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  • 04 Sep 2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Marketing Manager (Japan)  Haneda, Japan - Job reference JR010019

    Air New Zealand has been named Airline of the Year (AirlineRatings.com) for the third year in a row (2014 - 2016) and has been achieving profitable growth. We are proud to have won Randstad's New Zealand Employer of the Year award multiple times.

    Air New Zealand has an acute focus on the Pacific Rim destinations with the Asia region playing a significant role in contributing to our overall commercial and growth goals.

    We are looking for a Marketing Manager to join our team in Tokyo to be responsible for overall leadership, strategic planning and implementation of the marketing activities in Japan. This person will oversee all trade marketing, relationship marketing, partnerships, market development and e-commerce marketing to deliver on the Japan team's objectives in revenue and spend effectiveness across all channels.

    This is a highly-varied role in a motivating and challenging environment. Working collaboratively with head office, the brand and sales teams you will develop and implement effective campaigns in line with strategic objectives that strengthen New Zealand's and Air New Zealand's brand and product awareness with consumers and to drive demand and revenue.

    The ideal candidate is a Kiwi or someone with a deep connection, knowledge and passion for New Zealand. This person will ideally be living in Japan currently or have lived and worked in Japan. Retail marketing experience is essential along with an excellent grasp of integrated marketing as well as digital marketing strategies and execution, gained either in an in-house role or at an advertising agency. Team management experience will be desirable.

    Our Marketing Managers globally are key in ensuring our teams work efficiently and collaboratively with other internal teams across the globe and also work closely with all of our external partners (including trade operators, tourism boards and other airline partners).

    Please submit your application along with an updated resume, along with a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and interest in this role. Please refer to the attached Position Description for further information or contact Adelene Lynch at Adelene.lynch@airnz.co.nz with queries.

     To apply for this role please click here

  • 25 Aug 2017 7:06 PM | Anonymous


    Media Release: Qantas Group Full Year 2017 Financial Result

    Sydney, 25 August 2017 

    ·       Underlying Profit Before Tax: $1,401 million (second highest in Qantas’ history)

    ·       Statutory Profit Before Tax: $1,181 million

    ·       Statutory Earnings Per Share: 46c

    ·       Return On Invested Capital: 20.1%

    ·       Net free cash flow: $1,309 million

    ·       Up to $500 million shareholder return: 7 cents per share ordinary unfranked dividend, plus an on-market buyback of up to $373 million

    ·       $55 million for non-executive employee bonus

    ·       Upgrade of A380 cabins and Melbourne Domestic lounge announced

    ·       Evaluation of new ultra-long range aircraft for Qantas International

    Qantas today reported an Underlying Profit Before Tax of $1,401 million and a Statutory Profit Before Tax of $1,181 million for the 12 months ended 30 June 2017.

    The underlying result represents the second highest performance in Qantas’ 97 year history, down 8.6 per cent compared with last year’s record. It is slightly above the guidance range provided in early May this year, mainly due to strengthening of the Group’s domestic businesses. A drop in statutory profit before tax of $243 million reflects that the FY16 result included the gain on sale from the Sydney Domestic Terminal.

    Overall, the FY17 performance shows the Qantas Group’s margin advantage over local and global competitors[2], which has been underpinned by completion of its three year transformation program.

    SUMMARY OF RESULT

    All parts of the Qantas Group delivered strong returns in FY17.

    In the domestic market, Qantas and Jetstar combined reached a record $865 million Underlying EBIT, making them again the two most profitable airlines in Australia with around 90 per cent of the total domestic profit pool.

    Qantas International, which has faced high levels of capacity growth in the broader market, saw an improvement of conditions in the second half; it posted an Underlying EBIT of $327 million. Continued strength in its core markets helped the Jetstar Group deliver the second highest profit in its 13 years of operation.

    Qantas Loyalty booked a record $369 million Underlying EBIT on a 4 per cent increase in revenue as it continued to diversify its earnings.

    The Group met all the objectives of its financial framework, reporting a 12-month return on invested capital of 20.1 per cent.  Another $470 million in transformation benefits were delivered, completing the three year program and outperforming the $2 billion target by $125 million.

    The Qantas Transformation Program has underpinned these results and enabled the Group to outperform its key domestic and international competitors. 

    This performance means Qantas is able to reward shareholders, recognise the hard work of its people and invest for customers.

    Group CEO Alan Joyce said the result marked completion of a turnaround plan that has repositioned Qantas as one of the most profitable airline groups in the world.

