• 13 Nov 2017 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ahead of the launch of its eighth season, the Australian Baseball League (ABL) is embarking on an ambitious and innovative growth strategy to capitalise on continuous increases in participation; and the excitement of baseball returning to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

    Not only is the ABL planning to expand from six to eight teams in 2018/2019, it will increase focus on new markets in Regional Australia and Asia as primary targets for expansion teams.

    Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale sees opportunities in Asia as a groundbreaking step for Australian Baseball.

    "There has never been an opportunity of this magnitude in Australian sport before, as baseball has the potential to reach millions of consumers across Asia.” said Vale.

    “Baseball is the number one sport in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, when it comes to attendance, participation and broadcast ratings.”

    "While we are playing between November and February these baseball rich countries are seeking out more baseball games to watch; and further opportunities to develop their players.”

    “We share a time zone and natural broadcast footprint with our northern neighbours, and as such the ABL is perfectly positioned to be the premier Winter league in Asia.” Vale said

    Australia has always had significant ties to Asian baseball, consolidated when in March 2017 Chinese Taipei's World Baseball Classic (WBC) team participated in a series of exhibition games here in Australia which were viewed by millions.

    "Broadcast delivery will be all important in the expansion process," Vale said. "We will design a schedule which encourages local and international broadcast opportunities; and we have already had significant interest following the announcement of the six highly regarded Asian marquee players to play this season.”

    Read the full press release here.

  • 13 Nov 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On October 31st, ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor Meat and Livestock Australia held two rugby clinics in Kamaishi to launch their nutrition program "Aussie Beef de Genki Kids!" and to support earthquake reconstruction in the area. 

    The program aims to support both parents and children's genki  by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through nutrition and sport related events. Andrew Cox, MLA Regional Manager, asserts that “In Australia, Aussie beef and rugby are both great for growing kids - physically and mentally. With the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Sevens rugby in the 2020 Olympics, now is the right time to build partnerships that help make Japanese kids more genki!”. Learn more here.  

    The first clinic was held at Unosumai Elementary School, and gave the children an opportunity to improve their rugby skills coached by ex-Australian national rugby players, Mr. Mark Ella and Mr. Justin Harrison, and Japanese players from Kamaishi Seaweaves.  The children also enjoyed a tasting of Aussie beef steak after the clinic and a friendly practice match of tag rugby. Later in the afternoon, the clinic moved on to Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School for more rugby training.

    Kamaishi-city is well known for rugby and will be a host city for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Learn more about the inspiring story of Kamaishi-city and how it is rebuilding through rugby here.

    On November 3, MLA also hosted a rugby festival in Yokohama, the planned location of the Rugby World Cup Final. 550 people spent the day sampling Aussie beef, taking photos  and participating in rugby training drills and practice matches.

  • 07 Nov 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Applicable flight:        QF34 on 14/18 December 2017 

    Flight schedule:         Thursday 14 December Kaisai / Sydney  1855/0645+1                         Monday 18 December   Kaisai / Sydney  2250/1040+1 

    Eligibility:                  ANZCCJ members and accompanying family & friends

    Price (Adult):             JPY25,000 + TAX for Oneway from Kansai (Osaka) to Sydney. Child fare will be 75% of adult fare. Subject to availability of designated booking class for Special Offer.

    Note : Return flight from Australia must be arranged separately (can buy through


    Change:                      NOT permitted after Ticketing

    Cancellation fee:          Before departure JPY15,000

    Note : Non-Refundable in case of NO SHOW

    Payment:                     Credit card only

    Please send application form by e-mail attachment to QH International Co., Ltd. (Qantas’s subsidiary travel agent)

    Toranomon 37 Mori Bldg.9F

    3-5-1 Toranomon, Minako-ku, Tokyo 105-0001

    First Category Travel Agent No. 980        

    Closing of Application:      COB of Friday 24 November.            

    Contact:                                 Mr Masatomo Shimegi -

    Download Application Form: Here

  • 03 Nov 2017 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Qantas is a proud supporter of the Australian Rugby Union and have been their official Airline since 1990. In 2004, they became the official naming rights partner of the Qantas Wallabies. 

