Chamber Community Events

    • 19 Nov 2018
    • 21 Nov 2018

    Japan New Zealand Business Council’s 45th Annual Joint Conference
    19 -21 November 2018 (Pullman Hotel – Auckland)

    You can now mark your diaries to attend the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) Annual Joint Conference at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 19-21 November 2018. At a time when attention in New Zealand is focused increasingly on China, it is important not to lose sight of the enormous contribution Japan makes to New Zealand’s economy. The message JNZBC want to convey strongly from the JNZBC Conference is that there is plenty of opportunity for both countries to do more together.
    Under the theme "Japan and New Zealand: Partners in Progress", the programme is set to discuss:
    • Progress in integration of the economies of the Asia Pacific, especially the impact for both countries of CPTPP and RCEP.

    • Infrastructure highlighting major challenges and opportunities in NZ (national and regional projects) as an opportunity for conference attendees to consider how solutions can best be achieved, especially in transport and housing.

    • Shared interest in renewable energy - to find solutions to increase self-sufficiency, lower electricity costs and cut carbon emissions in both countries - that could be re-defining for the bilateral relationship.

    • Forestry - as an important sector in which Japan already makes a major contribution to New Zealand’s economy with exciting opportunities in value added production to move the relationship forward.

    • Agri-business - the role of innovation - particularly robotisation and functional foods.

    • Tourism - the growing importance of the sector to both economies.

    Industry tours remain integral to the programme as an opportunity for delegates to get outside the conference room setting and see something of local business and the economy at first hand. This year NZJBC are working with Uniservices and Viclink to showcase some of the cutting-edge research being done at Auckland and Victoria universities of potential commercial interest to New Zealand and Japanese investors.
    To complete the picture, John Hart, former All Blacks Head Coach, Chairman of the Leverage & Legacy Committee for RCW 2011 and currently Chairman of the NZ Open Championship Organising Committee, will be guest speaker at the conference dinner on 20 November.  This promises to be a special evening - an occasion to invite your business colleagues and friends.

    More information online here

    • 23 Nov 2018
    • The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (5F & 6F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)

    Each and every sake brewery has a unique story to tell about how it is made, the people who craft it, and the passion that goes into each and every drop. These stories have the power to make sake taste even more delicious. But there are so many out there still waiting to be discovered. KURAND partners with small, boutique breweries from across Japan, to design and craft exciting new sake, each with a story that gives it new value and opens it up to new audiences. Come and join the event held at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, for a sensational night of Japanese Sake and excitement. 

    Drinking with Sake Breweries
    A line-up of 10-12 breweries from across Japan will be serving their sake. Hear the passion that goes into making it first-hand.

    Sake Workshop
    There will be a lecture from Christopher Hughes, an international sake sommelier and certified sake teacher, who hosts KURAND's monthly international exchange sake workshop, Sake Exchange Tokyo (SET).

    Food Pairing
    When a dish and sake come together in perfect harmony, it is called a marriage.
    On the day, there will be a selection of expertly married pairings of sake and food for you to enjoy.

    Sake Cocktail
    While sake is normally enjoyed as it is, there are a wide range of cocktails you can make.
    A selection of them will be available to try.

    Enjoy Seasonal Sake
    Experience how freshly filtered new sake becomes more rounded and gains more umami when it is left to mature over the summer months with our exclusive seasonal range of autumn sake.

    Event details
    Date : 23 November 2018
    Time: 18:00〜20:00
    Price:JPY9,000 for ANZCCJ Members, JPY10,000 for Non-members
    Place:The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
    Register here

    For any questions or enquiries, please contact

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course

    ANZCCJ Members and non-members are invited to the 15th Annual Japan Australia New Zealand Society Ambassador's Trophy Golf Competition.

    Japan Australia New Zealand Society (JANZ) hold their Golf Day every year for the Australian Ambassador’s Cup in Spring and New Zealand Ambassador’s Trophy in Autumn in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) and Australia Society Tokyo.

    This year's JANZ New Zealand Ambassador’s Trophy competition will be held at: Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course (151 Okuno, IIchihara, Chiba Prefecture).  


    Date: 27 November 2018

    Time: Meeting at Caddy Masters Room at 8:30am for a 8:50am tee off

    VenueTaiheiyo Club Ichihara Course

    Cost of play: JPY14,910 (lunch included) to be paid at the club after play. Also a fee (for prizes and after play party) is required: ANZCCJ Members and Australia Society Tokyo Members to pay JPY4,000, Non-Members JPY5,000. Please pay the fee to the JANZ registration desk on the day.

