• 22 Nov 2016 4:08 PM | Anonymous
    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced today that the Hon Richard Court AC will be Australia's next Ambassador to Japan.  Read the full media release below.

    Media Release

    22 November 2016

    Today I announce that the Hon Richard Court AC will be Australia's next Ambassador to Japan.

    Japan is Australia's closest strategic and one of our most important economic partners in Asia. Security and defence ties continue to grow strongly under our Special Strategic Partnership and through shared interests in a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region and in economic and trade policies that promote regional prosperity.

    In 2015, Japan was Australia's second-largest trading partner and export market, with two-way trade of over $70 billion. It was also Australia's second largest in-bound direct foreign investor. The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) is further strengthening business ties with more than 90 per cent of eligible Australian exports to Japan benefitting from lower tariffs.

    We also enjoy close education and people-to-people links. In 2017, the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan will support an additional 500 Australian undergraduate students from 25 universities to study and undertake internships in Japan . Japanese is also the most-studied foreign language in Australia. More than 300,000 Australians are expected to visit Japan this year and Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will further deepen the linkages between our two countries.

    Mr Court, the Premier of Western Australia from 1993 to 2001, has held several senior positions and directorships in private and public companies since leaving politics, including Resource Investment Strategy Consultants, the Anglican Diocesan Trustees and the Olympic Team Appeal for Western Australia.

    In 2008 His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred honours upon Mr Court, bestowing the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for exceptional contributions to the expansion of Australia-Japan relations. Mr Court was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for services to Western Australia and the community.

    Mr Court holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He is expected to take up his appointment in early 2017.

    I thank the outgoing Ambassador, Mr Bruce Miller, for his outstanding contribution to advancing Australia's interests in Japan since 2011.


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  • 07 Nov 2016 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Two-day trade mission to Japan

    From the Office of The Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP

    7 November 2016

    A high level delegation from South Australian businesses and government will visit Japan this week for a series of business and trade meetings.

    It follows a recent visit of 20 business delegates from the Okayama Prefecture in Japan to Adelaide and is part of a delegation to North Asia led by Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith.

    The mission focus includes premium food and wine, agribusiness, health, defence, aviation and aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology and investment. When in Tokyo today, the Minister and Defence SA representatives will meet with Japanese space companies.

    The meetings aim to: develop the space sector in South Australia by forming collaborative partnerships with leading global space players, a key pillar of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy: Action Plan 2016-2020 (the Space Strategy), and promote the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, 25-29 September 2017.

    The Minister will meet with Vice President Mr Yuichi Yamaura and other high level executives from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and later, with senior officials from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) - Integrated Defense & Space Systems business domain.

    A number of trade agreements secured prior to the Japan leg of the visit include:

    • Nut Processors Australia will send a test order of South Australian almonds to a high end confectionery manufacturer
    • Blue Lake Milling will supply rolled oats to a major cereal manufacturer
    • Kangaroo Island Pure Grain will process 4000 mega-tonnes of non-genetically modified canola seed into Kangaroo Island-branded canola oil and mayonnaise for the high end Japanese retailer PAL System
    • Kangaroo Island Wool has new orders to continue the supply of wool to major fashion brand United Arrows for production into Kangaroo Island Wool-branded men's suits.


    Japan is South Australia’s fifth biggest export market, with commodities from South Australia to Japan worth more than AUD$536 million in the last financial year.

    The top commodities from South Australia to Japan in 2015-16 were seafood, fresh meat, oil seeds, fruits and nuts, petrochemical products, beverages and copper.

    South Australia’s relationship with Japan has been long-standing, with a sister-state relationship formed with the south-west Japan Okayama Prefecture in May 1993.

    Quotes attributable to Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

    South Australia and Japan have a long standing relationship that will be further strengthened during this visit, leading to more investment in our state, new exports and ultimately more jobs created.

    Our presence in Japan is about searching out opportunities that will lead to growth for our businesses and trade opportunities, and we also want to show that South Australia is an open door to opportunity and a gateway to Australia.

  • 04 Nov 2016 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    Tourism Australia has confirmed the appointment of Joe Yoshiyuki Nakazawa as its new Country Manager Japan, taking up the Tokyo-based role on 1 December 2016.

