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  • 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. 

  • 28 Jul 2017 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    THE HON STEVEN CIOBO MP
    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
    REMARKS
    LAUNCH OF THE REPORT
    JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA – A TRUSTED PARTNERSHIP

    I am delighted to launch Austrade’s report Japanese Investment in Australia- A Trusted
    Partnership today.


    This report recognises and celebrates the significant role of Japanese investment in Australia. It reinforces the clear message that Australia welcomes productive foreign investment, consistent with our national interest, from around the world, including Japan. While recognising the long history of our investment relationship, importantly, it looks to the future and to new areas of investment cooperation emerging with Japan.


    The launch coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Agreement on Commerce signed by our two countries in July 1957.


    This agreement set the foundation for closer bilateral ties between Japan and Australia, one built on trust, shared values and common approaches to economic cooperation.


    The agreement had its critics, but it was a clear sign that Sir Robert Menzies’ Government recognised a strong trade and investment relationship with Asia would be a key driver of Australia’s future prosperity.

    Some of Australia’s largest export industries in resources and energy, such as iron ore, coal and LNG, were underpinned by significant and sustained Japanese investment. Think of the opening up of the riches of the iron ore of the Pilbara, the coal of the Bowen Basin and the LNG of the North-West Shelf.

    Long-term purchase contracts by Japanese buyers, in particular, from trading houses, major Japanese steel mills and power companies, were a catalyst for Australian and other
    international joint venture partners to invest in these multibillion dollar minerals and energy projects.

    These large and complex resources and energy projects have driven regional development, created tens of thousands of jobs for Australians, and generated billions in export income. They also fuelled the rapid industrialisation of Japan, boosting prosperity for the people of Japan and bringing our countries ever-closer through shared commercial, political, strategic and people-to-people links.


    Today, Japan is our second largest export market and second largest source of foreign direct investment after the US – and its investment in our country continues to grow.

    The report highlights that from 2010 and 2016, the stock of Japanese direct investment in Australia increased by 78 per cent to over A$91 billion.

    In terms of reinvestment, Japanese companies lead the way. They invested around A$4
    billion in 2016 into Australian subsidiaries, greater than reinvestment from UK and US
    companies. As these Japanese companies maintain an ongoing presence in Australia, their investments are diversifying into new sectors.


    In innovation and technology, Australia continues to be an ideal testing ground for Japan’s R&D, and a platform for expansion into other Asian and Western markets.

    NEC and Fujitsu representatives are here with us today and they have both established major R&D hubs in Australia which are an integral part of technology solutions. These hubs also tap into Australian talent, and look to the jobs of future in the tech sectors.

    We are also seeing major Japanese companies invest in Australia’s services sector and in manufacturing.


    Services are an important part of the Australian economy and equates to around 75 per cent of our GDP.


    I am delighted to be here today at Oji Fibre Solutions soon-to-be-completed world-class
    manufacturing facility, the result of A$72 million investment that will create more than 70 jobs by 2019.


    Oji Fibre Solutions’ new facility is a good example of innovation that will introduce new manufacturing technology, opening up new prospects for food exporters in Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.


    Set to operate with a 5 star Green Star environmental rating, it will consume less water and electricity than comparable packaging companies.

     

    Oji’s packaging technology enhances Australian exporters’ premium goods offering to highend consumers in Asia, by ensuring the goods arrive in pristine condition. That means this Japanese investment not only creates jobs directly in the facility, but also boosts the chance for more jobs in the high-end food production sectors in Australia.

    Investments such as Oji’s are a very real example of how the Japan-Australia Economic
    Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), or the Japan-Australia FTA, is delivering prosperity and jobs around our country.

    By providing better access for Australian agribusiness and food and beverage exporters,
    JAEPA delivers not just benefits for primary producers – and we are proud that Australia is the only major agricultural exporter to have a high-quality FTA with Japan - but is stimulating new rounds of business investment with jobs during the construction phase and new manufacturing jobs on an ongoing basis

    So I would like to congratulate Oji Fibre Solutions for their foresight in establishing this
    state- of-the-art manufacturing facility.


    It is yet another example of the many and varied ways our two countries cooperate in
    commerce, for mutual benefit. Please accept my best wishes for the success of this venture and for the further development of your links within Australia.

    Thank you.


    Austrade - Japan Investment in Australia - launced 28 July 2017.pdf

  • 28 Jul 2017 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    Qantas Announces New Seasonal Flights Between Osaka and Sydney

    Osaka, 27 July 2016 – Qantas will launch new non-stop, seasonal flights between Osaka and Sydney in response to the boom in travel between Japan and Australia. 