    Registration: Please contact Tadashi Kanai by 10 November by e-mail to register yourself ( Mention your name, phone, contact address and golf handicap (for pairing purposes). Also, please mention your request for pairing if you have a preference.

    For further details and any questions please contact organizer, Tadashi Kanai through Telephone/Fax: 03-3705-6095, Mobile: 090-3231-0189 or E-mail: 

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Australian Embassy Tokyo

    Australia and Japan:
    Partners in a Time of Regional Turbulence

    The Australian National University (ANU) will be holding the Australia-Japan Strategic Issues Seminar on 27 November 2018, at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, in collaboration with thJapan Institute of International Affairs. 

    Topics of the seminar: 
    - Prospects of a Chinese sphere of influence in the Indo-Pacific
    - The future of free trade
    - Infrastructure- its use in development and competition in Asia
    - Managing Asia’s flashpoints and the US-China relationship

    English, Japanese (simultaneous translation provided)

    Schedule of the day:
    13:30 Doors open – Japanese guests start to arrive

    14:00 Event starts
    - Opening remarks (10 mins each) by Australian Ambassador and Professor Michael Wesley, ANU
    - Key note speech (20 mins each) by Professor Veronica Taylor, ANU and Vice Admiral Hideaki Kaneda, JMSDF (ret.)

    15:00 Coffee Break

    15:15 – 16:30 Panel discussion and Q&A
    - Professor Michael Wesley, ANU
    - USMC Colonel (Rtd) Grant Newsham
    - Professor John Blaxland – Defence, Strategy and International Security, Intelligence
    - Dr Nicholas Farrelly – Emerging Economies, Southeast Asia Relations

    16:30 – 16:40 Introduction of study path / programs at The Australian National University - College of Asia & the Pacific

    16:50 – 18:00 Networking Function (70 mins)

    18:00 Event finishes (20:00 Vendors depart)

    Guest speakers (Japan side):
    - USMC Colonel (Rtd) Grant Newsham - The first Advisor to the JGSDF on building their amphibious capability and a regular contact of the Defence Attaché community over the period 2012-2015
    - Vice Admiral Hideaki Kaneda, JMSDF (ret.) - Director for the Okazaki Institute, and a trustee of RIPS (Research Institute of Peace and Security). He was a Senior Fellow of Asia Center and J. F. Kennedy School of Government of the Harvard and a Guest Professor of Faculty of Policy Management of Keio University.

    ANU speakers:
    - Professor Michael Wesley – Global Alliances, Changing Power Dynamics, Australia’s position in the Asia-Pacific
    - Professor John Blaxland – Defence, Strategy and International Security, Intelligence
    - Professor Veronica Taylor – Global Governance, Trade Law
    - Dr Nicholas Farrelly – Emerging Economies, Southeast Asia Relations

    Please register here

    Find information in Japanese here

    There is a security check prior to the entrance at the Embassy. Please bring identification (drivers’ license, passport, health insurance card or foreigner’s residence card). Company ID and business cards are not acceptable.

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Happo-One, Hakuba, Nagano

    Ski, snow, fun, race, family and friends – The 4th Inter-Chamber Ski Race in Hakuba, Nagano

    Networking at a mountain retreat while enjoying a good time with friends, family and business contacts is the promise of the Inter-Chamber Ski Race series. Open also to snowboarders it brings together members of foreign business chambers in Japan, members of the Japanese business community, local top contacts from Nagano and friends of Alpine winter sports.

    The event location – Happo-one, Hakuba – is one of the internationally acclaimed ski resorts in Japan and was one of the locations for the Nagano Olympics 1998.

    The race in the morning of 26 January is a two-runs, painless giant slalom catering to all levels of skiers. In the last editions we also had a snowboard race, so feel free to apply as a snowboarder.

    As the race finishes in the morning, the afternoon is at everyone’s disposal to do skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or enjoying one of the many local hot spas (onsen). The evening award and networking party brings together some 120 to 140 people including race participants, their families and friends and business contacts.

    Further details and online payment forms are available below:

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 20 Feb 2019
    • Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Australia

    evokeAG. is an initiative by AgriFutures Australia to gather and connect all people across the food and agriculture landscape to change the conversation and elevate thinking to expedite outcomes. From farm-to-plate, innovation, big data & soil monitoring to the impact of food waste, future food & the disruption of climate change. evokeAG is bringing together leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and thinkers to help shape the future of agribusiness. If you are a farmer, a tech business, an innovator, a researcher, an investor, an entrepreneur, a foodie or a futurist, this is the event for you. 

    evokeAG | 19-20 February 2019 | Melbourne.

    Early bird tickets are now on sale, don't miss out.

    Victoria is proud to host and be part of the first evokeAG conference in February 2019.

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