    “Three years ago, we started an ambitious turnaround program to make the Qantas Group strong and profitable. We tackled some difficult structural issues, became a lot more efficient and kept improving customer service. 

    "Today’s announcements show this plan has well-and-truly paid off. It’s delivered $3.5 billion in cumulative underlying profit, record customer satisfaction and the opportunity for Qantas to grow.

    "We operate in a very competitive environment, so continuous improvement is crucial. Being more efficient is part of our culture and we’re now targeting an average of $400 million in gross benefits a year. 

    “We have a plan to keep delivering sustainable returns well into the future. We’re investing in lounges, Wi-Fi and cabin upgrades; looking at new aircraft to evolve our network; and diversifying into new businesses like insurance and financial services.

    “Our people remain central to our success, and that is why it is so pleasing that we are able to grant another bonus to around 25,000 non-executive employees to mark the successful completion of the turnaround program,” added Mr Joyce.

    [1] Refer to the Review of Operations for definitions and explanations of non-statutory measures. Unless otherwise stated, amounts are reported on an underlying basis. 

    [2] IATA’s December 2016 profit outlook forecasts an average industry margin for 2017 of 4.1 per cent.  Qantas Group reported an operating margin of 9.9% for FY17 (calculated as Group Underlying EBIT divided by Group Total Revenue).

  • 25 Aug 2017 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    This year we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Commerce Agreement between Japan and Australia - a key foundational component to the strong relationship and mutual trust that we share today.

    Looking back, we can see how Japanese investment has helped shape regional Australia through projects in the Pilbara and the Bowen Basin. More recently we have seen two-way investment extending into services and technology such as the finance sector with Japanese banks like Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation having a
    have a major presence in Australia.

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  • 24 Aug 2017 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    On September 26, TERRA will also be opening a New Zealand-themed restaurant, "ZEALANDER", on the 5th floor of the Shin Marunouchi Building. We hope to share with you our passion for New Zealand cuisine through a casual dining experience in which you can enjoy fresh New Zealand food paired with premium New Zealand wines.

    また9月26日(火)には新丸ビル5Fにて、ニュージーランドスタイルのカジュアルダイニング「ZEALANDER」をオープンいたします。ニュージーランド産の食材を、最近注目されているプレミアムなニュージーランドワインとともにお楽しみいただけます。東京の真ん中、丸の内で、私達のピュアなニュージーランドへの思いをお楽しみください。

    ANZCCJ members will receive a free glass of wine. Please tell the staff.

     

    For Reservations:

    Shin-Marunouchi Bldg.5F, Marunouchi1-5-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

    Phone: 03-6269-9017

    Open hours: 11:00~23:00

    住所/東京都千代田区丸の内1-5-1 新丸ビル5F
    電話/03-6269-9017
    営業時間/11:00~23:00
    定休日/ビルに準じる
  • 24 Aug 2017 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    On August 26, TERRA will open their new restaurant "SOUTH" at Yebisu Garden Place 39F. "SOUTH" is a unique restaurant that focuses on Australian and New Zealand seafood, celebrating fresh ocean flavours with seasonal vegetables. Adding to the experience is Australian fine wine and the night view of Tokyo from Ebisu.

    At “SOUTH” you will have the opportunity to enjoy pure ocean flavours in the heart of urban Tokyo.

    来る826日(土)、TERRAは恵比寿ガーデンプレイス39Fに新規店舗「South」をオープンする運びとなりました。「South」はオーストラリアおよびニュージーランドのシーフー
    ドに注目し、フレッシュな海の恵みを旬のお野菜とともにお楽しみいただく、ユニークなレストランです 。お料理をより美味しくしてくれるのは、オーストラリアから自社で調達した上質なワインと、39階から一望できる東京の夜景
    South
    =南半球の海に思いを馳せながら、アーバンなひとときをお楽しみください。


     



    For reservations:

    Phone: 03-5793-1955

    Open hours: 11:30~15:30 (L.O. 14:30) 、17:30~23:00 (L.O. 22:30)

    Open everyday

    住所/東京都渋谷区恵比寿4-20-3 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス39F
    電話/03-5793-1955
    営業時間/11:3023:00
    定休日/ビルに準じる
    URL
    http://southbyterra.tokyo/




  • 23 Aug 2017 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    TO ALL AUSTRALIANS

    To participate in the upcoming postal vote for same sex marriage you must be registered as an overseas voter by 24th AUGUST to receive your postal vote to your overseas address.