    Mr Nakazawa joins Tourism Australia from HRS Hotel Reservation Service Japan, where he is currently the Managing Director.

    Prior to his current role, Mr Nakazawa was with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he has worked for eight years as Country Manager Japan. Before IATA, he worked as a senior executive at JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) where he managed travel trade relationships, including new business development and e-commerce.

    Based in Tokyo, Mr Nakazawa will report to Tourism Australia Regional General Manager North Asia. Mr Hogg said Mr Nakazawa’s extensive aviation experience and understanding of the Japan travel market had been key factors in making the appointment.

    “The Japanese market has rebounded strongly in recent times with visitor numbers growing strongly over the past 12 months. A big part in this turnaround has been the focus we have placed upon strengthening our relationships with aviation, distribution and trade partners in market, as well as strong marketing activity. These are certainly areas where Joe’s experience and strong skill set will give us significant additional momentum,” Mr Hogg said.

    Mr Nakazawa said he was looking forward to working for the national tourism organisation of a country that helped shape his own personal development.

    “Having spent three years studying at Bond University for my MBA, I have already feel a close affinity with Australia. This is an exciting time to join Tourism Australia and I look forward to leading a highly energised team in such an important market,” Mr Nakazawa said.

    Japan represents Australia's sixth largest inbound market, with 391,100 Japanese visitor arrivals for the year ending August 2016, up 20.2 per cent. These visitors generated over $1.5 billion in total expenditure over a similar period.

    Mr Nakazawa replaces Andrew Reilly, who previously held responsibility for Tourism Australia’s Japan team and left the organisation at the end of April.

    For further information contact:

    Leo Seaton, Tourism Australia, on +61 447 463197


  • 01 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    1 November 2016

    It is an honour and a privilege today to commence as Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

    Melanie Brock, our outgoing Chair, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us. The ANZCCJ has flourished under Melanie’s leadership and guidance. Under her watch we launched many important initiatives including the Japanese SME Support Program and the Tohoku Reconstruction Program. Over the past six years we also experienced a marked increase in engagement with the Japanese business community and Japanese membership.

    We are very pleased that Melanie has agreed to continue to support the ANZCCJ as Chair Emeritus, a role in which she will continue to provide advice based on her deep experience.

    I joined the ANZCCJ Executive Council in 2010 and have served as Vice Chair for five of the last six years.  As the head of an Australian business operating in Japan, it became clear to me that people and organisations on both sides can continue to do more to fully utilise the great opportunities that exist to grow businesses and deepen relationships. Whether it is the challenge of large New Zealand or Australian firms not understanding the depth of pipeline here or Japanese organisations facing the challenges of navigating the sea of opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, it's hard to watch potential not being fully utilised. With a love for our countries, whatever contribution I could make to improve the situation was worth pursuing and a role as an EC member helped facilitate that.

    As for top priorities over the next few years, market and political conditions will allow the Chamber to play a stronger role in increasing opportunities for Australian and New Zealand business to grow market presence in Japan. In addition, with Japanese capital increasingly looking off shore, the Chamber can help build bridges that better enable Japanese investment into our home countries and jointly into third markets. We will keep you posted on our progress and would love to hear your views.

    We are fortunate to have two strong Vice Chairs in Ed Cole and Catherine O’Connell and Martin Spann as Treasurer. I am also very fortunate to have inherited an energetic, diverse and impressive Executive Council that is passionate about giving back to the business community in Japan.

    We look forward to maintaining and building upon the success our Chamber has achieved over the past several years.


    Andrew Gauci

  • 01 Nov 2016 8:59 AM | Anonymous

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  • 01 Nov 2016 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Farewells Melanie Brock and welcomes new leadership team

    1 November 2016

    ANZCCJ held its 'Building on Success' event at the Australian Embassy on the evening of 31 October 2016 to farewell Chair Melanie Brock and welcome incumbent Chair, Andrew Gauci, CEO of Lendlease Japan and his new leadership team.

    The event allowed ANZCCJ members, key stakeholders and partners to celebrate Melanie’s tremendous commitment to the Chamber over the past six years.  “Melanie really cares”, said Andrew Gauci as he described his relationship with Melanie at both a professional and personal level.  Andrew also introduced the new Executive Council of the Chamber, expressing his high expectations and confidence in this team to deliver increasing value for our members.