    Qantas will continue to develop their longstanding support of the Wallabies in the lead up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. For the upcoming Wallabies visit in November, Qantas will be holding a rugby clinic for school boys and girls at the Yokohama Country and Athletics Club to support the development of Rugby in Japan. 

    These boys and girls currently enrolled in rugby schools in Kanagawa prefecture, coached by four current Wallabies players, will play against the rugby team from Mosman Church of England Preparatory School.

    For more information please visit: QANTAS_JPN-AUS Rugby Clinic Yokohama1025.pdf (Japanese only)

  • 03 Nov 2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event Summary by Jack Dowling

    On 2 November 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ), the CCCI France Japan (CCIFJ), the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) in collaboration with Japan World Rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC2019) Organising Committee co-hosted the RWC2019 2 Years to go celebration at Happo-en, Tokyo.

    ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus, Melanie Brock was joined by special guests Bill Beaumont, Brett Gosper, Alan Gilpin and Rob Abernethy from World Rugby for a panel discussion about what the Rugby World Cup means for business in Japan.

    The panel focused on increasing the representation of women in rugby from the boardroom to the playing field, the Impact Beyond Programme and legacy goals for the RWC2019, the twofold opportunity for Japan with the RWC2019 followed by the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 and the media strategy including both broadcast media and social media. The panel also discussed the mutual benefits and opportunities that rugby and business can yield from each other.

    The Webb Ellis Cup, which has been on a tour around Japan, made an appearance at the event. The Cup was in Japan for a nationwide Rugby World Cup 2019 two-years-to-go festival, hosted by tournament organisers and is now bound for a worldwide tour starting in London, England.

    Congratulations to Jon Loeffelholz from Oakwood Tokyo and Eamonn Murphy from IJCC for winning tickets in the lucky draw to the Qantas Wallabies versus Brave Blossoms match held on 4 November 2017 at Nissan Stadium, Yokohama.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank Mr Beaumont, Mr Gosper, Mr Gilpin and Mr Abernethy for talking the time to share their knowledge and insights. A special thank you to our co-hosts, CCCJ, CCIFJ and IJCC and our guests for joining us.

  • 31 Oct 2017 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) is an informal organization comprised of foreign chambers of commerce and business groups in Japan mainly for the purpose of information exchange and enhancement of the activities of the component organizations. 

    FCIJ has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the 32nd, survey was conducted between October 18 and 27, 2017, and received 243 valid responses from members of 17 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan. 

    The healthy growth that started in the Fall 2016 survey continued in this survey and shows further improved sentiments compared to the previous survey conducted in April 2017. The respondents remain positive about the Japanese economy, for the next 6 months it is expected to continue to grow. The stronger growth in the economy was also reflected in the performance of the companies, while in the sales forecast for the coming six months the respondents were also more optimistic than in April.

    This time the survey included two alternating questions. The first was on how the business climate would be affected by the planned changes in inheritance and gift tax laws. 75% reported that it would have no impact while 19% thought it would have some negative and 7% strong negative impact.

    The second alternating question was regarding BREXIT for Europeans and TPP11 and NAFTA for the others. Regarding TPP11, 41% thought it would have a positive impact, 48% none. NAFTA changes would not have much impact in Japan, 19% expected negative, 75% thought that the changes/negotiations would not impact their business.

    Find the full report here:

    The results for the ANZCCJ are generally consistent with the overall trends. 

    Find the ANZCCJ results here:

  • 29 Oct 2017 5:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched a kid’s nutrition program “Aussie beef de genki kids!”, aiming to support Japanese kid’s genki  through sports like rugby.  As a first step, MLA will hold an "Aussie beef de genki!" Australian rugby event for reconstruction assistance in Kamaishi City on 31 October, and sponsor a BBQ at “Aussie beef de genki! Japan-Australia kid’s rugby festival in Yokohama” on 3 November.   For full details on these events, visit MLA Japan's website.

