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  • 21 Jun 2017 2:33 PM | Anonymous
    As of 21 July, Air New Zealand will be flying into Haneda Airport. Air New Zealand currently operates daily flights to Narita, increasing to 10 times a week over the peak months. From 21 July, the three additional peak services will operate to Haneda Airport. Using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the Haneda services will depart Auckland on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
    Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said the direct Auckland-Haneda Tokyo route would offer more choice for customers traveling to and from Japan.  


  • 19 Jun 2017 5:08 PM | Anonymous


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

    19 June 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    As part of the ANZCCJ’s Abenomics event series, we held a lunchtime networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club featuring keynote speech from Gaku Hashimoto, Japanese State Minister for State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Given the complexities of the Japanese social economy, there has been increasing efforts to create innovative solutions from Japanese corporations and the government in order to address these concerns.  Exemplifying this, the event featured four panellists from four respective companies in Japan, each addressing the promotion of productivity in the workplace with varying strategies.

    Minister Hashimoto outlined a number of measures under the governmental framework towards Japan’s Work Style Reform. Given Japan’s unique demographic context of an aging population and low birth-rate, it is essential for the Japanese government to attempt regulation in some areas in order to facilitate the continuation of productivity and labour participation. Issues that he addressed include those such as overtime work, fairness in salaries for regular and non-regular workers and balancing childcare to encourage men to take a greater role in parenting, as well as encouraging the elderly and women greater flexibility and access in workplace opportunities. These issues are inherently complex, and the government relies on corporations to embrace and include these in their operations. As such, our panellists gave a number of highly relevant examples of boosting productivity through addressing the issues Hashimoto discussed, which in turn provided inspiration to the many guests representing a number of corporate spheres in Japan. 

    Our panellists for this instalment of the Abenomics series included; Mr Senri Tanida, President of Tanita Corporation, Mr Taku Nishimura, President of SOW Experience, Ms Shizuka Aone, Head of Corporate Affairs at Lendlease Japan and finally Mr Laurent Gachet, CEO of Edenred Japan. 

    Tanita Corporation – a new ANZCCJ member, monitors its employees’ health and wellbeing through the use of nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. Improving productivity through this monitoring system has allowed for Tanita to reduce its employee’s average BMI’s to healthy levels, and their work has been highlighted in two governmental white papers.  Mr. Nishimura, of SOW experience, explained the benefits of allowing employees to bring their children to work with them, and provide flexible ways for women to work. Creating such an environment has clear benefits to both employers and employees, and has been successful in allowing companies to maintain their employees for the longer term.

    Ms. Aone, from Lendlease Japan, detailed the flexible working practices which have been adopted at Lendlease, and encourage a workplace that meet’s all stakeholder’s expectations, and is a good environment to work in.   Their working hour policy is from 7am to 10pm, as opposed to the regular working day hours of 9am to 5.30pm, as well as no work on weekends. Whilst this may resemble only a slight change, it is clear that in Japan, working hours have significant impact. This policy by Lendlease encourages diversity, inclusion and ensures that employees are mindful of work life balance. Lastly, Mr Gachet, of Edenred Japan explained the benefits for corporations, both large and small-medium enterprises, of giving employees real purchasing power through their meal card allowance system. For many employees, the money allocated to them normally is not enough to pay for sufficient meals. As such, Edenred’s system demonstrates that over 99% of card funds are utilised at the cooperating restaurant and convenience stores, and in Japan, providing meals can prove to be a valuable workplace strategy in terms of supporting the employees.

    As always, the Panel was concluded with a lively Q&A session, featuring questions to Minister Hashimoto and the other speakers. In conclusion, ANZCCJ would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Jakob Edberg, President and CEO, GR Japan for his moderating of this event and Tanita Corporation for their kind gifts to all of our guests. 

