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May 2017 Issue 



New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon Bill English addresses New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders in Tokyo, 17 May 2017

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Message from the Chair

The principal events on the calendar in May centered around the visit to Tokyo by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Trade Minister and accompanying NZ business delegation. The New Zealand Embassy and ANZCCJ co-hosted a lunch with the Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand, at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo. Speaking to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders, the Prime Minister emphasised the strength and depth of the relationship between Japan and New Zealand, as well as the importance of the future of the TPP11 deal.   He reiterated the need to work together to champion free trade in a global context.

With a stable and globally competitive economy, trade is an essential element of New Zealand's economic prosperity. The strong delegation of companies and business organisations that accompanied the Prime Minister on this trip was testament to New Zealand’s commitment to Japan as a valued business partner.  ANZCCJ was pleased to see that this visit opened new doors and further strengthened the relationship between New Zealand and Japan.

Of course, the shared passion for sports between the two countries was not forgotten as the lunch event was followed by the signing of a ‘sports collaboration’ Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Japanese and New Zealand governments. This MOC is in light of both countries anticipating the opportunity to leverage significant existing sporting linkages in order to develop high performance and community sport outcomes through Sport NZ and the Japan Sports Agency (JSA). Accompanying the Prime Minister on this trade-focused trip, Sport New Zealand CE Mr Miskimmin also attended bilateral meetings with key figures in the Japanese sports administration to help identify possible programmes to be facilitated under the MOC. 

Whilst on sports, ANZCCJ held the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw networking event earlier this month at the Roppongi Hills Club. Marking the start of planning for both fans and teams for the highly anticipated Ruby World Cup 2019 experience, the evening was a great way for members from three Rugby-loving Chambers to share their excitement, as well as discuss business considerations for the Cup. ANZCCJ thanks the panellists for generously offering their time and for helping increase understanding about the way in which companies can leverage major sporting events to the benefit of their businesses. For more information, you can read the official ANZCCJ event summary, explaining how hosting large sporting events can simultaneously translate into business opportunities.

May highlights also included the recent TPP 11 and RCEP regional trade talks in Vietnam. These meetings and negotiations have highlighted the importance that free trade represents in this global era.


The TPP will offer much better access to large and important markets for Australia and New Zealand’s goods and services, and this is of significance given that a third of Australia’s total exports and 40 per cent of New Zealand’s currently flow to TPP countries. Similarly as a framework that aims to bring ASEAN nations and nations with a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with ASEAN under a single Economic Partnership, we view RCEP as presenting an opportunity to further liberalise and harmonise the Asia-Pacific region. 


Indeed, the ANZCCJ believes that a clear and united vision for trade liberalisation in the Asia Pacific region is needed and this vision needs to be supported and acted upon by both business and government. Agreements, such as the aforementioned RCEP and TPP, present us with opportunities to further liberalise and encounter new economic frontiers. ANZCCJ looks forward to working with the Australian and New Zealand Governments and Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) on formulating this vision from the Australia-New Zealand-Japan perspective.


Andrew Gauci 




Speech by Rt Hon Bill English

ANZCCJ was proud to host a working luncheon for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Bill English and his wife, Dr Mary English, at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. In attendance from the Prime Minister’s delegation was the Trade Minister, Hon Todd McClay, leading business representatives from NZ, and local NZ media. Also in attendance were the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, members of the ANZCCJ executive council, and local New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders.

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Read the script in Japanese

New Zealand-Japan Summit Meeting

Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honourable Bill English and Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe held a productive meeting in Tokyo on 17th May 2017.

The two leaders reiterated the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between New Zealand and Japan founded on common values, such as freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, as well as a strong commitment to peace and security, free trade and investment, and sustainable development.


ANZCCJ  welcomes members to RWC Pool Draw Evening

ANZCCJ, in conjunction with BCCJ, held an exciting evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club, featuring a recorded screening of the draw followed by an expert panel discussion.  In his closing remarks, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci, said "The Chamber looks forward to working with Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan to leverage the many events we will be hosting over the following years as we get closer to the RWC and the Olympics."

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ANZCCJ member Zespri sells a record 24 million trays of kiwifruit in Japan

With sales revenue of NZ$1.9 billion in 2015/16, Zespri is one of the world's most successful horticulture marketing companies and the Zespri brand is recognised as the world leader premium quality kiwifruit.

Zespri Head, Lain Jager, joined NZ Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English in his trade mission to Japan after growing kiwifruit sales by 30 per cent over the past two seasons in this market.

