• 06 Oct 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Historic Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement opens new era of opportunities

    06 October 2015

    Prime Minister

    Minister for Trade and Investment

    The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

    The conclusion of negotiations today on the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement ushers in a new era of economic growth and opportunity across the fast-growing Asia-Pacific.

    Australia and the Asia-Pacific region are undergoing significant economic transformation. The TPP allows us to harness the enormous opportunities this presents as we look to build a modern Australian economy that can face the challenges of the 21st century.

    The TPP writes regional trade rules which will drive Australia's integration in the region and underpin our prosperity.   It builds on Australia's successes in concluding trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea and delivers more again.  As a regional trade agreement, the TPP creates benefits for consumers and businesses beyond those that can be achieved under bilateral FTAs – helping to create jobs and a stronger Australian economy. 

    The 12 TPP countries make up about 40 per cent of global GDP.  Last year, one third of Australia's total goods and services exports – worth $109 billion – were sent to TPP countries.

    The TPP market access outcomes are ambitious and comprehensive, with benefits across the Australian economy.

    ·         The TPP will eliminate over 98 per cent of tariffs in the TPP region, removing import taxes on around $9 billion of Australian trade.

    ·         The TPP will drive significant growth in our world-class services industries. Australian universities will be able to expand their education services into major southeast Asian export markets, including Vietnam, our third largest export market for those services.  Liberalisation of Malaysia's professional services markets will create major new opportunities for our lawyers, architects and engineers. The TPP secures new commercial opportunities and guaranteed access, including in the education, financial, legal, mining services, transport, telecommunications, health, and tourism services sectors.

    ·         Our farmers will benefit from gains above and beyond our existing FTAs.  In 2014, around 40 per cent, or $14 billion, of Australia's agricultural exports were to TPP countries.  Improving on the outstanding results from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the TPP will reduce tariffs on our beef even further – down to 9 per cent.  Significant new access into all TPP parties for dairy, including some of the most heavily protected markets in the world, will foster growth in our dairy exports to TPP countries, which are already $1 billion annually.

    ·         For the first time in over 20 years, Australia has secured guaranteed new access to the US sugar market under the TPP.  Japan will eliminate tariffs and significantly reduce the levy on high polarity sugar, putting our exporters at a distinct competitive advantage.  Tariffs on seafood will also be eliminated along with the vast majority on horticulture products.  New preferential quota access will be created for grains and cereals and Australian rice

    ·         For Australian manufacturers, the TPP creates new market access opportunities for exporters by eliminating or significantly reducing tariffs on iron and steel products, ships, pharmaceuticals, machinery, paper and auto parts.

    ·         All remaining tariffs in TPP countries on Australian minerals, petroleum and LNG exports will be eliminated.

    ·         Forty-five percent of Australia's outward investment is in TPP countries. The TPP will unlock new outward investment opportunities, and promote growth and diversification of foreign investment into Australia. A robust and modern investor-state dispute settlement mechanism will protect Australian investors overseas, as well as the government's right to regulate, including on public health.

    Beyond market access, the TPP creates a single set of trade and investment rules between its members – making it easier and simpler for Australian companies to trade in the region.

    ·         The TPP's new rules on state-owned enterprises will assist Australian businesses to compete on a more equal footing in TPP markets.

    ·         State of the art e-commerce provisions will support the digital economy, promoting consumer protection and more a liberal cross-border environment for electronic commerce

    ·         The TPP's labour, environment and anti-corruption chapters will support efforts to combat corruption and improve labour rights and environmental protection. 

    Importantly, the TPP will not require any changes to Australia's intellectual property laws or policies, whether in copyright, pharmaceutical patents or enforcement.  Australia's five years of data protection for biological medicines will remain unchanged. The TPP will not increase the price of medicines in Australia.