     

     

     

  • 15 Jun 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Meet Our Ambassadors

    Event wrap up by Eve Bentley


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome both our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC; and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, at an evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club on 14 June 2017. This was a unique opportunity for ANZCCJ members to meet the ambassadors, hear about their individual connections with Japan, as well as their country’s relationship with Japan, economically, culturally and politically.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci welcomed the Ambassadors, remarking that both of them are “fantastic supporters of the business community,” a sentiment that was shared by the Ambassadors regarding the importance of ANZCCJ members in forging business-to-business ties in Japan.

    The evening featured speeches from both Ambassadors, the transcripts of which you can read below, followed by a Q&A session. Questions asked included the impact of large sporting events in New Zealand (World Masters Games 2017) and how this could be replicated in Japan in 2021, how to promote diversity in sport and showcase Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, and finally the Ambassadors' thoughts on the TPP and climate change agenda in the absence of US Support.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee, and the Japan New Zealand Business Council for co-hosting this event with us.

    14 June 2017

    Speech, Check against delivery

    Tokyo, Japan

    Speech by HE Richard Court AC, Australian Ambassador to Japan

    Minasan Konbanwa.

    To Chairman Andrew, and to Ambassador Stephen, and our dear friend Kojima-san.

    I would like to thank the members of the ANZCCJ for making myself and Mrs Court so welcome in Tokyo, three months ago.

    My personal career path has enabled me to work on both sides of the fence, 20 years in political life, and the remainder in the private sector.

    It has taught me to respect the role of government, and involving both politicians and the bureaucracy, and it has taught me to respect the role that the private sector plays, in particular the importance of capital and risk.

    For the last four years, for the last four decades, China, Korea, and Japan have played a major role in my working life. It is however, Australia’s incredibly strong bilateral relationship with Japan that I have enjoyed working with the most. It is a relationship that is the envy of many countries.

    Since the second world war, Australia has grown in three big ways, with a lot of chop in between.

    The first wave came with Japan rebuilding after the war, and it needed resources, it needed minerals and energy. And just twelve years after the war, in 1957, a commerce agreement between our two countries was signed.

    Trust and Confidence grew, and the foundations that were laid in the early 1960s, are still delivering significant benefits to both countries today.

    The second wave was the Korean making its own economic success. And the third wave, a big wave, was the incredible economic success we have seen in China.

    The downside of the China story was that is has been very large and quick, building unrealistic expectations within both the government and the public in Australia.

    So, primary production, agriculture, minerals and energy remains the backbone strength of the Australian economy. But unfortunately, the old economic adage is correct, that is primary producers are Prize takers not prize setters, so when commodity prices are down, Australia hurts.

    Today’s challenge for Australia is to diversify our economy, and it is happening although it is not always fully appreciated. But we are seeing big changes in tourism, information technology, in the financial and insurance services areas, infrastructure, health services and many other areas.

    The positive legacy of our strong bilateral relationship is that the trust in investment has flowed through to trust at the political level, people level and the strategic defence level.

    There is always a risk however that the consistent positive trajectory in the Australia-Japan relationship may lead to complacency in how we look at each other, and we cannot take this strong relationship for granted.

    An Australian Prime Minister Menzies observed, “More good things in life are lost by indifference than ever were lost by active hostility.”

    The onus is on all of us not just to adapt as circumstances change, but actively seek out new opportunities. And for our part the Australian government is thinking ahead about how we present modern innovative Australia to Japan.

    Next year, we will organise a major celebration of Australia in Japan called Australia Now, and we are looking forward to partnering with you to implement an ambitious program of events throughout 2018.

    We are also working with many of you to future proof the relationship through initiatives such as the AJBCC future leaders program, led by Co-Chairs Mr Gerard Adams and Ms. Chisato Kaieda and the ANZCCJ and its members enthusiastic hosting of the New Colombo Plan interns.

    It is the ANZCCJ members, in this room tonight, who play a critical role forging the real business to business links which drive this relationship forward.

    And we look forward to strengthening the respective roles of the government and the private sector in this critical bilateral relationship.

    Arigatou Gozaimasu.

