• 20 Mar 2019 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hosted a breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March at the Roppongi Hills Club. Guests were treated to views across the city and a clear image of Mt Fuji. Vice Chair, Catherine O’Connell, as MC, opened the event. The theme for the panel discussion was aligned with the global International Women’s Day designated theme, “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change”. In order to honour and underpin the activities undertaken by many of our members, we profiled a number of women’s photos and quotes that had been included in the Celebrating Women in Japan Twitter campaign, @womenofjapan, an initiative from ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus, Melanie Brock.

    In her opening remarks, ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend, reminded us of the great history of women in leadership our Chamber has enjoyed. Melanie Brock, first female head of the Chamber, who held the position for 6.5 years and now represents ANZCCJ as our Chair Emeritus. And Catherine O’Connell, Co-Vice Chair of the Chamber, who is leading the way for women through becoming the first foreign female law practitioner to open a private firm in Japan. Sally shared her own personal connection to one of the panellist’s corporations: ‘Poppins Edu-care’. As one of Japan’s first education and care providing facilities for both early childhood and elderly support, Sally said they had been making the work-family balance for women returning to work a lot easier.  Their centres are located around large universities and corporations, for example Shiseido and Waseda University. Sally said that her own son has been enrolled at ‘Poppins’ from the age of zero, and she respects and admires the services they offer. 

    The day prior to the event Sally, our second ever female to lead our chamber, was herself breaking records. On 7 March, South Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon. David Ridgway MLC announced Sally as the new Commissioner for the South Australia, Japan and Korea office based in Tokyo, the same day that the Minister announced the newly established South Australia trade office was opening in Tokyo, Japan.

    The Chamber was honoured to host Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC, and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, who jointly proposed a joint toast to “all those women who have nurtured us, inspired us and whose work for and commitment to gender equality has brought us this far along the road, and to those who will share with us the road ahead”. Ambassador Court described his background as being “brought up in a blokey environment, supported by three strong women”, highlighting the role his mother and grandmothers played in shaping his world.  Ambassador Payton remarked that this is a day to celebrate the progress that we are making towards gender equality – “a day for women to celebrate in each other’s company, and for men to remember that when women are not involved on equal terms, it is men too who miss out”.  A copy of both Ambassadors speeches is included below.

    After the breakfast, guests heard from a range of panellists including: Chief Country Officer at Deutsche Bank, Tamio Honma; Vice Chairman, Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Reiko Hayashi; Deputy COO, Global Development and Diversity at Suntory Holdings, Sue Gannon; and President of Poppins Corporation, Maiko Todoroki. ANZCCJ, Chair Emeritus, Melanie Brock moderated the panel. 

    Panellists provided a range of views during the session, all pointing to the morning’s theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change”. Reiko Hayashi started off by highlighting that it is extremely important for women to have friends and a good support network. Melanie asked whether Reiko had sensed any change in the last several years about International Women’s Day or the celebration of women in Japan. Reiko indicated that whilst Japan has been changing, more change is needed as an aging population is now becoming the next issue putting pressure on women and their careers. She said that there is more awareness of opportunities for women to succeed, however, citing the fact that junior high school students now have the chance to attend career days at her firm, as one example. This opportunity was not available when Reiko was young, with the added expectation at that time, that girls needed to grow and learn to become good wives and mothers. However, Reiko observed in recent years that girls were now very ambitious and keen to know what’s going on in the world.

    Next, Melanie introduced Maiko Todoroki, who commented on government support for women in Japan. Maiko stated that we cannot rely solely on the government to bring about change for women. She used her company, Poppins, as an example of a change agent. Through providing nursery and care services for both children and the elderly, Poppins hoped to make it easier for women to return to work and maintain their careers. Although the government offers nursery services, it was perceived as being ‘welfare’ within Japan, and Poppins had to change that mindset. For this reason, Poppins branded their services as ‘educare’, being a care service that also offers beneficial educational opportunities. To learn more about Poppins, go online here:

    From another perspective, Melanie asked Sue Gannon on her thoughts surrounding challenges facing women in Japan. Sue said that over her nearly two years in Japan and working for Suntory Holdings, she would agree with Melanie, that as foreigners we can’t come to Japan and preach to Japanese women. She said foreign women were placed in a different category than Japanese women in the workplace (where both were facing different challenges). Over her time working with Suntory University, Sue said she has been focusing on emerging young women. Her aim is to change the existing perspective that women have to choose between a career and family life.

