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June 2017 Issue 



Meet Our Ambassadors, 14 June 2017

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Message from the Chair

It was great to see so many of you at our events over the past month.  As the Chamber strives harder than ever to deepen relationships and broaden networks between Australia, Japan and New Zealand businesses, the growing participation levels at our events and the diversity of guests contributing opinion is symbolic of the expanding ties between our three countries.

Highlights of the past month included getting to know our Patrons at the Meet Our Ambassadors event, the seventh installment of the SME Support event series, the second installment of our new Abenomics series, and the visit by the NSW Waratahs rugby team.

It was great to see extensive buzz about agtech and its implications for our already booming agriculture industry at the SME Support event. As ANZ’s Head of Agribusiness Mark Bennet explained, Australian agriculture will see an unprecedented change over the next twenty years, brought on by new investment and new technologies. Plenty of opportunities exist for Japanese capital providers or technology businesses to cash in and support the Australian and New Zealand farm sector’s need and underlying enthusiasm to up-skill itself in the agtech area.

As briefly described, we had the opportunity to officially welcome our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC; and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, at a gathering at the Roppongi Hills Club. It was an honour to officially welcome our Ambassadors, who are such fantastic supporters and listeners of the business community here in Japan. This evening allowed our members to hear from the Ambassadors as individuals with intimate ties to Japan, and each shared their sentiments regarding the importance of the ANZCCJ and its members in further forging business-to-business ties in Japan, economically, culturally and politically. With attendees including JNZBC Chair Kiyotaka Shindo, JABCC Vice Chair Yorihiko Kojima, ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock and many of you, the event was a great opportunity to bring our networks even closer together. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Fujiyasu Kimono for their beautiful gifts to our Patrons.

The final event for June was the second installment of the Abenomics event series, exploring ways in which companies in Japan can boost productivity through work style reform. The event featured a keynote speech by Japan’s State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Mr Gaku Hashimoto, who outlined the Government’s policies in this area. Mr Hashimoto then joined a panel from the business sector who presented real-life examples of initiatives being adopted by their companies to boost productivity and improve the work-life balance of their staff.

In this month’s newsletter we embrace the ongoing recognition of Australian and New Zealand as suppliers of gourmet food and beverage to the Japanese hospitality sector. The growing popularity of Australian and New Zealand-themed restaurants and cafes in Japan illustrates the Japanese consumer’s appreciation of our lifestyle and our shared love of high quality food.  You can read below about the popularity of Australian food culture, the first Aussie beef pop-up store in Japan and other foodie-related news.

I look forward to seeing you at the events we have planned for July, especially as we commemorate 60 years of the signing of the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement of 1957. Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for this year's Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party at the Australian Embassy, on 25 September.

Andrew Gauci 




First Aussie Beef pop up store in Japan

ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor Meat & Livestock Australia launched a pop-up store from June 6 to 18 in the fashionable Tokyo district of Omotesando to promote Aussie Beef to Japanese consumers. The first-ever Aussie beef pop-up store opened under the slogan "Let's Barbie with Aussie Beef" and featured three recipes for enjoying beef steak, as well as MLA Japan's Andrew Cox personally providing customers with tips on how to cook the perfect steak and enjoy thick cut Aussie beef this summer. The promotion would not have been complete without 'Aussie-kun' the koala paying a visit too!


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Japan’s growing premium market

Japan’s ageing population presents gilt-edged opportunities for Australia’s agricultural sector, ANZCCJ Executive Council Member and ANZ Japan CEO, Grant Knuckey, says. At an interview during the recent ANZ agri delegation visit to Japan, he said the market's desire for higher-margin, premium products was a boon for Australian and New Zealand exporters. 

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10 year agricultural sciences plan brings innovation to the Australian farmgate

As part of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government has developed new rural research, development and extension priorities across the agriculture sector over the coming decade.

"Technology and innovation has increased the productivity of Australian agriculture in a number of ways, including new crop varieties, selective animal breeding and precision agriculture techniques," Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Hartsuyker said.

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NZ agri: there’s an app for that

This ANZ New Zealand article shows the growing use of apps to record a range of core farm-management data, manage tasks and meet regulatory requirements.  According to the author, this trend in part reflects a move from paper-based to digital record keeping, but also the changing landscape of farm ownership, increasing complexities within many businesses, and rising compliance requirements.

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Tourism Australia joins Elle Gourmet for "TASTE OF AUSTRALIA"

Tourism Australia and ELLE Gourmet are joining to release the July 2017 issue with a special separate 28 page appendix celebrating the "TASTE OF AUSTRALIA". Focusing on food trends in Melbourne and Sydney, this special edition features star chefs, as well as the latest cafes, restaurants and markets perfect as a foodies Guide to Australia.