    From 14 December 2017 until 24 March 2018, Qantas will operate three flights per week using its two-class Airbus A330 aircraft.*
    The route – which will be the only direct flight between the two cities – adds to the airline’s popular Tokyo (Haneda)-Sydney, Tokyo (Narita)-Brisbane and Tokyo (Narita)-Melbourne services providing options for triangular itineraries, and compliments Jetstar’s Osaka-Cairns service. Jetstar also flies from Tokyo (Narita) to Cairns and the Gold Coast.


    Qantas’ Osaka-Sydney service will connect to its large domestic and trans-Tasman networks and Jetstar Japan’s extensive domestic network, providing good onward travel opportunities at both ends of the new route. 


    Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the addition of Osaka to the Qantas network offers another gateway for customers travelling to Australia.


    “This December we celebrate 70 years of flying to Japan and we’re delighted to add another destination to the growing list of services Qantas operates between the two countries at a time when travel to Australia is booming,” said Mr Evans.


    “Our commitment to the Japanese market is reflective of the strength of this growth, which we are very well placed to support with the largest Australia-Japan network, the largest domestic network in Australia, and the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan through Jetstar Japan.


    “Australia is a highly sought-after destination for Japanese tourists with many staying longer and spending more while they are here. And with the Free Trade Agreement in place, the new route opens up more opportunities for companies to explore and build business in new regions, further strengthening the trade relationship between the two countries.


    “For Australian travelers, this service will appeal to those looking to explore the historic Kansai region and the surrounding areas.  And with a number of exciting events being hosted in Japan in coming years, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are expecting to see travel between the two countries grow well into the future,” added Mr Evans. 

    Read the media release in English and Japanese


  • 14 Jul 2017 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    Media release | 13 July 2017


    Sydney will be home to a world leading startup and innovation hub, creating up to 6,500 new jobs, thanks to a $35 million investment from the NSW Government.

    Sydney Startup Hub will be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will allow entrepreneurs to develop innovative business ideas that will create job opportunities across regional and metro NSW.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today Jobs for NSW will fund the hub, which will be spread over more than 17,000 square meters and 11 floors.

    “This is an unprecedented investment from the NSW Government, which will support businesses and drive jobs growth across the State,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “When Sydney Startup Hub opens it will be in a central location to help both local and international entrepreneurs flourish.

    “More than 40 per cent of the nation’s startups are in NSW already and with the addition of this hub and the White Bay precinct we want to see that figure grow.”

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, today announced the NSW Government is backing the success of the Sydney Startup Hub, which will be located on York Street in the Sydney CBD.

    “The Sydney Startup Hub will support businesses, turbocharge the startup ecosystem, and drive job creation across the State,” Mr Barilaro said.

    “The NSW Government is pleased to include a fantastic roll call of tenants including; Stone and Chalk, Fishburners, Tank Stream Labs and The Studio.

    “We are leaving no stone unturned. In addition to the 2,500 residents, the hub will welcome regional entrepreneurs from the wider startup ecosystem through the regional landing pad and community and events space.”

    For further information visit: www.jobsfornsw.com.au.

  • 12 Jul 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous


    Photo credit: TPP.guide

    Trade officials from the Pacific Rim trade initiative are commencing talks today in the Japanese mountain town of Hakone, west of Tokyo. The meetings are aimed at reworking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an agreement whose future had been hanging in the balance ever since the U.S left treaty negotiations.

    The talks follow from a joint Ministerial Statement released after  meetings at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in May, 2017. Eleven countries, including long term supporters of the TPP, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, are attending.

    This renewed push has been led by Japan and New Zealand, the only two countries who had ratified the original treaty. New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said back in May that New Zealand was “committed to progressing a TPP agreement because we believe that it’s in our region’s interest, it’s in the interest of our countries and it’s in the interest of global stability”.

    The talks face some tough decisions regarding reworking the agreement, as the original wording and commencement mechanisms relied on the United States and their economic size. However, the remaining countries are optimistic that a new agreement can be reached and offer genuine economic opportunities.

    It is hoped that any deal would set high standards over trade rules, labour, environmental and intellectual property protections, ensuring a level of standardisation in order to make business easier and more efficient.

    The officials in Hakone reportedly are aiming to make real progress in their negotiations before the Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam in November.

    You can find the TPP Partner's Statement and Ministerial Statement from May on the DFAT website: Here

    You can also find the Ministerial Statement on the New Zealand Government website: Here

    For media inquiries please contact ANZCCJ Executive Director at cristina.merino@anzccj.jp

  • 08 Jul 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Another example of the potential for growth in the FinTech industry between Australia and Japan. Marubeni Corporation, together with Mizuho Financial Group and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance have successfully completed a trial transaction between Japan and Australia entirely over a Blockchain network.


    "Blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology (DLT). It utilizes a system of consensus formation among participants to enable transactions to take place even in the absence of a trusted central authority."  (Marubeni Corporation 2017)

    Financial transactions, which usually take days to process, can be cut down to just hours using this new form of financial technology (FinTech). 