    Melanie emphasised that it is important to cater towards Japanese women’s needs in the workplace, but asked panellists, what further could be done. Tamio Honma said that female colleagues in Japan have a somewhat different perspective from females in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. In these other Asian countries, there is less stigma surrounding women who get help to care for their children. However, there is an expectation for women in Japan to be ‘perfect’ and there is a great deal of guilt if they are to reach out for assistance. Tamio said we need to change this perspective by creating established role models to show female employees that they don’t have to be perfect, or that there is anything wrong with reaching out for help. Deutsche Bank Japan has been very successful in celebrating women and has elected three women into management positions within the last 5 years. Two of the three women have taken maternity leave. This supports the notion that it is ok to balance a family and a career. 

    Melanie then opened the floor for questions. Regional Director at Edelman Japan, Deborah Hayden, when raising the issue of unconscious bias, gave the example that a man who could be considered bossy, is instead considered to be assertive and/or showing his leadership skills, however, a bossy woman is just seen as being bossy. She asked how this could change. Sue answered that, in Japan, the choices of adjectives for women are an example, like elsewhere of ‘conscious bias’. However, as she went on to say, most people are completely unaware that they are doing this. She suggested we need to talk about this issue more to help people understand the image it is reinforcing. We need companies to provide support for women so they can feel confident to speak up. 

    Another question was raised about elevating men’s position as active fathers at home. The panellists agreed that particularly young men are becoming involved in parenting. Melanie said that she’d often seen dads at the park with their children on Sundays and that young fathers were playing a bigger and more prominent role in parenting but agreed we still have a long way to go.

    Melanie finished the session thanking both panellists and the audience, adding that she believes everyone has a role to play in changing attitudes and perceptions about women and this was just the beginning.  In his closing, Matthew Walker, ANZCCJ’s Executive Council member, said that as a father of an eight-year-old daughter, he too understood that there is still a long way to go in terms of unconscious biases and that no man was impervious to under-representation and other issues facing women in the workplace - it would impact the future work environment for our wives and daughters. 

    Our IWD2019 event attracted as many as 80 attendees and was one of the Chamber’s most successful events in terms of attendee participation. Guests posed a number of engaging questions from the floor, and as one of the panelists mentioned “as women, we need to build connections and support networks”. As a Chamber we hope to facilitate and encourage discussion that will deepen our understanding and work together to change our work environments toward positive change. The engagement by both female and male attendees and presenters created a diverse and open-minded environment in which we could challenge issues surrounding women in Japan. Attendees were able to take home a positive message and motivation to make a change, but it is now up to the Chamber and our stakeholders to keep the discussion and momentum going.

    We are delighted to have had the support of Erika Itaki, Overseas Department Marketing Manager at Lapidem Inc, who attended the event and also provided some small gifts for our attendees. Lapidem is a female founded and run business in Tokyo, based on an ethos that keeping the balance of life will maintain your health. You can learn more about Lapidem online at We thank Lapidem and Ms Itaki for their support.

    This event was a part of ANZCCJ’s Diversity & Inclusion event series. On 26 March, the Rugby Alliance Chambers will host a panel discussion, “Diversity in Rugby” with rugby industry representatives. The focus of the event will be on the growing need and importance of diversity in rugby, both on and off the field.

    ANZCCJ International Women’s Day Event: Official Speech from Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC

    I was one of five boys in our family. On one hand, you could say I was raised in a very blokey environment. On the other hand, you could say I was raised by one very strong woman, my mother, supported by my two grandmothers- that was the case. These five boys went on to have many children, predominantly daughters. Those daughters have thrived in Australia where they have had many opportunities and choices to succeed in different walks of life.

    International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to say thank you to those people who are making it possible for woman around the world to have more choices and options.

    ANZCCJ International Women’s Day Event: Official Speech from New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton

    Kia ora and good morning. Thank you to the Chamber for hosting this event and for inviting Ambassador Court and I to propose this toast. This is a day to celebrate the progress that we are making towards gender equality, with the #MeToo movement and other developments. It is a day for women to celebrate in each other’s company, and for men to remember that when women are not involved on equal terms, it is men too who miss out. We miss out on the company of women, on the insights of women and on the power of women. At an event in the New Zealand Parliament this morning, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has joined the celebrations, but she has also reminded New Zealanders that in New Zealand too there is still a long way to go.  And she has told her audience that they should not underestimate the impact that each individual can have on the women and men around them, in their households, in their communities and in their workplaces, with what they do and what they say about gender equality.  We all have our part to play.

