Message from the Chair
Dear Members and Friends,
hope you are all staying safe and well.
month, we were delighted to finally gather in person again for our
event, Challenges and Opportunities: a fireside chat with our
Ambassadors, hosted at China Blue, Conrad Tokyo on August 20. After
so many months only connecting via our computer screens it was
wonderful to be back amongst our members, to catch up on news and
discuss how Australia, New Zealand and Japan will continue to
navigate the path forward through COVID-19. Thank you again to
Ambassadors Richard Court and Hamish Cooper for so generously
taking the time to speak with us through this event, covering their
experiences with the Diamond Princess crisis, their thoughts on
Japan’s handling of COVID-19, the economic challenges to come, and
the opportunities for Australia, New Zealand and Japan to work
together as we emerge from this difficult period. We were all
uplifted by their frank but overall optimistic outlook on what lies
ahead for our three countries.
this event in itself presented a number of challenges in the form
of new health and safety measures – temperature checks, hand
sanitizers, masks, social distancing – as well as the opportunity
to incorporate a “hybrid” element by live streaming the Fireside
Chat on Zoom. Despite the distance, it was wonderful to see so many
of our members tuning in from all over the world, and we hope to
continue with this hybrid format going forward.
a Chamber, we have all been aware of, and directly impacted by, the
Japanese Government’s strict re-entry restrictions for foreign
residents. This month, we released our own formal statement and
collaborated with other foreign Chambers (ACCJ, BCCJ and EBC) to take
a stance on this issue, calling for fair and equal treatment for
those with residence status. We were encouraged by the words of
support and cooperation we received from Australian, New Zealand
and Japanese members alike, and are grateful to hear today’s
announcement that these restrictions will be eased.
end of August marks the halfway point in our membership year, and
what a year it has been so far. Thank you for your ongoing support
of ANZCCJ and your fellow Chamber members, and we look forward to
working with you all through the new challenges and opportunities
ahead in 2020/21.
Challenges and Opportunities: A fireside chat
with our Ambassadors
Thursday 20th August the ANZCCJ hosted the
event Challenges and Opportunities: A
Fireside chat with our Ambassadors. The event was
held at Conrad Tokyo Hotel and live-streamed as a webinar, making
it not only our first in-person event of this membership
year but also our first hybrid event.
were joined by H.E. Richard Court, Ambassador of Australia to
Japan, and H.E. Hamish Cooper, Ambassador of New Zealand to
Japan, for a discussion on the Australia-New
Zealand-Japan relationship and the outlook for the post-COVID-19
world. Moderated by ANZCCJ Chair, Sally Townsend,
the conversation covered topics such as
collaboration between the three countries during the Diamond
Princess crisis and how they have managed the COVID-19
pandemic so far.
point of discussion was the postponement of the 2020 Olympic
Games and the
effect this would have on Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan. The
Ambassadors commented that the service, tourism and
hospitality industries would likely continue to see a
downturn, while businesses in fields of e-commerce and tech could
greatly benefit from the situation.
Ambassadors also responded to a question regarding the re-entry of
foreign residents, expressing their appreciation
that it’s a difficult time for many residents and
emphasising the importance of foreign residents to Japan and
Japanese communities. They also acknowledged the
complexities of entry policy during a
pandemic.* The discussion was then closed
with a few words from Sally Townsend.
event was a success, with attendees enjoying the chance to meet
again in-person in a relaxed and socially distanced
environment. We look forward to hosting similar events in the
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can read the ANZCCJ’s individual and joint statements regarding the
Japanese immigration authority’s re-entry policies here
FAJS Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaboration 2021
call for Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) Rio Tinto
Australia-Japan Collaboration 2021 grant program Expressions of Interest
opens between August 31 and September 30, 2020. The FAJS
mission is to encourage collaborations between academic
institutions, industry and government in Australia and Japan and to
support people who are transforming the bilateral relationship through
these partnerships. Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaboration
program grants of $50,000 to $150,000 are available under five main
themes, will have both industry and university partners and are a
great opportunity to start up new projects or extend existing ones
with Japanese and Australian counterparts. Applications can
be led by university, non-university research institute or industry
partners. The Guidelines explaining the criteria are at the
FAJS website https://www.fajs.org.
The application form will be available on the website from August
the full announcement
for more details.
Robert Walters Surveys Reveal Changes
in the Workplace Post COVID-19
and the ensuing surge of telework arrangements have undoubtedly
shaped the future of the workplace environment. Surveys conducted
by Robert Walters in August offer insights on the impact the
pandemic has had on work. The first survey answered by 666 company
employees, mostly based in the Tokyo and Kansai area, showed that a
vast majority preferred to work remotely. According to the survey,
only 3% of all respondents preferred to work daily in the office as
they would have pre-COVID-19. Moreover, only 2% of employees
answered that they did not want flexible working hours after the
pandemic has subsided. The changing attitudes towards work was
apparent, as Jeremy Sampson, Managing Director Robert Walters
commented: “Even in Japan, where long working hours and
underutilisation of paid leave are more pressing issues compared to
other areas such as Europe and the United States, the impact of
COVID-19 has become a catalyst for improving work-life balance.”
according to Robert Walters’ second survey, 83% of employees said
that their work-life balance had improved. Furthermore, a majority
of employees responded that their stress was reduced, and that
their productivity had increased. However, that is not to say that
people have foregone the office for good. The survey also revealed
that about 1 in 4 people preferred working in an office, and on
average, results indicated no change in the quality of work as a
result of flexible work styles. Yet, it is clear that despite the
workplace, the flexibility of workstyle has become a priority for
employees. When asked if they place importance of flexible working
styles when changing jobs or working in the same company in the
post-COVID-19 era, 96% of employees responded with “yes.”
more about these survey results from the links below.
