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Subject:                          ANZCCJ Newsletter October 2016


October 2016 Issue 



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My last month as Chair of this terrific Chamber has been busy. Melbourne was host to the 54th Annual AJBCC Conference this month and the ANZCCJ had good representation on the program which included presentations by Grant Knuckey and incoming Chair, Andrew Gauci. I attended my final AJBCC/JABCC Joint Steering Committee and also had the privilege of speaking at a Future Leaders round table. A key point of discussion at the Future Leaders session was how we can best capitalise on increased investment by Japanese companies in Australia. There are certainly many opportunities for growth. Initiatives like the New Colombo Plan are welcome, but I do believe there is much more we can do to promote greater exchange between the next generation (in Australia, Japan and New Zealand). The JNZBC Conference will also give consideration to the next stage of our business engagement. This year, this conference is being hosted in Wellington and has a great panel of speakers showcasing the best of New Zealand business. Certainly worth a look, even if only to see what makes Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’!

Another highlight of the month was hosting the CEO of World Rugby, Brett Gosper, who spoke at our joint-chamber event just last week. This marked the continuation of the rugby ‘alliance’ we have formed with our colleagues at the British, Irish and South African Chambers of Commerce. This alliance aims to bring our members high quality information and speaker events related to developments and business opportunities in the lead up to RWC 2019, which aligns with Sports for Business Committee objectives.

Now, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to say thank you to a few people. I have had great support from our many members, the Executive Council (names of all the gang listed below), ex-officio members on the Executive Council, Cristina Merino, Toshiko Sakaue and our wonderful Chamber interns, all those who have worked at the Secretariat, Ambassadors Miller and Payton as well as their predecessors Ian Kennedy, Murray McLean and Mark Sinclair. Lastly, a big thank you to all our sponsors, partners and stakeholders.  

I feel privileged to have been part of such a thriving business network. I’ll leave the rest of my ‘looking back and reflecting’ to the event on the 31st when we will be ushering in the new leadership team! Until then, thank you everyone for an amazing time and I look forward to serving in my new role as Chair Emeritus.

Melanie Brock


Australia in Japan: a tale of two teams

This article features a survey conducted by the ANZCCJ amongst our members on business sentiment within Japan! Read more about this and how the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which came into force in January 2015, has had a very positive impact on Australian exports to Japan.

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Japan Inc is going for Growth

National Australia Bank's completion of the sale of 80 per cent of MLC Life to Nippon Life Insurance Company for $2.4 billion marks another significant milestone in the deepening of business relations between Australia and Japan. Check out the details at Business Insider Australia.

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The Second Wave of Japanese Investment in Australia

The economic opportunity for both Japan and Australia from this 'second investment wave' is immense. The potential learnings are also invaluable. For example which factors were vital to success, and are there other factors that could help maximise value from an Australian investment? To test this question, Herbert Smith Freehills spoke with more than 30 leaders of Japanese and Australian businesses at the forefront of the second investment wave. Leaders were asked what factors they see as critical to extracting maximum value from an Australian investment. For more information, take a look at this BlueNotes article.

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Australia and Japan jointly targeting ASEAN countries

The sustained economic growth in south-east Asia is becoming a new focus for companies involved in Australia's oldest business relationship in Asia with Japan. Potential co-operation between Japanese and Australian companies in south-east Asia was a key theme of the annual conference of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee (AJBCC) this month as the participants sought new opportunities beyond resources. ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock is also an ex-officio member of the AJBCC Executive Council and spoke at a Future Leaders round-table earlier this month.

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Treasury Wine Estates,  expanded opportunities for Australia and New Zealand Premium Wine

To capture growing demand for premium wine amongst Japanese consumers, leading global winemaker Treasury Wine Estates announced this month it will expand its portfolio offering of quality Australian and New Zealand wine brands in Japan through an improved route-to-market strategy. Under the new strategy, TWE will directly import, market and sell a number of premium wine brands including Rawson’s Retreat, Lindeman’s, Wynns, Coldstream Hills, Yellowglen,Pepperjack, and Secret Stone, while strengthening strategic relationships with key partners.

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Ashurst Engaging with Local Communities

Law firm Ashurst recently issued a pro bono and corporate responsibility report outlining the firm's global engagement with local communities around the themes of justice, opportunity and empowerment. In addition to local charitable activities, Japanese qualified lawyers in the firm's Tokyo office already provide pro bono advice on matters of Japanese law. The Tokyo team is keen to identify charities, non-profits, social and micro enterprises based in Japan.

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ANZCCJ - Building on Success: Farewell to Melanie Brock and introduction to the new leadership team

31 October | Australian Embassy Tokyo

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Australian Business Asia Conference

9-11 November | Kuala Lumpur

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JNZBC 2016 Conference, Wellington

23-25 November | Wellington

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Melbourne Cup 2016

Join ANZCCJ and AST members for the race that stops a nation.

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Upcoming Food and Wine Trade Fairs

The ANZCCJ is proud to support two trade fairs happening in Tokyo, 2017. Wine & Gourmet Japan which, since its premiere  in  2009, has quickly established itself as the country's leading trade fair focused on wine, beer, spirits, confectionery and gourmet food. Also the 42nd annual Foodex International Food and Beverage Exhibition. We would encourage all of our members to get involved to showcase a strong cross section of these thriving Australasian industries. Find out more details on our website:

Wine & Gourmet Japan

Foodex Japan


Joint Chamber Bonenkai 2016

We are pleased to invite you to the 23rd annual Joint Chamber Bonenkai, an end of year networking party which draws a diverse crowd of approximately 300 business people from domestic as well as international business chambers in Japan.

Guests this year are welcomed to Canada’s Embassy to Japan for one of the finest bonenkai parties on offer in Tokyo, complete with a grand standing buffet, free flow drinks, prizes and entertainment.

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Autumn Gathering in Australia House 2016

The cross-cultural event “Autumn Gathering in Australia House 2016” will be held at Echigo-Tsumari in Niigata on 5-6 November 2016. Funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation, the program consists of workshops by Aboriginal artists and a talk by Dr Michael Pickering from the National Museum of Australia, lunch with the local community and winter preparations of Australia House.

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Sports for Business Committee Meeting

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To view all upcoming events, visit our website.

Watch This Space!

As the result of a recommendation by our Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee, the ANZCCJ is currently in the process of building a directory of Aus/NZ cafés and restaurants in Tokyo. Be sure to send through any of your favourite recommendations to!