    So let us raise a toast: To all those women who have nurtured us, inspired us and whose work for and commitment to gender equality has brought us this far along the road, and to those who will share with us the road ahead, Happy International Women’s Day.

  • 19 Mar 2019 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 19 March, Fonterra spoke to ANZCCJ members and guests about their journey in Japan. Neville Falkner, General Manager (Marketing and Development) at Fonterra, who has worked for the large dairy collective for 19 years including 5 years at Fonterra Japan (the rest of his time was spent in NZ) spoke on a number of areas.  

    Fonterra is one of the top five dairy companies in the world and its contribution to New Zealand’s economy is huge, with 22,000 employees around the world and making up to 25% of NZ’s exports. There are some important market trends in Japan that Fonterra in Japan has been focusing on. This includes: The milk supply gap in domestic production, increased demand for healthy dairy products due to an increasingly aging society, and overall higher health consciousness in the population. Due to a steady increase in dairy consumption and decrease in the number of Japanese dairy farmers, the gap between supply and demand for dairy products in Japan is getting wider. To expand its sales in Japan and contribute to Japanese society, Fonterra has made several products that meet the Japanese population’s nutritional needs – for more details of the Fonterra products in Japan as well as the trend in Japanese society please refer to the PPT attached to the ANZCCJ FAHC Minutes here.

    Correcting consumers’ misperceptions and increasing market awareness around grass-fed versus grain-fed cows/dairy are also key things Fonterra has been working on. They have joined expos and collaborated with government organisations and other companies as well to try and educate consumers, but there needs to be some sensitivity to how the local market could respond if grass-fed is promoted too strongly as the healthier alternative.

    Fonterra does have a retail presence in Japan – for example there are several shops selling Kapiti products open in Tokyo now and they are trying to promote the brand here in Japan. This is an NZ iconic brand but not Fonterra’s export brand – how to expand the business to retail in Japan is an ongoing challenge for Fonterra in Japan, but they are looking for further opportunities. One thing Neville added was that Fonterra (like other Australian and NZ companies) cannot expect the Japanese to come looking to find out who they are, saying “it’s our job to let them know about us”. See the website for more details on where to buy this product:

    A more detailed report of this meeting is available for ANZCCJ Member's only, including a copy of Neville's presentation.

  • 15 Mar 2019 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, Friday 15 March has been a dark day for New Zealand. The attacks in Christchurch can only be described as sickening and evil, and all of us at the ANZCCJ sincerely send our love and thoughts out to those who were affected by this tragedy. New Zealand is an unlikely target for this form of violence, and today’s events have shaken both the nation and the world.

    In addressing the public, New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern has stated that, “We New Zealanders were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone this racism, or because we are an enclave of extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things”.

    We must not let this hate divide us. Instead we must urge New Zealanders to band together with love and support for one another.

    Kia kaha Christchurch.

  • 13 Mar 2019 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 4 March, ANZCCJ Executive Director presented to the New Zealand UN Youth Globalisation Tour Delegation about the economic links and connections between Japan and New Zealand. The delegation consisted of 14 university students from all around New Zealand, including the University of Otago, the University of Auckland, Massey University, Lincoln University and Victoria University.

    The presentation began with a basic summary of the ANZCCJ, including its history, roles and responsibilities, and the industries it covers. Judith mentioned that although New Zealand meat and dairy is popular in the Japanese market, it is important that the Chamber boosts awareness surrounding other industries, such as education. The next slide displayed a map-like graph, highlighting the key NZ corporations in Japan and how they compare to one another. Judith also brushed on the important programmes that build Japan-NZ cultural links, such as the JET programme and recommended programmes like these as a great opportunity for students to discover Japan, and one day build a career in or related to Japan. The presentation finished with an overview of ANZCCJ’s members and Chamber activities as well as how NZ SME’s were operating in Japan.