Desired work style of employees: remote work
“3 days a week” and “during conventional work hours”; Remote work
sparks potential for recruitment of top talent beyond borders
home experience: improved work-life balance, no change in quality
of work; Employees want support from company for internet and
mobile phone usage
Vaccine Diplomacy: The Future of International
based on the concept of health is not a new concept.
However, the advent of COVID-19 and its effects on the world on a
macro and microeconomic scale has put health diplomacy at the
forefront of international relations. Moreover, as possible
COVID-19 continue to develop, questions on who is first in line to
access final vaccine and how much people are willing to pay for
them become more and more relevant.
growing number of nations are already working towards securing
their supplies from relationships with leaders in vaccine
production. President Duterte of the Phillipines announced he had
asked President Xi Jinping, whose CanSino Biologics Inc. vaccine
was found to have positive results in over 500 volunteers, to give
the Phillipines priority access to a finished product. The leader
has also publicly
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, saying he had a “huge trust” in it and
offering to undergo clinical trials himself.
does this mean for the rest of the world? According to Simon
Draper, former diplomat and executive director of the Asia New
Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono, countries must work together
to “find solutions where all parties benefit”. Not only has
COVID-19 made health a greater part of diplomacy, it has also shown
how interconnected the world has become. Now, more than ever, the
wellbeing of one country - both literally and metaphorically - has
knock-on effects for the global economy and social cohesion.
the race to create the world’s first true preventative measure
against it, ‘vaccine diplomacy’ has become a concept unto its own.
“Working out how the global community and New Zealand develop and
access a vaccine,” Draper says, “may require a new application of
some tried and true diplomacy for New Zealand.”. It will require an
understanding of the core values of international relations -
understanding and cooperation - and a willingness to evolve
alongside the widespread changes that COVID-19 has brought in order
to create a better environment for the world to grow.
see more on vaccine diplomacy, see this article. For
those seeking an in-depth view on the concept of vaccine diplomacy,
Serena Knight, Remote Intern
ANZCCJ Member Promotions and Updates
you taking full advantage of your ANZCCJ membership? Throughout
August, our Promotions page has expanded to include promotions in
the Wine and Hotel categories. Village Cellars, who serves as a one
stop supplier with a wide-ranged portfolio, offered our members a
special selection of their wines in two seperate sets. The sets
include wines served by major airlines in Japan, carefully selected
by their own sommelier teams, and wines representing Australia’s
different wine regions, such as Devil’s Corner in Tasmania and
Howard Park in Western Australia.
August promotions include offers from Oakwood and Park Hyatt Tokyo.
Oakwood Serviced Apartments, who’s lodgings are conveniently placed
in Tokyo’s fastest growing districts, has a corporate limited plan
for an overnight stay to all ANZCCJ members. The Hyatt, an elegant
oasis at the heart of Tokyo, is offering a package deal for
members, with discounts on accomodation, restaurants, and
treatments. Both Hotel promotions will end on September 3rd, so
visit while you can!
sure to regularly check our Promotions
for the latest discounts and deals, available to ANZCCJ members
Executive Council Profile of the Month
part of our series to introduce our Executive Council to
Chamber members, this month we introduce you to our
Executive Council Member Brett Cooper.
Cooper is General Manager, North East Asia, for Austrade, spanning
a network of six offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo
and Ulaanbaatar to advance Australia's
international trade, investment and education interests in Japan,
Korea and Mongolia. A graduate of Seoul National University, Brett was a
recipient of the Korean Government scholarship program (1997-2000).
He is also a recipient of the Japanese Government scholarship
program (1992-1997), completing his Bachelor of Law at Kobe
University in Japan. Brett was appointed Senior Trade Commissioner
Korea from 2012 to 2016, after managing Austrade’s International
Issues Branch in Canberra. He transferred to Tokyo to take up his
current position in August 2016. Prior to joining Austrade he
worked as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Prime Minister and
Cabinet in Canberra, where he was responsible to international
policy development and advice preparation for the Prime Minister,
also as head of the International Strategy Unit.
can connect to Brett through Linkedin.
Intern Profile - Serena Knight
has been the Marketing Assistant at the Chamber for 2 months. She
began her internship through the Remote Intern Programme, a new
internship created by the ANZCCJ to accomodate COVID-19’s
restrictions. Serena is currently applying to universities in
Australia, and is planning on pursuing a dual degree in Software
Engineering and Commerce. While navigating her education through a
global pandemic, the internship has provided Serena with valuable
work experience in a field that she plans to study and possibly
seek a career in.
at the ANZCCJ as a Marketing Assistant under Emily and Akihiro is
something that I’m truly grateful for. Not only is it work
experience, but the internship was gave me drive during a time
where many of my peers are unsure of their future. It solidified my
interest in Marketing, as working for the Chamber gave me insight
into the dealings of business relations in a manner few get to
experience this early in their life. I would like to thank Sally,
for giving me the opportunity to work for the Chamber, as well as
Emily and Akihiro for guiding me through these past two months.”
To keep our members connected and
informed during this period, ANZCCJ is presenting an ongoing series
of online Webinars. Please note that these webinars are free of
charge and open to all members and friends.
(Webinar) Paralympics Australia and New Zealand: Tokyo
Wed 9 Sept 2020 | 12:00pm -
1:00pm (JST) | Details to come
Subsidy/Grant information provided by the Japanese Government!
Fri 11 Sept 2020 | 12:30pm - 14:30pm (JST) | Click here to register
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