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November 2017 Issue 



Discussion Panel Rugby World Cup 2 Years to Go 

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Message from the Chair

November has been a busy month with the Chamber hosting six events including the RWC2019 2 Years to go celebration in collaboration with the Canadian, French and Irish Chambers, World Rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee. The growing corporate involvement in sport combined with Australia and New Zealand having high profile teams is a source of opportunity for our members. 

In both Australia and New Zealand, sport has long served as a powerful unifying force entrenched in national culture. Interest in international and local sport has also grown significantly in Japan as focus shifts to preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. According to MEXT, in 2015 40.4 percent of Japan’s adult population regularly participated in some form of sport, and the government aims to increase this figure to 65 per cent within the next 10 years. In a bid to expand sporting opportunities for Japanese citizens of all ages, improve the community sport environment and promote international exchange through sport, the Japanese Government established the nation’s first Sport Basic Plan in March 2012.

Such a focus on sport has led to the growing importance of sports diplomacy in the Australia/New Zealand-Japan relationship. Both Australia and New Zealand have deepened connections with Japan through sports, from organising grassroot community projects like friendly school matches to promoting professional-level player exchanges. Just this month for example, in celebration of the Wallabies visit to Japan, ANZCCJ sponsors Meat and Livestock Australia and Qantas both held rugby clinics for school boys and girls to support the nationwide development of rugby.

The upcoming Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics also present significant commercial development opportunities for Australian and New Zealand businesses. The recent announcement that the organisers of Tokyo 2020, Rugby World Cup 2019 and the World Masters Games 2021 will be joining forces to maximise the benefits and impact of their respective events, has only enhanced these opportunities. Large-scale construction projects will create opportunities in areas such as stadium design and refurbishment, security, sports training, event management, sportswear and merchandise. Moreover, the stellar track record of Australian and New Zealand businesses in high-profile sporting events, most notably the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2011 Rugby World Cup, means they are well placed to assist Japan across a number of different sectors including sustainability, security, event management, venue design, training, construction, operations and consulting. For more information about Australia's capabilities, please refer to this Austrade article

This month the Chamber also hosted the New Zealand Economic Outlook luncheon with Platinum sponsor ANZ's Sharon Zollner and a lunch and keynote speech with Western Australia Premier The Hon Mark McGowan. We also co-hosted the first International Business Connections Joint Chamber event with YEG. The Chamber continues to drive home the needs of business in this market to key stakeholders.

As 2017 comes to an end, we look forward to the Christmas season ahead. Next month, ANZCCJ will be publishing a Christmas season guide to give our members insights into the exciting Christmas deals and events available through our sponsors.


Andrew Gauci



RWC2019: Only Two Years To Go!         

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.

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International Business Connections with YEG

On 14 November, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), in association with the Young Entrepreneurs Group of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Japan YEG), co-hosted an International Business Connections event at Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar, Tokyo.

The event brought together 160 international guests from a variety of industries to promote business matching and information sharing between Japanese SMEs/entrepreneurs and overseas firms planning to expand their market and/or the range of products and services supplied to Japan.

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New Zealand Economic Outlook

On 15 November 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), in collaboration with Platinum Sponsor, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) co-hosted a New Zealand Economic Outlook seminar with guest speaker Sharon Zollner, ANZ New Zealand Senior Economist at the The Peninsula Tokyo.

Ms Zollner discussed the future outlook and landscape in New Zealand in the wake of the recent national election outcome, and in the midst of domestic housing issues and global geopolitical turmoil.

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Lunch and keynote speech by Western Australia Premier The Hon Mark McGowan MLA

As part of his first international tour as Western Australian Premier, The Hon Mark McGowan MLA addressed a select group of ANZCCJ members and guests at a lunch hosted by ANZCCJ at the Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo.

Premier McGowan, accompanied by his wife Ms Sarah McGowan and a delegation from the Western Australian Government, said he had visited Japan on three prior occasions and expressed the love both he and his wife have for the country. During his address, Premier McGowan touched on the strength of the bond between Japan and Western Australia, including resources trade since the 1960s, agricultural exports, tourism and direct investment.

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SME Support Program in Osaka

On 20 November this year, the ANZCCJ in association with the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) hosted the next event in the SME Support Program series in Osaka, prior to the welcome reception for the JNZBC Annual Joint Conference

This was the first time an SME Support Program event was held outside Tokyo, and marked the two year anniversary of the program.

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FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Results Announced for Autumn 2017

The forecast on the Japanese economy for the next six months continues to be positive, and at a clearly higher level than in the previous survey (Spring 2017). In the longer term (12 months) survey respondents see some further improvement from the forecast for the next six months and at a higher level than in the previous survey. The strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be very bullish. 71% of ANZCCJ respondents are looking for further growth.


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Fixtures Announced for Rugby World Cup 2019 

World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee have announced the match schedule for Rugby World Cup 2019, which will be hosted in Japan between 20 September and 2 November.

Supporting the joint ambition of a tournament that is accessible for all of Japan, the 48 matches will be spread across 12 host cities the length and breadth of the nation, with each match venue hosting a minimum of two matches.

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MLA holds rugby clinic as a launch event for "Aussie Beef de Genki Kids!" nutrition program

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.

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Baseball Australia opens doors for expansion in Asia

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.

Further, Baseball Australia has announced that Team Australia will play a series of games against a full strength Japanese National Team at Nagoya Dome on 3 March and at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on 4 March 2018.

These games are a concerted effort from Baseball Australia to ensure Team Australia has ample opportunity to prepare for one of the most important periods of  international competition in Baseball Australia history.

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Member to Member Promotion

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Joint Chamber Bonenkai

5 Dec 2017 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Canadian Embassy 4F

Thank you to all the members and friends who have signed up to join this year's Bonenkai. The event draws a diverse crowd of over 300 business people from domestic and international business chambers in Japan.

We look forward to seeing you there!




JETRO Seminar on Recent Economic Trends in Oceania

12 Dec 2017 | 14:00 - 16:00 | Ark Mori Building 5F, Asakasa Minato-ku 

At this seminar, the Directors of the two offices in Australia and New Zealand will report on the latest trends and business opportunities in the political economy of each country.



Place to Grow's 7th Annual Santa Soul Train

17 Dec 2017 | Minami Sanriku, Tohoku

The Santa Soul Train is a community festival that will bring over 500 survivors and 50 volunteers together to celebrate what it means to be empowered. It is one in a series of community workshops and events held by Place To Grow for children and families recovering from earthquakes and disasters.

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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.


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!