April 2021  

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Message from the Chair

Dear members and friends,

As we come to the end of April and beginning of Golden Week in Japan, those of us in the major cities are settling into a third State of Emergency to curb the spread of COVID-19. Although the sentiment on the ground is very different to the SOE this time last year, we will continue to be cautious in the coming weeks and look forward to seeing you all face-to-face again soon. 

In recent times, we have seen a swift increase in Japanese companies adopting long-term sustainability strategies, with existing initiatives to incorporate the SDGs further propelled by the Suga government’s new commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and alongside the wider global context. The new trade and investment opportunities this creates has led to the Chamber’s decision to newly establish a Sustainability Committee, to be Co-Chaired by Ashurst Partner and ANZCCJ Executive Council member Tracy Whiriskey, and Shu Saito, Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management. Please see below for the full announcement and further details, and head to our website to register your interest in joining this new network.

In other Committee news, we were delighted to work with the Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee in hosting a Wine Tasting and Networking Evening last Friday, April 23, in partnership with Tasting South Australia. Alongside the excellent South Australian wines and other produce provided by several importers from our Chamber community, it was also wonderful to welcome so many members and friends, old and new, to network and catch up face-to-face for the first time in many months. Thank you again to the suppliers and FAHC Chair Tim Barnstable for their support in organising this event. Next on the FAHC calendar will be a briefing from Murray Spence, new Austrade Trade Commissioner and Councellor (Commercial) for Agribusiness and Food Sector (NE Asia), who will share the market response and lessons learnt from the recent Australian F&B Virtual Showcase, to be followed by drinks and light refreshments.

Earlier in April our Executive Council came together for our annual Strategy Planning Meeting to discuss the direction of the Chamber in the coming 12 months. Armed with highly valuable member feedback provided directly and through our recent online survey, we reiterated our focus towards bringing members increased opportunities to connect on and offline, continue to diversify our membership base, and serve as an accessible resource for information and support for our Chamber community. As we come out of the pandemic and return to more face-to-face operations, we remain intent on making the most of the opportunities ahead in the Australia/New Zealand-Japan relationship.


最近、長期的なサステナビリティ戦略を採用する日本企業が急速に増加しています。SDGsを取り入れた既存戦略に菅政権の新たに表明された2050年温室効果ガス排出の実質ゼロにするという目標や、加速する世界動向の流れを受けて、この分野はさらに推し進められるでしょう。これにより創出される貿易や投資機会を受け、オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所では新たに“サステナビリティ委員会”を設立することを決定しました。共同委員長にはアシャースト法律事務所パートナーであり、ANZCCJの理事会メンバーであるトレイシー・ウィリスキー氏と、マッコーリー・アセット・マネジメント株式会社 代表取締役社長 齋藤宗作氏が務めることになりました。この新しい委員会への参加を希望されるメンバーの皆様は、ANZCCJのウェブサイトにアクセスの上、委員会メンバー登録をお願いします。

その他の委員会のニュースとして、423(金)夕方にFood, Agriculture & Hospitality委員会(FAHC)とTasting South Australiaが共同でワインテイスティングとメンバー同士の交流を目的としたイベントを開催しました。ワインを輸入販売しているANZCCJメンバーも数社参加し、彼らの素晴らしい南オーストラリアワインやその他の食材を多くの既存メンバーと今年加入した新メンバーと楽しみながら、メンバー同士久しぶりに顔を合わせて素敵な時間を共有することができました。このイベントの開催にご協力いただいたサプライヤーの皆様、FAHC委員長のティム・バーンステーブル氏に改めて感謝申し上げます。次回のFAHCイベントは、オーストラリア貿易投資促進庁 (オーストレード)のアグリビジネス・食品部門(北東アジア)担当参事官(商務担当)であるマレー・スペンス氏による、最近行われたオーストラリア飲食業バーチャル・ショーケースから得られた市場の反応と押さえるべきポイントを皆様と共有します。その後はワインやビールと軽食をお楽しみいただく予定です。


Sally Townsend

Upcoming Events

The ANZCCJ SME Networking Community will be holding a small outdoor networking event on 12 May for SME members to catch up and get to know one another in person. This event will be held on the 18F rooftop terrace of the Nippon Steel Nihombashi Building, offering stunning views of the central Tokyo skyline while you enjoy a variety of Australian and New Zealand wines and refreshments.

This venue is available courtesy of WAW Nihombashi Co-working Office. Please join us for a brief tour of WAW Nihombashi upon your arrival.


Date: Wednesday, May 12th

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 (Door open at 17:45)

Venue: WAW Nihombashi 3F (Sky Terrace 18F) 

Price: ¥3,000

Please click here for details and registration.

The ACCJ Sales Development Committee and the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) are pleased to welcome you to an interactive joint-chamber virtual networking event featuring breakout rooms and a live drawing for prizes.

To make this event a success, we'll provide a series of small breakout room sessions and icebreaker prompts in which you can introduce your business to groups of people and gain new connections. Each breakout room will have different participants, so you will have an opportunity to connect with peers — and potential customers — from a variety of backgrounds.  

There will also be a game with lucky prize winners to add to the fun! Prizes will be provided by the ACCJ and ANZCCJ, and we also welcome volunteer prizes from participants. To submit a prize for the drawing, please contact us at info@anzccj.jp.   

We look forward to seeing you online for this exciting virtual event!


