• 11 Jul 2016 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    11 July 2016 | Casey Macfarlane

    The ANZCCJ Secretariat took part in an inspection and information cruise tour around the Port of Tokyo on Thursday 7 July, in order to learn about the recent port development in the face of rapid globalisation and economic growth as well as in the lead up the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. 

    The Port of Tokyo will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year in style, with a number of upgrades and additions scheduled to be completed in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.

    Built in 1941, the Port is located near the center of the Japanese archipelago which acts as an ideal gateway to Tokyo, the industrial, financial and developing tourism core of Japan. The port has five key functions, as outlined by the crew during the information cruise: logistics, tourism, environment, sports and disaster prevention. The cruise around this world class comprehensive urban port and harbor had two main topics both with a focus on the 2020 Olympics; the development of the Waterfront City and the creation of the Umi-no-Mori Sea Forest.

    Waterfront City

    The purpose of the Tokyo Waterfront city is to stimulate growth and tourism in the area and to revolutionise Tokyo water transportation. The Port of Tokyo authority wants to see Tokyo become the ‘city of water’ and will achieve this by investing in a world-class MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) and International Tourism hub as well as through the creation of a new four-sector town. This project began in 2014 and has so far included the construction of Tokyo Big Sight, ‘Divercity’ Tokyo Plaza, and the DECKS Tokyo Beach. There is hope that this innovation will make a significant contribution to economic value of Tokyo by enabling greater interaction with the rest of the world, thereby evolving the city to become more dynamic in the face of globalisation. To adapt to this new way of conducting business, the Waterfront City will also be a pioneer multilingual area.

    The city is made up of four main areas; Aomi, Ariake-Minami, Ariake-Kita and Daiba, all of which will be developed with the attitude of “coexistence with nature”. This means creating a comfortable residential area and a pleasant environment through combining the hectic city life with a relaxed urban life. This promotes urban development while also maintaining a harmonious relationship with nature.

    AOMI will be the business and commerce district, with special areas for tourism, exchange and information-technology. This region will have a huge focus on research and development as well as industrial creation, all in an effort to increase Tokyo’s R&D competitive edge.

    ARIAKE-MINAMI is the international convention and exhibition hot-spot as well as being used as the staging area for disaster prevention. There will also be a number of sea-side residential areas available.

    ARIAKE-KITA is the main residential sector providing urban housing lifestyles with both ocean vistas and lush green park views.

    DAIBA is the final sector of the Waterfront city and will act as a seaside commercial zone, as well as seafront housing and urban living zones.

    It is estimated that these new sectors will provide over 90,000 jobs and 47,000 homes for people. The total cost of the Waterfront city project is estimated to be ¥2,180 billion and hopefully, this massive investment will bring great economic returns and societal benefits.

    Umi-no-Mori (Sea Forest)

    The Umi-no-Mori is a fantastic program that began the planning stages in 2005. This project focuses on the reclamation of an old landfill site, 88 hectares in size, which has been completely filled in with waste and soil, to be turned into a large green forest. The soil for the forest is a compost of green waste from city parks and streets, as well as waste soil from water purification plants and heat-treated sewage sludge. This project is a cooperative and collaborative activity for citizens, businesses, NPO’s and governments to participate in. The trees and seedlings are purchased as acorns from elementary students, using funds raised by the Sea Forest fundraising campaign. The forest will be fostered and cared for under the slogan ‘Not just for us, but for our children’ and while it is not yet open to the public, it is scheduled for completion at the end of this year. The Sea Forest will be the site for the Equestrian events at the 2020 Olympic Games!

    Looking to the Future

    All future developments at the port have long term perspectives, in that they should ensure the continual growth and development of all port activities and allow for all future developments/upgrades of facilities, airspace uses and environmental measures. The Port of Tokyo is an ever evolving organism that supports the lives and lifestyles of 40 million people living in the capital and surrounding areas, and it is therefore critical that support be provided to ensure its ongoing success and expansion, well into the future.

  • 06 Jul 2016 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Tohoku Volunteer Weekend and Friendship Festival 2016 Trip Report by FAHC Chair, Tim Barnstable

    The 8th Tohoku Volunteer weekend was blessed with great weather. 


    After meeting at Kurikoma Kogen station the first stop was the Sun Sun shopping village.