    - Ends -

  • 15 Jun 2017 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Meet Our Ambassadors

    Event wrap up by Eve Bentley


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was pleased to welcome both our Patrons, Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Richard Court AC; and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, at an evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club on 14 June 2017. This was a unique opportunity for ANZCCJ members to meet the Ambassadors, hear about their individual connections with Japan, as well as their country’s relationship with Japan, economically, culturally and politically.

    ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci welcomed the Ambassadors, remarking that both of them are “fantastic supporters of the business community,” a sentiment that was shared by the Ambassadors in their speeches regarding the importance of ANZCCJ members in forging business-to-business ties in Japan.

    The evening featured speeches from both Ambassadors, the transcripts of which you can read below, as well as a brief Q&A session. Questions asked included the impact of large sporting events in New Zealand (World Masters Games 2017) and how this could be replicated in Japan in 2021, how to promote diversity in sport and showcase Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, and finally the ambassador’s thoughts on the TPP and climate change agenda in the absence of US Support.

    The ANZCCJ would like to thank the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee, and the Japan New Zealand Business Council for co-hosting this event with us.

    14 June 2017

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    Speech by HE Stephen Payton, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan

    Minasan Kombanwa.

    Ladies and Gentlemen good evening, I am delighted and a little bit embarrassed to be in the spotlight this evening.

    I would like to thank the Chamber for hosting this event, and particularly Chairman Shindo and Vice-Chairman Kojima for attending tonight despite your busy schedules.

    I would like to say at the outset, how much I have appreciated the work of the ANZCCJ and the support it gives to New Zealand’s work in Japan. A very successful lunch hosted by the Chamber for the New Zealand Prime Minister is just the latest example. We value our relationship very much.

    I would also like to record my appreciation for the good cooperation we enjoy with our good colleagues at the Australian Embassy, not least Ambassador and Mrs Court.

    As requested, let me talk briefly about myself. I first came to Japan with my wife Janet Lowe in 1984, and we learnt Japanese in Yokohama and worked as second secretaries at the Embassy.

    We came back to Japan in 1994, I was consular-general in Osaka, Janet worked for the WHO in Kobe, we lived in Kobe with our two young daughters. We were there for the earthquake.

    We have also lived and worked in Fiji, and in Brussels. Janet was the Deputy Head of Mission in Tokyo when I was director of the NZ commerce and industry office in Taipei. I have also worked as New Zealand’s APEC senior official, including when Japan hosted APEC in 2010.

    Three years ago, when Janet was appointed New Zealand Ambassador to the Netherlands, I joined her there and spent two years doing short term assignments including as acting Ambassador in Brussels, Rome and Warsaw. Janet will finally join me here in Tokyo in August (hopefully).

    I am delighted to be back in Japan, and to be here through the Rugby World Cup, Olympics and Paralympics. This is a fascinating country, a very important partner for New Zealand in a very important and difficult region, and this is a very interesting time to be working anywhere.

    That’s enough about me, what about New Zealand and its relationship with Japan?

    This is our longest standing relationship in Asia, and among our most important relationships anywhere in the world. Our close diplomatic relationship over many years is based on shared values and a strong desire to see stability and prosperity in this region, our own region and globally, and we have a growing defence relationship.

    We have strong trade, investment and commercial ties that go back over many years. These have been focused in such areas as Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aluminum, Tourism and Education. In recent years there has been growing cooperation in new areas such as Energy and various technologies.

    New Zealand does not have preferential access to the Japanese market through a bilateral free trade agreement, therefore TPP has been particularly important for us in this market. The United States’ withdrawal from TPP agreement was very disappointing, Japan’s willingness in the realisation of TPP 11 is very encouraging. At the same time, we are seeking to work with Japan in the area of agriculture in new ways, particularly in Hokkaido.

    As with Australia, our political and economic relationship with Japan has been supplemented over many years by growing people-to-people links, sister cities, friendship societies, cultural exchanges, sports exchanges, educational exchanges, etc.

    Nevertheless, we believe the average Japanese person does not know much about New Zealand beyond the few stereotypical images. This remains a challenge.

