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December 2017 Issue 



Joint Chamber Bonenkai 2017

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Message from the Chair

This month we look back on 2017, a year of growth for ANZCCJ.  The Chamber has reached new heights in membership, event participation and industry influence. Our corporate membership is up 12% from last year, with significant growth in the sports, tourism and hospitality sectors. We have hosted more events than ever before, and significantly expanded our reach through our media platforms. Our full membership and sponsorship summary can be found here.

Growth can also be seen in Australia/ New Zealand – Japan relations in a broader sense. Earlier this year, ANZCCJ made a submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper 2017by addressing key challenges for Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan. It was found that there is a lack of on-ground presence of Australian and New Zealand companies in Japan, impeding business growth prospects and the potential to deepen business relations. There is also a clear lack of understanding about Australian products among Japanese consumers. Research has shown that consumers perceive our product offerings to be lacking in sophistication, primarily comprising of raw materials and ingredients.

The Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper 2017 has since been released and has addressed these concerns. Japan is acknowledged as a global economic giant and Australia’s ‘Special Strategic Partner’, sharing many of Australia’s central values. The policy seeks to deepen economic ties, trade and investment with Japan and to strengthen economic dialogue to complement the existing FTA. The lack of understanding of Australian product offerings is also addressed, with the policy aiming to develop a strong and consistent “nation brand” to market Australia’s commercial, educational and cultural credentials in a competitive global market. Additionally, the policy fundamentally embraces trade openness, and aims to help Australian businesses and workers benefit from an open and competitive economy.

Earlier in the year, Japan released the 2017 Diplomatic Bluebook. In this, Japan has acknowledged Australia and New Zealand as important partners, and its commitment to strengthening relationships with the two countries. Japan has committed to further advancing the EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) with Australia. There is a strong emphasis on how the three countries share common values such as openness to trade.

Similar, in its Japanese Investment in Australia report published in July, Austrade confirmed that Japan is Australia’s second largest export market and second largest source of foreign investment, valued at A$91 billion. Some 421 Japanese companies operate in Australia, providing over 58,000 jobs. The report concluded that Japanese investment in Australia is diversifying, and will continue to expand to ensure future prosperity. 

We have also seen a rise in investment deals between Japanese and Australian companies. Major deals this year include, Tokyo based MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings’ acquisition of an approximate 6.3% of outstanding shares of Challenger LtdLendlease’s infrastructure joint venture with Soft Bank Group to develop and own telecom infrastructure assets in the United States, Mizuho and Marubeni Corporation’s successful completion of a trial transaction between Japan and Australia over a blockchain/DLT network, and Nishio Rent All’s definitive Share Sale Agreement to acquire 80% shares of North Fork Pty Ltd, just to name a few. 

Economic cooperation between Japan and New Zealand also became a hot topic in 2017 amid news on negotiations for a revised Trans Pacific Partnership. Trade between Japan and New Zealand is dominated by natural and food products such as dairy, beef, fish, wood and aluminium, but in recent years we have seen an increasing focus on tech exports as well, as demonstrated in this year's JNZBC Conference in Osaka

In 2018 we look forward to upcoming events such as the SME Support Program IT Industry Insights,  ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2018,the Ashurst M&A Year in Review and the Dream Collective’s Equip the Next Generation of Female Leaders Luncheon. We will look to build upon a good start to the year and make 2018 as beneficial as possible for all our members.  

December marks the end of a fabulous stint at the Chamber for our outgoing Executive Director, Cristina Merino. Cristina has shown tremendous leadership in the role and has contributed so much in making the Chamber the successful organisation that it has become.  On behalf of all at the Chamber I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and wish Cristina all the best in her future endeavours. This month we will be welcoming Judith Hanna as our new Executive Director. Judith has huge shoes to fill and I look forward to her adding her strengths to the organisation to build upon the strong base that we have.

Finally, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all our members! If you are looking for great Christmas deals in Tokyo, take a look at the ANZCCJ's Guide to Christmas and New Year's to learn about the exciting events and offers available through our sponsors. Stay well. 

Andrew Gauci



Australian Government releases Foreign Policy White Paper

The Foreign Policy White Paper, is the first comprehensive policy paper on Australia’s international engagement since 2003, and charts a clear course in a time of change and uncertainty. It sets out the Government’s strategy for engaging with the world, and in particular the Indo-Pacific region, over the next decade.