    Sun Sun is a temporary shopping mall set up in February 2012 by 32 local shop owners while they await the reconstruction of the town.  While at the shipping mall, participants also had to opportunity to visit the Tourism Portal Centre where they could see a photo exhibition of the tsunami.


    Next stop was the Disaster Prevention Centre which is now nothing more than a bare steel frame, and still stands as a monument to the devastation brought on by the tsunami. The town had decided to demolish the structure but the prefecture has offered to obtain and maintain the site until 2031, 20 years after the quake, to give local residents time to consider its fate.


    The group then split into two with 20 people enjoying a seafood BBQ  with kataribe (story telling) by a survivor of the tsunami. There was a little drama at this point as the bus got stuck in the car park and needed a little help to get it back out into the road. 


    The second group arrived at Kamiwarizaki Camp Site shortly after and met with members of Club Australia, the Street Rugby Association, OGA for Aid and the US Navy from Misawa Air Base.  In addition to the street rugby there was face painting and other activities for the kids.


     Following is feedback from one of the participants. “My son and I had a lot of fun, the time went by so quickly. Kids normally have to play in a contained space, so it was great to see my son run around freely for three hours. His eyes were sparkling when he told me he was very happy he got to play a lot with other kids. We the moms were able to chat a lot in the meantime so we had a lovely time as well.”


    After lunch the first group moved to Koala house for afternoon tea with locals.  Later the second group joined and two Wattles, that were donated by Club Australia, were planted in front of Koala house by Grant Knuckey, CEO of ANZ Bank Japan, Melanie Brock, ANZCCJ Chair and Mr. Abe, current head of Koala House, director of Lifelong-learning centre.


    The final activity for the day was to take a boat cruise around the bay which included a running commentary by the Captain.  The back of the boat was open and when we were underway Seagulls were attracted with snacks providing great entertainment for the kids and generally everyone onboard. 


    The members were then dropped off at their respective minshuku or the Kanyo Hotel for a fantastic local dinner. 


    We were greeted on Sunday morning with another perfect day and we met at the Fukko Market where Ivan and team from the Embassy had the BBQ's fired up and preparations well underway. 


    Fukko in Kanji means “to be happy” and “to revive”. The market was first set up just 50 days after the disaster in a school yard. The Fukko Market continues to attracting many people and there are direct economic effects brought by visitors buying Minamisanriku’s products. But the market is also a place to form connections between people, generate enthusiasm again in people who suffered from the disaster, and get the people who have given up the power to reconstruct their stores or companies and challenge for revival.


    The market kicked off at 9am with rousing speeches by the Organisers and ANZCCJ Chair Melaine Brock. In our bright yellow "Australia with Minamisanriku" t-shirts our presence was hard to miss. 


    In addition to the Australian beef burger bentos, complete with beetroot, Australian and NZ wine was available thanks to Sally Townsend from Jeroboam and Australian beer and coffee were available thanks to Club Australia. During the afternoon 100 bento’s were prepared and donated to the other stall holders.


    In the end our group raised 178,900 yen which will be used by the town to facilitate the Summer Festival, specifically the dance contest which has been cancelled since the earthquake.  The festival will take place on the 30th of July from noon until 9pm near the local fish market.


    A special thanks to MLA for the beef used and to Kirin for the sports drinks which were given to the kids playing rugby. 



  • 01 Jul 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous



    1 July2016


    • The ANZCCJ hosted their first ‘Green Carpet’ media event, 30 June 2016 at the Australian Embassy Tokyo
    • Top Australian Super Rugby team, NSW Waratahs, will play against Japan’s new Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, for the first time
    • The match will take place at Prince Chichibu Prince Rugby Stadium on 2 July

    The ANZCCJ served up the best of ‘down-under’ hospitality last night (30 June 2016) hosting the entire NSW Waratahs team at the Australian Embassy Tokyo. The first part of the event was a Street Rugby ‘Green Carpet’ media event featuring a Rugby demonstration between six Japanese children and three NSW Waratahs players – Bernard Foley, Angus Taaveo, and Rob Horne.  Following the Green Carpet was a welcome reception for the team, hosted by ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock.


    Speeches were delivered by distinguished guests including Australian Chargé d'Affaires, Ms Clare Walsh; ANZCCJ Platinum Sponsor and event sponsor Macquarie Group’s Asia CEO, Mr Ben Way; and Minato City Mayor, Mr Masaaki Tamei. A key theme of the speeches was the increasing inclusivity and diversity of rugby as well as the potential economic opportunities to be gained from a closer relationship between our nations through sport.