    Supporting kid’s healthy life through sports like rugby

    There are many Australian active athletes in Japan and many people associate Australia with rugby. Mega sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Olympics in 2020 will be held in Japan.  MLA will conduct nutrition-related activities that aim to support both parents and children's 'genki' through food and sports.

    Monthly column and recipes for kid’s nutrition

    A monthly column by Professor Uenishi of Joshi Eiyo University will be posted on MLA's website starting December.  The column will feature the health benefits of Aussie beef for kids' nutrition and a monthly recipe. 

    Andrew Cox, MLA Regional Manager said “In Australia, Aussie beef and rugby are both great for growing kids - physically and mentally. With the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Sevens rugby in the 2020 Olympics, now is the right time to build partnerships that help make Japanese kids more genki!”

    Source: Meat & Livestock Australia Japan
  • 25 Oct 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian Government is undertaking a public consultation on the draft Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill and ANZCCJ is coordinating views from the membership.

    "Critical infrastructure provides services that are essential for everyday life such as energy, food, water, transport, communications, health and banking and finance.

    A disruption to critical infrastructure could have a range of serious implications for business, governments and the community.

    The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, which comprises a policy statement and a plan for practical implementation, aims to ensure the continued operation of critical infrastructure in the face of all hazards.

    More resilient critical infrastructure supports the continued provision of essential services to businesses, governments and the community, as well as to other critical infrastructure sectors.

    Secure and resilient infrastructure supports productivity, and helps to drive the business activity that underpins economic growth."

    The Attorney-General's Department is the lead agency for critical infrastructure. For details on the consultation process, click here. To submit views or comments on the draft bill, email ANZCCJ Executive Director at

    Source: Attorney-General's Department website

  • 19 Oct 2017 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    19 October 2017

    Jacinda Ardern is set to become the next prime minister of New Zealand. The 37-year-old will become one of New Zealand's youngest prime ministers on record and its third woman to lead a government after winning the support on Thursday of the nationalist New Zealand First party headed by Winston Peters.


  • 18 Oct 2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to introduce the 2017-2018 Executive Council who will be:

    Gerard Adams                   Individual Member

    Tim Barnstable                  Murray Goulburn

    Edward Cole                      Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Andrew Gauci                    Lendlease

    Grant Knuckey                   Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

    Kazuya Kurano                  National Australia Bank

    Catherine O'Connell           Individual Member

    Clovis Peryer                     Air New Zealand

    David Shirt                        Macquarie Capital Securities

    Kohei Tsushima                 Challenger Japan

    Sally Townsend                  Individual Member

    Martin Spann                     Commonwealth Bank

    Nobi Yamaji                       Rio Tinto

    Matthew Walker                 AIG Japan Holdings KK

    Tracy Whiriskey                 Ashurst

    The Executive Council was confirmed this week following the ANZCCJ Executive Council Member election that was held at our Annual General Meeting on 17 October 2017 at the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo.  At that election, Gerard Adams, Andrew Gauci, Catherine O’Connell, Clovis Peryer, Kohei Tsushima and Tracy Whiriskey were elected to the Executive Council.

    Tim Barnstable, Edward Cole, Grant Knuckey, Sally Townsend, Martin Spann and Nobi Yamaji will continue on the Executive Council as they complete the second year of their term.

    We are also delighted to welcome to the Executive Council Kazuya Kurano, David Shirt and Matthew Walker who have also agreed to serve having been asked to do so by the other members of the Council exercising their power to co-opt members to the Council.

    The ANZCCJ Office Bearers (Chair, Vice Chairs and Treasurer) were confirmed at the first Executive Council Meeting after the AGM on 18 October 2017.  Andrew Gauci (Chair), Catherine O’Connell (Vice Chair) and Martin Spann will continue on for a second year in their roles.

    ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, noted that it was an acknowledgment of the enthusiasm and engagement of the ANZCCJ’s members that there was a high turnout to vote in the Election and broad support for all candidates.

    Contact: ANZCCJ Executive Director at

    Download Executive Council member list

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