    The TPP countries are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

    For further information, refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website


  • 02 Oct 2015 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    How Twitter Can Help Your Business Grow

    Predicting and Preparing for the 2015 Holiday Season with Tweets

    by Lucy Zhou

    Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has engulfed the social media world like a huge typhoon. With over 300 million active users per month worldwide, sending 500 million live tweet updates daily in 35+ languages, Twitter presents a barrier free information sharing platform that can transcend time and place. In 2013 there were close to 2.8 million Twitter users in Australia; as well as 350 thousand in New Zealand.[i] Whereas Japan – one of the top five tweeting countries – had around 18 million users per month which accounted for nearly 10% of the worldwide tweets in the same year.[ii]  According to eMarketer, 20.5% of the Japanese population currently use Twitter. In fact, the Japanese iOS App for Twitter is the only Twitter app to have a news tab function in the world.

    On Thursday 1 October 2015, Mr Yu Sasamoto, Country Manager of Twitter Japan gave an insightful #Tweetorial on how Twitter can help businesses predict and prepare for the holiday season via the analysis of tweet patterns in 2014.

    The following shows a tweeting trend near Christmas time in 2014.

    As we can see, after the September/ October Halloween boom, Twitter users start to anticipate the coming of Christmas. Street decorations, weather changes and Christmas carols serve to continuously remind people of this joyful event. However, it is not until December that the real panic reaches its peak and when users scramble to find companions for the special day or buy presents for friends and family. It can be predicted that sales of goods also rise significantly during this period.

    Tweets flood the internet on Christmas Eve, especially from 7 – 11pm. People who’ve spent the day alone were usually cooped up at work. Whilst people who spent Christmas with their significant other, friends or family went to theme parks and Christmas-themed markets or concerts. 

    Christmas parties, live concerts and dates were the most common activity that day. Thus marketing at such events might help boost sales.

    Christmas is the season for shopping. Twitter analysed the top items that were tweeted by users along with 「ほしい」(want) and「もらった」(received) from September to December 2014 and found that the most popular gifts given were sweets, clothes and accessories. However, what users really wanted was electronics, brand items and hobby-related gifts. There is a clear discrepancy between what presents users wanted and what they actually received. Consequently, possible hashtag campaigns on twitter, for example, “#MyChristmaslist” or “#マイクリスマスリスト” might help identify needs for not only users themselves, but also businesses to anticipate supply and demand for certain products.

    We look forward to following you on Twitter as you engage with your customers this holiday season!





    About the writer:

    Lucy is currently an exchange student at University of Tokyo and is studying Law/ International Business at the University of New South Wales in Australia. She has started an internship at the Chamber from October 2015. Lucy looks forward to seeing you at future Chamber events.

  • 30 Sep 2015 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Japanese Government is adopting a new Social Security and Tax Number System and will start to send out notices containing residents' "Individual Number" or "My Number" starting October 2015. 

    Both Japanese and non-Japanese residents of Japan will receive a notice in the post from their Ward Office containing their new identification number.  Please be sure to keep this notice safe as you will need to provide your number on application forms and other documents when processing national pension, unemployment insurance, medical insurance, child allowances, welfare benefits and taxation procedures.

    More information on the new system can be found here: (English)

    For phone inquiries please call  T 0570-20-0291 (service available in six languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. Service hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • 16 Sep 2015 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party 2015

    Event Summary


    On 15 September, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) hosted the Chambers' annual Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party at the Australian Embassy Tokyo.  Over 300 guests from the food and beverage industry, media, Chamber members and their colleagues were treated to 18 different gourmet products exhibited by 21 companies currently importing Australian and New Zealand Gourmet products into market.

    This year's Garden Party was a true showcase of the diversity of premium Australian and New Zealand food and beverage available in Japan.  Among the premium products exhibited were beef, oysters, beer, nuts, coffee, olive oil, tea, cheese, honey, from Australia; and lamb, clams, cheese, wine, honey, and cookies from New Zealand. For the full exhibitor list, see below.

    The party was divided into two sessions. The first session attracted 65 guests from the media, retail and foodservice sectors and included presentations by Austrade and NZTE on their food promotion programs for the Japanese market.  The guests then proceeded to a tasting tour of the booths in the Embassy garden.  This exclusive tasting session allowed exhibitors to promote their companies and products to this targeted group of guests.  The second session was the reception, open to all Chamber members and their friends.    