    In her final speech as Chair, Melanie talked about her years of experience as an Australian living and working in Japan.  She reflected on the highlights of the past six years, such as her role in lobbying for the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA); establishing the ANZCCJ’s SME support programme to support Japanese companies to do business with Australia and New Zealand; launching the Sports for Business Committee; and the work the Chamber has done in the Tohoku region post-3/11, which has become the flagship CSR initiative for ANZCCJ.

    The speeches by our Patrons: Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Bruce Miller, and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, and our distinguished guests: President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Ambassador Christopher LaFleur; Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Akio Mimura, also acknowledged the successes the Chamber has achieved in recent years and the contributions Melanie has made to the Australia-New Zealand-Japan relationship. Dr Mimura offered a toast with apple cider from Minami Sanriku and sake from Kamaishi, both gifts from the Mayors of Kamaishi and Minami Sanriku who  also joined the event.

    As a surprise, there were a number of recorded video messages sent in by Mr Murray McLean AO, Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation and former Australian Ambassador to Japan; Sir Rod Eddington AO, President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee; and Mr Ian Kennedy, Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council and former New Zealand Ambassador to Japan.

    One final surprise was a moving dance and song performance by Ngā Hau E Whā, a New Zealand Māori performing arts group based in Japan, as a gift from the New Zealand Embassy. This performance included songs, and a haka dedicated to Melanie to wish her well on the rest of her journey.

    ANZCCJ thanks everyone who joined us on this special night and also Treasury Wine Estates and Penfolds for their sponsorship.

  • 31 Oct 2016 9:04 AM | Anonymous



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     釜石市長 野田 武則

    Message from Mr Takenori Noda, Mayor of Kamaishi City

    on the occasion of ANZCCJ’s farewell to Melanie Brock

    and introduction to our new leadership team



    First of all, I would like to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to all the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquakes.


    I am pleased to be joining the event to farewell Melanie Brock and to meet the new ANZCCJ leadership team.


    Kamaishi is a city of Fish, Steel and Rugby. People in the community have loved and supported Rugby as a tradition and as the pride of our city.


    Even though the Tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated our city, Rugby was always in our mind and rugby has brought us many blessings. Thanks to the bonds that rugby brings, we have received so much support from all over the world including from Melanie-san.


    More than five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We have placed the highest priority on assistance for the rebuilding of houses for the disaster victims.   The construction of the expressway network has advanced dramatically. Thanks to that we will be able to improve productivity and the quality of life.


    It will be an honor for the community to be able to host the RWC2019 in Kamaishi, on behalf of all the affected areas. RWC2019 will spur on the progress in this reconstruction and development.


    Every year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Kamaishi has sent junior high school students for a short term stay to Christchurch where the earthquake hit contemporaneously.  A citizen’s volunteer group has already started several new programs for internationalising young people. For instance, some students study at the guide training course in English after school and some other students were dispatched to RWC2015 in England.


    In 2019, the recovery from the disaster will be achieved. RWC2019 will be an opportunity to express our gratitude to those who aided and supported in various ways from all over the world.


    Rugby can make many great bonds between people. RWC is the world festival of Rugby that gives the dream and the hope for the young people. And it is to be an outstanding opportunity to build a greater friendship among people throughout the world.


    It is our great pleasure to bring up friendships with you based on a rugby spirit from now on.

    Thank you and I look forward to collaborating with ANZCCJ in the future.

    Takenori Noda

    Kamaishi City Mayor


  • 24 Oct 2016 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    Law firm Ashurst recently issued a pro bono and corporate responsibility report outlining the firm's global engagement with local communities around the themes of justice, opportunity and empowerment. In addition to local charitable activities, Japanese qualified lawyers in the firm's Tokyo office (Ashurst Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo, associated with Ashurst LLP) already provide pro bono advice on matters of Japanese law. With several lawyers qualified in Australia or England & Wales, the Tokyo team is keen to identify charities, non-profits, social and micro enterprises based in Japan who require legal advice on those overseas jurisdictions and who may qualify for pro bono legal advice under the "opportunity" or "empowerment" themes.

