July 2021  



Message from the Chair

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to the July edition of our Newsletter.

As we all sit around the TV to cheer on our favourite athletes this week, there is a sense of excitement and optimism in Tokyo that we haven’t felt for some time – regardless of the climbing COVID-10 figures. Although it was bitter sweet to see the empty stands when the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony commenced on 23 July, we remain proud of the way the Japanese organisers and national Olympic committees alike have handled the many challenges in their way to successfully host these unique games. Now, with Brisbane 2032 officially on the horizon, Australians have a lot to look forward to over the next decade of sport!

We were lucky enough to welcome two Australian Ministers to Tokyo this month, with Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Dan Tehan joining a quick, socially distanced meet and greet for a small group of Australian business community members at the Embassy on July 17, and Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck attending our Sports for Business Committee meeting on July 19. Minister Colbeck shared his perspective on what the Olympic and Paralympic Games have meant for Australia and Japan, and how our relationship is expected to develop as we prepare to host our own Games in 11 years’ time. Linsey Bower, Second Secretary (Olympic and Paralympic Coordination) at the Australian Embassy, kindly closed the session with a behind-the-scenes update on what has gone into getting our athletes to Japan.

These high-level visits, coming after New Zealand’s Virtual Trade Mission to Japan only last month, have demonstrated the importance with which our leaders regard the relationship between our three countries, and suggest we have even stronger engagement to look forward to when international travel resumes.

While COVID-19 cases in Tokyo continue to arise amid our current State of Emergency, our thoughts are also with our members and friends in New South Wales during their long lockdown to battle the Delta strain. While we all stay home and stay safe, we hope the shared experience of cheering for our Olympians and Paralympians can bring some much needed hope and cheer over the next month.

The next few weeks will mark the Japanese summer holiday season and we wish all our members in Japan a safe and relaxing break. We will see you all again (virtually) in August with a packed schedule of events to keep you connected and informed.






8月に入ってからの数週間、日本は夏休みシーズンとなります。メンバーの皆様が素敵な休暇を過ごされることを願っています。 そして、皆様と継続的に繋がり合い、有益な情報をご提供できるよう、8月もさまざまなオンラインイベントをご用意していますので、是非楽しみにしていて下さい。

Sally Townsend


Upcoming Events

Would you like to hear some tips for starting business in Tokyo by an entrepreneur who has succeeded? Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Center, TOSBEC, supports many foreign entrepreneurs every year. In this event, we will hear from a professional who recently established their own company in Tokyo utilising TOSBEC, covering tips and personal experiences regarding this process. Learn more about how to start a business in Japan as a foreign entrepreneur, where to get practical help, and why it is important to set your company vision on day one.

Date: Monday 2 August, 2021

Time: 12:00pm - 13:00pm JST

Location: Zoom


Please click here for details and registration.


Young Generation Program: Sempai Professionals 英語と日本語でShabera-Night (しゃべらないと!)


The ANZCCJ Young Generation Program (YGP) will host an online bilingual networking event on August 18, bringing together like-minded "Sempai Professionals"* from Australia, New Zealand and Japan to mix cultures and languages while forming new professional connections.

After brief self-introductions to the wider group, we will split into small breakout sessions for more open discussion, encouraging participants to share their relationship and personal history with Japan, Australia and/or New Zealand, and other common interests. Breakout sessions will rotate every 20 minutes, switching between English and Japanese language each time. (English and Japanese speakers of all levels are welcome!)

Although this will be a virtual event, we look forward to hosting face-to-face networking events in Tokyo when health and safety regulations allow.


Date: August 18, 2021

Time: 18:00 (60 -90 mins)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Number of participants: Up to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis (priority will be given to ANZCCJ members)

*"Sempai Professional" is one of the four participant categories of the Young Generation Program. For more details, please click here.

**You will be automatically added to the YGP mailing list when you register. Please contact info@anzccj.jp if you do not wish to subscribe to these updates. 

Please click here for details and registration.

今回のYGPアクティビティは、*Sempai Professionals (20代後半 - 30代くらいを対象にオンライン交流会を行います。今後の日豪州間ビジネスを牽引する、若手オーストラリア・ニュージーランド人 プロフェッショナルの方々と、オーストラリア・ニュージーランドで経験を積まれた若手日本人プロフェッショナルの方々、同じ志を持つ仲間同士が繋がり、交流できる場を設けることを目的としています。


今後、コロナ感染状況を見ながら "Sempai Professionals 英語と日本語でShabera-Night" は東京都内の会場で行う予定ですので、私たちスタッフからのアナウンスをお待ちください。



時間:18:00  (60 -90 mins)






Other News

Introducing New South Wales' Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for North Asia, Michael Newman

Business executive Michael Newman has been appointed NSW’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, North Asia, a role created to showcase the state as a business and investment destination in two of Australia’s most important markets, Japan and Korea, via Investment NSW.

