• 15 Jun 2017 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Meet Our Ambassadors

    Event wrap up by Eve Bentley

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome both our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC; and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, at an evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club on 14 June 2017. This was a unique opportunity for ANZCCJ members to meet the Ambassadors, hear about their individual connections with Japan, as well as their country’s relationship with Japan, economically, culturally and politically.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci welcomed the Ambassadors, remarking that both of them are “fantastic supporters of the business community,” a sentiment that was shared by the Ambassadors in their speeches regarding the importance of ANZCCJ members in forging business-to-business ties in Japan.

    The evening featured speeches from both Ambassadors, the transcripts of which you can read below, as well as a brief Q&A session. Questions asked included the impact of large sporting events in New Zealand (World Masters Games 2017) and how this could be replicated in Japan in 2021, how to promote diversity in sport and showcase Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, and finally the ambassador’s thoughts on the TPP and climate change agenda in the absence of US Support.

    The ANZCCJ would like to thank the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee, and the Japan New Zealand Business Council for co-hosting this event with us.

    14 June 2017

    Speech, Check against delivery

    Speech by HE Stephen Payton, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan

    Minasan Kombanwa.

    Ladies and Gentlemen good evening, I am delighted and a little bit embarrassed to be in the spotlight this evening.

    I would like to thank the Chamber for hosting this event, and particularly Chairman Shindo and Vice-Chairman Kojima for attending tonight despite your busy schedules.

    I would like to say at the outset, how much I have appreciated the work of the ANZCCJ and the support it gives to New Zealand’s work in Japan. A very successful lunch hosted by the Chamber for the New Zealand Prime Minister is just the latest example. We value our relationship very much.

    I would also like to record my appreciation for the good cooperation we enjoy with our good colleagues at the Australian Embassy, not least Ambassador and Mrs Court.

    As requested, let me talk briefly about myself. I first came to Japan with my wife Janet Lowe in 1984, and we learnt Japanese in Yokohama and worked as second secretaries at the Embassy.

    We came back to Japan in 1994, I was consular-general in Osaka, Janet worked for the WHO in Kobe, we lived in Kobe with our two young daughters. We were there for the earthquake.

    We have also lived and worked in Fiji, and in Brussels. Janet was the Deputy Head of Mission in Tokyo when I was director of the NZ commerce and industry office in Taipei. I have also worked as New Zealand’s APEC senior official, including when Japan hosted APEC in 2010.

    Three years ago, when Janet was appointed New Zealand Ambassador to the Netherlands, I joined her there and spent two years doing short term assignments including as acting Ambassador in Brussels, Rome and Warsaw. Janet will finally join me here in Tokyo in August (hopefully).

    I am delighted to be back in Japan, and to be here through the Rugby World Cup, Olympics and Paralympics. This is a fascinating country, a very important partner for New Zealand in a very important and difficult region, and this is a very interesting time to be working anywhere.

    That’s enough about me, what about New Zealand and its relationship with Japan?

    This is our longest standing relationship in Asia, and among our most important relationships anywhere in the world. Our close diplomatic relationship over many years is based on shared values and a strong desire to see stability and prosperity in this region, our own region and globally, and we have a growing defence relationship.

    We have strong trade, investment and commercial ties that go back over many years. These have been focused in such areas as Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aluminum, Tourism and Education. In recent years there has been growing cooperation in new areas such as Energy and various technologies.

    New Zealand does not have preferential access to the Japanese market through a bilateral free trade agreement, therefore TPP has been particularly important for us in this market. The United States’ withdrawal from TPP agreement was very disappointing, Japan’s willingness in the realisation of TPP 11 is very encouraging. At the same time, we are seeking to work with Japan in the area of agriculture in new ways, particularly in Hokkaido.

    As with Australia, our political and economic relationship with Japan has been supplemented over many years by growing people-to-people links, sister cities, friendship societies, cultural exchanges, sports exchanges, educational exchanges, etc.

    Nevertheless, we believe the average Japanese person does not know much about New Zealand beyond the few stereotypical images. This remains a challenge.

