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January 2017 Issue 



ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, welcoming guests to this year's Shinnenkai

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ANZCCJ welcomed the New Year with a productive and eventful month thanks to the fantastic contribution of our sponsors and members. Particularly pleasing were the events we hosted with our Platinum Sponsors, Ashurst and the ANZ Banking Group. Those who attended were given the opportunity to hear the unique insights and conversations of business leaders from each organisation. Merger and Aquisition activity often changes the landscape of business between our countries and understanding this better from Ashurst was greatly beneficial to many members.  ANZ gave us the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of their Group CEO, Shayne Elliott, who was generous with his time and insightful views.  

Building on this month’s success, we are keen to encourage further sponsor engagement and improve the services we offer to our members. To this end, the ANZCCJ has commenced a roundtable series with two further roundtables on 7 February and 10 February 2017 planned with sponsors ahead of an Executive Council strategy planning session scheduled for March. I strongly encourage you to attend one of the roundtables as your input and feedback is essential to helping us understand how we can best support you and your business. If you are unable to attend, you can provide your feedback by completing our survey.

In this month’s newsletter, you will read about key events that have highlighted the depth of the Australia/New Zealand-Japan relationship, particularly in light of uncertainties around continued US engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Prime Minister Abe visited Australia earlier this month and held a productive working meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull, demonstrating the enduring nature of Australia-Japan ties. Prime Minister Abe’s visit also coincided with the JAEPA’s second year since entry into force in January 2014.

I would also like to thank former Ambassador HE Bruce Miller, who this month concluded his appointment as Australian Ambassador to Japan. During his five years in office, Ambassador Miller worked tirelessly to further Australia-Japan relations, with various key bilateral agreements being signed under his leadership. We will be looking forward to welcoming the Hon Richard Court AC, our new Australian Ambassador-designate  to Japan, in the coming months.

In 2017 the ANZCCJ is also proud to support the long-standing AJBCC-JABCC and JNZBC conferences taking place in Tokyo later this year as well as the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue. We believe this new youth orientated initiative will help ensure the next generation of leaders in Australia and Japan have the knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to the bilateral relationship. The Dialogue complements the Chamber’s existing internship program which has been running since July 2015.

Finally, we look forward to seeing many of our Sports for Business Committee members at the Super Rugby match between Japan's Sunwolves and the defending champions, the Hurricanes.  Wishing you all a fruitful month ahead.

Andrew Gauci



ANZCCJ Shinnenkai rings in 2017 in style

We were pleased to welcome in the New Year at the stylish Roppongi Hills Club in the company of our Patrons, Australian Ambassador HE Bruce Miller and New Zealand Ambassador HE Stephen Payton, members, and guests. 

This year the event was Andrew Gauci's first Shinnenkai as Chair and HE Bruce Miller's last event as Australian Ambassador and ANZCCJ Patron.

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Ashurst lawyers give seminar on cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions between Australia and Japan.

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) reflected on trends in Japanese investment into Australia during 2016, and presented the key lessons learned from the deals Ashurst was involved in.

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ANZ Group CEO Shayne Elliott sat down with award winning journalist Andrew Cornell for a wide ranging discussion and Q&A with ANZCCJ members.

In this article, Andrew Cornell writes about the challenge – and opportunity – facing Japan: to grow the economy and reduce the population shrinkage. To Cornell, the two are interlinked.

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Happy Australia Day!

A big thank you to Sally Townsend, AST President and ANZCCJ Executive Council member,  for putting together a fantastic Australia Day long table dinner for the Australian community in Tokyo.

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Prime Minister Abe's visit to Australia

Prime Minister Abe held productive working meetings with Prime Minister Turnbull on 14 January 2017 in Sydney. Discussions highlighted the depth of the Australia – Japan relationship and shared strategic and economic interests. “Our Special Strategic Partnership is stronger than ever”, PM Turnbull said.

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This month marked two years since JAEPA entered into force

The Agreement continues to deliver a competitive advantage for Australian businesses in Australia's second-largest export market.  Now more than 97 per cent of Australia’s goods exports are duty free or receive preferential tariff rates in Japan. Further cuts take place on April 1 every year.

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Stephanie Fahey appointed Austrade Chief Executive Officer

Dr Fahey will be the first woman to lead Austrade.

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Air New Zealand, to begin operating to Haneda Airport in Tokyo

Air New Zealand will split its Tokyo services between Haneda and Narita Airports from July next year, offering customers two points of entry into Japan.


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Sponsor Engagement Meetings

7 February & 10 February

ANZCCJ invites you to attend one of the member engagement meetings we will be holding in February 2017.

The meetings will be a forum for members to have a frank discussion and exchange views with the ANZCCJ Executive Council.  We encourage you to become involved and help shape the direction of your Chamber in 2017 and beyond.

Register (7 Feb)  Register (10 Feb)



SME Support Program

21 February | Salt by Luke Mangan

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

Register here


Kea-ANZCCJ Joint Event

14 March | New Zealand Embassy

Inspire Tokyo -- Lessons learned from 30 years ofdoing business in Japan, with guest speaker Terrie Lloyd

Save the date for the upcoming Kea-ANZCCJ Inspire Tokyo event on 14 March 2017 at the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo.


ANZCCJ Tohoku Volunteer Weekend - Tohoku Food Marathon and Festival

18-19 March | Minami Sanriku

ANZCCJ, Australian Embassy Tokyo, and Club Australia are partnering once again to organise our annual Tohoku Volunteer Weekend trip to Minami Sanriku.

The main event will be the Tohoku Food Marathon and Festival on Sunday 19 March. The boost to the economy by the marathon in 2016 was estimated at over 200 million yen.




Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue

3-6 May | Melbourne, Australia

Applications close today!

The AJYD is an independent and non-partisan diplomatic initiative. Every year, the dialogue will bring emerging Australian and Japanese leaders together to learn, share and contribute to the strong relationship that exists between their two countries.

Apply Now


Waitangi Day at the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo

4 Feb 2017 | New Zealand Embassy

The New Zealand Embassy will host a Waitangi Day event for New Zealanders in Japan and their families on Saturday 4 February 2017


To view all upcoming events, visit our website


25% exclusive discount on dinner at Salt by Luke Mangan. 

From 1 to 28 February, ANZCCJ members will enjoy a 25% discount on dinner at Salt by Luke Mangan.  Please be sure to mention the ANZCCJ website and newsletter when you make your reservation.



VIC Government Job Posting: Manager, Export Development Japan

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Trade Manager to join the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) in Tokyo, driving opportunities and developing strategies that initiate export activities between Victoria, Australia, and Japan.