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Subject:                           ANZCCJ Newsletter November 2016


November 2016 Issue 



ANZCCJ Building on Success, 31 Oct 2016

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It is both an honour and a privilege to be elected the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan. There is much to do to advance business relationships between Australian/NZ and Japanese organizations and the Executive team and I will work extremely hard to take strong steps forward in creating opportunities for our members. Once again, a big thank you to Melanie Brock for leading this Chamber so skillfully over the last six years and we look forward to her continued input as Chair Emeritus.

Over my first month as Chair, I naturally found myself thinking about the future, specifically the direction businesses need to be heading to maintain their competitive edge in Asia. Which is why having the ANZCCJ represented at the Australia Business Asia Conference in Kuala Lumpur this month was so important. Through participating, we link the direction of our Chamber with the work being done all around the region to promote Australian (and in turn New Zealand) business interests. 

Two key themes that came out of this conference were representation and the importance of person-centric thinking. With Asian countries representing seven of Australia’s top 10 trading partners and three quarters of our exports, the fact that only 9% of Australian companies have a presence in Asia is troubling. This number is growing however, largely lead by SMEs and entrepreneurs. For Australian and New Zealand organisations to be able to compete in Asia, representation is key – hitting home the importance of having a company base in the market to show commitment to customers and stay up to date with consumer trends. For success in Japan, and Asia more broadly, our political and government leaders need to acknowledge the achievements of their returning diaspora - that is the core finding of a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report launched at the conference: Our diaspora’s got talent: Australia’s advantage in Asia.  Any successful company will speak of the incredible importance of nurturing talent and promoting ongoing employee development. Like many of you, I have found doing this on the ground here in Japan leads to securing committed and engaged employees that are essential in establishing and maintaining lasting relationships with clients and stakeholders. 

As the ANZCCJ builds on its success, we will work on delivering further value to members. Through programs that have already been established, such as our SME support event series (with the fifth installment having been held this month on 29 November), we want to continue to push the entrepreneurial spirit of our members and maximise their potential.

There is much to be optimistic about the future of Australia and New Zealand business in Japan. I am extremely grateful to our members who are already doing a fantastic job at setting a strong example to new companies looking to expand into Japan. 

 Andrew Gauci



Tourism Australia appoints new Country Manager for Japan

Tourism Australia has appointed Joe Yoshiyuki Nakazawa as its new Country Manager Japan, taking up the Tokyo-based role on 1 December 2016. Prior to his current role, Mr Nakazawa was with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he has worked for eight years as Country Manager Japan. Before IATA, he worked as a senior executive at JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) where he managed travel trade relationships, including new business development and e-commerce.

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Farewell Message to Melanie Brock from Mr Takenori Noda, Mayor of Kamaishi City

Earlier this month at our ANZCCJ Building on Success Event, we celebrated outgoing Chair Melanie Brock's six-year service to our Chamber. Click below to read this heartfelt message from Kamaishi Mayor Noda.

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Australian Embassy Tokyo launches new Facebook page

2016 is a special year as it marks the fortieth anniversary of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Australia and Japan.  We invite you to watch a video message from Australian Ambassador, HE Bruce Miller, outlining how the Embassy seeks to build on the Australia-Japan relationship through social media. 

Watch video message

The benefits of JAEPA for Australian financial service providers

The Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) is by far the most liberalising free trade agreement that Japan has ever concluded. It ensures that Australian financial service providers can establish or acquire institutions as branches in Japan.  ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, was featured as a case study on the benefits of JAEPA.

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Australian Company Servcorp Opens its 15th location in Tokyo

Servcorp officially opened its latest 5-star Serviced Office location at Level 8 Tri-Seven Roppongi with an opening reception party on Thursday, 10 November. The new location brings the total number of Servcorp locations in Japan to 24, and is the 15th to be opened in Tokyo.

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The Rising Sun rising again in Australia

Former Asia Pacific editor and deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review, Greg Earl, explores how the Australia-Japan relationship is set for a revival despite concerns about slow growth. "Some entirely new business models are slowly breathing new life into a relationship which began with the wool trade more than a century ago."

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FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Fall 2016

The results of the latest survey of Foreign Chambers in Japan are out. The views on the Japanese economy have improved and expectations of growth are higher than in the previous survey in April 2016. The reported and expected sales and profitability estimates remain positive but on lower levels to those reported in the April survey.

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AU/NZ respondent results





ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2017

12 January | Roppongi Hills Club

Join our Patrons Ambassador Miller and Ambassador Payton, members and guests at the Roppongi Hills Club, one of the most sought-after event spaces in Tokyo.


Register here


Ashurst M&A Year in Review 2016

17 January | Australian Embassy Tokyo

In this year's Japan-Australia M&A Year in Review, Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Tokyo), Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Melbourne) and Geread Dooley (Senior Associate, Sydney) will reflect on trends in Japanese investment into Australia during 2016, and key lessons learned from the deals Ashurst has been involved in.

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Food Agriculture Hospitality Committee Meeting

9 December | Me's Cafe & Kitchen

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Sports for Business Committee Meeting

16 January | venue TBA

Register here

To view all upcoming events, visit our website.


Looking for a little taste of home?

After a recommendation from our Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee, ANZCCJ has created a directory of Aus/NZ themed cafés and restaurants in Tokyo and a listing of ANZCCJ member suppliers of imported ingredients. Be sure to send through your favourite recommendations!

View Directory Here


Penfolds Wine, a great gift idea for the upcoming holiday season

Penfolds, part of Treasury Wine Estates, offers high quality Australian wine right here in Japan! This wine is great for any occasion, especially the upcoming holiday season with their fabulous gift wrapping options. Head along to the Penfolds tasting and gift wrapping station at Costco in Kawasaki, Amagasaki, or Kanazawa between 14-16 December.

Penfolds Website

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Nikkei Asian Review, three-month subscription offer exclusively for ANZCCJ members

Nikkei Asian Review is the only publication bringing you the latest world news and insight from a uniquely Asian perspective. For a limited time only, Nikkei is offering ANZCCJ members a three-month subscription for just $9.

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Exclusive invitation to ANZCCJ Members to join the "Sunwolves Founders Club"

Help support Japan's Super Rugby team, the Sunwolves in 2017! Started in 2016, this Club offers members exclusive access to the team. This year the offer has been extended to members of the ANZCCJ! Click on the links below to read more about the individual and corporate sponsorship packages available.

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