    As two countries who experience earthquakes and other natural disasters we cooperate in disaster response and preparedness, in recent year there has been more contact between the Maori and Ainu indigenous peoples. We are still finding new things to do together.

    Looking forward, I believe we will continue to build on the strong relationship I have described, we want to work closely with Japan to address the political and security challenges in this region and beyond.

    We want to deepen and broaden our economic relationship on the basis of a successful TPP agreement and we hope to use the RWC in 2019, the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, and the World Masters Games 2021 to introduce New Zealand and the opportunities of New Zealand to a wider range of Japanese.

    Thank you very much.

    - Ends -

     

  • 14 Jun 2017 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Event summary: An Evening with Joe Schmidt and Irish Rugby

    By Emma Kodaka and Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat



    As the Ireland Mens national rugby team prepared to face Japan in two tests (Tokyo and Shizuoka), members from Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan ( ANZCCJ), British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) heard from one of the leading coaches in world rugby, Joe Schmidt, and Paul Dean, a player from the touring squad.  The Irish Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington, was among the guests at this exclusive event organised by the IJCC.

    The Irish squad and management held their first full training session in Tokyo, before departing by to Hamamatsu, ahead of Saturday’s opener at the Ecopa Stadium.

    Schmidt and Dean shared with the audience that “Japan are capable of beating the best teams in the world, so it will be a big step up, and we’ll have to improve on last week.”

    Even though training has been intensive and players have been under pressure, Coach Schmidt revealed that the team is getting used to the culture and will have their first ‘real taste’ of Japan, on a day off, with two groups going to see sumo wrestlers in training.

    Following the interactive discussion, guests were invited for an exciting networking opportunity, as well as a buffet and free flowing drinks.

    For media and other inquiries contact ANZCCJ Executive Director, Cristina Merino at info@anzccj.jp

  • 05 Jun 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous


    It is hard to believe that 90% of Japanese consumers don’t know the best way to enjoy red meat steak. According to a consumer survey conducted by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), less than 10% of respondents have ever cooked 2cm thick steaks at home.  Steak cuts generally sold at Japanese supermarkets are 1cm thick.

    To help educate consumers on the best way to enjoy an Aussie beef steak, MLA is launching its first -ever Aussie beef  pop up shop “Let’s Barbie with Aussie beef” to experience authentic Aussie style BBQ in Omotesando from 6 to 18 of June. Additionally, this year’s summer campaign will provide consumers with tips on how to cook the perfect steak and how to enjoy thick cut Aussie beef.

    The Pop Up Shop will offer three different types of Aussie beef steak varieties: “Beauty” (dry fruit & ginger), “Genki” (garlic and chilli), and “Let’s Barbie” (mint & lime flavours) for 500 yen each. Shoppers will also be able to purchase thick cut steaks to cook at home for 1,200 yen each.  

    Visit the Pop Up Shop to enjoy live performances and connect with the #tag “Daburuatsu” with your photos at the POP UP STORE.

    For more information , please see the campaign website: www.aussiebeef.jp



  • 31 May 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous
    By Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    New technologies and innovation are changing the face of agriculture and Australia is one of the leading forces in the Agtech revolution. The seventh installment of the ANZCCJ SME Support Program launched the latest ANZ In Focus Report: “Agtech – advance Australia agriculture”.

    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. This change will occur across the entire supply chain and will arguably be a greater catalyst than the ‘green revolution’ from the 1930s to the 1960s, where the growth of herbicides, pesticides and fertiliser saw agricultural productivity rise rapidly.

    The term “AgTech” takes in a broad field of technologies which are being directly implemented in the agricultural supply chain, both on their own or integrated with other technologies. The event provided the perfect opportunity for ANZ to raise awareness of opportunities for Japanese and Australian SMEs to partner in agribusiness, noting that Japan is already Australia’s second highest agribusiness value market.  The presentation also highlighted the strong potential for further mutual growth and as Bennet noted, "Australia must look to Japan as a leader in technology to develop opportunities for Australian agriculture".