To protect and advance our interests, Australia will take on a more active foreign policy stance, working with partners and allies in the region, and drawing on all resources at hand. 

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Bluenotes Analysis of the Foreign Policy White Paper and what it means for Australia

ANZ Bluenotes has posted an analysis of the recent Foreign Policy White Paper.

According to the article, the White Paper seeks to thread the needle between the country’s need to bolster its security ties with the United States while at the same time acknowledging the importance of China as an economic partner and regional hegemon-in-the making.


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Lendlease partners with Mitsubishi Estate Asia at Melbourne Quarter  

Lendlease has announced it secured one of Japan’s largest property companies, Mitsubishi Estate Asia, as a joint venture partner in Melbourne Quarter’s first residential building, East Tower.

Mitsubishi Estate Asia and Lendlease will each hold a 50 per cent interest in the 44-storey building – Lendlease’s largest residential tower in Australia – which will offer views over the CBD, the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. Construction of East Tower commenced earlier this month.  

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Hitachi investing A$1.25bn in Australian ‘social innovation’ to 2020

In a recent Social Innovation Forum held in Brisbane, Hitachi announced that they have committed A$1.25 billion to ‘social innovation’ projects in Australia to the year 2020.  

Social innovation, according to Hitachi, is “using innovative technologies and business solutions to address the key trends and challenges facing society”.

Hitachi has already invested A$875 million in 2016-2017, most of which were allocated to developing mining technology. The innovations developed in Australia would then be exported globally.

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NEC Australia wins 2017 Investment Award         

The Japanese firm, NEC, was declared the winner of the 2017 Investment Award, highlighting the company’s contribution to the Australian economy.

The company employs over 1, 800 people in Australia, and has been investing in Australia’s ICT community for over 50 years. NEC displayed its commitment to Australia by opening an Australian headquarter and Innovation Centre in Melbourne, and a Global Security Intelligence Centre in Adelaide.  

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Japan SR Association has announced the Super Rugby 2018 match schedule for HITO-Communications Sunwolves. 

From 2018, the Sunwolves will join the Australian Conference and as such will play eight home games, four matches in Australia, two in New Zealand, and two in South Africa.

The team has created the Sunwolves Founders Club to provide hospitality services and VIP passes to club members. For more details on club membership click here




SME Support Program: Emerging Opportunities in Australian Service, IT & Innovation Industries

20 Dec Jan 2017  | 3:00PM - 6:30PM | Mitsubishi Bldg Conference Square 

The next installment of the ANZCCJ SME Support Program will look at the emerging opportunities for Australian and Japanese SMEs in the service, IT and innovation sector.

The seminar will feature speakers from the Queensland State Government, who will provide insights into developing business in the Australian market, and three Japanese companies that operate in the information technology industry.


Ashurst M&A Year in Review 2017 

17 Jan 2018  | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Australian Embassy, Tokyo

ANZCCJ and Ashurst extend an invitation to ANZCCJ Members to attend one of our signature events, 'Japan-Australia M&A Year in Review' to be held on 17 January 2018 at the Australian Embassy Tokyo.

In this year's Japan-Australia M&A Year in Review, Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Tokyo), Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Melbourne) and Arabella Dove (Counsel, Melbourne) will reflect on trends in Japanese investment into Australia during 2017 and identify upcoming opportunities for Japanese investors in Australia.




Equip the Next Generation of Female Leaders Luncheon       

19 Jan 2018  | 11:00AM - 2:00PM | The Peninsula, Tokyo

ANZCCJ Corporate Sponsor, The Dream Collective (TDC) is the largest network for young female professionals in Australia. 

We invite you to join us at a 3-course luncheon at The Peninsula, with a keynote speech from the General Manager from The Peninsula, a panel of top female executives in Japan, and meet fellow young female leaders. Together let us start an important conversation on how we can successfully equip and empower the next generation of talent, to help female talent thrive in the workforce and become leaders. 



ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2018

19 Jan 2018  | 6:30PM - 9:00PM | Conrad Tokyo (Bar & Lounge 28)

Relax in the new year with fellow members and friends in the stylish Bar & Lounge TwentyEight on the 28th floor of Conrad Tokyo.  Join us for a casual night of networking featuring breathtaking night views of Tokyo, a full buffet dinner, free flow drinks and live music. 

Two lucky guests will go home with excellent door prizes courtesy of Conrad Tokyo.

We look forward to seeing you there to toast to the new year!