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December 2016 Issue 



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With the year drawing to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and sponsors for their strong support of the ANZCCJ. 2016 has undoubtedly seen its fair share of surprises around the world where the underdogs have really come from nowhere. Leicester City, Western Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks and Chicago Cubs being the heart warmers, and then of course we had Brexit and Trump. For me personally, this year has meant the privilege of taking on a new challenge as Chair; for Japan, this has meant navigating an international environment on much less certain terms than expected.

However some key connections were built and developed this year in the Australia/New Zealand - Japan relationship, including Nippon Life’s acquisition of NAB’s life insurance business, as well as FDI from Japan into New Zealand surpassing 11 billion New Zealand dollars which represents 60% growth over the last 5 years. It is because of examples like this that I am convinced that the Australian/New Zealand business relationships with Japan have the strength and robustness to handle whatever 2017 has to throw at us.

I am particularly aware that the success of the Chamber rests upon the valuable support of our sponsors and members as well as the hard work of our committee members who so generously volunteer their time. A sincere thank you to each and every one of you for your wonderful support and dedication. Regardless of your current level of involvement, I challenge you to become more engaged with the ANZCCJ in the next year. There is a direct correlation between the effectiveness of the Chamber and its membership with how involved you are in the activities and opportunities that we provide.

For many of you, the holiday season will mean a time for travelling – whether back home or taking a well-deserved break. You will be joining the many who make the journey Down Under from Japan every year. These connections help link Japan, Australia and New Zealand in a tangible way, making tourism an industry that businesses can get behind.

In this month’s newsletter you will see steps that our governments and businesses are taking to engage with foreign markets. Take for example the Australian government recently announcing changes to its Working Holiday Visa laws, making it cheaper and easier for foreign visitors to make the most out of their time in Australia and creating lifelong connections of immeasurable economic value. Similarly, the Japan-New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme is intended to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. For Japanese tourists to New Zealand, those who visit once will return on average 2.7 times in their lifetime. Open arms spur new business.  By closing societies we hurt our markets so I am glad to see the continued commitment of Australia and New Zealand to the TPP Agreement.

Safe travels to those of you lucky enough to be heading to the Summer Wonderland these holidays. For those staying in Japan, check below for exciting opportunities on offer by our member hotels and restaurants for things to do in Tokyo.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Andrew Gauci



All Blacks Make Impression in Japan

With rugby growing in popularity in Japan following the Brave Blossoms victory over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the impending hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks promoted a new campaign to educate Japanese people on how to prevent accidents.  ANZCCJ and the New Zealand Embassy partnered with ANZCCJ Silver Sponsor, AIG, to welcome the players.

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ANZCCJ press release

Rio Tinto and Japanese Partners Celebrate 50 Years of Iron Ore

Leading international mining group, and ANZCCJ Gold Sponsor, Rio Tinto this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first shipment of iron ore from Australia to Japan.
Japan is one of Rio Tinto’s most important and longstanding trading partners. Rio Tinto’s iron ore business was born on the back of Japanese investment and long-term offtake contracts with the Japanese steel mills in the 1960s. Today Rio Tinto is the largest supplier of iron ore to Japan, shipping over 1.7 billion tonnes to date over the past 50 years.

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North Asian Tourists Driving Economic Growth

This year’s International Visitor Survey 2016 shows strong growth from key Asian markets delivered a $12.3 billion contribution to the Australian economy. Visitors from China, Korea, Japan and the US led the record $38.8 billion spend for the year, up 11% or $4 billion on last year.

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Survey results

Qantas Launches Daily Narita - Melbourne Flights

Qantas, Silver Sponsor of the ANZCCJ, launched daily direct flights between Narita and Melbourne this month with the first flight departing on 16 December. This is very welcome news reflecting the growing tourism and business ties between Australia and Japan.

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The Airport Economist on Doing Business in Japan


In this first episode, Tim Harcourt explores the thriving Tokyo scene, talking to experts to gain international and local perspectives on doing business in Japan.

Watch the first episode

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Changes to Australia's Working Holiday program

The Australian Government has announced changes to its Working Holiday Maker program which will come into effect from 1 January 2017. The changes will include an increase to the age limit, changes to work rights, a reduction of fees to the benefit of people applying for working holiday visas and also those already in Australia on a working holiday.

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Australian Business Asia Conference: Highlights

Over 2-days, delegates from across Asia met in Malaysia to hear from high profile speakers on topics such as access to Asian markets, collaboration, leveraging opportunities, trade and investment opportunities.


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NSW Government announces departure of Investment and Trade Commissioner in Japan


The NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) announced the recent retirement of Mr Geoffrey Walker, who held responsibility for the NSW Investment and Trade office in Japan from 2013. Mr David Carlow, who joined the Tokyo office as the new Investment and Trade Lead in Japan in August 2016, will manage the operations of the Tokyo office from 1 December 2016 until a new Commissioner is appointed.

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ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2017

12 January | Roppongi Hills Club

Join our Patrons Ambassador Miller and Ambassador Payton, members and guests at the Roppongi Hills Club, one of the most sought-after event spaces in Tokyo.

Register here

Ashurst M&A Year in Review 2016

17 January | Australian Embassy Tokyo

In this year's Japan-Australia M&A Year in Review, Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Tokyo), Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Melbourne) and Geread Dooley (Senior Associate, Sydney) will reflect on trends in Japanese investment into Australia during 2016, and key lessons learned from the deals Ashurst has been involved in.

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Managing in Uncertain Times: A Conversation with ANZ Group CEO Shayne Elliott

19 January | The Peninsula Tokyo

Award winning journalist and ANZ BlueNotes Managing Editor Andrew Cornell will sit down with Shayne Elliot for a wide ranging discussion and interview on topics including the impact of political change, the future of banking, digitisation, and ANZ's purpose-led transformation; followed by Q&A with the audience. 

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Australia Day Long Table Dinner at Salt by Luke Mangan

26 January | Salt by Luke Mangan

Celebrate Australia Day in style with a five course meal specially prepared to be a showcase of Australian cuisine paired with a selection of fine Australian wines.

Register here

To view all upcoming events, visit our website


ANZCCJ members will receive a 10% discount when making a reservation at either Two Rooms or Ruby Jack’s this Christmas. Simply print out this newsletter or show the promotion on you smartphone at the restaurant to be eligible. To view the Christmas menus, click below:

Two Rooms  Ruby Jack's

Toast to the end of 2016 and ring in 2017 at the grand New Year’s Eve Party at Peter (The Peninsula Tokyo). The spirited soiree begins with an exquisite four-course dinner plus a glass (or optional free flow) of Champagne.

The Peninsula Tokyo

For more dining ideas this Christmas  try Salt by Luke Mangan who will be taking dinner reservations from 22-25 December.

Salt by Luke Mangan

Looking for accommodation? Why not try a serviced apartment at Oakwood Tokyo and take advantage of their holiday plan until the end of January. Including complimentary holiday treats, a Christmas Tree and Japanese New Year ornaments set up in your room as well as a holiday hamper and other offerings.

Oakwood Tokyo

Be sure to try one of the many Christmas meals on offer at Hilton hotel chains in Tokyo. With beautiful brunch, lunch and dinner options in fabulous locations in Shinjuku and Odaiba!

Tokyo  Odaiba

Check out these Christmas and New Year deals from Terra Australis in Sendagaya and Azabu Juuban.  Take away options are also available. 

Terra Australis