    The presentation was followed by a networking session that facilitated business matching between around 70 CEOs from Australia and Japan in the food and agriculture/farming sector.

    A huge thank you to our guest speaker Mark Bennet, Head of Agribusiness ANZ; ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Grant Knuckey, ANZ CEO Japan; and event MC ANZCCJ Executive Council Member Kohei Tsushima, Challenger Limited Japan.

    For ANZCCJ media inquiries contact  Cristina Merino, Executive Director at Cristina.Merino@anzccj.jp

  • 29 May 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ was honoured to host the Rt Hon Bill English, the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a working luncheon where he spoke to New Zealand, Australian and Japanese business leaders at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on 17 May 2017. Click on the button below to watch a video of his speech. 


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     ニュージーランド ビル・イングリッシュ首相

    オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所と

    駐日ニュージーランド大使の共催による昼食会での講演

    日時 5月17日 

    場所 コンラッド東京

     

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    ご来場の皆さん、こんにちは。

     

    ペイトン駐日ニュージーランド大使、歓迎のお言葉ありがとうございます。そして皆さんの温かい歓迎に感謝申し上げます。 

     

    妻のメアリーと一緒に日本を再び訪問でき大変うれしく思います。また、本日午後には、国際舞台において大変特別な役割を担っておられる安倍総理とお会いするのを大変楽しみにしています。

     

    そして、この昼食会の席を設けていただいた在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所に御礼申し上げます。

     

    本日はニュージーランドと日本のパートナーシップについてお話したいと思います。

     

    この両国間のパートナーシップは1928年にニュージーランドが日本と通商協定を結んだ際に始まりました。ニュージーランドにとって英連邦以外の国とは初めての通商協定で、その後1952年に両国は正式な外交関係を樹立しました。

     

    両国間の人と人との結びつきも緊密です。私の家族にも、大阪でラグビーをしている日本人の甥たちがいます。このような両国間の親密な関係は共通の価値や、戦略的利益の共有に基づき築かれています。

     

    2013年には両国の外務大臣が関係構築の枠組みとして「日本とニュージーランドとの戦略的協力パートナーシップ」に合意しました。

     

    この両国の関係においては、皆さんをはじめとする多くの方々、そして皆さんの会社や社員の方たちが、重要な役割を担ってこられました。

     

    ニュージーランドが安心・安全で高品質な農産物の生産国であるという評判を確立できたのは、皆さんの貢献があったからです。我が国にとって日本市場は乳製品、肉類、キウイフルーツを始めとする果物、さらには野菜、水産物の重要な輸出先です。また、日本企業はニュージーランドから長年にわたり木材や高品質のアルミも輸出してきました。

     

    このアルミの輸出は私にとって身近な話です。といいますのも、住友化学が大規模な投資により1970年代前半にティワイポイントにアルミ精錬所を完成させて、我が国のアルミ産業が始まったわけですが、この精錬所への電力供給を主な目的とした水力発電所をニュージーランド政府が私の家の近くのマナポウリに建設したからです。

     

    日本企業はニュージーランドとの様々な貿易分野において投資を行ってきましたが、その質の高さは感嘆すべきものです。ニュージーランドにおける日本の投資の特徴としては、長期的、高い質、信頼関係に基づいていること、さらに、成功に必要な経験やスキルをニュージーランド企業が持っていない産業に注力するといったことがあげられます。

     

    日本企業は急速に拡大する我が国の観光業にも投資の機会を見い出しています。今朝、私はホテルも手がける大手の旅行業経営者の方にお会いしたのですが、カンタベリー地震の被害で受け入れ可能な宿泊客数が大幅に減少したクライストチャーチ市に投資する予定であるとお聞きしました。

     

    水産業においても両国は長年にわたる良好な関係を享受しています。

     

    特に、先住民マオリによるビジネスが成功し成長を遂げる中で、日本のパートナー企業との良い関係が築かれているのは本当に喜ばしいことです。先住民によるビジネスがこれほど成功している国はニュージーランド以外にありません。彼らはニュージーランドの成功の一翼を担ってきたのです。