Date: Thursday 13 May, 2021

Time: 18:00–19:00 JST

Member Fee: ¥0 (ANZCCJ Members only)

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday, May 12 (Noon) 

Please click here for details and registration.

Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee Chair Tim Barnstable invites members to join a briefing from Murray Spence, Austrade's new Trade Commissioner and Councellor (Commercial) - Agribusiness and Food Sector Lead (NE Asia), on the recent Australian Virtual F&B ShowcaseMurray Spence has recently arrived in Tokyo, assuming his new role in place of departing Cheryl Stanilewicz. We hope this event will be a valuable opportunity for ANZCCJ members to connect with him in person for the first time.

The F&B Showcase was held throughout the month of March, offering Australian Food and Beverage exporters an online platform to attract Japanese buyers. Murray will share Austrade's findings and key takeaways from the Showcase, including its delivery and market response.

The briefing will be followed by drinks and light refreshments.


Date: Wednesday 19 May, 2021

Time: 17:00 - 19:00 JST

Venue: Hilton Tokyo, 37F Executive Lounge (6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 160 0023)

Price: ¥6,000 for ANZCCJ Members, ¥7,000 for non-members

Please click here for details and registration.

Chamber Announcements

ANZCCJ Sustainability Committee

ANZCCJ is excited to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Committee, to be Co-Chaired by Ashurst Partner and ANZCCJ Executive Council member Tracy Whiriskey, and Shu Saito, Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management.

In establishing a Sustainability Committee, ANZCCJ hopes to serve as a platform for information sharing, advocacy and external engagement to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand organisations to make the most of the opportunities that net zero economy goals create. Participation in the Sustainability Committee will be open to all ANZCCJ members and should create interest across a broad range of sectors, not only energy and infrastructure, including those seeking to implement and maintain environmentally conscious business practices and corporate social responsibility goals within their organisations.

Please click here for more information.

ANZCCJ COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

ANZCCJ has released the results of the recent 2021 COVID-19 Impact Survey. 

The survey was made available online to all ANZCCJ members and received 28 responses in total, covering 21 sectors. Close to 70% of the survey participants were based in Japan, with 18% in Australia and 4% in New Zealand.

The survey found that the financial impact of the pandemic has been severe, with 38% of participants experiencing a drop in revenue of 50% or more in the most recent financial year. In contrast, 5% of survey participants have seen an increase in revenue. 

43% answered that they expect market conditions to return to pre-COVID levels in the second half of 2021, with another 43% predicting 2022 and beyond.

Continued flexible working conditions (57%) and technological developments (50%) were the among the post-COVID opportunities most reported by the survey participants.

Please click here to view the survey results in full.

Other News

Herbert Smith Freehills

Japan-Australia M&A: 2020 Review and Future Trends

ANZCCJ Corporate Silver Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills have released their fourth annual review of Japan-Australia M&A transactions, looking at the trends that influenced cross-border investment in 2020. 

Despite the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Japanese investment in Australia, the deep and enduring Japan-Australia relationship made it “well-positioned for a strong recovery in investment more promptly than many other jurisdictions around the world.” 

Japanese investment in 2020 was characterised by trends in decarbonisation (“zero net carbon”), an acceleration of mid-term business plans resulting in divestments in both traditional and emerging sectors, “New Energy” becoming an attractive investment opportunity for both Australian and Japanese Governments, and few entrants to the Australian market given COVID-19 restrictions.  

Australia’s removal of the majority of its restrictive foreign investment rules and the expected easing of business travel restrictions has facilitated a positive investment outlook and witnessed the further expansion of sector diversification. 

However, the development of long-term geopolitical changes in the later half of 2020, namely the new Biden administration in the US, BREXIT, increasing focus on climate change targets and trade disputations with China, has “raised questions about the future of trade and investment policies”. These events may represent the start of seismic shifts in the global order, causing “Australians to reflect upon the importance of a trading partner in the region that shares Australia’s democratic and egalitarian values and its adherence to an international rules-based trading system”. 

The Japan-Australia relationship today could not be more important and valuable as we look to weather the post-COVID investment environment. Herbert Smith Freehills expect that in 2021 there will be “a significant number of new entrants coming to the Australian market” and a continued investment in new sectors. 

Please click here to read the full review.

Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee: Wine Tasting & Networking Evening

On Friday 23 April, the Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee (FAHC) partnered with South Australia Trade & Investment to host a wine tasting and networking evening at Shibuya Scramble Square. As the first face-to-face event hosted by ANZCCJ in 2021, we were delighted to welcome over 40 guests as we sampled a wide variety of delicious South Australian wines, supplied by importers Jeroboam, Colonial Trading Co., Sarment, AJ Trading, A Wines, and excellent gin by Eat Lab. Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Executive Chef Koji Fukuda prepared a special menu featuring Paroo roo meat Kanga Sangas, South Australian blue fin tuna with Kinkawooka mussels, and honey and almond lamingtons.  

We would like to extend our thanks to all the food and wine suppliers for their support, FAHC Chair Tim Barnstable and ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend for hosting this event, and to all our members and friends who joined us for what was a great evening.

Japan Honours Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will be awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun this Spring for her response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

Gillard describes the award as a "remarkable recognition" and is one of 117 non-Japanese across 46 countries and territories to be decorated. 

Please click here for more.

Welcome to our New Members

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