• 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


  • 19 Oct 2016 8:58 AM | Anonymous
    The Australian Foodex Pavilion in 2017 will be the largest Australian presence at Foodex for many years. The Victorian Government in conjunction with Food South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia

    Government offices in Tokyo have agreed to combine their stands under the Australia Unlimited Banner.

    There will also be space available for individual companies and industry bodies to participate.  We hope this format will attract more companies and provide a more coordinated approach under one common branding - Australia.

    Companies from Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia should contact their respective State representatives to reserve space BEFORE 26 October.  Other individual companies should apply directly to the JMA website

    The price of a basic 9 sq m booth is available at the website.  Companies that participate on the state government's stands will be eligible for a 10% discount for the space.

    Design and construction of the stand and additional equipment costs will be shared by state stands based
    on their size.  Equipment rental will be for individual companies or state stands to organise.  This information can also be found at JMA's home page.

    ANZCCJ and the Victorian Government office in Tokyo will also jointly organise a business networking function for exhibitors and key Japanese industry guests.  Stay tuned for updates!

    For further details please contact your local state government trade & investment office in Tokyo or contact ANZCCJ at

  • 12 Oct 2016 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    Event Summary - The Business of Rugby with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper

    12 Oct 2016 | By Olivia Harland

    The new Tri-Seven Roppongi building was the venue for our most recent joint chamber event, The Business of Rugby, with special guest speaker World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper.  Brett was in Tokyo as part of a World Rugby delegation to attend review meetings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

    The discussion began with the position of the current world champions, the All Blacks, and their latest world record-equalling of 17 consecutive test wins. The All Blacks have continued to dominate the sport after their back to back World Cup win in England 2015 and will be a favourite in 2019.  

    The Olympic effect on Rugby

    The Olympics has created a path for 7’s rugby, with players such as Sonny Bill Williams transitioning from 15’s to Olympic 7’s this year at Rio. Typically, 15’s is an easier code for national teams to get up to speed on and for viewers to understand.

    Due to the ‘Olympic effect’, rugby is now included in school curriculums and has also grown women’s rugby globally. World Rugby now has focus and funding for women’s rugby due to huge growth and increase in popularity. Brett Gosper said in a recent press release, “Women’s rugby is one of our major growth areas with two million women and girls playing the game worldwide.” This growth has somewhat taken care of itself as women are enjoying and taking a keen interest in the sport.

    Japan as RWC2019 host nation

    There is a lot of excitement and interest in rugby in Japan and having an Asian country host the event shows rugby is becoming a global sport. Japan’s success in the England World Cup in 2015 has created great momentum for Rugby in Japan - now is the time to grow the sport in Japan. Their game against Samoa was watched by a record-breaking 25 million Japanese viewers, “the biggest national viewing audience in rugby history”, as reported by The Guardian. “Japan 2019 … is set to be a ground-breaking global celebration of rugby and the host nation” said World Rugby in a recent press statement.

    When compared to other tournament host countries, there are more cultural and linguistic challenges to overcome in Japan however, as Gosper told Kyodo in an interview recently, “Japan is ahead of England 2015 in terms of preparations”.

    Sponsorship opportunities

    During this visit, World Rugby announced a substantial package of sponsorships and supplier rights granted to Dentsu Inc. According to World Rugby, Dentsu’s knowledge of and reach in the Japanese market will attract major Japanese commercial partners and allow World Rugby top-tier commercial partner agreements, broadcast, licencing, and hospitality rights. This will also ensure maximum national coverage of the event and attract Japanese commercial partners.


  • 26 Sep 2016 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan is conducting a survey to check the pulse of Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan.

    Once compiled, the results will be made public on our website.  By conducting regular surveys, we hope to build a resource for ANZCCJ members to have more information on Australian and New Zealand business sentiment in Japan.

    Responses will be collected anonymously and the survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete. 

    It is worth noting that the more people who participate, the more useful this data will be for all members. We thank you in advance for your time!


    Response deadline: COB Monday 3 October 2016

    Take the survey

  • 21 Sep 2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous
    AJBCC Executive Committee: 2 New Members

    At the recent AJBCC AGM, two new Executive Committee Members were appointed: Arnoud Balhuizen, President Marketing and Supply, BHP Billiton; and Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive - Iron Ore, Rio Tinto. Sir Rod Eddington AO, President of the AJBCC thanked two previous Executive Committee members, Andrew Harding, formerly of Rio Tinto and Dean Dalla Valle, BHP Billiton for their contribution to the AJBCC.

    2016-17 Executive Committee:

    President: Sir Rod Eddington AO, Chairman - Australia & New Zealand, JP Morgan

    Vice Presidents:

    • Peter Coleman, Managing Director & CEO, Woodside Energy Ltd
    • Ross Adler AC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrade International Pty Ltd
    • Ian Williams, Partner - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Bob Seidler AM, Chairman, Hunter Phillip Japan Pty Ltd

    Treasurer: Doug Bartley, Director, Pacific Title Pty Ltd.