     

    経済協力開発機構(OECD)加盟諸国の中で、我が国が高い経済成長を遂げている国のひとつであることを誇りに思います。

     

    この成功のカギは、我が国の社会が開かれていて、世界中から貿易、投資、移民を歓迎してきたことにあると思います。そしてこのような政策の結果もたらされる様々な社会への影響も、世界の一員である自分たちの責任として受け止めています。

     

    ニュージーランドは、昨年末までの2年間は国連安保理の非常任理事国でもありました。任期2年目は日本と共にこの役目を担いました。

     

    太平洋島嶼国とも貿易と開発に関する協定を結んだばかりです。

     

    我が国は日本と同様に太平洋地域への投資および援助を積極的に行っています。

     

    私は、我々の成功の理由のひとつは、小さな国であるからこそ、官・民がそれぞれの強みを発揮しながら協力できるからではないかと思います。 

     

    ですから、今回このようにニュージーランド経済界のリーダーたちを率いて日本を訪問できたことを嬉しく思います。

     

    ニュージーランドが日本にとって最高のビジネス・パートナーである理由は何でしょうか。

     

    まず、私たちの間には共通の価値が存在します。さらにニュージーランドは安定した政府と強固な民主主義に立脚する法治国家です。我が国の経済界は外向的であり、小規模・オープン・グローバルといったビジネス展開を行う上で起こる様々なリスク管理に長年の経験を有しています。また我が国では完全な透明性が確保され、世界で最も汚職の少ない国のひとつと位置づけられています。さらに規制が一貫し、安定したビジネス環境が整っています。また、仕事で訪問した時には、週末に休みを取って観光するのにも最高の国です。

     

    実際、多くの日本人がそうされています。日本からは1年間で10万を越える人たちが、ニュージーランドを訪れています。さらに8500人から9000人ほどの日本人留学生もいます。ニュージーランド人家庭にとって日本人学生、特に中高生のホストファミリーとなることは、めずらしいことではありません。

     

    また今年2月末までの1年間でニュージーランドから日本を観光目的で訪れた人の数は、前年度から2割増の3万6千人に上りました。

     

    今回の訪問で知ったのですが、東京五輪・パラリンピックに向け各国の代表チームを誘致している日本の自治体にとって、我が国は最も人気のある国のひとつであり、9つの自治体がニュージーランド代表チームを誘致しているということです。 

     

    このように、日本は長年にわたり我が国にとって最も重要な市場のひとつであり続けているわけですが、我々の競合他国が享受しているような特恵的な市場アクセスをニュージーランドは今だ持たない、という意味において特出した市場だと言えるでしょう。

     

    日本とニュージーランドの両国はこの状況に対処する方策を長年模索してきました。

     

    そしてごく最近になって、環太平洋パートナーシップ協定(TPP)が進むべき道筋を示したのです。ところが、トランプ米大統領が米国の離脱を決め、突然逆風に見舞われました。「日本はTPP交渉への参加に関心がある」と当時の日本の首相が表明した週に私は日本に滞在していたのを思い出します。安倍総理が強力にTPPを提唱している今では忘れがちですが、その当時の日本では、TPPへの参加表明は従来の貿易政策からの根本的な転換だと考えられていたのです。

    ニュージーランドはTPPの国内の批准手続きを終え、手続完了を他のTPP参加国に正式通知していることをご報告できることを嬉しく思います。これまでTPPを批准したのは日本とニュージーランドの2カ国だけです。この事実は、両国がTPPの前進を国益としてけん引していく責務を共有していることを示していると思います。

    来週にはベトナムのハノイで、TPPに参加する11か国の閣僚がいわゆる「TPP11」をいかに前進させるかについて話し合います。そこでは日本とニュージーランドが主導的役割を果たせることと確信しています。

     