    Additionally,  the decentralised nature of the technology provides unprecedented levels of security against fraud and processing errors. In a previous trial of blockchain technology conducted in 2016, Mizuho claimed it was “practically impossible to tamper with transaction histories”.

    Faster transaction times, increased transaction transparency and bolstered security are just some of the potential benefits found by the trial. 

    Further improvements in productivity are waiting to be unlocked as the uptake of this rapidly improving technology becomes more widespread.

    Read Marubeni's press release here


  • 06 Jul 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous

         

    Photo Credit: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Article by James Grimes, ANZCCJ Secretariat

    60 years ago today, history was made in the relationship between Australia and Japan. On the 6th of July 1957, despite the forces of the then not so distant history and the weight of public opinion, our two countries came together to sign a trade agreement that would shape the direction of ongoing relations between Australia and Japan for decades to come. Indeed, even today the legacy of this agreement can still be felt and understood as one of the earliest foundations of our great friendship and strong partnership.

    The remarkableness of this achievement cannot be understated. At the time Australian Government officials faced a punishing uphill task in convincing the Australian public of the value of any trade deal with Japan, for at that time memories of the recent conflict were still fresh. However, these officials, such as Minister for Trade John McEwen, realised that our future was, and is always, going to be linked intimately with Asia. As a result and thanks to the foresight of those who were brave enough to look beyond and see what could bind us together, rather than what could separate us, we broke new ground and made an extraordinary dream of a more prosperous and secure region become reality.

    The treaty was the first of its kind for Japan, significantly lowering tariffs and granting favoured nation status between much of the trade between Australia and Japan. When it came into effect, for many it was like walking into the unknown. We did not know what the exact impacts would be and the way events would play out. As fortune would have it, the agreement not only helped to pave the way forward for both Australia and Japan’s ongoing economic growth, but it also laid the foundations for a truly special relationship between our two countries for decades to come.

    Within a decade, Japan had overtaken the United Kingdom to become Australia’s largest export market and one of our most significant trading partners. The agreement was instrumental in establishing the relationships and mutual trust required for further treaties, such as the 1963 rework of the original 1957 agreement, the 1976 Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, the 1995 Join Declaration on the Australia-Japan Partnership, and then most recently the 2014 Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. The 2014 agreement deserves to be regarded as the spiritual successor to the original 1957 treaty, for as one of the most liberalising trade agreements Japan has ever signed, it too follows in the tradition of breaking down barriers and reinforcing our two nation’s position as key partners and good friends.

    Even today, 60 years later, Japan is still Australia’s third highest trading partner, with two-way goods and services trade valued at over $60 billion dollars. The goods and services that move between our countries are as varied as our nations themselves, covering natural resources, agricultural products, automobiles, electronics, financial and legal services, education, as well as investment and the development of technology.

    These connections have led to the creation of links that transcend commerce alone. Tourism between our two countries is booming, a trend that began in the late 50’s after the signing of the original commerce treaty. With the increased exposure to the idea of Japan as a partner and a friend, Australian airlines faced significant pressure as demand outstripped supply in regards to flights to and from Japan. This curiosity and desire to see and learn more about each other’s cultures is something that is still felt by people today.

    We are two countries bound by shared values, common goals and a belief in the value of the rules-based international order. Our friendship has deepened over the past 60 years, and our ties have become stronger. Much of the work we have done together and the accomplishments we have achieved stem from the ground that was broken 60 years ago when Australia and Japan overcame adversity and the weight of history to step forward into a shared and bright future.

    This legacy is one that we carry forward as we continue to work together, as partners, as friends, and as colleagues. The Chamber is excited to continue this tradition of fostering these ongoing relationships as we look forward to the next 60 years of Australian and Japanese relations.

    For media inquiries please contact the ANZCCJ Executive Director at: cristina.merino@anzccj.jp

  • 30 Jun 2017 10:19 AM | Anonymous


    The Rt. Hon. Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and his wife visited Japan for an official working visit from Tuesday, 16 May to Thursday 18 May 2017. During his stay, the Prime Minister met with Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe, and visited a number of key locations in Japan which have strong trade links with New Zealand.

    To mark the occasion, the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton has written a letter detailing the Prime Minister’s visit, and thanking the Japanese government, as well as Australian and New Zealand colleagues and friends in Japan for marking the occasion.

    Prime Minister English had previously visited Japan in his previous ministerial posts, but this was his first trip to Japan as Prime Minister, and the visit further reinforced and strengthened the relationship between Japan and New Zealand.

    To read HE Stephen Payton’s Thank you letter, click here

    To read the Prime Ministers’ Joint Press Release, click here


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