    As two countries who experience earthquakes and other natural disasters we cooperate in disaster response and preparedness, in recent year there has been more contact between the Maori and Ainu indigenous peoples. We are still finding new things to do together.

    Looking forward, I believe we will continue to build on the strong relationship I have described, we want to work closely with Japan to address the political and security challenges in this region and beyond.

    We want to deepen and broaden our economic relationship on the basis of a successful TPP agreement and we hope to use the RWC in 2019, the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, and the World Masters Games 2021 to introduce New Zealand and the opportunities of New Zealand to a wider range of Japanese.

    Thank you very much.

    - Ends -


  • 14 Jun 2017 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event summary: An Evening with Joe Schmidt and Irish Rugby

    By Emma Kodaka and Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    As the Ireland Mens national rugby team prepared to face Japan in two tests (Tokyo and Shizuoka), members from Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan ( ANZCCJ), British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) heard from one of the leading coaches in world rugby, Joe Schmidt, and Paul Dean, a player from the touring squad.  The Irish Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington, was among the guests at this exclusive event organised by the IJCC.

    The Irish squad and management held their first full training session in Tokyo, before departing by to Hamamatsu, ahead of Saturday’s opener at the Ecopa Stadium.

    Schmidt and Dean shared with the audience that “Japan are capable of beating the best teams in the world, so it will be a big step up, and we’ll have to improve on last week.”

    Even though training has been intensive and players have been under pressure, Coach Schmidt revealed that the team is getting used to the culture and will have their first ‘real taste’ of Japan, on a day off, with two groups going to see sumo wrestlers in training.

    Following the interactive discussion, guests were invited for an exciting networking opportunity, as well as a buffet and free flowing drinks.

    For media and other inquiries contact ANZCCJ Executive Director, Cristina Merino at

  • 05 Jun 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is hard to believe that 90% of Japanese consumers don’t know the best way to enjoy red meat steak. According to a consumer survey conducted by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), less than 10% of respondents have ever cooked 2cm thick steaks at home.  Steak cuts generally sold at Japanese supermarkets are 1cm thick.

    To help educate consumers on the best way to enjoy an Aussie beef steak, MLA is launching its first -ever Aussie beef  pop up shop “Let’s Barbie with Aussie beef” to experience authentic Aussie style BBQ in Omotesando from 6 to 18 of June. Additionally, this year’s summer campaign will provide consumers with tips on how to cook the perfect steak and how to enjoy thick cut Aussie beef.

    The Pop Up Shop will offer three different types of Aussie beef steak varieties: “Beauty” (dry fruit & ginger), “Genki” (garlic and chilli), and “Let’s Barbie” (mint & lime flavours) for 500 yen each. Shoppers will also be able to purchase thick cut steaks to cook at home for 1,200 yen each.  

    Visit the Pop Up Shop to enjoy live performances and connect with the #tag “Daburuatsu” with your photos at the POP UP STORE.

    For more information , please see the campaign website:

  • 31 May 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    New technologies and innovation are changing the face of agriculture and Australia is one of the leading forces in the Agtech revolution. The seventh installment of the ANZCCJ SME Support Program launched the latest ANZ In Focus Report: “Agtech – advance Australia agriculture”.

    As ANZ’s Head of Agribusiness Mark Bennet explained, Australian agriculture will see an unprecedented change over the next twenty years, brought on by new investment and new technologies. This change will occur across the entire supply chain and will arguably be a greater catalyst than the ‘green revolution’ from the 1930s to the 1960s, where the growth of herbicides, pesticides and fertiliser saw agricultural productivity rise rapidly.

    The term “AgTech” takes in a broad field of technologies which are being directly implemented in the agricultural supply chain, both on their own or integrated with other technologies. The event provided the perfect opportunity for ANZ to raise awareness of opportunities for Japanese and Australian SMEs to partner in agribusiness, noting that Japan is already Australia’s second highest agribusiness value market.  The presentation also highlighted the strong potential for further mutual growth and as Bennet noted, "Australia must look to Japan as a leader in technology to develop opportunities for Australian agriculture".

    The presentation was followed by a networking session that facilitated business matching between around 70 CEOs from Australia and Japan in the food and agriculture/farming sector.