    After the presentation, and during discussions, one thing that the UN Youth delegation highlighted was some of the key differences between their perception of Japan (and how NZ is viewed in Japan) with other Asian nations. The delegation’s tour included Singapore, Jakarta, Ho Chi Min, Guangzhou and Shanghai, from which they said there were views there that NZ’s ‘Pure’ brand was still a very effective marketing technique and will continue to be used (and pushed more strongly) in those nations. However, visiting Japan, it became clearer that there was a real need to re-develop NZ’s brand in order to appeal to the Japanese market. The delegation agreed that NZ should focus on kiwi ingenuity when promoting our brand, and highlight areas such as DIY, innovation, and R&D. Judith agreed that, in her own personal opinion, NZ needs to have a clear vision when creating a brand, such as being an open space for technological developments, including on things that would transfer NZ's knowledge and ultimately ‘pure’ brand to the world.

    Contrasting these issues, some negative aspects surrounding Kiwi culture were raised and discussed. One problem discussed was the continuous ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ in NZ, particularly in smaller towns, which stifles creativity. Delegates thought that NZ should learn how to correctly acknowledge and celebrate other’s achievements and be proud of their own accomplishments as well, in order to breed further innovation. Another issue was the need to talk honestly and openly about minority inequality in NZ. As Asian-New Zealanders, some delegates had encountered various forms of racism and tokenism back in NZ, including in the major cities. All ethnic minorities, and well as the LGBT community, needed to be protected in a more inclusive and welcoming environment. Everyone agreed, that if NZ can’t determine and accept its own national identity (which had shifted a lot in the last 30-40 years), it would continue to be difficult to develop and market a single national brand overseas.

    In conclusion, Judith drew attention to the ‘three Es’ that she thinks would help to revive Pure NZ’s brand: Equality, Energy and ‘Ennovation’. New Zealand must represent these values to show our authenticity and value of diversity; our quality of life advantages; and our progress in the fields of sustainable tourism and education.

  • 13 Mar 2019 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ahead of Japan hosting the Paralympics in 2020, On 5 March 2019, the ANZCCJ held a Sports for Business (SFB) meeting with special guest, Paralympic wheelchair runner, Jun Hiromichi. The SFB committee members and guest attendees were able to enjoy an inspiring talk and discussion with the sportsman. Jun participates in mainly category T53 wheelchair racing events and has been competing in Paralympic sporting for 28 years.

    Jun’s story began at the age of 15, when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him paralysed and unable to walk again. Despite being faced with new challenges, Jun said that he was able to maintain a positive mindset. He was lucky to have survived the accident and this, in Jun’s perspective, was another chance to live, and another opportunity to become a better person.

    At the time of the accident, there was very limited information and representation of paraplegic sports in Japan. Most people believed that individuals with disabilities were not capable of doing anything, and this contributed greatly to the stigma and underrepresentation of the minority. However, Jun became aware of other paraplegic athletes at the age of 17 and was inspired to become a racer. Only one and a half years after the accident, in 1994 at the Boston Marathon, Jun competed in his first race. This made Jun the first professional wheelchair runner in Japan.

    Jun gained a strong motivation to learn English and to become a top athlete after meeting the world champion at that time, Jim Knaub, from California. Jim went on to become Jun’s mentor and was able to share his experiences as how to improve his technique and seek sponsorships. This help, and Jun’s own determination, enabled him to compete in the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Summer Paralympics, winning a silver medal in Sydney and a bronze medal in Athens, and placing 7th in London – all in the 800m race. On top of this, Jun won bronze in 2002 at the World Championships in Lille, France.

    Racing bike chairs are handmade, with the main frame and wheel cases being made of carbon fibre. The typical cost ranges between US$6000-8000, depending on the quality of the frame you choose. Often athletes and their families are left to self-fund their travel and equipment, with only a small number of companies willing to sponsor. The number of sponsors for paraplegic athletes is significantly lower than that of other athletes. With respect to sponsorship surrounding Paralympic athletes, Jun said that because Paralympians do not receive as much broadcasting coverage of its athletes, the advertising benefits and exposure to sponsors was limited, especially compared with major sports and tournaments like the Olympics. This is an issue in the industry, but often Corporate Social Responsibility-initiatives are the motive behind some companies who decide to sponsor Paralympic athletes. Jun’s main sponsor is Puma Japan, but he is also supported by Nippon Rent A Car, Mandom and OGK KABUTO.