    Please contact Senior Associate Luke Russell on if you have any thoughts or suggestions

  • 21 Oct 2016 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    TOKYO, JAPAN, 21 October 2016 – To capture growing demand for premium wine amongst Japanese consumers, leading global winemaker Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today announced it will expand its portfolio offering of quality Australian and New Zealand wine brands in Japan through an improved route-to-market strategy.

    Under the new strategy, TWE will directly import, market and sell a number of premium wine brands including Rawson’s Retreat, Lindeman’s, Wynns, Coldstream Hills, Yellowglen,Pepperjack, and Secret Stone, while strengthening strategic relationships with key partners in the fine wine retail, supermarket and convenience store, on-premise, and e-commerce channels.

    The new direct import strategy builds on the success of TWE and its existing distributor partnerships in Japan - brands including Penfolds, Beringer, Wolf Blass, Rosemount and Matuawill continue to be available through these distributor partnerships.

    Wines that will be directly imported, marketed and sold by TWE will be available to trade partners from 10 January 2017. In addition to the Australian and New Zealand brands, TWE plans to also introduce a number of the Company’s premium Californian wine brands under the direct import model from April 2017.

    According to General Manager for TWE Japan, Travis Brown, the expansion of TWE’s portfolio reflects the growing appreciation of quality wines amongst Japanese consumers, and reinforces the importance of the Japan market to TWE’s growth aspirations.

    “This is an important and exciting development for TWE in Japan and for Japanese wine lovers.  Having our team of people selling and marketing our brands will allow us to build stronger relationships with our consumers and our partners than ever before.  The recent signing of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement which sees the gradual elimination of tariffs on Australian wine is already making Australian wine more attractive to consumers and trade alike,” Brown said.

    Managing Director and President for TWE Asia, Europe and Latin America, Robert Foye added that the changes are in line with the Company’s strategic focus on enhancing its route to market in key countries across Asia.

    “TWE has had great success in improving its route to market in Greater China, Korea,Singapore and Taiwan. We are now also focused on Japan. Per capita wine consumption in Japan is one of the highest in the Asia region, and we are seeing the interest in premium wine increasing - this presents enormous opportunity for TWE to introduce more quality wines to the market. With a global portfolio of some of the most awarded wines in the world, our business is well positioned for growth in Japan through our new direct import model, as well as strengthened partnerships with key customers,” Foye said.

    From the establishment of Australia’s Penfolds in 1844 and Lindeman’s in 1843, to the 1876founding of Beringer Vineyards in the United States, TWE has a diverse portfolio of some of the most recognised and awarded wine brands in the world. In the financial year 1 July 2015to 30 June 30 2016, TWE sold 33.6 million 9LE cases of wine and generated net sales revenue of A$2.232 billion. TWE operates across four regional business models – Australian and New Zealand, Asia, the Americas and Europe - with wine sold in more than 100 countries globally.

    The Company owns and operates more than 9,000 planted hectares of vineyards in Australia and New Zealand, and is custodian of some of the most sought after viticultural assets in the Barossa Valley and the Coonawarra in Australia, as well as in Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand. In the United States, TWE operates more than 4,000 planted hectares of vineyards across renowned viticultural regions in California, including Sonoma County, NapaValley, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara, as well as the picturesque Gabbiano vineyard in Tuscany, Italy.

    About Treasury Wine Estates

    Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The Company has a rich heritage and a portfolio of some of the most recognised and awarded wine brands in the world, including: Penfolds, Wolf Blass,Beaulieu Vineyard, Lindeman’s, Sterling Vineyards, Blossom Hill, Pepperjack, Rawson’s Retreat, Matua, Beringer, Stags’ Leap, 19 Crimes, Gabbiano, Chateau St. Jean and Wynns Coonawarra Estate. TWE is focused on portfolio premiumisation and brand-led marketing,with world-class production facilities in internationally recognised wine regions. The Company sources grapes from a mix of owned, leased and third-party vineyards. Employing approximately 3,500 winemakers, viticulturalists, sales, marketing, distribution and support staff across the globe, TWE’s wine is sold in more than 100 countries around the world.

    For further information, please contact:

    Tommy Tse

    PR & Brand Communications Manager – Greater China, Japan, South Korea

    Treasury Wine Estates 

    T: +852 2682 4407


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