September 2021  

 

 

Message from the Chair

Dear members and friends,

Welcome to the September edition of our Newsletter.

This week has seen a number of positive steps forward for our Covid-19 recovery, with Japan emerging from its State of Emergency, pathways out of lockdown announced for several Australian states, and an end date for Australia’s international border restrictions finally announced earlier today. Here in Tokyo, we are glad to begin planning for more opportunities to gather in person and, for some, perhaps a long awaited trip home.

The major news in Japan this week has, of course, been the Liberal Democratic Party leadership race and election of Fumio Kishida as party president. Kishida’s victory makes him the presumptive successor to outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, ahead of a general election sometime in the next two months. With pre-existing relationships already established with Australia and New Zealand due to his previous tenure as foreign minister between 2012 and 2017, Kishida is viewed as a “consensus builder” whose election is not expected to herald any major policy shifts. However, his previously stated economic views may see a departure from “Abenomics” to focus on addressing the wealth gap, while the Japanese economy attempt to recover from the pandemic. All eyes will now be on his choice of cabinet ministers in the coming days.

For ANZCCJ, September began with an online event hosted by the Technology, Innovation, Education & Research Committee, featuring speakers from Fintech Australia, the Fintech Association of Japan and Fillr, who discussed recent developments and future opportunities in Fintech between our two countries. We are grateful to the Australian Embassy and Austrade for their generous support in organising this event, and look forward to more opportunities to explore opportunities in this rapidly growing sector. The next TIER event will be held in mid-November, so please stay tuned for further updates. 

In collaboration with the Paralliance – a joint alliance of 20 international Chambers of Commerce in Japan – we were delighted to hear from New Zealand Paralympic Gold Medalist Sophie Pascoe on September 17. The Paralympics came to an end earlier in the month after two weeks of fantastic competition, and we were extremely proud to see some incredibly achievements from our Australian, New Zealand and Japanese athletes. Sophie shared fascinating insights into her experience of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and was very complimentary of the Japanese government and Organising Committee’s commitment to making it a safe, comfortable, and successful Games for the athletes. Thank you to BCCJ and New Zealand Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Dominic Walton-France for leading the session.

Finally, the 58th Annual Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference will be held during the first week of October, with participants gathering across Adelaide, Tokyo and online for the first time. After its postponement last year due to Covid-19, the Conference will go ahead with an impressive lineup of government representatives and industry experts discussing the enormous challenges and significant opportunities posing our region. See the AJBCC website for more details.

Wishing you all a wonderful month ahead and looking forward to seeing you soon. 

月刊ニュースレター9月号をお届けします。

今週、日本では緊急事態宣言が解除され、オーストラリアでも、いくつかの州のロックダウンが解除できるまでのロードマップが発表されました。そして、オーストラリアの国境を跨ぐ移動制限の終了日が本日未明に発表されるなど、新型コロナの収束に向けて明るいニュースがありました。ここ東京では、対面イベントなどの計画をようやく進めることができるようになったり、メンバーの中には待ち望んでいた帰郷の計画を立てることができるようになったりと、私たちも嬉しく思っています。

そして、今週の日本の大きなニュースといえば、自民党総裁選にて岸田文雄氏が新総裁に選出されたことです。岸田氏の勝利により、2ヶ月以内に行われる総選挙では菅義偉首相の後継者として、岸田氏が有力視されています。岸田氏は、2012年から2017年まで外務大臣を務めたことで、オーストラリアやニュージーランドとの関係が既に確立されていることから、「コンセンサス・ビルダー(意見のまとめ役)」と認識されており、来たる選挙では大きな政策転換はないと予想されています。しかし、岸田氏が以前から表明している経済政策では、日本経済がパンデミックからの回復を目指す中で、「アベノミクス」から脱却し、貧富の差への対応に焦点を当てることになるかもしれません。今後の内閣総理大臣の人選に注目が集まります。