    A huge thank you to our guest speaker Mark Bennet, Head of Agribusiness ANZ; ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Grant Knuckey, ANZ CEO Japan; and event MC ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Kohei Tsushima, Challenger Limited Japan.

    For ANZCCJ media inquiries contact  Cristina Merino, Executive Director at

  • 29 May 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ was honoured to host the Rt Hon Bill English, the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a working luncheon where he spoke to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. Click on the button below to watch a video of his speech. 



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  • 26 May 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    26 May 2017

    Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) make Australia more competitive in international trade.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), with ITS Global, is undertaking an independent study of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) utilisation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

    The Study will analyse FTA utilisation and the broader impact of FTAs on Australian business activity and will make recommendations to support FTA policy, implementation and advocacy.  The research covers all of Australia’s FTAs, with an emphasis on the most recent agreements with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.   
    We value your business’ contribution to this important research, and would appreciate your assistance in completing a short online business survey, a key component of the research.  The survey should take 10-12 minutes to complete. Please note that the data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate and your private information will remain confidential. 


    You may receive an invitation to participate in the survey from other channels. We kindly request only one response. Thank you very much if you have already participated.

    The survey participation period closes on Friday 9 June 2017.

    Should you have any questions in regards to the survey, or experience any technical issues, please contact Sarah Macchiavelli on +61 (2) 6271 3029 or

    Australian Government Statistical Clearing House Approval number: 02551-01

    Supported by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.


  • 25 May 2017 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr Chris Atwell, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 2002-2004.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

    Read Chris Atwell's farewell message to ANZCCJ when he left Japan to return to Australia in 2004.




        As I conclude my employment assignment of over 4 years in Japan and whilst into my 42nd working year, I have elected to retire from ANZ Banking Group Limited.


    Throughout my time in Tokyo, I have been privileged to have been able to be a part of the life of the ANZCCJ and its membership, and leave Japan in the confidence that the Chamber will continue to thrive and play an ongoing and relevant role to the Australian and New Zealand business communities here.


    Both Barbara and I wish you well in your business careers and also long life and happiness for the future.

    In the event that you are passing through Sydney in the future, we would be delighted to have the opportunity to catch up.


    Our contact details are held by the Secretariat/Manager.




    Chris Atwell 


  • 23 May 2017 12:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a Chamber, we are always on the lookout for high quality Australian and New Zealand produce featured in Japan. As such, we are delighted to inform you that the Park Hyatt Tokyo showcases various Australian and New Zealand produce at their New York Grill, Peak Lounge, Pastry Boutique and finally at their signature French brasserie, Girandole. If you are looking for high quality Australian and New Zealand produce and wine in a sophisticated setting, we personally recommend looking to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. 

    The hotel currently serves Australian tenderloin, New Zealand beef sirloin and Australian Lamb at their French brasserie, Girandole and Cobram Silver olive oil (AUS) and Australian Lamb at New York Grill.

    There is a range of Australian wine at Girandole and the Peak Lounge as well as lamingtons available at our Pastry Boutique and finally iconic Australian pavlova available at the New York Grill.

    Learn more about the new chef of their signature French brasserie, Girandole here. 

  • 22 May 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    22 May 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    April and May have been marked as significant months for the ANZCCJ, with visits from the Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo MP, as well as the New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English and his accompanying business delegation. Amid global concerns about entering a new era of protectionism with regards to trade, regional trade meetings held in Vietnam over the past weekend (Sunday 21 May) are pivotal for the future of Australian and New Zealand trade liberalisation and associated benefits. 

    The Australian and New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have respectively released their perspectives on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) which has been under negotiation, between the 16 members, for the past four years and is hoping to be finalised by the end of 2017. The RCEP builds upon the strong relationships that Australia and New Zealand already have in Asia, has the potential to open up many more opportunities with the region's fastest growing economies and provide strategies for further growth. 

    Similarly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has also been a topic of discussion for both countries visiting ministers, as Australia, New Zealand and Japan lead the primary discussions for TPP 11, an agreement which promises economic benefits despite the United States withdrawal. Aiming to liberalise the flow of goods among countries in the Pacific Rim, TPP would ultimately result in new economic opportunities for Australian and New Zealand businesses.  Access to new markets provides our exporters with opportunities for expansion as well as our physical proximity to Asia giving us a comparative advantage to benefit from Asia-led trends of a growing middle and upper class, rising incomes, and increasing urbanisation.

