Message from the Chair
Dear members and friends,
Spring is well and truly in the air in Tokyo, with the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom as I write. Having just come out of our two-month State of Emergency, we are feeling a little lighter and excited for more opportunities to enjoy the warmer weather in the weeks ahead.
ANZCCJ began March with a week of celebrations for International Women’s Day 2021. We are always proud of the fantastic female leaders in our ANZCCJ community, and it was wonderful to see the great talent and intelligence on display through our online events and those held by others in our network (catch up on the recordings here if you missed out!).
On International Women’s Day itself we joined the Australian Embassy for a small gathering to celebrate women in sport, featuring guest speaker Alicia Lucas, a Rio Olympic Gold Medalist and one of Australia’s most successful female rugby players. After a wonderful evening, Alicia truly demonstrated the strength of women everywhere when she went straight from the Embassy to calmly check herself into hospital, before giving birth to her daughter Matilda the next morning – congratulations to the Lucas family on your new edition!
On March 11 we paused to mark ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster. A small group of members and friends gathered in Shiba Park for a minute’s silence at 2:46pm, sharing stories from that day and raising a glass of sake in hope for the continued recovery of the Tohoku region. The Australian and New Zealand business community has developed strong ties to Tohoku throughout this past decade, and we have all been deeply humbled by the resilience and spirit of the who have overcome such a devastating disaster. ANZCCJ remains dedicated to our friends up north and we look forward to seeing them more regularly when the pandemic is behind us.
The Sports for Business Committee held its first meeting for 2021 on March 17, welcoming a panel of sports marketing experts to share their commentary on the Tokyo Olympics. The Committee members walked away armed with a great deal of valuable knowledge and new enthusiasm for the summer games ahead. In sad but not surprising news, last week it was formally announced that international spectators would not be permitted to attend. This is undoubtably disappointing news for many, and we will do our best to bridge the gap between our members overseas and on the ground in Japan in the lead up to and during the Games themselves.
We look forward to a busy start to the new membership year come April 1, and I sincerely thank you all for your continued support in 2021.
Time for a Cuppa! TIER Committee Update and Networking Meeting
Join the TIER Committee for a virtual catchup in the afternoon of March 31. Grab a cup of tea or coffee while we share the latest updates and plans for the year ahead, welcome some new faces to the committee, and have a casual networking session with you fellow members.
Date: Wed 31 March, 2021
Time: 3:00PM - 4:00PM JST
Location: Zoom (Online)
Click here for details and registration.
Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Chair Tim Barnstable and ANZCCJ Chair Sally Townsend invite ANZCCJ members to join an exclusive wine tasting evening on 23 April, 2021, at Shibuya Scramble Square. Network with your fellow members while enjoying a variety of South Australian wines that you can purchase by the glass. Kangaroo Island Spirits Gin and light snacks will also be available for purchase.
Date: Friday 23 April, 2021
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Shibuya Scramble Square 12F (Floor Guide)
Price: Free entry (registration is essential) | ¥500 per glass
Please click here for event details and registration.
Click here for more information on Tasting South Australia 2021.
Around the globe, governments, investors, and stakeholders are demanding greater accountability and transparency about corporate environmental and social performance. This is largely being driven by investors pursuing an environmental and social dividend from their investment, as well as corporate strategies designed to ensure the enduring resilience of their social license to operate. Despite efforts to provide useful and meaningful information related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues of a company, challenges remain. This webinar will be co-hosted by ACCJ, ANZCCJ and BCCJ.
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
ANZCCJ Member Fee: ¥600
Guest Fee: ¥1,200
- Reiko Hayashi, Director and Deputy President, BofA Securities Japan Co., Ltd.;
- Tim Power, Partner, White & Case’s Global Environmental Interest Group;
- Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Director, Investor Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board;
- Natsuho Torii, Deputy Secretary General Sustainability Committee, Japan Exchange Group.
- Heather McLeish, Director, EY Japan Co., Ltd.
Please click here for details and registration.
North Asia Post Covid: Vaccination update from the region
The North Asia CAPE invites you to their next event on Wednesday 31 March 2021, to be held in-person in Auckland and live-streamed, which will explore North Asia’s vaccination outlook.
The panellists are: MBIE Science and Innovation Counsellor Clinton Watson, based in Beijing; Catherine O’Connell, Principal, Catherine O’Connell Law and Vice Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, based in Tokyo; and Ardi Barnard, recently returned from four years as NZ Deputy Head of Mission in Seoul.
Time, date: 5-7pm (NZ time), Wednesday 31 March 2021
(Doors open at 5pm; presentations start at 5:30pm)
Venue: In-person (Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland) or online (Zoom link shared prior to event)
To register for this event, please see here.
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Lendlease Cracks World Top 10 Innovative Companies List
A dedication to innovation, coupled with a commitment to sustainability and the adoption of digital technologies, has resulted in Fast Company ranking Lendlease as one of the world’s most innovative companies.
Fast Company is a global media brand with a focus on innovation in technology, leadership and design. Each year it honours those companies making a profound impact in the sectors in which they operate. Previous recipients include Microsoft, Walt Disney Company, Apple and Patagonia.
This year, Lendlease has ranked 9th in the Urban Development category on the 2021 Most Innovative Companies list. Congratulations to Lendlease on this great achievement!
Please click here to read the full press release (English and Japanese).
Robert Walters Survey Uncovers the Onboarding Experiences of Job Changers in 2020
The results of a recent survey conducted by specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters Japan announced that 82% of job changer’s during COVID-19 were satisfied with their overall onboarding experience.
The survey, which targeted 161 bilingual professionals who had moved to a foreign-affiliated or Japanese global company after March 2020, found that half of the participants underwent their onboarding experiences remotely. The participants stated that they were satisfied in the following aspects of their onboarding experience: “communication with the manager and team” (77%), “feedback sessions after onboarding” (75%), and “HR orientation and benefits review” (71%). The survey also highlighted that respondents felt they were able to clearly understand their job responsibilities and expectations (78%) and were able to deepen their understanding of the company’s culture (72%) through the onboarding process.
While overall satisfaction levels in onboarding experiences were high, respondents indicated that the process was not without its challenges. 1 in 3 new employees were dissatisfied with the initial training they received, and 32% initially felt that they were not sufficiently equipped with all the tools and resources to perform their job successfully. By operating remotely, many employees found it difficult to undertake the usual process of learning by observing in the workplace and 30% reported fewer opportunities to connect with colleagues.
Managing Director at Robert Walters Japan, Jeremy Sampson, commented on the results of the survey, stating, “For an enhanced remote onboarding experience, there is an urgent need for companies to provide new joiners with more digitalised training materials and opportunities to interact with their teams online”.
For more on this survey, please read the full press release here.
New Zealand Embassy Report: Japan Economic Update
A new economic report on Japan, prepared by the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, has been published for members' viewing.
It includes details on goods and services exports to Japan, Japan’s vaccine rollout strategy and key economic indicators for Japan.
To view the report, please click here.
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- Individual Members -
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