    私たちはTPPを前進させることにコミットしています。なぜなら、TPPは私たち両国とこの地域の利益に合致し、世界の安定に貢献するからです。

    もしこれからの数カ月でTPPの前進が達成できれば、世界に対して、地域・多国間貿易協定が世界経済にとって重要であるのみならず、それが達成可能であるということを信頼性をもって示すことができるでしょう。保護主義の巧みな言葉が作り出す抵抗によりTPPの前進が妨げられてはなりません。

    今年はじめのヨーロッパ、そして最近のアジア太平洋地域訪問時における話し合いを通じ、実際に多くの国が保護主義に反対で、開かれた貿易を守り続ける決意を示し、可能であれば貿易協定を結びたいと考えていることも知りました。

    もしTPPが実現できれば、アジア太平洋地域における貿易と成長を大きく促進することになるでしょう。その結果、やがて米国も関心を取り戻すことを私たちは願っています。

    アメリカの国内政治においても、自由で開かれた貿易が経済成長や家計に貢献するという事実が明らかになるでしょう。アメリカが自国の保護をさらに強めれば、アメリカの有権者、ひいては一般家庭の生活費を増やすだけなのです。

    以上、日本に続きニュージーランドがTPPの批准手続きを終えた大きな理由の中からいくつかを述べました。

    両国は、東アジア地域包括的経済連携(RCEP)の交渉でも同地域の国として協力しています。

    この交渉でも、日本とニュージーランドは、単に交渉のための交渉ではなく質の高い結果をもたらすよう先導役を務めています。 

    日本とニュージーランドは、地域に経済的な繁栄をもたらし、さらには地域の経済的な成功の土台となる共通の価値をより強固にする重要なパートナーなのです。

    明日、私は北海道を訪問します。北海道ではニュージーランドが地元の連携先と農業技術分野での協力を進めています。

    北海道の牧場も訪問します。その際、羊の毛刈をすることを誘われたのですが、今回はお断りしました。私の羊の毛刈の様子はユーチューブでご覧いただけます。若いときに覚えた技術ですが、30年たっても忘れていませんでした。

    この北海道における農業技術分野での協力は、日本が農産物の輸出国となり、地方の人口減少に歯止めをかけようとする日本の決意に対するニュージーランドからの申し出です。ニュージーランドでも何十年にもわたり同様の課題に直面し続けている地方があり、自国の経験からも私たちはこのような問題の困難さを理解しています。

    また、不幸なことですが、両国間には災害においても共通点があり、防災管理でも密接に協力してきました。

    ご存知のように、6年前にクライストチャーチを襲った大地震は日本人28名を含む185人の犠牲者を出しました。

    今年2月に犠牲者を追悼する新たに建設された慰霊壁の前で開催された追悼式典で、若くして亡くなった日本人犠牲者のご遺族の方々とお会いする機会がありました。 

    地震から6年たった今もご遺族の喪失感は深く、厳かに執り行われた追悼式典で犠牲者が弔われる中、我々はクライストチャーチ市民と共に愛する家族を失った方たちに思いを寄せました

    また最近再度ニュージーランドを地震が襲い数十億ドル規模の被害をもたらした際には、日本政府が被害状況の把握のため哨戒機を飛ばしてくれました。

    私が今日の午後、安倍総理とお会いして話すことはたくさんありそうです。

    さらにいくつか触れたい点があります。

    まず、我々は日本と同様に北アジアにおける緊張の高まりに懸念を抱いています。

    ニュージーランドは日本からは遠い国のように見えますが、この地域でのできごとは我が国にとっては重要な関心事です。なぜなら各国が国際法に基づいて行動し、予測可能な振る舞いをする安定したアジア太平洋地域でこそ私たちは繁栄できるからです。

