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  • 31 Oct 2017 2:46 PM | Anonymous


    The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) is an informal organization comprised of foreign chambers of commerce and business groups in Japan mainly for the purpose of information exchange and enhancement of the activities of the component organizations. 

    FCIJ has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the 32nd, survey was conducted between October 18 and 27, 2017, and received 243 valid responses from members of 17 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan. 

    The healthy growth that started in the Fall 2016 survey continued in this survey and shows further improved sentiments compared to the previous survey conducted in April 2017. The respondents remain positive about the Japanese economy, for the next 6 months it is expected to continue to grow. The stronger growth in the economy was also reflected in the performance of the companies, while in the sales forecast for the coming six months the respondents were also more optimistic than in April.

    This time the survey included two alternating questions. The first was on how the business climate would be affected by the planned changes in inheritance and gift tax laws. 75% reported that it would have no impact while 19% thought it would have some negative and 7% strong negative impact.

    The second alternating question was regarding BREXIT for Europeans and TPP11 and NAFTA for the others. Regarding TPP11, 41% thought it would have a positive impact, 48% none. NAFTA changes would not have much impact in Japan, 19% expected negative, 75% thought that the changes/negotiations would not impact their business.

    Find the full report here: http://www.fcc.or.jp/fcij/bcs.html

    The results for the ANZCCJ are generally consistent with the overall trends. 

    Find the ANZCCJ results here: http://www.fcc.or.jp/cgi-bin/survey/survey-anzccj32.cgi?survey_name=ANZCCJ32




  • 29 Oct 2017 5:54 PM | Anonymous


    MLA PRESS RELEASE

    Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched a kid’s nutrition program “Aussie beef de genki kids!”, aiming to support Japanese kid’s genki  through sports like rugby.  As a first step, MLA will hold an "Aussie beef de genki!" Australian rugby event for reconstruction assistance in Kamaishi City on 31 October, and sponsor a BBQ at “Aussie beef de genki! Japan-Australia kid’s rugby festival in Yokohama” on 3 November.   For full details on these events, visit MLA Japan's website.

    Supporting kid’s healthy life through sports like rugby


    There are many Australian active athletes in Japan and many people associate Australia with rugby. Mega sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Olympics in 2020 will be held in Japan.  MLA will conduct nutrition-related activities that aim to support both parents and children's 'genki' through food and sports.

    Monthly column and recipes for kid’s nutrition

    A monthly column by Professor Uenishi of Joshi Eiyo University will be posted on MLA's website starting December.  The column will feature the health benefits of Aussie beef for kids' nutrition and a monthly recipe. 

    Andrew Cox, MLA Regional Manager said “In Australia, Aussie beef and rugby are both great for growing kids - physically and mentally. With the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Sevens rugby in the 2020 Olympics, now is the right time to build partnerships that help make Japanese kids more genki!”

    Source: Meat & Livestock Australia Japan
  • 25 Oct 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian Government is undertaking a public consultation on the draft Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill and ANZCCJ is coordinating views from the membership.

    "Critical infrastructure provides services that are essential for everyday life such as energy, food, water, transport, communications, health and banking and finance.

    A disruption to critical infrastructure could have a range of serious implications for business, governments and the community.

    The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, which comprises a policy statement and a plan for practical implementation, aims to ensure the continued operation of critical infrastructure in the face of all hazards.

    More resilient critical infrastructure supports the continued provision of essential services to businesses, governments and the community, as well as to other critical infrastructure sectors.

    Secure and resilient infrastructure supports productivity, and helps to drive the business activity that underpins economic growth."

    The Attorney-General's Department is the lead agency for critical infrastructure. For details on the consultation process, click here. To submit views or comments on the draft bill, email ANZCCJ Executive Director at Cristina.Merino@anzccj.jp

    Source: Attorney-General's Department website

  • 19 Oct 2017 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    19 October 2017

    Jacinda Ardern is set to become the next prime minister of New Zealand. The 37-year-old will become one of New Zealand's youngest prime ministers on record and its third woman to lead a government after winning the support on Thursday of the nationalist New Zealand First party headed by Winston Peters.