9月のANZCCJは、TIER(テクノロジー・イノベーション・教育・研究)委員会主催のオンラインイベントで幕を開けました。Fintech AustraliaFintech Association of JapanFillr社からスピーカーをお招きし、両国のFintechの最新動向と今後の可能性についてお話を伺いました。本イベントの開催に多大なご協力をいただいたオーストラリア大使館およびオーストレード(オーストラリア貿易投資促進庁)に感謝するとともに、今後もこの急速に成長する分野における機会を模索していきたいと考えています。次回のTIERイベントは11月中旬に開催される予定ですので、委員会からのアナウンスにご期待ください。

917日には、20ヵ国からなる在日商工会議所連合会(パラライアンス)とコラボレーションイベントを開催し、ニュージーランドのパラリンピック金メダリスト、ソフィー・パスコー選手をお招きし、貴重なお話を伺いました。パラリンピックは、2週間にわたる素晴らしい戦いの後、9月初めに閉幕しました。オーストラリア、ニュージーランド、そして日本の選手たちが素晴らしい活躍を見せてくれたことを、私たちは非常に誇りに思っています。ソフィー選手は、東京2020パラリンピック競技大会での体験談を披露し、日本政府と組織委員会の、選手たちにとって安全で快適な大会にするための取り組みを高く評価しました。セッションをリードしてくださったBCCJとニュージーランド大使館の公使ドミニク・ウォルトン・フランス氏に感謝いたします。

最後に、第58回日豪経済合同委員会会議が10月の第1週に開催されます。参加者はアデレード、東京、そしてオンラインで初めて一堂に会します。昨年は新型コロナの影響で延期されたましたが、今年は政府関係者や産業界の専門家が集まり、日豪間に存在する大きな課題と大きなチャンスについて議論します。詳細はAJBCCのウェブサイトをご覧ください。

今月も皆様にとって素晴らしい月でありますように。また、皆様にお会いできることを楽しみにしております。

Sally Townsend
サリー・タウンゼンド

 

Other News

SUPPORTING THE SAFE RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO NSW - TheNSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan

TheNSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Planto return international students to NSWhas received support from the Australian Government and NSW Government.  The Pilot Plan will allow a limited number of 250 international students studying with NSW education providers to return each fortnight from early December 2021.

For nowunderthe Pilotinitially all students participating in the pilot will be required to have been fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised COVID-19 vaccination.

International students will quarantine in purpose-built student accommodation in Sydney and adhere to the same health and quarantine requirements set by the Australian Government for returning Australians. All costs associated with travel and quarantine will be borne by education providers, with returning international students covering flight costs.

The first flight is anticipated to arrive into Sydney by December, to allow international students to begin their study over the coming summer months. NSW Government will continue to work with education providers and the wider sector to deliver a successful International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so that more international students who remain abroad can get back to NSW as soon as possible. A successful, scaled return will lead to an expanded pilot and allow for more students from a range of institutions to return to NSW in due course.

NSW is the top destination in Australia for international students.  We are thrilled to finally start welcoming back international students to experience the world-class education, training and research that makes NSW such an attractive study destination.

See here for the media release.

See
here for more details about the Pilot Plan.

 

Australia to remove ban on international travel from November

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced this afternoon that the ban on international travel will be lifted in November. It will be up to the individual states and territories as to when they will start accepting international arrivals, however NSW is expected to be the first state to do so.

The government has also said that fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will now be able to quarantine at home for 7 days, while unvaccinated Australians will still be required to isolate at a hotel or quarantine facility for 14 days. Australian citizens who cannot be vaccinated due to being under the age of 12 or having a medical condition will be considered vaccinated for the purposes of their travel. The vaccines recognised by the Australian Government are Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Novavax, Sinovac and Covishield.

The government is also actively working towards quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand, and travellers will be able to access internationally recognised proof of vaccination over the next few weeks. Facilitated flights are also being offered to returning Australians into any state or territory that is undertaking the home quarantine program.

