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October 2017 Issue 



ANZCCJ Executive Council 2016-2017

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Message from the Chair

This month we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Executive Council Member Elections at the New Zealand Embassy. The AGM is our opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the previous year, while looking forward to a new year of high-quality events and programs that will facilitate the development of a stronger Australia/ New Zealand-Japan business relationship.

The Executive Council and Chamber leadership has the responsibility to its more than 600 members to deliver effective and impactful services. To that end, this year we set up an Operations Committee which could more effectively manage the running of the body in between Executive Council meetings.

Next, we turned to establishing clear strategic goals. In March 2017, our Executive Council gathered at the home of our Vice Chair, Ed Cole, to lay down some strategic objectives for the year ahead. Having clearer objectives has allowed us to have more effective events and meetings. We have made tremendous headway on strategy and we will continue to strive for further success for all our members going forward.

I would like to thank all those in the Executive Council this year, from the Vice Chairs Ed Cole and Catherine O’Connell, the Treasurer Martin Spann, the ex-officio members from the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, Clare Walsh, Julianne Merriman, Peter Kell and Craig Pettigrew, right through to all our EC members. A special thank you to Damien Roberts, who is stepping down from his position in the Executive Council after 4 years of valuable service to our Chamber. Despite being a band of volunteers, the Executive Council is a treasure trove of experienced business skills, diplomatic acumen and, most importantly, good people who care about the Australia/ New Zealand-Japan relationship.

To our patrons, Ambassador Richard Court and Ambassador Stephen Payton, thank you for your continued strong support of the Chamber. We would never have the impact we desire without your backing and guidance.

I would also like to thank Cristina Merino,and the team at the Secretariat for making what the Chamber does possible. Their energy and passion coupled with high level capability ensures that our members can have one of the best Chambers in the country.

Finally, I would like to extend my congratulations to the new Executive Council members. I look forward to leading the Chamber into the next year with an extremely talented Executive Council and Secretariat.

We look forward to a number of exciting events this month. On 2 November, to celebrate two years to Japan's hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2019, we will be hosting a discussion on "What the Rugby World Cup means for business in Japan" with a panel made up of experts from World Rugby. ANZCCJ is also making available a number of Category 2 tickets to the upcoming November 4 match between the Qantas Wallabies and the Brave Blossoms. The 2019 Rugby World Cup not only represents a fantastic opportunity for sports fans in Asia, but promises to provide significant business development opportunities as the world's attention shifts to Japan. 

Other important events include the first annual International Business Connections Joint Chamber event that we will be hosting alongside Japan YEG on 14 November, the New Zealand Economic Outlook with Sharon Zollner on 15 November, and an SME Support Program event in Osaka on 20 November as part of the Japan New Zealand Business Council annual conference. I encourage our members to attend these events wherever possible.

While we are sad to announce that our current Executive Director Cristina Merino will be leaving us in 2018, her position offers a fantastic opportunity for a proactive and energetic industry professional with a passion for the Australia/New Zealand-Japan business relationship. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration of the ANZCCJ Secretariat, its committees and events program,and implementing the Chamber's strategic plan. To learn more visit our jobs site.

Lastly, I invite all of our members to read our Annual Report, which summarises the work of the ANZCCJ for the 2016 Financial Year: Annual Report

Andrew Gauci



Industry Insights: Sports for Business Breakfast with John Wylie

On October 10th 2017 at the Peninsula Hotel Tokyo, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ),the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), and the Japan Australia Business Co-Operation Committee (JABCC) co-hosted a Sports for Business Breakfast with speaker Mr John Wylie, Chair of the Australian Sports Commission. 

Mr Wylie outlined 'Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022', the Government's high performance game plan for moving Australian sport from world class to world best.

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Jacinda Ardern announced as New Zealand's next Prime Minister

Newly-elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is now the youngest female world leader and her election means that all three branches of New Zealand Government are now led by women. Prime Minister Ardern joins Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias and Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.  Details of the Ministerial List announced by the Prime Minister-elect on Wednesday 25 October 2017 are below.

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600 construction jobs to be created as Lendlease selected to build Osborne South Shipyard

ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor Lendlease Group has been selected as the managing contractor for the construction of the Osborne South Shipyard. The project is a key enabler of the Government’s continuous naval shipbuilding program and is expected to create 600 construction jobs. 

