Corporate Sponsor)

    These EC members will be joined by the below members who are continuing on the EC as part of their two-year term:

    • Andrew Gauci, Lendlease (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Catherine O'Connell, Catherine O'Connell Law (Individual Member)
    • Clovis Peryer, Air New Zealand (NZ Corporate Sponsor)
    • Kohei Tsushima, Challenger (AU Corporate Sponsor)
    • Tracy Whiriskey, Ashurst (Corporate Sponsor)

    The Special Resolution to amend the Constitution, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass, was confirmed last night. This has amended the Constitution to allow for up to three Vice Chairs, one of which does not need to be an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident or citizen.

    Following on from the AGM last night, the 12 Executive Councillors and 4 Ex-Officio Members from the Australian and New Zealand Embassies met to confirm the appointment of the Office Bearer positions. We are happy to announce that Sally Townsend was confirmed as Chair elect. Sally will be taking over full responsibilities as Chair from Andrew Gauci after the Executive Council meeting in January 2019. Three Vice Chairs have also been elected, Catherine O’Connell, Martin Spann and Nobi Yamaji. Tim Barnstable will be the new Treasurer and Andrew Gauci appointed as Senior Councillor. Melanie Brock will continue as Chair Emeritus.

    Thank you to all who participated in the AGM, in particular those candidates who ran for election. We also wish to thank Ed Cole for his 6 years of service as Vice Chair on the Executive Council. The ANZCCJ's strength comes from the continued and active participation of its members and the strategic leadership of its Executive Council. 

    Minutes from the AGM will be available to members in due course.

  • 09 Nov 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Australian and New Zealand embassies welcome the upcoming entry into force of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).  This history-making agreement will deliver new opportunities for our respective exporters, investors and firms engaged in business here in Japan and in other CPTPP markets.    

    With the first round of tariff cuts to take place on 30 December 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has released information on the application processes for importing products subject to tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under the CPTPP. 

    Further information can be found in Japanese here:

    The list of TRQ items in the above link does not currently cover all items under the CPTPP agreement.  MAFF will make announcements on the remaining commodities at later dates.

    For further information on the CPTPP:

     For Australian businesses, information on the CPTPP can be found here For enquiries, please contact:

    For New Zealand businesses, information on the CPTPP can be found here For enquiries, please contact:

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