• 12 Dec 2017 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we look back on 2017, a year of growth for ANZCCJ.  The Chamber has reached new heights in membership, event participation and industry influence. Our corporate membership is up 12% from last year, with significant growth in the sports, tourism and hospitality sectors. We have hosted more events than ever before, and significantly expanded our reach through our media platforms. Our full membership and sponsorship summary can be found here.

    Growth can also be seen in Australia/ New Zealand – Japan relations in a broader sense. Earlier this year, ANZCCJ made a submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper 2017by addressing key challenges for Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan. It was found that there is a lack of on-ground presence of Australian and New Zealand companies in Japan, impeding business growth prospects and the potential to deepen business relations. There is also a clear lack of understanding about Australian products among Japanese consumers. Research has shown that consumers perceive our product offerings to be lacking in sophistication, primarily comprising of raw materials and ingredients.

    The Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper 2017 has since been released and has addressed these concerns. Japan is acknowledged as a global economic giant and Australia’s ‘Special Strategic Partner’, sharing many of Australia’s central values. The policy seeks to deepen economic ties, trade and investment with Japan and to strengthen economic dialogue to complement the existing FTA. The lack of understanding of Australian product offerings is also addressed, with the policy aiming to develop a strong and consistent “nation brand” to market Australia’s commercial, educational and cultural credentials in a competitive global market. Additionally, the policy fundamentally embraces trade openness, and aims to help Australian businesses and workers benefit from an open and competitive economy.

    Earlier in the year, Japan released the 2017 Diplomatic Bluebook. In this, Japan has acknowledged Australia and New Zealand as important partners, and its commitment to strengthening relationships with the two countries. Japan has committed to further advancing the EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) with Australia. There is a strong emphasis on how the three countries share common values such as openness to trade.

    Similar, in its Japanese Investment in Australia report published in July, Austrade confirmed that Japan is Australia’s second largest export market and second largest source of foreign investment, valued at A$91 billion. Some 421 Japanese companies operate in Australia, providing over 58,000 jobs. The report concluded that Japanese investment in Australia is diversifying, and will continue to expand to ensure future prosperity. 

    We have also seen a rise in investment deals between Japanese and Australian companies. Major deals this year include, Tokyo based MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings’ acquisition of an approximate 6.3% of outstanding shares of Challenger LtdLendlease’s infrastructure joint venture with Soft Bank Group to develop and own telecom infrastructure assets in the United States, Mizuho and Marubeni Corporation’s successful completion of a trial transaction between Japan and Australia over a blockchain/DLT network, and Nishio Rent All’s definitive Share Sale Agreement to acquire 80% shares of North Fork Pty Ltd, just to name a few. 

    Economic cooperation between Japan and New Zealand also became a hot topic in 2017 amid news on negotiations for a revised Trans Pacific Partnership. Trade between Japan and New Zealand is dominated by natural and food products such as dairy, beef, fish, wood and aluminium, but in recent years we have seen an increasing focus on tech exports as well, as demonstrated in this year's JNZBC Conference in Osaka

    In 2018 we look forward to upcoming events such as the SME Support Program IT Industry Insights,  ANZCCJ Shinnenkai 2018,the Ashurst M&A Year in Review and the Dream Collective’s Equip the Next Generation of Female Leaders Luncheon. We will look to build upon a good start to the year and make 2018 as beneficial as possible for all our members.  

    December marks the end of a fabulous stint at the Chamber for our outgoing Executive Director, Cristina Merino. Cristina has shown tremendous leadership in the role and has contributed so much in making the Chamber the successful organisation that it has become.  On behalf of all at the Chamber I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and wish Cristina all the best in her future endeavours. This month we will be welcoming Judith Hanna as our new Executive Director. Judith has huge shoes to fill and I look forward to her adding her strengths to the organisation to build upon the strong base that we have.

    Finally, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all our members! If you are looking for great Christmas deals in Tokyo, take a look at the ANZCCJ's Guide to Christmas and New Year's to learn about the exciting events and offers available through our sponsors. Stay well.

    Andrew Gauci

    Click here for the full ANZCCJ Newsletter December 2017.

  • 11 Dec 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ Guide to Christmas and New Year's in Tokyo

    Please enjoy this short guide to the exciting Christmas deals and events available through our sponsors.

    On behalf of the team at the ANZCCJ, we hope you enjoy the festive season and the New Year ahead. 

  • 07 Dec 2017 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 07 Dec 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Austrade has published an article highlighting Hitachi's announcement to invest A$1.25 billion in Australia. 

    In a recent Social Innovation Forum held in Brisbane, Hitachi announced that they have committed A$1.25 billion to ‘social innovation’ projects in Australia to the year 2020.  

    Social innovation, according to Hitachi, is “using innovative technologies and business solutions to address the key trends and challenges facing society”.

    Hitachi has already invested A$875 million in 2016-2017, most of which were allocated to developing mining technology. The innovations developed in Australia would then be exported globally.

    This year, Hitachi increased its Australian employment force to 3, 650. 

    Click here to read full article.

  • 06 Dec 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Austrade has published an article on the 2017 Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award.

    The Japanese firm, NEC, was declared the winner of the 2017 Investment Award, highlighting the company’s contribution to the Australian economy.

    The company employs over 1, 800 people in Australia, and has been investing in Australia’s ICT community for over 50 years. NEC displayed its commitment to Australia by opening an Australian headquarter and Innovation Centre in Melbourne, and a Global Security Intelligence Centre in Adelaide.  

    Click here to read full article.