    Step 1: If you haven't already, you must be registered to vote in Australia. Register here.

    Step 2: In order for your postal vote to be sent to your overseas address, you must fill out this form.

    Step 3: Upload the completed form by 24th August here. 

    For more details on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey on same-sex marriage, please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
  • 22 Aug 2017 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    This morning, as part of her first international mission as Premier,  The Hon Gladys Berejiklian addressed a select group of ANZCCJ members and guests at a breakfast event in Tokyo. While this was her first visit to Japan as Premier she had visited Japan previously in her role as NSW Minister of Transport and described Japan's transport system as 'a different world'.

    Premier Berejiklian touched on a few of the reasons why NSW and Japan have such strong ties - a mutual trust, investment on both sides, sharing the Olympic experience, strong infrastructure and financial sector growth - before engaging in an engaging Q&A session with attendees.

    From the Premier's answers, it was made clear that there are plenty of opportunities for Japan and NSW to work together in the future with a focus on joint projects in infrastructure and investment for businesses of all sizes. Japanese companies were urged to think about who they would like to partner with in NSW, to make those connections through organisations such as ANZCCJ.

    Watch Premier Berejiklian's speech here

  • 15 Aug 2017 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    Tokyo based MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. have acquired an approximate 6.3% of outstanding shares of Challenger Ltd. for 44 billion Japanese yen (500 million AUD). MS&AD is the largest general insurer in Japan and has expressed an aim to grow its holding over the next 12 months to 10%.

    Challenger has been working with Mitsui Sumitomo Primary Life Insurance Company Limited (MS Primary), a subsidiary of MS&AD, since 2016 and expects this new development in their strategic relationship to broaden their opportunities in the Japanese market. Likewise, this  partnership also works to offer MS&AD invaluable insight into the Australian model of superannuation whilst also expanding their portfolio.

    Challenger is a Platinum Sponsor of ANZCCJ and its Japan Offices are headed by Executive Council member, Kohei Tsushima. According to Tsushima, Challenger's priority is to "to grow our funds management business and extend on our strategic relationship with MS&AD.  This is a long term commitment by Challenger to invest in Japan."

    Further information regarding this deal can be found here.
    Information regarding Challenger can be found on their website here.

  • 31 Jul 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY ANZCCJ CHAIR EMERITUS MELANIE BROCK

    [日本語は英語に続きます]

    25 July 2017

    Thank you to Andrew and the Chamber for the opportunity to speak at this important celebration dinner marking the 60th anniversary of the Australia Japan Commerce Treaty. 

    I too would like to pay my respects to our sempai for their efforts.  And while I am in no way understating the gratitude I feel to politicians and bureaucrats for creating this treaty, I believe we should also thank Japanese consumers for their role in the development of trade between our two countries.  Japanese consumers support of our products and services is why we are here today. 

    And naturally, we should also highlight the role played by producers, customs brokers, people behind the scenes, SMEs who took the risk to import and put up with all the hiccups… shosha, banks for having invested in trade and business.

    While reflecting on history is important, I would prefer to focus on the next stage. I used to be one of the young ones but I am firmly in the ‘oldies’ group now – especially given that I am a grandmother!! And membership of the older group comes with an obligation to set things up for the younger generation. Easier said than done.   

    Part of me feels the Australia Japan relationship is a little lacklustre. Part of me feels excited. Part of me is worried we are not doing enough. Part of me is troubled that kangaroos and AKB48 are symbols of our two countries. Part of me is worried we still don’t have dual citizenship status for our Australian-Japanese ‘half’ children. Another part of me wants to do something to ensure we are not resting on our laurels and relying too much on what has happened and not what lies ahead. I hope I can count on you to help me bring about change.

    In preparing for tonight, I used social media to request input.  What I received was an amazing list of ideas and suggestions from a range of different people. The key themes rely on our building a stronger base for young people.  People suggested we move beyond focusing on what we can ship or sell to the other country and that we focus more on joint business development and working together, in Australia and Japan but also in third countries. 

    For example, in the tourism sector.  Perhaps Australia can help Japan develop its tourism strategy using examples of successful tourism policy as Japan moves to shift the flow of tourists from the main cities to regional Japan. Film-making – Japan has great ideas, Australia has great production studios.  Japan is due to host major sporting events in the next few years - RWC, Olympics and Paralympics and the Masters Games. Australia has expertise in sports for business. JVs in agriculture, STEM…and the list goes on…

    We need to lead by example and give our everything to ensuring we create more opportunities for young people to actually meet and exchange ideas. 