See here for more information

 

Self-isolation trial pilot begins in New Zealand

An eagerly anticipated trial that will allow a small number of business travellers to isolate at home in New Zealand after returning from overseas is ready to get underway.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that expressions of interest for the self-isolation pilot will open this week, with all international travel and self-isolation stints to be completed before Christmas.The trial is set to lay the groundwork for a more relaxed border policy next year that will remove the need for all travellers to go through managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) hotels.

“The reason we are focused on work-related travel is because of the extra layer of protection that having an employer with some skin in the game provides,” Ardern said.

Those taking part will need to arrive back in New Zealand between October 30 and December 8, with the last travellers leaving self-isolation on December 22. Only 150 New Zealand citizens or permanent residents will be able to take part, and they will also be required to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.

Employers will need to apply on behalf of their employees. Expressions of interest can be submitted from 9am on Thursday, September 30 through to 5pm on Saturday, October 9, with those that meet the criteria put into a ballot. Those successful will be advised on October 15.

See here for the full article. 

 

Australian Government announces a $2 billion loan facility for Australian critical minerals

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $2 billion loan facility for Australian critical minerals. The fund, designed to fill gaps in financing critical minerals resources developments, will help to secure supplies of resources that are needed to drive the new energy economy and support the jobs of the future. 

Australia has one of the world’s largest recoverable reserves of the critical minerals used in advanced technologies, vital in sectors such as renewable energy, aerospace, defence, automotive and electric vehicles, telecommunications and agritech. With global demand for critical minerals expected to grow exponentially over the coming decades, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said Australia was well placed to become a reliable supplier of critical minerals to ensure supply in our region and support jobs and businesses in Australia.

“The global growth in demand for critical minerals to be used in the production of the latest technologies represents an incredible opportunity for Australia to utilise its natural resources and world-leading mining know how to become a leader in the extraction, processing and supply of critical minerals,” Minister Tehan said, adding that “Australian critical minerals will help other countries in the Indo-Pacific and beyond to accelerate their industrial reforms and transition to low-carbon technologies and that benefits Australia and our partners.”

See here to read more

 

ANZCCJ Sustainability Committee: Member Insights Survey

In conjunction with the launch of the ANZCCJ Sustainability Committee, the Member Insights Survey was conducted in August 2021 to capture current attitudes towards sustainability and its priority within ANZCCJ member organisations, across a total of 15 different sectors.

The survey results reflect the already strong levels interest within the ANZCCJ membership, showing that sustainability is a “high” priority for 74.2% of respondents, contrasted with the combined 16.2% of organisations who stated that it was either a “low” priority or not a priority at all. The survey also suggested that this trend is likely to continue, with 61.3% stating that sustainability had become more of a priority in their organisation over the past 12 months and 71% expecting it to further increase in the coming 12 months.

While 54.8% of those surveyed already have sustainability targets in place, respondents reported various challenges when it comes to implementing sustainability strategies, particularly “getting appropriate data” (19.4%), “concerns about negative publicity” (16.1%), and “concerns about greenwashing” (9.7%). Alongside the implementation of these strategies and associated targets, the survey suggested that providing people with more knowledge and support is vital, while 58.1% said they were likely to discuss sustainability with their clients, only 32.3% felt that they had the required tools and know-how for these discussions.

See here for the full survey report.

 

ANZCCJ Partnership with Nichigo Press

ANZCCJ is happy to announce that we have partnered with Nichigo Press, the biggest Japanese-language media organisation in Australia, connecting our two countries since 1977. Through this partnership, we look forward to working together to share useful information for members of our community and further promote the development of Australia-Japan business relations. Stayed tuned for more news on this partnership, and see their recent interview with ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock here.

Please contact the ANZCCJ Secretariat for Nichigo Press distribution information and advertising opportunities.

 

TIER Committee

The Future of Fintech: Key Players and Australia-Japan Collaboration

On Thursday September 11, the ANZCCJ TIER (Technology, Education, Innovation and Research) Committee ran an online event on the them "The Future of Fintech: Key Players and Australia-Japan Collaboration". We were fortunate to be welcome speakers from a diverse range of career backgrounds to share their insights into Fintech and the challenges and opportunities facing the sector now and into the future for both Australia and Japan. 