    このような問題に対する日本政府の視点を理解することはニュージーランドにとって重要です。なぜなら日本は緊張の最前線に立っているからです。

    ニュージーランドは北朝鮮による兵器実験の継続と深刻な人権侵害に対し深い懸念を抱いています。

    ニュージーランドはこれまでと同様、日本を始めとする同志国と密接に連携し、紛争なしに緊張状態が解消されることを希望しながら、これらの問題に取り組んでいきます。

    また我々はこの地域で続く、領海・領土問題についても懸念を抱いています。私たちは国際法に基づく紛争解決の枠組みを強く支持し、その結果が尊重されるべきと考えます。

    そして、もちろん、安倍首相との会談でラグビーの話をしないわけにはいきません。

    まずは、日本が2019年のラグビーワールドカップの開催国となったことにお祝い申し上げます。ラグビーワールドカップは世界で最も規模の大きいスポーツ大会のひとつであり、私たちは日本での大会が素晴らしいものになると確信しています。

    ラグビーに関して言えば、前回大会でニュージーランド代表「オールブラックス」が優勝した以上に嬉しかった唯一の出来事が、日本代表による対南アフリカ戦の勝利です。誰も予想だにしない快挙でした。まさにスポーツの醍醐味を表す素晴らしい例でしょう。

    今朝、小池東京都知事にお会いした際には、私たちがいかに東京五輪・パラリンピックを楽しみにしているかを申し上げました。

    関西地区では次回のワールドマスターズゲームズが開催されます。

    ワールドマスターズゲームズはニュージーランドで開催されたばかりで、関西地域からも知事の方たちが視察に訪れました。

    ワールドマスターズゲームズに参加する選手たちは普通のアスリートとは違うと言って良いと思います。記録を競い合うためにどこか離れた選手村に閉じ込められているわけではなく、観光や、ショッピングなど、開催地での滞在を大いに楽しみます。日本の開催地の地元の方たちも、きっと私たち同様にマスターズゲームズを楽しまれることと思います。

    このように、ニュージーランドと日本との間には強く多種多様な関係が存在しています。両国には違うところも多くあり、地理的にも大きく離れていますが、私たちは価値を共有するがゆえに強力で信頼できるパートナーなのです。ぜひ今後ともこの大変特別な両国の友好の歴史の一員として、さらなる関係の発展のために皆さんの会社や組織を通じて貢献し続けてくださることを希望します。

    皆さんのますますのご繁栄をお祈りし、私のご挨拶といたします。

    ありがとうございました。

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  • 26 May 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous
    26 May 2017

    Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) make Australia more competitive in international trade.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), with ITS Global, is undertaking an independent study of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) utilisation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

    The Study will analyse FTA utilisation and the broader impact of FTAs on Australian business activity and will make recommendations to support FTA policy, implementation and advocacy.  The research covers all of Australia’s FTAs, with an emphasis on the most recent agreements with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.   
     
    We value your business’ contribution to this important research, and would appreciate your assistance in completing a short online business survey, a key component of the research.  The survey should take 10-12 minutes to complete. Please note that the data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate and your private information will remain confidential. 

    COMPLETE SURVEY


    You may receive an invitation to participate in the survey from other channels. We kindly request only one response. Thank you very much if you have already participated.


    The survey participation period closes on Friday 9 June 2017.

    Should you have any questions in regards to the survey, or experience any technical issues, please contact Sarah Macchiavelli on +61 (2) 6271 3029 or sarah.macchiavelli@pwc.com

    Australian Government Statistical Clearing House Approval number: 02551-01

    Supported by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.


      


  • 25 May 2017 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr Chris Atwell, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 2002-2004.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.


    Read Chris Atwell's farewell message to ANZCCJ when he left Japan to return to Australia in 2004.


    ***

    Sayonara

       

        As I conclude my employment assignment of over 4 years in Japan and whilst into my 42nd working year, I have elected to retire from ANZ Banking Group Limited.

     

    Throughout my time in Tokyo, I have been privileged to have been able to be a part of the life of the ANZCCJ and its membership, and leave Japan in the confidence that the Chamber will continue to thrive and play an ongoing and relevant role to the Australian and New Zealand business communities here.

     

    Both Barbara and I wish you well in your business careers and also long life and happiness for the future.


    In the event that you are passing through Sydney in the future, we would be delighted to have the opportunity to catch up.

       

    Our contact details are held by the Secretariat/Manager.

     

    Sincerely

     

    Chris Atwell 

     


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