Message from the Chair
Dear members and
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
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
Wishing you all a
wonderful month ahead and looking forward to seeing you soon.
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SUPPORTING THE SAFE
RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO NSW - The NSW International Student Arrivals
International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan to
return international students to NSW has
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.
now – under the
Pilot initially – all students participating in the pilot
will be required to have been fully vaccinated with a
TGA-recognised COVID-19 vaccination.
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.
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.
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.
here for the media
See here for more details about the Pilot Plan.
Australia to remove ban
on international travel from November
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
trial pilot begins in New Zealand
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.
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)
“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
announces a $2 billion loan facility for Australian critical
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
Committee: Member Insights Survey
In conjunction with
the launch of the ANZCCJ
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
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
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
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.
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
A full recording is
available from the ANZCCJ
PJ Partners: MATAKANA
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
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.
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.
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
Welcome to our New
Corporate Silver Member -
- Individual Member -
Kazuki Fujisawa (SB Technology Corp.)
with the ANZCCJ Executive Council
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