Mike is well known in the Australia-Japan business community, having worked in Japan for two decades, including as the Division Director and Country Head of Macquarie Capital Securities Japan. He has a deep understanding of the international business environment in the region and has spent the past five years working between Sydney and Tokyo as a consultant.

Mike is currently based in Sydney, but is expected to relocate to Tokyo within the next few months, conditions permitting. After arriving in Tokyo, Mike will take the helm of a newly established standalone Investment NSW office in the city.

Investment NSW is a new central agency established by the NSW Government in March 2021. The agency functions as a concierge for businesses and investors to help them navigate the many options available for partnering with the NSW Government.  Investment NSW’s offices in Tokyo and elsewhere will actively promote the state as a destination for international investment and as a source of world-class products and services.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it was the first time such a high-level Commissioner would represent NSW in the region, with Mr Newman selected for his deep knowledge of Japan and regional business and investment approaches.

“Based in Tokyo, our new Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner role will be an upgrade of our presence in the region and bring an expert lens to our work promoting NSW across Japan and Korea,” Mr Barilaro said.


NZTE Blog: Insights from New Zealand's first virtual trade mission to Japan

In June 2021, NZTE and MFAT delivered the New Zealand Government's first virtual trade mission lead by Trade Minister Damian O'Connor, with Japan as the destination.

According to a recent report on the Trade Mission's key insights released by NZTE, the shifts in consumer behaviour and ways businesses were required to adapt due to the pandemic were at the forefront on topics discussed. Some immediate changes due to COVID-19 in the Food & Beverage sector include an e-commerce boom and demand for healthier, immune-boosting food, providing opportunities for New Zealand exporters to highlight the healthy, sustainable, premium and trustworthy characteristics our products are known for.

Sustainability was also a key focus, with a number of New Zealand and Japanese business leaders expressing a keen interest in adding a renewable energy pillar to the New Zealand-Japan economic relationship. Alongside a shared commitment to Net Zero by 2050, New Zealand and Japan's long-standing cooperation in renewable energy was acknowledged during conversations, which highlighted Fuji, Toshiba, Mitsubishi and Sumitomo as long-term partners of the geothermal industry in New Zealand. Japanese interest in hydrogen opportunities with New Zealand is growing, and NZTE expects that the hydrogen market "will likely develop like LNG (liquefied natural gas) did".

Read the full report here.


Vaccine Passport Applications in Japan

From this week, Japan has begun accepting applications for so-called vaccine passports for people who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19, enabling them to travel internationally to certain destinations without having to quarantine. Those who wish to receive a vaccine passport should apply via their local municipal office.

A Japanese vaccine passport will include the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Type of vaccine
  • Dates of inoculations
  • The municipality where it was issued

Information will also be shown in both Japanese and English so that the passports can be used easily outside of Japan as well. The documents will initially be issued on paper, but the government is considering introducing a digital version at a later date.

As of this week, the following countries are be accepting Japan's vaccine passport: Italy, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Poland. Vaccinated travelers to South Korea, who have specific business, academic or humanitarian reasons to visit the country, will also be exempt from a 14-day quarantine if they have proof of vaccination, such as a vaccine passport. More countries are expected to be added in the coming weeks/months. For the most up to date list, please see the Foreign Ministry's website.

For more information on vaccine passports, please visit the Ministry of Health page here.