Vivien Lim (Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade Tokyo) opened the session by providing an insight into the current Fintech landscape in Australia and Japan. She highlighted the growing interest in Fintech in Australia, with high levels of foreign investment in the sector that currently ranks 6th globally and 2nd in Asia. She also discussed the anticipated growth of Fintech in Japan, with the sector forecasted to rise 1.21 trillion yen (15 billion AUD) by the end of 2022, a six-fold increase from 2018.

Moderated by Luke Bradshaw (Co-Founder, South Australia Japan Synergy Alliance), the panel discussion featured Brian Collins (Board Member, Fintech Australia/ Fintech & FoodTech Managing Director, Startup Bootcamp Australia), Eriko Nonaka (Secretary-General, Fintech Association of Japan), Takeshi Kito (Vice-Chair, Fintech Association of Japan & Founder, CrownReality Inc), and Chris Koch (CEO & Co-Founder, Fillr).  The speakers all shared the background of and recent focus areas for their respective organisations, as well as the current landscape of the Fintech sector in both Australia and Japan. 

Some of the strengths highlighted in relation to Australia’s Fintech sector included its benefits as a test market, as well as the strong support for the sector from the federal government. Japan was also praised for the quantity and quality of its emerging Fintech, as well as the widespread adoption of QR codes as payment methods. 

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

A full recording is available from the ANZCCJ Events Gallery.

 

PJ Partners: MATAKANA Opening

PJ Partners are glad to announce the opening of new New Zealand restaurant, MATAKANA, in Azabu, Tokyo.

The name MATAKANA comes from the town of the same name located in New Zealand's North Island, meaning “wild” and “natural” in the indigenous Maori language.

Visit MATAKANA to enjoy authentic lamb dishes and carefully selected New Zealand wines in a unique space not usually found in Japan.

See the restaurant website for details.

 

Intern Profile

Cindy Wei (Waseda University, School of Political Science and Economics)

Cindy Wei is beginning her third year of studies at Waseda University, completing a B.A. in Political Science. Her research interests lie within International Relations, particularly in the field of East-Asian regional security issues and US-China relations.

Cindy grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and attended high school in St Cuthbert’s College, Epsom. Living in Shinjuku, Kagurazaka, her favourite memories of NZ are the premium quality salmon, Central Otago wine, beautiful beaches and native bush scenery.

Cindy became interested in studying political science in Japan after reading research papers from the Japan Institute of International Affairs. She was inspired by the unique perspective of Japan, as a nation balancing economic and security interests while acting as a prominent foreign aid provider to the developing world. This, alongside a previous think tank research internship with Carnegie has inspired her to pursue a future career in policy research.

In addition to her studies, Cindy is active around Tokyo. She has worked part-time at a 7-11 in Kanda and is now the recipient of the Mizuho International Foundation Scholarship. In her spare time, she likes to visit wagashi confectioner Toraya, the National Diet library and International House of Japan. She recently attended the live concert of Masayoshi Takanaka in Kanagawa.

Cindy embarked on her summer internship with the ANZCCJ this August to gain valuable experience in a business chamber that aims to strengthen trilateral relations between Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

Here are her remarks at the completion of her internship:

“Australia, Japan and New Zealand are all wonderful countries with much to offer to each other. Through my ANZCCJ internship, I was inspired by exciting business partnerships in areas such as clean hydrogen energy and fintech. I’m grateful for the support and guidance of Emily, Aki and the Executive Council and am excited to be involved within future opportunities to connect across cultures”.

Connect with Cindy through LinkedIn.

 

Welcome to our New Members

 

- Corporate Silver Member -

 

- Individual Member -

 

Kazuki Fujisawa (SB Technology Corp.)

 

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 with our representatives individually. 

 

 

 

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