    For the first time in the history of this event, the Chamber held a friendly exhibitor competition. Mystery shoppers visited each of the 21 booths throughout the evening and judged each exhibitor based on the following criteria:

    •   Visual appeal of the booth
    •   Product taste and display
    •   Creativity
    •   Service quality

    The proud winner of the “ANZCCJ Gourmet Food and Garden Party Best Exhibitor Award” was Harnet Corporation for their elegant showcase of Australian oysters and New Zealand clams.  Congratulations, Frank Hart!

    2015 Exhibitor List and Key Contact

    ANZCO Foods [lamb , NZ]  |'

    Australian Brewery [beer, AU] |

    AWines [wine, AU] |

    Blaxton Corporation [nuts, AU] |

    Brookfarm [muesli snacks, AU] |

    Bun Coffee Byron Bay [coffee, AU] |

    Capilano Honey [honey, AU] |

    Cobram Estate [olive oil, AU] |

    Cookie Time [cookies, NZ] |

    Fonterra [cheese, NZ] |

    Groovy Nuts [nuts, AU] |

    Jeroboam [wine, AU] |

    Harnet Corporation [oysters/clams AU/NZ]|

    Hill Farm [mustard, AU] |

    Lemnos [cheese, AU] |

    Meat & Livestock Australia [beef, AU] |

    Murray River Organics [raisins, AU] |

    Nerada Tea [tea, AU] |

    Treasury Wine Estates  [wine, AU] |

    Village Cellars [wine, AU] |

    Winetree [wine, AU] |


    This event was co-hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by Australian Trade Commission (AUSTRADE), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Qantas Airways and Tourism Australia. 

    Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors and guests for your continued support of our Chamber.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


  • 02 Sep 2015 11:56 PM | Anonymous

    The ANZCCJ hosted a Rugby Legends lunch on 1 September for close to 70 of our members and friends to celebrate the launch of the Australian Rugby Foundation’s (ARF) Japan Chapter.  We invited former Wallaby and Waratahs Captain and 79 Test veteran, Phil Waugh, recent former Wallaby, Pat McCabe, and former Wallaby, Brumbies Captain and current ARU Director, Brett Robinson to give their predictions for London 2015 and to discuss how Australian Rugby can act as a vehicle for achieving other public, social and economic outcomes. 

    The Launch of the Australian Rugby Foundation (ARF) Japan Chapter is the first step in profiling the presence of Australian Rugby in Japan.  The ARF was established in Australia this year as the national foundation for Rugby with the goal of driving greater investment into the sport and engaging with Australian Rugby's supporters around the globe. The choice to establish a Chapter in Japan was a natural one for the ARF as Japan is set to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup - the first time the tournament will be held in Asia.

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock has been appointed President of the Japan Chapter.  Also part of the Chapter are Peter Davis from Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and Andy Friend, Head Coach of Suntory Sungoliath.

    Two lucky members went away with a signed Wallaby jersey and two tickets to any Australian Test match of their choice!

  • 01 Sep 2015 7:06 PM | Anonymous

    Rugby Foundation Chapter Launch takes Wallabies a step closer to Japan Test

    • Launch of the Australian Rugby Foundation Japan

    • Partnership of Crown Foundation and the Australian Rugby Foundation

    • Partnership with the Australian Embassy Japan as part of the Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy 2015-18 

    The Australian Rugby Foundation (ARF) has continued its growth internationally with the launch of the ARF Japan Chapter today in partnership with the Australian Embassy Japan and Crown Resorts through the Crown Foundation

    Joining as an official partner of the ARF, Crown offers a unique partnership between the two global organisations. 

    The Partnership with the Australian Embassy Japan continues the ARF’s positive engagement with Embassies and High Commissions around the world as part of the Australian Government’s Sports Diplomacy Strategy

    The ARF waestablished this year as the national foundation for Rugby in Australia with the goal of driving greater investment in Rugby from the grassroots to the elite and engaging with Australian Rugby’s supporters around the globe.

    Japan was a natural selection for the ARF with the nation set to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup – the first time the tournament will be held in Asia.  

    Australian Rugby Union Board Member, Brett Robinson, said the launch was an exciting new chapter for the ARF.

