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April 2017 Issue 



Australian Trade Minister addresses Australian and Japanese business leaders in Tokyo, 19 April 2017

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I would like to first acknowledge and congratulate Ambassador HE Richard Court AC who, after a visit to the Japanese Emperor this month in a horse-drawn carriage, is now officially Australia’s Ambassador to Japan.  I am sure that with his deep knowledge of both the business and political worlds, he will play an invaluable role in deepening ties between Japan and Australia. 

April has seen three Ministers from Australia visit us in Tokyo, highlighting the importance of the Japan - Australia relationship. Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, participated in the seventh Australia-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting with Japanese counterparts, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada. They met with senior members of parliament and foreign policy and security experts to discuss developments in the bilateral relationship and in the region. Marking the tenth anniversary of the 2007 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, the Ministers renewed their determination to strengthen cooperation in the region. 

Of particular significance for our Chamber of Commerce, the visit by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon Steve Ciobo and his business delegation was very productive and highlighted the vitally important trade and economic relationship between Japan and Australia.  Minister Ciobo was extremely generous with his time and took the opportunity to sit down and listen to views from ANZCCJ on how best to improve business success for our companies here.  Key messages on increasing visibility to real Japan opportunities in Australian boardrooms, leveraging Japanese capital going offshore, and raising the profile of Australia as a service provider to Japanese businesses, were heard loud and clear by Minister Ciobo. Speaking at an ANZCCJ lunch, the Minister spoke of the current challenges facing the global trading landscape and emphasised that effective cooperation and maintaining open trade was more vital than ever.  He outlined Australia’s key trade policies and made clear his priorities during a Q&A session with our members.  That same week in Australia, negotiations with New Zealand and 12 Pacific Island countries were successfully concluded in Brisbane to implement PACER Plus - the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus. This agreement intends to drive economic growth and raise overall standards of living in our region.

These Ministerial visits coincide with the 60th Anniversary of the Japan Australia Agreement on Commerce, signed in 1957, a visionary agreement that laid the foundation for an extremely successful trade relationship. Ambassador Court took the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary with Ministers Bishop and Ciobo by hosting an event at the Embassy with many key Japanese and Australian business executives and politicians. The ANZCCJ will be holding an event in July, the exact month in which the agreement was originally signed, to commemorate the significance of this significant landmark of the Japan-Australia relationship.

April was also marked by ANZAC Day, one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national occasions. It was an honour for me as Chair to represent the Chamber and commemorate what our military has done for us by laying a wreath at the ANZAC Day remembrance service this year. Lest we forget.

I would like to congratulate Luke Mangan on the opening of the new Salt Grill & Tapas Bar at Ginza Six this month. It is great to see so many new Australian and New Zealand themed restaurants popping up in Japan.  The ANZCCJ Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee showcases these restaurants in a Restaurant and Café directory available for download on our website.

While this month has been largely dominated by Australian guests, we look forward to the New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English, Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay, and Associate Minister of Finance, Hon Amy Adams’ visits in May. Needless to say, the coming months will feature a number of exciting events.

Finally, in response to feedback from our members in recent months, we are proud to launch our new and revamped website. Our new site is more user-friendly, navigable and interactive. The primary objectives of our site development effort were focused on access, diversifying content, and increasing the visibility of our committees and events. We are always happy to cater to our member’s needs, and welcome your ongoing support and feedback.

Andrew Gauci





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ANZCCJ hosted Hon Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment at a Luncheon at Conrad Tokyo hotel. Minister Ciobo's visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Japan and Australia Agreement on Commerce, 1957. The Minister made his remarks to an audience of 80 business leaders including an accompanying business delegation from Australia. 

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Information and access links are available from the ANZCCJ news page for both Japanese and English guidelines. 

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RWC 2019 Pool Draw

10 May 2017 | 6:00- 8:30pm

Roppongi Hills Club, Tokyo

ANZCCJ is proud to mark the exciting start of planning by teams and fans for the Rugby World Cup 2019 experience. Join us at the Roppongi Hills Club for a viewing of the pool draw followed by an expert panel to discuss these implications and more.

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Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2017

15 May 2017 | 10:00- 3:00pm

Mita Kaigisho, Tokyo

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scheduled their Government Procurement Seminar for the Fiscal Year of 2017 to be held on Monday May 15. This seminar is open to domestic and foreign suppliers and members of foreign missions / representative offices interested in the Japanese Government Procurements. 

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Joint Chamber Sake Night

17 May 2017 | 6:30- 9:30pm

Tokyo American Club, New York Ballroom

Japanese sake or, nihonshu, is globally recognised as an essential part of Japanese cuisine, but few know what a wide variety of flavours and styles there are. The Kikizakekai Tasting Evening is the ideal opportunity to discover some of the smaller craft breweries and their products, jizake, as well as enjoy some the most recognisable brands. It is also a perfect opportunity to learn how the characteristics of  each region imbues each sake with a unique flavor and texture.

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ANZCCJ lunch and keynote speech by New Zealand Prime Minister

17 May 2017 | 12:00- 2:00pm

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The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan has the honour to host the New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon Bill English. Prime Minister English is visiting Japan at a crucial time in the relationship between Japan and New Zealand.  During his visit he will be able to share views on current challenges in the regional and global situation.  New Zealand is also a key partner for Japan as it seeks to progress TPP, despite the US withdrawal. 


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SME Support Program

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Join us for the sixth installment of our SME Support Program event series.  This ANZCCJ program aims to provide Japanese SMEs with information and connections associated with doing business with and in Australia and New Zealand.

For the next event, we will have presentations from Mr Hideaki Yoshimura, CEO of Global Value Partners; Mr Hitoshi Sato, CEO of ANZCCJ member Maruhachi Tent; and Julia Ward, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy Tokyo.

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Meet Our Ambassadors

29 May 2017 | 6:00- 8:00pm

Roppongi Hills Club, Tokyo

The ANZCCJ invites you to Meet our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan HE Richard Court AC, and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan HE Stephen Payton at an evening networking event.

This is a unique opportunity for ANZCCJ members to meet our ambassadors and hear about their connections to Japan, perspectives on how the Japan-Australia and Japan-New Zealand relationship has evolved over time and each Government’s focus areas in Japan over the next five years.

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2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors' Forum       

10-13 Sep 2017 | 6:00- 8:00pm

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To view all upcoming events, visit our website


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