August 2021  


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Message from the Chair

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to the August edition of our Newsletter.

As we come out of the summer holiday season in Japan, I hope those who enjoyed time off are feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as we move into the final quarter of 2021. With many of our community members in Australia and New Zealand currently under strict lockdowns, we also know that many of you are also enduring difficult circumstances. 

Despite these challenging times, and with heavy news from around the globe, we were fortunate to have the Tokyo Olympic Games, and now Paralympic Games, to lift our spirits over the last month. Our sport-loving nations, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, have done us all extremely proud in the medal tally, while our hosts have shown the world their strong sense of dedication, hospitality and resilience as they put together a safe Games amidst almost impossible odds. We look forward to bringing you all a series of events looking back at the Games and their legacy over the next few months.

On August 26 we were proud to welcome members and guests to the official launch of the Chamber’s new Sustainability Committee, featuring updates from Deputy Heads of Mission HK Yu and Dominic Walton-France of the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, and an insightful panel discussion between three of our members.

In addition to our existing committees covering Sport, Food, Agriculture & Hospitality, and Technology, Innovation, Education & Research, the themes and topics encompassed by ‘Sustainability’ will be relevant for all industries represented within our membership base. Asked via live poll what sustainability meant to them, event attendees shared the sentiments of “opportunity”, “future”, “responsibility” and “collaboration”, which strongly reaffirmed our original motivations for establishing this new Committee. Thank you again to Committee Co-Chairs Tracy Whiriskey and Shu Saito for their leadership and coordination of this event. Please stay tuned for the details of upcoming Sustainability events.

Last night, I was honoured to attend the Opening Reception of Prince Hotels & Resorts 7th Australia Food & Wine Fair 2021. This annual event, held over 2 months, is a wonderful celebration of Australian food and wine culture and lifestyle, with 10 Prince locations across Tokyo, Yokohama and Saitama featuring special menus and activities. Prince Hotels & Resorts have outdone themselves again this year, with menus featuring Australian lobster, beef and lamb, as well as some delicious vegan options. Congratulations to the team at Prince Hotels & Resorts!

As the Tokyo State of Emergency continues into next month we will be remaining fully online for the time being, but look forward to connecting with you all across our virtual platforms in September




826日には、弊会議所の新しい「サステナビリティ委員会」の正式な発足イベントが行われ、オーストラリア大使館のヘギョンユ公使とニュージーランド大使館のドミニク・ウォルトン=フランス公使による最新情報の紹介や、ANZCCJメンバーであるアンドリュー・ガウチ氏(レンドリースジャパン代表取締役社長 CEO)、デビッド・ジェンキンス氏(ナショナル・オーストラリア銀行サステナブル・ファイナンス担当グローバルヘッド)、ギャビン・ディクソン氏(Global Perspectives K.K.共同設立者)による核心に迫るパネルディスカッションが行われました。


昨晩、プリンスホテル&リゾーツの「オーストラリア フード&ワインフェア2021のオープニング・レセプションに光栄にも招待され、出席しました。年に一度、2ヶ月間にわたって開催される「オーストラリア フード&ワインフェア」は、東京、横浜、埼玉の各プリンスホテルで開催される、オーストラリアの文化と料理を讃える素晴らしいイベントです。プリンスホテルズ&リゾーツでは、今年もオーストラリア産のロブスター、ビーフ、ラムを使ったメニューに加え、美味しいビーガンメニューもご用意されています。


Sally Townsend


Upcoming Events

Date: Thurs 9 September, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 13:15 JST

Location: Zoom (online)


The ANZCCJ Technology, Innovation, Education and Research (TIER) Committee was formed in July 2020 with a mission to create, identify and connect new networks through appropriately enhanced communication and engagement, that will enable members to modernize the perception of Australia and New Zealand in Japan and that of Japan in Australia and New Zealand, across the four TIER pillars.


In September 2021, the TIER Committee is excited to host “The Future of Fintech: Key players and Australia-Japan collaboration”, bringing together representatives from Fintech Australia and the Fintech Association of Japan, as well as current industry leaders, to share their on the ground experience, future vision, and how Fintech businesses can adjust to meet the unique needs of each market.



• Brian Collins, Board Member - Fintech Australia

• Eriko Nonaka, Secretary-General - Fintech Association of Japan

• Chris Koch, Co-Founder and General Manager - Fillr

Please click here to register.


開催日時92日(木)16:00 - 17:00 JST

ダイバーシティ、エクイティ&インクルージョンのコンサルティングを主軸と致します、The Dream Collectiveは「Allyship」を組織内に浸透させるために必要なトレーニングを実際に体験して頂けるイベントを開催することとなりました。





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Date & Time: Thurs 2 September, 16:00 - 17:00 JST

Language: Japanese


The Dream Collective are delighted to invite ANZCCJ members and friends to their event on September 2nd, through which you can experience the training needed to instill "Allyship" in your organization.