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Longrain the next big Australian restaurant to open in Tokyo

A modern Thai restaurant from Australia, currently in both Sydney and Melbourne, Longrain will open Autumn 2017 in Yebisu Garden Place Tower, 38F. It joins the ranks of other Australian born, highly popular restaurants in Tokyo such as Salt, Bills, Fratelli Paradiso and Apollo.

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Success farming hops in New Zealand

The key ingredient in beer, hops, is going through a renaissance, largely due to the growing popularity of craft beer, and although globally New Zealand represents a tiny part of the market - around 1 per cent - the hops grown are in ever increasing demand both locally and globally. Analysis by ANZ indicates there are strong comparative returns growing hops in the Tasman region relative to other land uses.  This is reinforced by research into hops extending over 60 years, based around the Riwaka Plant and Food Research team.


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Did you know?

Japan is one of Australia's largest dairy export markets. Australia exports 103,100 tonnes of milk to Japan each year.

Australia supplies 34% of Japan's beef imports, more than that of the US or other suppliers.

In 2016, New Zealand exported 103,839 tonnes of kiwi fruit to Japan, with a value of NZ$380,229,542.

Source: Dairy Australia, MLA & NZ-HEA

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Kurrutti are an importer/ distributor of Australian organic and wild crafted herbs, nuts, spices and fruit powders. They are a producer of original lemon myrtle (JAS) tea, and 7 blended teas here in Japan, of which three of the blends use Japanese black tea, green tea and hamanasu. Kurrutti is a certified organic importer, and an importer/distributor of organic and wildcrafted Australian essential oils. You can find out more about Kurrutti's products at this year's Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party!


Career Opportunities

Australian Embassy Tokyo: Ambassador’s Social Secretary

We seek an exceptionally organised, professional bilingual Executive Assistant who can work well to tight deadlines. You must possess highly developed communication, computer and interpersonal skills. Duties include secretarial and administrative assistance, functions and travel coordination, editing database entries and arranging programs in a busy Embassy environment. Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritise are a must. Cross cultural sensitivity and superior written and spoken Japanese and English skills are essential.



Australian Embassy Tokyo: Consular Officer

The Consular Section at the Australian Embassy Tokyo is seeking a highly motivated bilingual person, with exceptional interpersonal skills, for the position of Consular Officer.  The successful candidate must be able to provide effective and efficient consular services to Australian citizens visiting and residing in Japan, including the management of complex consular cases and issue of Australian passports. 



Awaji Youth Federation Fellowships from Pasona Group

The Pasona Group is offering interested and talented applicants a limited number of Awaji Youth Fellowships, for a period of 12 months. Fellows will aim to combine their skills to create new ideas, innovative products through micro-business, project manage original events or enhance their artistic or technical talents through co-production.

This is a unique opportunity for young people who have just finished their undergraduate studies, or others who are interested in seeking a new horizons and taking a break from post-graduate studies or current employment.

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60th Anniversary of the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement, 1957

25 July 2017 | 6:30- 9:00pm | The Peninsula, Tokyo

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Agreement on Commerce between the Commonwealth of Australia and Japan of 1957, ANZCCJ will be holding a formal evening event. As one of the most formal evenings of the  year, it will be a celebration of the Australia-Japan relationship, with elements throughout the event showcasing the harmonious collaboration between our countries, our commercial history and cultures. 

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Sports For Business Committee Meeting

12 July 2017 | 5:30- 6:30pm | Baker & McKenzie

Join ANZCCJ's Sports for Business community at the next Committee meeting. Guest speakers include RWC2019 GM Rob Abernethy, and Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale.


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JANZ Ladies' Group 65th Anniversary Kick-off Reception

6 July 2017 | 6:30-9:00pm | New Zealand Embassy Tokyo

ANZCCJ Members are invited to join the JANZ ladies in commemorating 65 years activities and fun.

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Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail

21 July 2017 | 6:30- 8:30pm | Embassy of Canada, Tokyo

ANZCCJ members can once again join one of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year - this party attracts a crowd of just about 300 business people from the many participating chambers.

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Australia Society Tokyo Hello Summer! Wine Party

28 July 2017 | 7:00- 9:30pm | Grand Hyatt, Tokyo

The Australia Society Tokyo invites you & your guests to join an annual summer wine evening at the French Kitchen, Grand Hyatt Hotel Roppongi Hills. We will have exclusive use of the French Kitchen outdoor terrace where a selection of fine wines will help to distract from the Tokyo heat, and the French Kitchen will provide a fabulous buffet selection of gourmet food.


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ANZCCJ Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party 2017

25 Sep 2017 | 6:00- 8:30pm | Australian Embassy, Tokyo

Following the success of last year's event, this year will once again showcase ANZCCJ Food, Agriculture & Hospitality Committee members at a special pop up-style event celebrating Australia and New Zealand's world-class food and wine culture.  This year's event will showcase Australian and New Zealand organic and sustainable food.

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