    “Japan is one of Australia’s largest trading partners and the economic and political links we share are well understood – sport is a natural extension of this strong relationship,” Mr Robinson said

    “Sport has always helped to define Australia’s national ethos and it should also be fundamental in our efforts to better promote our nation and our values and motivations as we endeavour to build closer partnerships with our neighbours

    “Rugby is a growing passion for the Japanese people and the partnership between ARU and JRU will only continue to grow. With the Rugby World Cup in 2019, ARU will look to commence discussions with their JRU counterparts about a potential Qantas Wallabies Test match in Japan in 2018.

    The ARF now has a presence in a number of Australia’s major export and direct foreign investment markets includingLondon and Tokyo and will expand next year to establish Chapters in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Paris.

    Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Bruce Miller, welcomed the partnership with Australian Rugby through the Japan Chapter as a great example of the Government’s Sports Diplomacy Strategy. 

    “Sport is unique in its ability to promote the universal values of inclusion, equality and fairness.  Sport is also one aspect for which Australia has a reputation for excellence perhaps second to none on the world stage,” Mr Miller said.

    “Through the Sports Diplomacy Strategy we can help build stronger economic links and encourage greater social and cultural ties with partner countries.  

    “We are excited about the RWC 2019, one of the World’s largest sporting events, and we look forward to enticing the Wallabies to play a test in Japan in the lead-up.”

    The ARF has recruited Melanie Brock, Chair of the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Japan, from CrownResorts, Peter Davis from ANZ, and Andy Friend, Head Coach Suntory Sungoliath, to serve as the inaugural ARF Japan Chapter. 

    Speaking on behalf of Crown, Melanie Brock said that the ARF was a great opportunity for Crown to expand the positive impact they have within Australia’s Indigenous communities through the Australian Indigenous Rugby Program. 

    “As a leading nation, in a truly international sport, Australian Rugby also enables Crown to have a presence in markets right around the globe,” Ms Brock said. 

    “As with many countries, Rugby has a special place in the hearts of many Japanese people. Through the ARF, Crown can partner with Rugby internationally to make a positive impact in communities locally.” 

    The desire from Japanese clubs for Australian players has been high with many high profile Wallabies including Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Nick Cummins and Ben McCalman signing dual contracts to play in Japan and in Super Rugby over the next two years.  

    Following the conclusion of the RWC 2015 ARU will look to commence discussions with JRU about a potential Qantas Wallabies Test match in Japan in 2018. 

    More information on the ARF is available at:


  • 31 Aug 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan thanks all applicants for this position for their interest in joining our team.

    We have contacted the persons who were shortlisted for interviews and will be making an announcement on the new member of our staff soon.

    ANZCCJ Secretariat

  • 03 Aug 2015 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that the winner of our joint summer promotion with Qantas is Mr Guy Harris, D.O., President of Digital Medical Communications (DMC). Congratulations Guy!

    Qantas has expanded its presence in Japan with the launch of double daily services between Australia and Tokyo starting 1 August.  The new services are Qantas flight QF25 from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Qantas flight F61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport.

    Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the almost doubling of capacity to Tokyo marks a new era for the national carrier’s presence in Japan in the wake of a growing Australia-Japan travel market.

    Launch celebrations took place at Brisbane International Airport Saturday 1 August with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure of QF61.

    Traditional Japanese ceremonies marking Qantas’ new Tokyo – Australia services will took place at both Narita and Haneda Airports later that evening.

    To celebrate the launch of the new Japan services, customers onboard flights departing to Narita and Haneda and in Qantas International Lounges in Sydney and Brisbane will be treated to Japanese-inspired menus for the first week of August, including Tuna Tataki Nigiri in Business, and Green Tea flavoured Kit Kats in Premium Economy and Economy.

    Click here for the press release in Japanese and here for English

  • 01 Jul 2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    For immediate release


    1 July 2015

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) Executive Council is pleased to announce that Ms Cristina Merino has been appointed as the Chamber’s new Executive Director, effective 1 July 2015. In this role, she will act as the business manager and coordinator for all ANZCCJ activities.