In 2021, Japan ranked 120th in the Gender Gap Index released by the World Economic Forum, the lowest among the G7 countries. As it is internationally known that Japan is falling behind in promoting women in the workplace, the Japanese government has just announced the expansion of the current Women’s Empowerment Act, which obliges companies with 301 or more employees to publicize action plans and progress in the promotion of women's activities. This will be extended to companies with 101 or more employees from April 2022
. We are aware that an increasing number companies are preparing for this change.

In the past, much attention has been focused on what women can do and what opportunities are most effective for women. It goes without saying that it is necessary for both men and women to stand together to participate in gender equality.

This webinar will support your experience through the Dream Collective's allyship program. During the session, you will recognize the importance of allies in your organization, learn what kind of allies they are and what kind of actions are required to them, so that you can promote gender diversity in your organization.

Please click here to register.

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Maiko Furuse

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Date: Wed 8 September, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM JST

Location: Online event 

The Japan Update 2021 is coming up on 8 September. The Japan Update is the ANU’s flagship conference on Japan and will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on Japanese society and prospects for recovery, governance challenges and science, defence and technology issues.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Professor Sawada Yasuyuki, Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank
  •  Dr Yuki Tatsumi, Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center
  • Professor Keiichiro Kobayashi, Research Director at The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

 Please click here for free registration and details.


Other News

Companies unite to develop a Japan-Australia CO2 hydrogen supply chain in South Australia

A ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ENEOS Corporation and Neoen, one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy providers, will explore the development of a Japan-Australia CO2-free hydrogen supply chain in South Australia.  

The study by the two companies will examine the potential for the stable supply of affordable hydrogen produced from renewable energy in South Australia. Specifically, Neoen will study stable renewable energy supply and water electrolysis cells for hydrogen production. ENEOS will be responsible for more efficient production of methylcyclohexane (MCH) and maritime transport of MCH as a form of hydrogen storage and transport from Australia to Japan.   

The two companies will utilise the Green Innovation Fund in Japan and the Hydrogen Hub project in Australia to achieve early development of a CO2-free hydrogen supply chain between Japan and Australia. 

Read the full report here.


Lendlease launches its first hyper-scale data centre project in Japan

This month, Lendlease announced its first data centre development in Japan under Lendlease Data Centre Partners (LLDCP). With an end development value of more than A$800 million (US $600 million), the data centre will be one of the largest of its scale in Japan. Located in Greater Tokyo, the facility will be situated on approximately 33,000 sqm of land. Construction will commence in late 2021, with the initial phase to be completed by early 2024.

“The demand for data centres in the Asia Pacific is set to grow exponentially, with internet-related services usage soaring due to the pandemic” says Managing Director of Japan & Head of Telecoms and Data Infrastructure Asia, Andrew Gauci. Japan is well-placed as a key connectivity and distribution hub for global hyperscale providers, which, in turn, is driving high demand from data centre service providers.

The project also marks a significant milestone for the Group, adding to its global development pipeline alongside five other new urbanisation projects globally.

Read the full press release here.


MFAT Japan Market Report:

Q2 Economic Update - August, 2021

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has just released its August 2021 market report on Japan, summarising Japan’s latest economic indicators before examining Japan’s COVID-19 situation and highlighting key aspects of the Japan-NZ trade relationship.

According to the report, Japan’s economic indicators have improved, with the economy returning to modest growth in Q2 2021, 0.3% quarter-on-quarter, following a -0.9% contraction in Q1. With a fourth COVID-19 state of emergency now in place, COVID-19 mortality remains low and vaccination coverage among the elderly population is high (88%).

The report findings also show New Zealand’s goods exports to Japan for Q2 2021 has dropped by -11%, compared to a record high in Q2, 2020. Anecdotal evidence suggests labour shortages and logistical challenges have constrained NZ supply to Japan. Horticulture, dairy and fish and seafood products are key export sectors that experienced a decrease in total goods exports to Japan during this period.

 Read the full report here.


Rio Tinto and Sumitomo to assess hydrogen pilot plant at Gladstone’s Yarwun alumina refinery

Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Corporation have just announced a new partnership to study the construction of a hydrogen pilot plant at Rio Tinto’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone, Queensland.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles believes Gladstone is an industrial powerhouse and this partnership presents a great opportunity for the region. If the project proceeds, the pilot plant will produce hydrogen for the recently announced Gladstone Hydrogen Ecosystem, supporting efforts of national and local governments to establish Gladstone as a clean hydrogen hub of the future.

Sumitomo Corporation’s Energy Innovation Initiative Director Hajime Mori said “We are excited about working together with Rio Tinto as our long-term partner to develop this hydrogen project in Gladstone and working toward our company’s vision of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050”. The Sumitomo partnership complements a recently announced feasibility study into using hydrogen to replace natural gas in the alumina refining process at Yarwun and provides exciting, larger-scale opportunities for renewable hydrogen if successful.

Read the full press release here.


HORITOMI Commercial & Industry Inc. 

Holift Water Foldable Emergency Water Tanks Supporting Disaster Recovery Efforts

HORITOMI Commercial & Industry Inc. was established in 1885 and has been manufacturing logistics containers and high performance coating films for 136 years. 