    TPP aims to provide a way to promote regional economic integration, contribute positively to the economic growth prospects of its member countries, and create new opportunities for all stakeholders involved, including workers, families, businesses and consumers. These efforts would address our concern about protectionism, contribute to maintaining open markets, strengthening the rules-based international trading system, increasing world trade, and raising overall living standards. The recent regional trade meeting in Hanoi underlined the vision for TPP to be expanded in the future to other economies, as well as for the TPP agreement assessment to be prepared before the next APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in November of 2017.

    As such, given this month’s significant free trade discussions and negotiations, the ANZCCJ is motivated to continue to pursue the outcomes of their roundtable talks with the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) in Japan, as well as the aforementioned objectives presented by the visiting trade ministers respectively, and Prime Minister English.

    To read the actions and outcomes from the 23rd Meeting of APEC Ministers responsible for Trade, click here.

    To read more about the RCEP from the Australia DFAT, click here.

    To read more about the RCEP from the New Zealand MFAT, click here.

     For more information, or general inquiries, please contact


  • 18 May 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Welcomes New Zealand & Japanese Business Leaders to a Luncheon with Rt Hon Bill English


    By Sam Brustad

    The ANZCCJ hosted the Rt Hon Bill English, the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a working luncheon where he spoke to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017.

    • The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, Dr Mary English, Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, and a delegation of leading business representatives from NZ.
    • This was part of Mr English’s first visit to Asia as Prime Minister, and he spoke at length about the strong relationship between Japan and New Zealand, as well as the future of the TPP11 deal.
    • Following the lunch was a round table for business leaders, and the signing of a ‘sports collaboration’ Memorandum of Understanding between the Japanese and New Zealand govts.

    The ANZCCJ was proud to host a working luncheon for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Bill English and his wife, Dr Mary English, at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. In attendance from the Prime Minister’s delegation was the Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, leading business representatives from NZ, and local NZ media. Also in attendance were the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, members of the ANZCCJ executive council, and local New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders.

    The event MC was ANZCCJ Executive Council Member, Catherine O’Connell, and HE Ambassador Payton introduced the Prime Minister. Both spoke of the rich potential for bilateral cooperation that this trip represented.

    During his speech Prime Minister English spoke about his visit with Prime Minister Abe later that afternoon, and how best NZ could build on the “strategic cooperative partnership” that they had built with Japan. PM English stated that NZ had become known in Japan as a “reliable, safe supplier of high quality foodstuffs” and that Japanese investment into NZ enjoyed a stellar reputation for being high quality, long-term, and relationship-oriented.

    He also acknowledged that Japanese investment had been key in helping to establish many NZ industries such as aluminum production. On top of this, joint investment and aid by NZ and Japan has been beneficial to the Pacific region and the NZ-JP relationship. Key to NZ’s success as one of the highest performing economies within the OECD, according to English, was high rates of transparency in govt and NZ’s open society that welcomed foreign trade, investment, and migrants.

    One of the key messages of the PM’s Speech was to show how both NZ and Japan were strongly in favour of the TPP11 trade deal, as they were the only two countries to have ratified the original TPP agreement. PM English also stated that this agreement would play an important role in securing global financial stability, restoring confidence in multilateral trade deals and combat harmful protectionist rhetoric. He hopes to impress this upon ministers at a meeting to discuss this issue in Hanoi next week, with the aim that through greater trade and growth the US will once again be willing to join the deal. PM English also spoke about NZ’s fear of instability in East Asia due to the actions of the North Korean government, and the importance of international legal institutions in resolving the ongoing territory disputes within the region.

    Finally, on the subject of Rugby, the PM welcomed the signing of the MoU on Sports Collaboration. In ending his speech, the PM spoke of the common democratic values that link Japan and New Zealand despite their geographic distance and cultural differences.

     Following this was a speech by JNZBC Chair, Mr Kiyotaka Shindo.

     ANZCCJ Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

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