    To that end, the New Colombo Plan, the AJBCC/JABCC Future Leaders program and the Australia Japan Youth Dialogue are key initiatives.  But I hope to do more.

    I hope you will all join me in making the next few years of the Australia Japan relationship strong and sexy, robust and challenging, profitable and fun!!

    日豪通商協定60周年を祝うこのディナーで、ご挨拶ができますこと、商工会議所やAndrew Gauci会頭に御礼を申しあげます。

    日豪関係を築いていただいた多くの先輩の皆様にも大変感謝しております。その当時の政治家や役人の方々の役割を否定することはもちろんしませんが、是非とも日本の消費者の皆様にも感謝を申しあげけたいと思います。

    また、生産者、税関業者、自分たちのリスクを背負って豪州の商品などを輸入してきた中小企業、商社、銀行の皆様にもたくさんの感謝をしております。

    もちろん歴史を振り返ること、そして反省することは大事ですが、私は次のステップを重視したいと思います。

    自分も昔は若かったのですが、今では年もとり、尚かつ二人の孫を持つおばあちゃんにもなりましたので、いわゆる年配グループに所属する年になりました。

    そんな中、年配グループのいちメンバーとして次世代への義務を果たしていきたいと思います。

    これは言うほど簡単なことではありません。

    私は日豪関係の現状を考える時複雑な気持ちになることがあります。

    時には、将来は明るいなと感じる時もあります。また時には、今のままでは足りないと感じる時もあります。両国のシンボルがカンガルーやAKB48であってはなりません。我々は日豪関係をより活性化していくために全力を尽くすべきであり、今まで積み上げられた両国の関係にあぐらをかくことなく、ぜひ皆様の力を借りながら、変化をしながら、明るい未来への挑戦をしていきたいと思いますのでお力添えのほどよろしくお願いします。

    よく口から生まれたと言われるますので、この度は適当話すのでなくスピーチの原稿を用意することにしました。

    原稿を作るにあたり、SNSを使ってアイデアを求め、多くの方々からご意見を頂戴しました。その中で、お互いの国への輸出入や投資に留まることなく、より日豪合弁で企画するビジネスチャンスに力入れるべきだとの声がありました。

    日本、オーストラリアはもちろんのこと、一緒になって第3国に対しても行っていくべきだと。

    例えば観光分野など。日本は現在、観光客をメインの都市部だけに留まるだけではなく、地方へも送り出すことができるよう進めています。

    そんな中、オーストラリは日本に対し、オーストラリアの成功した観光振興政策を紹介することで、日本の観光戦略を築く上での協力ができるかもしれません。

    映画制作 - 日本には優れたアイデアがあり、オーストラリアには優れたスタジオがあります。 

    日本はこれから数年の間に、ラグビーワールドカップ、オリンピック、パラリンピック、ワールドマスターズゲームなど世界的スポーツイベントの開催が決まっております。

    オーストラリアはスポーツにおけるビジネスの分野を得意としています。

    その他にも農業分野やステム分野でのジョイントベンチャーなど、挙げればきりがないほどたくさんあります。

    若者達が実際に出会い、アイデア交換する場所や機会をもっともっと増やしていくために全力を尽くしていく必要があります。

    そのためにも、新コロンボ計画、 AJBCC/JABCC の次世代プログラムや日豪若手対話が鍵となる取り組みになります。

    私はこれからもこの様な取り組みは増やしていきたいと思っています。

    次の数年の間にオーストラリアと日本の関係がより強固で、魅力的に、より成熟し、チャレンジングで、有益で、そして楽しくなる様努めて参りますので、是非皆様も一緒にお取り組みいただけると幸いです。

  • 31 Jul 2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous
    SPEECH DELIVERED BY ANZCCJ CHAIR ANDREW GAUCI
    25 July 2017

    Again, thank you Ambassador Court.  It is very fitting to have you speak tonight given the critical role both your father and yourself have played in fostering key relationships in Western Australia that have made the Japan Australia connection so much stronger. I do note that last year Qantas showed great wisdom by putting on a direct flight to Australia's greatest city and my hometown, Melbourne, and Japan Airlines also see where the future lies as they will commence a direct flight later this year. 

    From the Japanese side we have with us tonight Mimura san, Kojima san and Aisawa sensei who over many years have been tremendous guardians of the Japan Australia relationship and have helped drive initiatives that have brought our countries closer together.  