    Executive Members:

    • Tim Lester, Partner, Hogan Lovells
    • Adam Tindall, CEO, AMP Capital
    • Bruce Gosper, CEO, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
    • Arnoud Balhuizen, President Marketing and Supply, BHP Billiton
    • Grant Crothers, Chief Executive Officer, Burra Foods Pty Ltd
    • Peter Grey, Co-Chair Japan Business Group, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
    • Andrew Low, Head Of International Investment Banking, CLSA Limited
    • Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive - Iron Ore, Rio Tinto
    • Peter Cleary, Senior Consultant, Shinka Management
    • Prof. Jenny Corbett, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Research Training The Australian National University
    • Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, VISY
    • Andrew Parker Partner, Deals And Asia Practice Leader, PwC Australia

    Ex-Officio Members:

    • Australia Japan Foundation Represented by Murray McLean AO, Chair
    • Australian and New Zealand Chamber Of Commerce & Industry In Japan (ANZCCJ) represented by Melanie Brock, Chair
    • AJBCC Future Leaders Represented By Penny Alexander, Managing Associate, Allens
  • 21 Sep 2016 10:52 AM | Anonymous
    AJBCC Melbourne Conference: Online Registration to Close

    Online registration for the AJBCC's upcoming 54th annual Joint Business Conference on the 9-11 October, 2016 in Melbourne will close at COB on Monday 26 September, 2016. The latest conference program is obtainable here. If you are a member of the AJBCC and have not registered to attend the conference, please register.

    Registered delegates have already been sent the current list of participants. With almost 400 attendees this will be one of the largest Joint Business Conferences held.

    Currently with no direct air service between Tokyo and Melbourne, the number of JABCC members companies who will be attending the AJBCC's Joint Business Conference to be held in Melbourne 9-11 October, 2016 has meant that JABCC members will use a direct charter flight. Already there are over 150 Japanese delegates registered which, together with Australian participants, should see the total number reach 400.

    Have you registered?

    Registration is required. To ensure your place, you need to register as soon as possible. Register here.

    Conference Cost:

    There are 3 types of annual AJBCC membership subscription. Each of these subscriptions provides for complimentary participation at the AJBCC conference:

    • nominated [primary] representative
    • additional representative
    • future leaders nominated representatives
    Hotel Accommodation: Hurry!

    One of the nominated hotels, the Hilton, is almost fully booked. Please ensure that you have confirmed accommodation by booking now.

    Also please be aware that it has just been announced that the Socceroos will play Japan on Tuesday 11 October evening in Melbourne. This will place added pressure on available accommodation.

    Accommodation: Members are responsible for arranging and paying for their booking on their own account. However, the AJBCC has organised a block allocation and special conference rate for members at 3 hotels in close proximity to MCEC. These are Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and the Hilton South Wharf. The AJBCC conference pages give details of the room types available as well as a direct link to each hotel's online AJBCC conference booking page.

    Please be aware that at the time of the AJBCC meeting, in addition to the Socceroos game, Melbourne will be host to a major World Congress and accommodation will be at a premium. This means that members should reserve their accommodation as soon as possible to ensure they receive the special conference rate. (The hotels will progressively release unbooked rooms from the AJBCC's block allocation as the weeks go by.) Members can book now and cancellation charges only apply closer to the check-in date. Please see the individual hotel's terms and conditions for details.

    If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact the AJBCC.

  • 08 Sep 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous



    Event summary by Sam Brustad, ANZCCJ Secretariat


    • The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) hosted a Gourmet Food and Wine Party at the Australian Embassy on the evening of 7 September 2016.
    • Six different Tokyo-based restaurants served a range of Australian & New Zealand tasting plates with other local importers, stores and bars providing a range of fine wines, coffee, drinks and dessert.
    • Distinguished guests included Australian Ambassador to Japan HE Bruce Miller, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan HE Stephen Payton, and Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Akio Mimura.

    One particularly promising sector for growth in Japan for Australia and New Zealand is the gourmet food and wine industry.  According to NZTE, Japan is the world's largest net food importer, with 61 per cent of its food consumption coming from food and beverage imports. In meeting the high expectations of this discerning, multi-billion dollar market there is huge potential for Australian and New Zealand businesses. For New Zealand, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will see all tariffs on wine imports into Japan dropped and the tariff on imported beef will be reduced from 38.5% to 9% over 16 years. For Australia, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) provides valuable preferential access for Australia's exports and will support further growth in two-way investment. This will help continue the strong trajectory of growth for the two markets - particularly in the area of high quality meat, dairy, fruit and wine.