    Ms Merino will take up her position at a time when the ANZCCJ implements a new strategy  for engagement with the Japanese business community.  A key pillar of this new strategy will be to seek out opportunities for member involvement in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan. At the same time, an important focus of the work of the ANZCCJ will be to raise the profile of the Chamber in Japanese business and political circles.

    Prior to joining the ANZCCJ, Ms Merino was Business Development Manager at Meat & Livestock Australia’s Japan office. Over her career, she has worked at the Australian Embassy, Japan, as part of the Executive Team, and for a Japanese company in the construction of a Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) project in Central America.  She holds a Bachelor of International Business, specialising in Japanese, from Queensland University of Technology; and a Master of Arts, Intercultural Communication, from Kyushu University. She is fluent in English, Japanese and Spanish.

    “We are delighted to welcome Ms Merino on board as we enter an important phase for the Chamber in Japan. We believe she has the skills, experience and energy required as we embark on our next growth phase in this important market for both Australia and New Zealand,” said Melanie Brock, Chair, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

    Ms Merino replaces Ms Misako Kitaoka who had been in the position since 2013.

    For further information, please contact:

    Cristina Merino, Executive Director ANZCCJ

    T 03 6234 9351   F 03 5545 9906   M 090 4097 4023    E

    Notes to Editors:

    About the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is an independent, non-profit organisation that has been dedicated to the development of commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since 1972. The ANZCCJ currently has approximately 600 members. The membership consists of Australian and New Zealand members conducting business in Japan, Japanese companies with economic ties to Australia and New Zealand, overseas members and others maintaining business relationships between Japan and Australia/New Zealand. The current Chair of the Chamber is Melanie Brock, who has served in this position since 2010.


  • 23 Apr 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to 2015-2016 ANZCCJ Executive Council Members!

    The 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the New Zealand Embassy on 22 April. The meeting attracted 55 guests and was opened with a welcome by the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mr Mark Sinclair.

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock went on to present the Chair's Message, highlighting the Chamber's achievements in membership growth, backed by new developments in trade relations between Japan, Australia and New Zealand including the landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) that came into force in Jan 2015.

    Treasurer Ryann Thomas reported the Financial Statement 2014-2015, highlighting 230% year-to-year increase in new membership revenue as well as function income (function revenue less function costs) which is double what it has been in the past, reflecting the improved quality of ANZCCJ events.

    For the full AGM report, please click HERE.

    As part of the Chamber's increasing engagement with the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019, we were honoured to welcome Mr Koji Tokumasu, General Manager of the RWC 2019 Organising Commitee as a keynote speaker. 
    Mr Tokumasu spoke about the latest developments of the RWC 2019 and opportunities for Australian and New Zealand companies to get involved.

    Following the AGM election, 2015-2016 ANZCCJ Executive Council Members were officially announced by the Secretariat. Eight new members are set to serve two-year terms (2015-2017) and four members are set to continue the second year of their two year terms (2014-2016).
    At the Executive Council meeting held this morning, Melanie Brock has been appointed as Chair, Edward Cole and Nick Mudge as Vice Chairs, and Andrew Peyton as Treasurer for the term 2015-2016. We thank all members who nominated their services to the Council and look forward to working with you all in the year ahead on a range of initiatives.

    2015-2017 Executive Council Members

    Gerard Adams (AU): Kirin (Individual)

    Melanie Brock, Chair (AU): Crown Resorts (AU Corporate)

    Andrew Gauci
    (AU): Lend Lease (AU Corporate)

    Nick Mudge, Vice Chair
    (NZ): Tourism New Zealand (NZ Corporate)

    Catherine O'Connell (NZ): Molex Japan (Individual)

    Damien Roberts
    (AU): Herbert Smith Freehills (Corporate)

    Craig Saphin
    (AU): en world (Corporate)

    Kohei Tsushima
    (JP): National Australia Bank (AU Corporate)

    Continuing Executive Council Members 2014-2016

    Ed Cole, Vice Chair
    (AU): Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Corporate)

    Peter Davis (AU): Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (AU Corporate)

    Andrew Peyton, Treasurer (AU): Horitomi Commercial & Industrial Inc (Corporate)

    Nobi Yamaji (JP): Rio Tinto Japan (Corporate)

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