  • 29 Nov 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    び建設会社であるLendlease(レンドリース社)と共同で、メルボルン中心部における、地上44 階建、総
    戸数719 戸の大型タワーマンション開発事業「Melbourne Quarter East Tower(メルボルンクォーターイ
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    今般、参画する「Melbourne Quarter
    East Tower」は、大規模複合再開発である
    「Melbourne Quarter」計画の一画におけ
    る住宅開発事業で、2017 年11 月末に着工
    し、2020 年の竣工を目指します。
    ニア地域9 ヶ国で海外事業を展開しています。

  • 29 Nov 2017 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Melbourne, 24 November 2017

    Lendlease has announced it secured one of Japan’s largest property companies, Mitsubishi Estate Asia, as a joint venture partner in Melbourne Quarter’s first residential building, East Tower.

    Mitsubishi Estate Asia and Lendlease will each hold a 50 per cent interest in the 44-storey building – Lendlease’s largest residential tower in Australia – which will offer views over the CBD, the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. Construction of East Tower commenced earlier this month.

    Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer for Property, Kylie Rampa, said the partnership with Mitsubishi was a strong vote of confidence in Melbourne’s apartment market and Lendlease’s vision for its latest urban regeneration project, Melbourne Quarter.

    “The joint venture with Mitsubishi Estate Asia demonstrates the strength of our plans to revitalise the western end of Flinders Street into a new and thriving residential and commercial neighbourhood, including what will be our largest residential building in Australia,” Ms Rampa said.

    “We are reimagining this part of Melbourne’s CBD as a new city landmark, with more than 50 per cent of the precinct dedicated to public open space.

    “This partnership with Mitsubishi furthers Lendlease’s strategy to engage with world-leading organisations to bring to life our vision to create the best places,” Ms Rampa said.

    This is the second time Lendlease has partnered with Mitsubishi Estate Asia on a major project, following Mitsubishi and Ping An Real Estate signing with Lendlease as joint venture partners on Circular Quay Tower in Sydney last year.

    Managing Director of Mitsubishi Estate Asia, Mr Shojiro Kojima, said, “This is the first time Mitsubishi Estate Asia has invested in Melbourne, and East Tower in the Melbourne Quarter precinct will offer refined apartment living in close proximity to the shops, galleries and restaurants that the city of Melbourne is renowned.”

    Located at 628 Flinders Street, East Tower offers 719 one, two and three bedroom apartments, designed by internationally acclaimed Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects; it is one of three residential towers approved for the site.

    Once finished, Melbourne Quarter will be home to 3,000 residents and 12,000 workers. The precinct will feature three public green spaces comprising a neighbourhood park next to East Tower, an elevated garden called the Skypark on Collins Street, and a new city square at the heart of the precinct.

    Melbourne Quarter’s residential towers received planning approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne in August 2016. Construction is underway on the precinct’s first office building One Melbourne Quarter, which is due to be completed in September 2018.

  • 27 Nov 2017 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Austrade has published an article reflecting on Australia’s strong position in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.

    Out of 190 countries, Australia is ranked the 14th easiest country to do business in (for the year 2017). This is a marginal improvement from the previous year, which saw Australia ranked 15th. What is more promising is that among the larger markets (countries with a population of over 20 million); Australia held an impressive 4th position.

    The article also focused Australia’s key areas of strength, which included contract enforcement, receiving credit, legal rights, construction permits and starting a business.

    The time to enforce contracts in Australia, on average, is 402 days. This level of efficiency has powered Australia to 3rd place for this category. Australia’s legal rights index reads a near perfect score of 11 out of 12, a feat only managed by nine other countries. Another key strength is dealing with construction permits, at which Australia is ranked 6th best. One of the most encouraging of the key strengths the article focuses on is the ease of starting a business. Australia is ranked 7th best globally, with registering a business taking only three steps and two and a half days.   

    The publication is welcome news, and extremely encouraging for businesses, investors and upcoming entrepreneurs.                

    Click here to read full article

  • 22 Nov 2017 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZ BlueNotes has released an article on the future of the Australia - Japan relationship.  Australia and Japan have shared a strong relationship since the middle of the last century, and now, as mature economies, are embarking on the exciting opportunity of third country partnerships.

    The article highlights Lendlease (ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor) and SoftBank establishing a joint venture to expand into the United States to develop and own telecom infrastructure. There is also mention of Austrade’s Japanese Investment in Australia report shedding light on Japanese brewer, Kirin, now selling its Australian beer brand, Beer Creature, in China. Expanding business via third country partnership is the next phase of what is a healthy, mature Australia – Japan bilateral complementary relationship.

    The 15-year relationship between Softbank and Lendlease has enabled the companies to make an expansion of this calibre. The article also highlights the stability and security offered to those wanting to invest or expand in Japan. The country, structurally backed by a stable democracy, has been facing the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in well over a decade and is increasingly becoming open to trade. Additionally, with the mutual relationship built up over decades, the article notes that Japan is a low risk opportunity for businesses that needs be embraced.

    Click here to read the full BlueNotes article.       

  • 21 Nov 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 20 November this year, the ANZCCJ in association with the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) hosted the next event in the SME Support Program series in Osaka, prior to the welcome reception for the JNZBC Annual Joint Conference

    This was the first time an SME Support Program event was held in Osaka, and marked the two year anniversary of the program.

    ANZCCJ SME Support Event Series aims to connect Japanese businesses with little or no international experience with Australian and New Zealand executives, businesses and organisations with substantial experience, expertise and know-how in international business, trade and investment. 

    As with past events in this series, participants learnt from fellow SMEs doing Japan-New Zealand business: what has worked well, what has been challenging, and what they would like to see done differently to make things better for SMEs in building the relationship between New Zealand and Japan.

    Six companies presented at the event:  Ecostore, PGG Wrightson Wool, and Tekron International from New Zealand; and Ikemu, Osawa Wines, and Sunnyside International School from Japan.

    To learn more about the SME Support Program visit our website

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