Australia and New Zealand Olympic Medal Tally

(As of 30/07/21)


Gold Medalists:

  • Jessica Fox, Canoe Slalom, Women's Canoe 
  • Izaac Stubblety-Cook, Swimming, Men's 200m Breaststroke
  • Kaylee McKeown, Swimming, Women's 100m Backstroke
  • Emma McKeon, Swimming, Women's 100m Freestyle
  • Australia, Swimming, Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • Ariarne Titmus, Swimming, 400m Freestyle
  • Ariarne Titmus, Swimming, Women's 200m Freestyle
  • Australia, Rowing, Men's Four
  • Australia, Rowing, Women's Four

Silver Medalists:

  • Jack McLoughlin, swimming, Men's 400m Freestyle
  • Kyle Chalmers, Swimming, Men's 100m Freestyle

Bronze Medalists:

  • Owen Wright, Surfing, Men
  • Australia, Swimming, Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Australia, Swimming, Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • Australia, Swimming, Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Brendon Smith, Swimming, Men's 400m Individual Medley
  • Emma McKeon, Swimming, Women's 100m Butterfly
  • Cate Campbell, Swimming, Women's 100m Freestyle
  • Jessica Fox, Canoe Slalom, Women's Kayak
  • Rohan Dennis, Cycling Road, Men's Individual Time Trial
  • Australia, Rowing, Men's Quadruple Sculls
  • Australia, Rowing, Women's Quadruple Sculls

New Zealand

Gold Medalists:

  • New Zealand, Rowing, Women's Pair
  • New Zealand, Rowing, Men's Eight
  • Emma Twigg, Rowing, Women's Single Sculls

Silver Medalists:

  • New Zealand, Rowing, Women's Double Sculls
  • New Zealand, Rowing, Women's Eight
  • New Zealand, Rugby 7s, Men

Bronze Medalists:

  • Hayden Wilde, Triathlon, Men's Individual


ANZCCJ Intern Profile - Tyler Scholtz

Introducing the man behind our social media pages, (including our new infographic series on Instagram) Tyler Scholtz, our remote marketing intern here at the ANZCCJ. Tyler is currently in his final year of studies at the University of Auckland and is majoring in International Business and Japanese. Tyler has always had a keen interest in Japan from a young age and utilises every opportunity to better understand the NZ-Japan business environment - with the professional goal of making a meaningful impact on international relations between our two countries, and to one day have the skills to help global companies navigate the business in Japan and take advantage of Japanese technical expertise. Currently, Tyler is pursuing graduate opportunities involving business in Japan. 

Tyler will officially be finishing up his internship at the end of this week as we make room for new interns to join us in August. However, you may still see Tyler around in the coming months while he assists the chamber with the ANZCCJ 50th Anniversary preparations.

Here are his remarks at the completion of his internship:

"My experience with ANZCCJ has given me an awesome insight into how both Kiwi and Aussie businesses navigate the Japanese business environment. I'm really grateful for the ANZCCJ Executive Council for their mentorship, and I'm super lucky to have heard from awesome people from all kinds of industries and to have gotten involved with lots of chamber events closely aligned to my professional interests. Most of all, I'm grateful for the opportunity to connect with the Japanese business environment in a meaningful way (especially as it is currently quite difficult as a student due to the border situation)."

Connect with Tyler on LinkedIn.


ANZCCJ Member Promotions

Regional Japan Hospitality & Tourism Spotlight

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the hospitality and tourism industry. After hearing the experiences of ANZCCJ members from these industries, particularly those based outside the major cities, we are glad to present our first ever industry-specific promotional campaign.

On offer from July to September 2021, this campaign brings together several hotel and tourism operators based outside the Kantō region, to offer ANZCCJ members a variety of exclusive discounts and special rates. Click here for the full list of promotions.


HummingByrd Inc. 

Coaching | Consulting | Leadership Development

HummingByrd Inc. are offering a 10% discount on Executive Coaching / Coaching engagements for ANZCCJ members. This offer will remain open until October 30, 2021.

Co-creation and partnership embody how HummingByrd Inc., in line with the International Coach Federation (ICF), define coaching: a “partnering between the Coach and Coachee in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” What that creative process will look like and what that potential will develop into will be uniquely yours. With every coaching session, they adhere to the highest ethical standards as defined by the ICF: https://coachfederation.org/code-of-ethics. They have a team of coaches that can support in English or Japanese depending on the needs of the coachee.


Click here for promotion details.


Connect with the ANZCCJ Executive Council

The ANZCCJ Executive Council is an elected group of representatives that oversees the Chamber’s governance, determines its policies and priorities, and furthers our core mission.

Consisting of Corporate and Individual members as well as ex-officio representatives from the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, Austrade and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, our Executive Council also serves to be a great source of expertise and industry knowledge for our members.

Find out more about our Executive Council here, and reach out to the ANZCCJ Secretariat at exec.director@anzccj.jp if you wish to connect.


Welcome to our New Members


- Individual  Members -


Hiroyuki Obokata

(Hiroyuki Obokata International CPA Office)


Kazuto Kimura




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