    労働党党首ジャシンダ・アーダーン氏がニュージーランドの次期首相になる見通しとなった。ウィルソン・ピータース党首率いるニュージーランド・ファースト党の19日、労働党の政権樹立を支援すると表明したことから、このことが判明。37歳のアーダーン氏は、ニュージーランドの歴史上最も若い首相となり、また同国3人目の女性首相となる見通し。



  • 18 Oct 2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    We are delighted to introduce the 2017-2018 Executive Council who will be:

    Gerard Adams                   Individual Member

    Tim Barnstable                  Murray Goulburn

    Edward Cole                      Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Andrew Gauci                    Lendlease

    Grant Knuckey                   Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

    Kazuya Kurano                  National Australia Bank

    Catherine O'Connell           Individual Member

    Clovis Peryer                     Air New Zealand

    David Shirt                        Macquarie Capital Securities

    Kohei Tsushima                 Challenger Japan

    Sally Townsend                  Individual Member

    Martin Spann                     Commonwealth Bank

    Nobi Yamaji                       Rio Tinto

    Matthew Walker                 AIG Japan Holdings KK

    Tracy Whiriskey                 Ashurst

    The Executive Council was confirmed this week following the ANZCCJ Executive Council Member election that was held at our Annual General Meeting on 17 October 2017 at the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo.  At that election, Gerard Adams, Andrew Gauci, Catherine O’Connell, Clovis Peryer, Kohei Tsushima and Tracy Whiriskey were elected to the Executive Council.

    Tim Barnstable, Edward Cole, Grant Knuckey, Sally Townsend, Martin Spann and Nobi Yamaji will continue on the Executive Council as they complete the second year of their term.

    We are also delighted to welcome to the Executive Council Kazuya Kurano, David Shirt and Matthew Walker who have also agreed to serve having been asked to do so by the other members of the Council exercising their power to co-opt members to the Council.

    The ANZCCJ Office Bearers (Chair, Vice Chairs and Treasurer) were confirmed at the first Executive Council Meeting after the AGM on 18 October 2017.  Andrew Gauci (Chair), Catherine O’Connell (Vice Chair) and Martin Spann will continue on for a second year in their roles.

    ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, noted that it was an acknowledgment of the enthusiasm and engagement of the ANZCCJ’s members that there was a high turnout to vote in the Election and broad support for all candidates.

    Contact: ANZCCJ Executive Director at Cristina.Merino@anzccj.jp

    Download Executive Council member list

  • 18 Oct 2017 11:54 AM | Anonymous

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    PRESS RELEASE

    October 17, 2017 -- Lendlease Group today announced the establishment of an infrastructure joint venture with SoftBank Group to develop and own telecom infrastructure assets in the United States.
     
    The joint venture, to be known as ‘Lendlease Towers', will focus on partnering with major US carriers to roll out further phases of their infrastructure expansion plans to meet growing demand for data. The aim is to create a geographically diverse portfolio of rooftop and tower assets through both a development and an acquisition-based strategy. 
     
    Lendlease and SoftBank have each committed $US200 million equity, and as growth occurs, will look to introduce capital partners. The initial $US400 million has been allocated to seed the strategic restructure and acquisition of approximately 8,000 existing telecom sites, including rooftops and other structures, across the United States. Lendlease Towers will target $US5 billion of telecom infrastructure assets over the medium term.
     
    Lendlease has been appointed the joint venture manager, asset manager and development manager. 
     
    Lendlease CEO Americas, Denis Hickey said, “Consistent with our strategy of focusing on growing demand for infrastructure, we’ve identified the telco infrastructure sector as an opportunity to deploy our integrated operating model. 
     
    “I am pleased to announce the establishment of an infrastructure vehicle focused on the US telco sector, which continues to experience unprecedented growth in data usage as the world moves to becoming more connected.   
     
    “Lendlease has a long-standing relationship with SoftBank in Japan and we are excited to be partnering with them on this new initiative in the United States.”
     
    For additional information, contact:
     
    Mary Costello (US) Head of Corporate Affairs, Americas +212 592 6946 mary.costello@lendlease.com
    Stephen Ellaway (Australia) Head of External Affairs +61 417 851 287 stephen.ellaway@lendlease.com
     
    About Lendlease:
     

    Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world.
     
    Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 12,350 employees internationally. 
     
    Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers. www.lendlease.com

  • 10 Oct 2017 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    10 October 2017

    On 10 October 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), and the Japan Australia Business Co-Operation Committee (JABCC) co-hosted a Sports for Business Breakfast with speaker Mr John Wylie, Chair of the Australian Sports Commission.

    Mr Wylie outlined 'Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022', the Government's high performance game plan for moving Australian sport from world class to world best.

    The Winning Edge sets high targets for Australia to be a top five nation at the Olympics and Paralympics, top 15 at the winter Olympics and Paralympics, number one at the Commonwealth Games and have more than 20 world champions annually.