Today, HORITOMI manufacture packing paper and anti-corrosion paper for steel coils and car parts, flexible container bags for transporting chemical raw materials, and import factory automation and labour-saving equipment from Finland, Germany, and Italy, for sale to Japanese customers. 

After one of the company’s manufacturing plants based in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, was badly damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster, HORITOMI went on to develop a foldable emergency water tank, Holift Water, to address the problems caused by a lack of water supply in times of emergency.

At present, whenever a region's water supply is cut off, many local governments in Japan will receive water via truck from a neighbouring municipality. These trucks are equipped with taps to provide the water directly to the local citizens. Due to the high cost and limited number of these water trucks, the points from which water can be distributed will also be limited, which results in large queues forming at these locations.

HORITOMI proposes that municipalities store the Holift Water foldable water tanks so that, whenever water supply is cut off, it will be easy to place the tanks throughout each district. The water trucks will then be able to travel between these areas and the water treatment plants throughout the day to ensure a continuous supply.

Use of these foldable water tanks has now been adopted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Waterworks, the 23 specials wards of Tokyo, the Japan Self-Defense Force, and the water and sewerage bureaus of various municipalities across Japan. In addition to selling these tanks, in the event of a disaster the company also provides support to bring water supply to affected areas.

Read more about HORITOMI's disaster support and use of the Holift Water tanks here.




当社の提案は、多くの自治体の倉庫に折り畳み式応急給水タンクを置いておき、いざ断水が 発生した時には、きめ細かい地区地区にタンクを設置、給水車は浄水場と給水ポイントを一日中廻って、途切れなく水を補給するということです。




ANZCCJ Sustainability Committee - Official Launch

On Thursday 26 August, the ANZCCJ Sustainability Committee launched with an online event on the theme of “Towards 2030 – The Decade of Action | Sustainability: What does it mean and why is it now business critical?”. We were fortunate to have a brilliant panel of expert speakers from a broad range of industries, coordinated with generous support from the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in Tokyo and our Sustainability Committee members. 

Chamber Chair Sally Townsend opened the session, prompting the audience to consider what sustainability, as it evolves into a generic term, means for businesses in the ANZCCJ chamber. Shu Saito (Committee Co-Chair, Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management) provided us with a welcome and introduction on the “What? Why? and How?” of ANZCCJ’s sustainability initiative.  

HK Yu PSM (Australian Embassy, Tokyo) shared Australia’s success in reducing emission targets – the nation is on track to exceed its 26-28% emission targets by 2030, well above the OECD average of 6%. She also highlighted the need for practical emission reduction projects that also stand as attractive investment opportunities.  Dominic Walton-France (New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo) introduced New Zealand’s ambitious and wide-ranging policy responses to climate change. On the topic of agriculture, Dominic raised the concept ‘He Waka Eke Noa’ (We are all in this together) as a take-away mindset to confront future challenges with multiple stakeholders.

During the panel session moderated by Tracy Whiriskey (Sustainability Committee Co-chair and Partner at Ashurst Tokyo), Andrew Gauci, Managing Director and CEO of Lendlease Japan, discussed how it was business critical to put sustainability at the core of their operations. He also talked about the importance of ensuring sustainability across the entire supply chain and the increased social responsibilities of businesses as a whole.  

David Jenkins, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at the National Australia Bank, highlighted what sustainable finance encompasses and how it is becoming a more mainstream and essential part of operations. He also went on to say that by 2025, ESG financing will comprise a third of the global assets under management, emphasising the notion that sustainable finance is no longer a niche and is very much commonplace.  

Gavin Dixon, Co-Founder of Global Perspectives K.K., discussed the importance of taking a proactive approach towards sustainability and viewing it as an opportunity as opposed to an obligation. He highlighted that companies with a more proactive approach towards sustainability take action both internally and externally, engaging with groups including governments, the social sector and supply chains. It was these firms that also saw the greatest benefit and generated the biggest impact. 

When asked what they wanted the main message from the seminar to be, the panel members all agreed that sustainability is a must do (rather than a nice to have) and will provide our businesses with great opportunities to be taken advantage of. 

Thank you to all our speakers for their insights and thank you to everyone that attended! 

Please click here to watch a full recording of the event.

"In one word, what does sustainability mean to you?"


ANZCCJ Members & Friends Promotions


WINETREE, one of the Global Sky group companies and specialists in premium wines from Australia, Italy and Spain, have setup an online wine shop, and to celebrate this have a special offer for ANZCCJ Members & Friends. Order 5 bottles of wine and receive a complimentary bottle of wine selected for you by the WINETREE sommelier.

Visit the Winetree website, register yourself, and enter the promotion code below in the option/remarks column when you order.

The teams at South and Zealander by Terra are looking forward to welcoming you back to their restaurants once the State of Emergency is lifted.

Promotion Code: ANZCCJ2021PF

Please click here for more ANZCCJ member promotions, now open to all newsletter subscribers.


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 if you wish to connect with our representatives individually. 


Welcome to our New Members


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