    In addition to his sporting achievements, Jun has won a number of awards within Japan -including the Oita Prefectural Medal and the Prime Minister’s Award for his participation in the local community. Jun holds various lectures, talk shows, coaching clinics, and is an active guest commentator on radio and TOS TV Oita with OBS Oita Broadcasting. Prior to this, Jun has served as a council committee member of the Japan Para Athletics Federation. He has also worked as the director of the Paralympians Association of Japan and executive director of Sports of Heart. It is brilliant to see such a great sportsman representing minority groups in Japan.

    A copy of the minutes from the SFB meeting – for ANZCCJ members- can be found online here.

  • 07 Mar 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 7 March, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia; Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, Consul-General of Japan to VIC, TAS and SA and the Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC, opened the South Australian trade & investment office. Later that day, Commissioner, South Australia - Japan and Korea was announced, which we were delighted to hear would be our very own Chair, Sally Townsend. The new office will be co-located in the Australian Embassy alongside Austrade.  The office will cover the North East Asia Region – including Korea – which accounts for more than $1.07 billion a year in SA exports. Minister Ridgway said the office was the second to be opened by the Marshall Government as part of its $12.8 million investment, following the establishment of the Shanghai, China, office in November last year. The official press release can be found onlinehere. An official reception was hosted at Happo-en to mark the occasion. Guests were treated to a beautiful 3-course meal matched perfectly with South Australian wine, a sake barrel breaking ceremony, as well as a tuna carving demonstration and when it came time to leave, guests were given a goodie bag of South Australian treats including Haigh’s chocolate and Penfolds wine. Guests included Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair, Dr Akio Mimura, and Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC, as well as representatives from the SA sister prefecture, Okayama, and a large contingent of Tokyo and South Australian business representatives ANZCCJ’s Executive Council together with some industry representatives met with South Australian government and business representatives on 7 March ahead of the official opening of South Australia’s trade office in Tokyo later that day. As part of the lunch meeting, which was hosted at the Park Hyatt, we met with South Australian Governor HE the Hon. Hieu Van Le; Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Hon. David Ridgway MLC; Consul-General of Japan to VIC, TAS and SA, Kazuyoshi Matsunaga; Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment (DTTI), Megan Antcliff; CEO, Food SA, Catherine Sayer; CEO, Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association, Brian Jeffriess AM; CEO, 

    AusVeg SA, Jordan Brooke-Barnett; Chair, AusVeg SA, Kingsley Songer; Director, Low Carbon Economy Unit, Department for Energy and Mining, Richard Day; Official Secretary to the Governor of SA, Mr Hugh Borrowman; and Chief of Staff to Minister Ridgway, Scott Kompo-Harms.

    The South Australian (SA) delegation enlightened us with their trade and economic priorities, including with respect to Japan and their plans to diversify SA’s offerings to the international market. What stood out from the meeting was the overwhelming sense that SA had a strong story to tell in Japan, for example, 80% of Australia’s wine is produced in SA, 90% of Australia’s tuna output is from SA and it hosts the world’s largest li-ion batteries, drawing large international investments from companies like Tesla and NEC. Telling this story would be an important task for the new SA office.

    Some common themes discussed at the lunch included:

    -The need to raise SA’s profile in Japan, as well as SA contributing to the over-arching Australia brand on the ground and in the regions of Japan;

    -Attracting Japanese investment into SA as a priority – and a key way to approach this will be SA looking at a range of possible investors;

    -SA considering Japanese partners as more than investment sources, but considering what know-how, and other partnerships they could potentially tap into within the investment relationship; and

    -The compelling renewable energy story in SA also needed to be shared. SA had a number of successful case studies which has put SA on the map as “the renewable energy state of Australia”. This has left further food for thought as 

    the Chamber works to change perceptions of Australian trade offerings to the Japanese market, and with renewable energies being a priority industry focus area for Australia and Japan as well as our chamber.

    A number of important points were made throughout the meeting, but a key message our chamber delivered to the SA side was that this was the right time for SA to open this office: With a number of high profile events raising Japan’s profile further within the international business community; and Japan’s efforts to open itself up further to the international community with changes in immigration rules, and greater free trade access through FTAs. We also conveyed how important this office would be in offering a gateway for SA companies to learn more about the Japanese market and tap into commercial partnership and investment opportunities here. Without a presence, relationships can’t be fully built and maintained in Japan. We are also glad to 

    see that the new Commissioner, South Australia – Japan, Korea, will be our very own Chair, Sally Townsend. The office officially opened on 7 March, with a ribbon cutting ceremony (photos below – in document), where the office will be co-located within Austrade. Sally started in the role on 18 March.