Minister for Finance Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann said that “Today’s announcement is the latest step in the Government’s plan to ensure that we develop world-leading shipbuilding facilities in South Australia that will enable our historic investments in naval shipbuilding to commence on schedule."

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Rio Tinto Coal Australia's Managing Director Sinead Kaufman spoke on emerging business challenges and opportunities in Asia at the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee Future Leaders Forum

Take a look at ANZCCJ Gold Sponsor Rio Tinto Coal Australia's Managing Director Sinead Kaufman's presentation on emerging business challenges and opportunities. Mr Kaufman spoke at the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee Future Leaders Forum on 8 October, and identified five major trends to consider in international business over the next few decades.


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The size of Asian opportunity has doubled in the last 12 months

The size of the Asian opportunity for Australian businesses has doubled in the last 12 months to $A278 billion, according to a new ANZ report, illustrating the phenomenal pace at which the market in the region is expanding. The ANZ Opportunity Asia report captures sentiments around international growth, identifying the best practices, sharing insights, highlighting opportunities and providing assistance around some of the challenges restricting existing expansion plans.

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Nishio Rent All has entered into a sale partnership with Form Force Australia

ANZCCJ Silver Sponsor Nishio Rent All, the ninth largest equipment rental company in the world, has entered into partnership with Australian forklift and telehandler company Form Force Australia. Nishio Rent All is a leading supplier of access equipment, construction equipment and forklifts in Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Australia.

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ANZCCJ is coordinating a submission on the Australian Government's Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017.  


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 refers to 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.

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MLA launches "Aussie Beef de Genki Kids!" program

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched “Aussie beef de genki kids!”, a kids nutrition program that supports Japanese kid’s genki through sports like rugby.  As part of the launch, 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.

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JTB Bus tour around water infrastructure

1 Nov 2017 | 8:50AM - 6:00PM | Tokyo Chiyoda-ku

Join JTB on a bus tour of Tokyo's world-class water infrastructure facilities. The objective of the project is for the customer to understand the excellent technology and know-how of Tokyo's water supply system. It is a Special Project that JTB are implementing to deepen our knowledge of the water supply business.

This tour is accompanied by an English guide



Wallabies v Brave Blossoms Match Tickets

4 Nov 2017 | 2:40PM | Yokohama

Category 2 tickets (Main, reserved 1F) for the first match in the Qantas Wallabies 2017 Spring Tour against Japan's Brave Blossoms are available in the ANZCCJ block.  The match will take place at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

Match Details: Japan v Australia

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Venue: Nissan Stadium, Yokohama 

Kick-off: 2:40PM

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International Business Connections with YEG

14 Nov 2017 | 5:30PM | Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar

Expand your business network in Japan by attending the first International Business Connections Joint Chamber event.

The aim of the event is to promote business matching and information sharing between Japanese SMEs/entrepreneurs and overseas firms wishing to expand their market and/or the range of products and services supplied to Japan.



New Zealand Economic Outlook

15 Nov 2017 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | The Peninsula Tokyo, Ginza Ball Room (3F)

In the wake of the national election outcome, and in the midst of a domestic housing issue and global geopolitical turmoil, what does the future look like for the New Zealand economy?  Hear from ANZ New Zealand Senior Economist Sharon Zollner on the path ahead and the key indicators to follow.


The Japan New Zealand Business Council's (JNZBC) 2017 Annual Conference

20 - 22 Nov 2017 | 8:00AM-9:00PM | Osaka

The Japan New Zealand Business Council's (JNZBC) annual conference brings together delegates from Japan and New Zealand to discuss developments in the bilateral trade and economic relationship. The meeting also provides excellent opportunities for interaction during various social events where participants can renew friendships, make new contacts, and share information to better position themselves to expand commercial linkages.  


Lunch and Keynote Speech by Premier of Western Australia The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA

16 Nov 2017 | 12:00-2:00PM | Roppongi Hills Club

The Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, was elected in March 2017. On his first official visit to Japan since taking office, Mr McGowan will outline the new Government’s agenda and policy platform. He will also provide an update on the outlook for the Western Australian economy, and his thoughts on the future of the longstanding relationship between Western Australia and Japan.


2017 Joint Chamber Bonenkai

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

We are pleased to invite you and your guests to this end of year networking party, which draws a diverse crowd of over 300 business people from domestic and international business chambers in Japan.

Join us for one of the finest bonenkai parties on offer in Tokyo, complete with a grand standing buffet, free flow drinks, prizes and entertainment.


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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