    Odawara sensei, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has also kindly joined us tonight and we look forward to his support in helping us reach new heights in the future. 

    As Ambassador Court indicated the 1957 Commerce Agreement was the birth of not only a strong and trusting partnership between our two countries, but a true and lasting friendship as well.

    60 years ago our two nations came together to achieve something remarkable. At a time not so long after significant conflict and with skeptics raising opposition, a few visionaries from Japan and Australia had the foresight and wisdom to recognise that our futures were always going to be brighter when we worked together and built relationships based on trust and exchange.

    In Australia we realised that our future was, and is always, going to be linked intimately with Asia. We could not try to ignore this part of the world and stay in our own little bubble.  There was a need to build strong and lasting partnerships with our neighbours in order to foster a more prosperous region for all.

    Following this realisation, our forebears saw an opportunity in a people and country that was reemerging after a turbulent period. It may be difficult to comprehend now but back then there were many countries around the world who grossly underestimated what a relationship with Japan could bring. But tonight we must thank those who were brave enough to look beyond and see what could bind us together, rather than what could separate us.

    As a result of this way of thinking, on the 6th July 60 years ago, the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement was signed. When it came into effect many in both Australia and Japan could not begin to imagine how it would turn out – it was the first agreement of its kind for Japan. However, with the benefit of hindsight we now know just how significantly it would shape our ongoing relations.

    The commercial agreement set the foundations for a relationship which would continue to develop and strengthen over the following decades. The shared values and common goals that bind us together led us to forge links over trade, security, and to cooperate in our shared belief in a rules-based international order.

    Then in January 2015, following the traditions established in 1957, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force. Much like the 1957 treaty, this new arrangement broke new ground as it was one of the most liberalising trade agreements Japan has ever signed. It reinforced the strength and uniqueness of our relationship as we tore down old barriers and worked to establish a new era of free and open trade relations.

    These treaties have been key steps on a long journey that has seen our two nations become indispensable trading partners as well as good friends. From humble beginnings, Japan has become Australia's second largest export market, worth $39 billion dollars annually, our third-largest trading partner, and as Ambassador Court noted, our largest source of foreign direct investment. 

    Much like the diverse nature of our two countries, trade between us covers a wide range of goods and services. From natural resources, to agricultural products, to automobiles and electronics, the products and ideas that move between us have defined the way that we live our lives and built links that extend beyond commerce alone.

    So tonight as we reflect on these past 60 years, it is clear that the signing of the Australia-Japan Agreement on Commerce was instrumental in laying the foundations upon which we could build this wonderful friendship. Much like those who worked tirelessly to bring this vision for a trade relationship into reality, we too are here tonight because we believe in the opportunities that we can offer each other. Looking around at those present here tonight, I am very confident in saying that I believe our future is bright indeed.

    There is however much work still to do. We need to open the eyes of Boards in Australia to the real and exciting opportunities that exist in Japan. The glitzy lights of China can look enticing but often don't deliver the depth of relationship, win-win investment, quality of product or shared values that exist when working with our Japanese partners. As an example, despite being in Japan for nearly 30 years, the Board of the organisation I work for, Lendlease, has been slow to understand Japan. However, with high level visits over recent years have come eye opening experiences. We are now embarking on a large scale Joint Venture with a Japanese telecoms player in the US, have Mitsubishi Estate as partners on real estate developments in Sydney and Melbourne, have the likes of Development Bank of Japan, SMBC and Mizuno as integral partners and have grown our team in Japan to over 400 people.  As a chamber we must work harder to open the eyes of many more Australian Boards. 

    Similarly, the profile of Australia in Japan has room to grow. The food security provided by the likes of MLA can not be underestimated, the contribution of Rio Tinto to Japanese industry not overlooked and going forward the smarts and global experience of companies such as Macquarie, ANZ and CBA should be leveraged to help drive Japanese success further. 

    The great thing is that through the 1957 agreement we are in a position to make things happen.  It is cause to celebrate. 

    Finally, I would like to introduce one of the most important Australians, in fact the most important Australian in the Australia Japan relationship over the last 20 years. She has worked tirelessly fostering the deepest relationships any Australian has with senior Japanese politicians and executives. She has guided government on both sides to come to compromise so that important initiatives such as JAEPA have come to fruition. She has brought Japanese farmers to Australia in an effort to improve productivity and understanding, she has provided hope and encouragement to many in Tohoku since the terrible Tsunami. She led the Chamber for 6 years and is owed much. Melanie Brock please come to the stage. 


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