    To help promote this trend, the ANZCCJ hosted its annual 'Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party' to showcase the very best of what our region has to offer. Despite tropical storm "Malou” bearing down on Tokyo and the fear of rain disrupting the event, it proved to be a huge success. Some vendors were moved indoors but the event was still able to make use of the Embassy’s outdoor patio area for those vendors manning the BBQs.  

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock welcome guests and several distinguished speakers, including the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors to Japan.  Melanie referred to the strong economic bond shared between Japan and Oceania through food and wine. Dr Akio Mimura, Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, echoed this sentiment as he offered a toast for the evening.  The closing remarks were made by ANZCCJ’s Chair-elect, Andrew Gauci. One very lucky guest, Mr Masaki Gunnarsson from Edelman Japan, walked away with a premium economy return ticket from Haneda to Sydney courtesy of Qantas Airways as part of the lucky prize draw.


    The restaurants that participated in our first ‘pop up’ dining event were:
    • Two Rooms |Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar | R2 Supperclub (Chef Matthew Crabbe)
    • Salt by Luke Mangan (Chef Takuya Saito)
    • Covet (Chef Takaaki Okano)
    • Terra Australis (Chef Koji Fukuda)
    • Wakanui Grill Dining & Bar
    • Me's Cafe & Kitchen (Chef Naoya Numata)

     With cheese, oysters, desserts and drinks being provided by:


    • Jeroboam Fine Wine Club (wine)
    • Allpress (coffee)
    • Australian Brewery (beer)
    • Capi (mixers)
    • Temple Brewery (beer)
    • Fonterra (cheese)
    • Village Cellars (wine)
    • Harnet (oysters)
    • Winetree (wine)
    • Harry’s Catering (desserts)
    • Meredith Dairy (cheese)

    A special thanks goes out to our event partners: the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Australian Trade Commission, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Qantas Airways and Meat & Livestock Australia.


    See you all again next year!


  • 26 Aug 2016 2:50 PM | Anonymous


    Whilst the enactment of the Japan Australia economic partnership agreement (JAEPA) in 2015 has signalled new business opportunities in the Australia-Japan relationship, there is widespread business understanding that the overall global economic environment and technology advances are subjecting core sectors to challenges which have not been witnessed before.

    Plunging resources and energy prices, concerns about China’s economic transition, the impact of disruptive technologies on mature products and business process services, environmental issues and continuing excessive global liquidity make for a difficult path to be navigated. How are these challenges being met in the Australia-Japan context and what new ideas can we see emerging to mitigate such issues? New Challenges – New Ideas provides a forum for discussion by senior Australian and Japanese executives.

    Learn more

  • 18 Aug 2016 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Launch of ANZCCJ’s food and beverage promotion: ‘Australia & New Zealand Gourmet Master’ game


    18 August 2016

    • ANZCCJ launches its first Australian and New Zealand food and beverage educational tool targeting Japanese consumers
    • ANZCCJ and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) will co-host their annual Gourmet Food & Wine Party on 7 September 2016
    • The event will be the Chamber's first 'pop up restaurant' event held at the Australian Embassy Tokyo
    ANZCCJ announces the launch of ‘Australia & New  Zealand Gourmet Master’, an educational tool to raise awareness and knowledge of Australia and New Zealand’s gourmet product offering among Japanese consumers. The tool, produced by Ikemu Japan, is in a fun, educational format that appeals to the curious Japanese consumer – a quiz game. 


    The aim of the game is simple: To answer as many multiple choice questions correctly as possible in 60 seconds.  The questions become increasingly difficult as the player moves up four levels.


    The launch of the game coincides with the ANZCCJ’s preparations for its sixth annual Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party.  “The event is a celebration of Australia and New Zealand's food and wine culture and we hope that by playing the game more Japanese consumers will learn about our world-class food and beverages and be encouraged to attend the event” said Tim Barnstable, Chair of the ANZCCJ Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee.

    The game uses mechanics that are simple and rewarding. More importantly, it is packed with trivia information about Australian and New Zealand food and wine. Gamers who reach a score of 40 and above will enter the draw for a chance to win two tickets to the ANZCCJ Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party on 7 September 2016.  The winner will be announced in the ANZCCJ’s website and social media channels on 2 September 2016.


    With more and more Australian and New Zealand-themed restaurants popping up around Tokyo, and with more of our products being found in menus of five-star restaurants and on the shelves of high-end retail stores, now is a good time to aid consumers in learning why they should choose Aussie and Kiwi”, added Melanie Brock, Chair of the ANZCCJ.


    Play the game      Attend the Garden Party



    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

    T 03 6234 9350 | E


    About ANZCCJ

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is a non-profit organisation with over 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.

    The ANZCCJ Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee (FAHC) comprises a dynamic and diverse group of Australian, New Zealand and Japanese business representatives from the food, agriculture and hospitality sectors in Japan. The Committee is led by Tim Barnstable from Murray Goulburn, and Sally Townsend from Jeroboam.

    To learn more visit or call us at 03 6234 9350

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