    Using the Australian experience at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a point of comparison, Mr Wylie also highlighted the way “domestic and international focus on sport will create significant opportunity in Japan…driving significant growth in the sports products market” and “in the consumption of sport and the associated economic opportunities”. He outlined the vast opportunities for growth in women’s sports, the Paralympic games and technological sports innovation, while warning of the challenges involved in maintaining such a high level of growth after the Olympic Games. Mr Wylie concluded by asserting that “Australia looks forward to strengthening our very important partnership with Japan for mutual benefit, both in the sporting arena…and commercially”.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank Mr Wylie for taking the time to share his knowledge and insights. A special thank you to our co-hosts, AJBCC and JABCC and to our guests for joining us.

    Please find the full transcript of Mr Wylie`s speech here: John Wylie Sport and Business Speech ANZCCJ Tokyo Oct 2017.pdf

     

  • 25 Sep 2017 10:22 PM | Anonymous
    Event Summary

    25 September 2017

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) co-hosted the annual Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party on 25 September at the Australian Embassy Tokyo.

    The Garden Party is an event that showcases the diversity and world-class quality of Australian and New Zealand premium food and beverage available in Japan.  The event provides an opportunity for ANZCCJ members in the food, beverage and hospitality sectors to showcase and promote their products.  This year, the theme for the event was organic and sustainable food.

    There is urgency for sustainable and organic food. By 2050 the population is predicted to hit 9.7 billion and demand for food will grow by 70% by 2050. Australia and New Zealand have the ideal natural setting for growing sustainable and organic food, and our close geographical proximity to Japan, make us ideal suppliers.

    Recently, we have also seen examples of increasing collaboration between Australia/New Zealand – Japan in Agtech. We are firm believers that Australia and Japan must look to Japan as a leader in technology to develop opportunities for Australian and New Zealand agriculture.

    Sustainable and organic food is good for both the consumer and businesses. Eating simple, unprocessed food is more nutritious for the consumer but also, it is cost effective method of accessing the high quality produce for the business.

    We were proud to showcase the following ANZCCJ members who support sustainable and organic food exporters from Australia and New Zealand. To view the full list of exhibitors, click here.

    ANZCCJ would like to thank the Australian Embassy for allowing us to host the event in their beautiful garden for the 7th year in a row and for their continuing support of Australian and New Zealand business community in Japan.
  • 21 Sep 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous
    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a forum aiming at dissemination of diversity management as a continuous source of mid- to  long-term corporate values. The forum, which will bring together business owners, investors and others engaged in leading efforts for successful diversity management from APEC member economies, will feature panel discussions and presentations aimed at highlighting the importance of diversity management. Through this forum, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) aims to encourage companies in Japan to change their human resource strategies through management reform and  share recognition of the importance of diversity management.

    ANZCCJ Executive Council member and Australia New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) Japan CEO, Grant Knuckey, will be part of the panel discussion on investor views on the significance of gender diversity management and their evaluation of companies’ efforts.

    Under the Women and the Economy Forum (WEF), APEC member economies have committed to contributing to gender equality and empowerment of women in the workplace, with the understanding that women's empowerment will accelerate economic growth. This forum will be held in response to the approval by the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE), as an APEC project proposed by METI.

    To learn more and to register, click here

  • 14 Sep 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous


    PRESS RELEASE

    Sydney, 14 September 2017 – Qantas has today announced its seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka starting in December 2017 will be extended to operate on a year-round schedule.*  

    The decision follows a strong response to the airline’s seasonal announcement in July and the ongoing support provided by Kansai International Airport and the New South Wales Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW..  

    The direct flights will operate three times per week on Qantas’ upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft and will be the only direct route between the two cities. 

    The service adds to the airline’s popular Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda), Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne Tokyo (Narita) services and complements Jetstar’s Cairns-Osaka service. With Jetstar’s flights from Cairns and the Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita), customers will have even more options when travelling between Australia and Japan. More than half of the Qantas Group’s international capacity is directed towards Asia. 

    Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the feedback from Qantas customers, especially frequent flyers, had exceeded expectations.

    “When we announced the direct seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka in July, we knew it would be popular with our customers, including those travelling from New Zealand, who wanted another gateway into Japan. 

    “We are really pleased to be able to extend the service year-round to support the strong growth in travel between the two countries.

    “The service also provides additional freight opportunities into Japan in support of the successful Free Trade Agreement that has been in place since 2015, and reflects Qantas’ strategy to develop a flexible network that meets customer and trade demand.”

    The Qantas Group operates the largest Australia-Japan network, the largest domestic network in Australia, and the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan, through Jetstar Japan.

    Qantas’ year round services between Sydney and Osaka will begin on 14 December 2017. Tickets are available at qantas.com or from travel agents.

    Download the full press release


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