  • 28 Feb 2019 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday 15 February, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), one of Japan’s largest banks, with a heritage of over 140 years, hosted a global seminar “Australia – Opportunity Abounds”, supported by the Australian Embassy, Austrade, NSW Trade & Investment, QLD Trade & Investment, VIC Trade & Investment, and WA Trade & Investment as well as the ANZCCJ. In attendance were over 60 people, including clients of SMBC and members of the Chamber. Key speakers included the Australian Ambassador HE Richard Court AC, Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner Brett Cooper, NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner Peter Knight, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner Tak Adachi, Commissioner for Victoria to Japan and Korea Adam Cunneen, Government of WA Japan Office Acting Commissioner Richelle Gornik, and Senior Managing Executive Officer at SMBC, Masahiko Oshima. 

    The seminar commenced with opening remarks by the Senior Managing Executive Officer at SMBC, Masahiko Oshima, followed by a greeting by the Australian Ambassador to Japan, Richard Court. 

    The first session commenced with an insightful presentation on the investment opportunities for Japanese enterprises in Australia by Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper. The presentation comprised of four topics: Broader Australian economic trends for 2019; direct foreign investment patterns in Australia; opportunities in Australia for Japanese enterprises, and the role Austrade plays in supporting businesses and investors. Mr Cooper emphasised that the Australian economy has been growing steadily, and will continue to do so, due to the increasing population as a result of immigration. He also mentioned that Japan has become Australia’s second biggest investor, and that there is a plethora of diverse investment opportunities aside from mining.

    Following Mr Cooper’s presentation, Australian State representatives gave presentations about the unique opportunities in their home states. The focus for these presentations was to introduce innovative business areas, such as ‘clean-tech’, energy storage, smart grid, game and creative industries, and life science/test marketing. Peter Knight, New South Wales (NSW) Trade and Investment Commissioner, representing NSW, explained that NSW plays a leading role in Australian economy and is the national hub of clean-tech, raising the opportunities for investment in energy storage and saving. Mr Cooper, on behalf of the Northern Territories (NT), discussed investment opportunities in tourism, energy, minerals and rare earth, space industry and agribusiness in NT. Tak Adachi, Queensland (QLD) Trade and Investment Commissioner, focussed on QLD’s innovation ecosystem which was budding around robotics and life sciences, bio science, renewable energy and ‘agritech’. The QLD Government has started a fund called “Advance Queensland” in the aim of supporting programs that drive innovation, build on QLD’s natural assets, and help raise QLD’s profile as an attractive investment destination. Adam Cunneen, Commissioner for Victoria (VIC) to Japan and Korea, talked about how VIC has established its economy without depending on the natural resources sector, instead focussing on clinical trials and ‘drug discovery’, information communications tech, and building a hydrogen energy supply chain derived from brown coal. Richelle Gornik, the Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner for Western Australia (WA) spoke on how WA has played an important role in Australia-Japan trade for a long time with (with gas exports contributing an overwhelming amount toward Australian goods exports to Japan). Ms Gornik said other innovation abound, with renewable battery development and precious minerals available in WA, and other alternative energy supplies (including Hydrogen) being explored. She said, because of this innovation happening, renewable energy resources offered a big investment opportunity in WA.

    After guests were treated to Allpress coffee and METoA Café’s pound cake, a panel discussion was held between the state government representatives. The panellists discussed newly emerging business opportunities in Australia for Japanese companies. The discussion topics ranged from renewable energy sources and ‘clean-tech’, ICT and creative industries, the drug test market options and collaboration with Australian universities and academics, to high-tech in the agricultural industry. The attendees were interested in Federal Government support, and it was noted that both the Australian ruling, and opposition parties have agreed to provide funding for renewable energy industries, such as hydrogen. A Q&A session was held at the end of the panel discussion. Questions were raised surrounding the high employment costs and low unemployment rate in Australia, what types of investment Japanese companies should consider in Australia, and how the government can increase information surrounding Australian education. Panellists stated that efficiency in the workplace, and opportunities to expand into other Asian markets were key advantages of investing in Australian industries.

    The seminar concluded with closing remarks made by Brett Cooper, emphasising once more that collaboration is the key to everything, and that the door to investment in Australia is always open.

    Thank you to SMBC for hosting the seminar.

  • 21 Feb 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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.

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