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APEC leaders defend free trade at APEC Summit for Trade

In May, trade ministers from APEC nations attended the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting at the 23rd APEC Summit for Trade. RCEP promises new market access opportunities for Australian and New Zealand businesses, as it will further integrate our countries into the fastest growing region in the world and simplify the regional trade and investment environment for Australian and New Zealand businesses. 

Participation in APEC strengthens both Australia and New Zealand's relationship with key economic partners, helping drive Australia's economic growth and job creation. APEC’s 21 members account for 60 per cent of the world’s GDP and 72 per cent of Australia’s trade in goods and services. 


ANZCCJ Statement

Leaders remain committed to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

With concerns about a new global era of protectionism, Asia Pacific Trade Ministers gathered in Vietnam on 21 May with Australia, Japan and New Zealand at the forefront of efforts to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

A The statement was unanimously agreed to by the 11 countries at ta meeting which New Zealand co-chaired with Vietnam on the sidelines of APEC in Hanoi. The so-called TPP-11 are Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

Read the Joint Statement 

Latest international investment figures released

The level of foreign investment in Australia increased $153.3b (5%) to reach $3,192.4b for the year ended 31 December 2016 and the United States remained the leading investor country, with Japan fourth at $213.5b (7%).

The level of Australian investment abroad reached $2,170.8b for the same period and the leading investment destination country was also the United States, with Japan third at $108.3b (5%).

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Tell us your experience of using JAEPA (and other FTAs)

ANZCCJ encourages Australian Businesses to participate in a short online survey on utilisation of Australian FTAs. This survey is part of independent research by PwC Australia to help identify and explore barriers to business use of FTAs, and examine how business use can be further optimised.



Passing of Former ANZCCJ Chair, Mr Chris Atwell

We are saddened by news of the passing of former ANZCCJ Chair, Mr Chris Atwell. Chris will be missed by the many friends he made during his time in Japan. Read the farewell message Chris delivered to the Chamber in 2004. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

ANZCCJ Message


Did you know?

Japan is New Zealand's 4th largest goods export market and is worth $3billion.

Two-way goods trade is worth $6.5billion.

New Zealand is Japan's 32nd largest goods export market and is worth $3.4billion.

Source: NZTE


New Member Welcome

Tanita Corporation 

Founded in 1923, Tanita is a world leader in precision electronic scales. With almost 50% of its domestic market share, the name Tanita is a household name in Japan. Tanita has joined the chamber through networking from our SME Support Program, to explore possibilities of business expansion in Australia/New Zealand, demonstrating the value that Japanese businesses can gain from our programs.


American School in Japan

Founded in 1902, the American School in Japan is among the top international schools in the world. With a truly international faculty and student body, the ANZCCJ is pleased to welcome them to our Chamber.



Welcome reception for NSW Waratahs

8 June 2017 | 7:30- 9:30pm

Happo-En 1F JOUR, Tokyo

Join us for a reception to welcome the NSW Waratahs to Japan. The event will feature a stellar line-up of players from the Waratahs, as well as prominent figures from Japanese sports and business. The event aims to develop the rugby industry and create business opportunities.

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NSW Waratahs are coming to Tokyo!

11 June 2017 | 1:30- 3:30pm

Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo

Tokyo's Minato-ku will be host to the NSW Waratahs (AU) v Suntory Sungoliath (JP) international rugby friendly. For details visit the official website for the event or click below to explore member options. 

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Official event website

Meet Our Ambassadors

14 June 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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Boosting productivity by changing the way we work: A look at the third arrow of Abenomics      

19 June 2017 | 12:00- 2:00pm

Roppongi Hills Club

This ANZCCJ event will focus on the third arrow of Abenomics, a package of bold structural reforms and implementation of the National Growth Strategy. Featuring a keynote speech by Japanese State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Mr Gaku Hashimoto. Followed by a panel discussion from companies leading the way in work-style reform in Japan.  

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Sports for Business: All Blacks v Lions live screening

01 July 2017 | 3:00- 7:00pm

New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo

In June-July 2017, New Zealand welcomes the British & Irish Lions for three test matches against the All Blacks!   Join us for a semi formal, relaxed hospitality event featuring a live screening of the second test match.  Entertain clients while enjoying gourmet finger food, including the Embassy's famous lamb chops, and hear from a business panel on the rationale behind sports sponsorship.

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60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Commerce Agreement between Australia and Japan, 1957

25 July 2017 | 6:00- 8:30pm

Save the date for this ANZCCJ celebration to mark this special historical milestone.




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