    It was an exciting night, with the NSW Waratahs players graciously posing for many photos with guests and giving out autographs. At the end of the event, each guest received an official NSW Waratahs cap made especially for this visit. 


    ANZCCJ Chair, Melanie Brock, said: “We thank the NSW Waratahs for this rare opportunity that was granted to our members. We are also grateful to the event’s main sponsor, Macquarie Group. We look forward to what will be an incredible clash against the Sunwolves on Saturday!”.


    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director                             

    T 03 6234 9350 | E


    About ANZCCJ Sports for Business

    ANZCCJ Sports for Business is an Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan Committee that aims to develop opportunities for ANZCCJ members through sporting related activities.


    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.


    To learn more visit or call us at 03 6234 9350.

  • 27 Jun 2016 10:02 AM | Anonymous





    • 在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所とストリートラグビーアライアンスは、共催イベントとしては初めてとなるマスコミ向け「グリーンカーペットイベント」の開催を決定。
    • オーストラリアの名門ニューサウスウェールズ・ワラターズは、今年よりスーパーラグビーへの参戦を果たした日本のサンウルブズと初対戦を迎える。
    • 試合は7月2日、秩父宮ラグビー場での開催の予定。



    2016630日に在日オーストラリア大使館にて開催されます本イベントでは、ワラターズの選手と日本の子供達によるストリートラグビーのデモンストレーションをご覧いただけます。また、ANZCCJが行うSports for Business プログラムやストリートラグビーアライアンスのラグビー振興活動をより深く知っていただく為のまたとない機会となります。








    お問合せ: クリスティーナ・メリノ|ANZCCJ事務局長                       

    T 03 6234 9350 | E:


    Green Carpet Event: 多くのVIPを迎えるレッドカーペットを今回はラグビーフィールドにちなんだグリーンカーペット仕様に。


    About ANZCCJ Sports for Business

    ANZCCJ Sports for Businessは在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所に所属する委員会です。本委員会は、スポーツ振興を通じて日本・オーストラリア・ニュージーランドのビジネスにおける関係をより発展させるため活動をしています。


    About ANZCCJ

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所は600を超える会員から成る非営利組織です。ANZCCJは、会員への有益な情報やネットワーキングの機会を提供し、日本そしてオーストラリア、ニュージーランド間のビジネスの発展に貢献する事を使命としています。詳細につきましては弊所ウェブサイト(をご覧になるか、もしくは 03 6234 9350までお問い合わせください。


  • 27 Jun 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous




    27 June 2016

    • ANZCCJ and Street Rugby Alliance to hold their first ‘Green Carpet’ VIP and media event on 30 June 2016
    • Top Australian Super Rugby team, The New South Wales Waratahs, will play against Japan’s new Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, for the first time
    • The match will take place at Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium on 2 July


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), in conjunction with Street Rugby Alliance, are delighted to host a ‘Green Carpet' media event as a prelude to the ANZCCJ’s Japan welcome reception for the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby team. A highlight of the Green Carpet event will be a Street Rugby demonstration by the Waratahs and Japanese kids.

    This media event, which will be held at the Australian Embassy Tokyo on 30 June 2016, will also be an opportunity to learn about the ANZCCJ’s Sports for Business program and Street Rugby Alliance’s grassroots Rugby initiative.


    The welcome reception following the Green Carpet event will host prominent figures from Japanese sports and government and from the Australian and Japanese business community. 


    The NSW Waratahs will be in Japan to face Japan’s new Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, at a match on 2 July in Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium. 

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock said “We look forward to welcoming the NSW Waratahs to Japan and hope that their visit will encourage further engagement between Australia and Japan through sport.”


    NSW Waratahs CEO, Andrew Hore, welcomed the news.

    “The team thanks everyone that has worked behind the scenes to deliver this event and to the event’s main sponsor, Macquarie Capital Securities. We look forward to what will be an incredible clash against the Sunwolves in Tokyo”.


    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director                             

    T 03 6234 9350 | E


    About ANZCCJ Sports for Business

    ANZCCJ Sports for Business is an Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan Committee that aims to develop opportunities for ANZCCJ members through sporting related activities.


    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.


    To learn more visit or call us at 03 6234 9350.

  • 20 Jun 2016 10:02 AM | Anonymous


    2016 AJBCC and JABCC Joint Business Conference - "New Challenges, New Ideas"

    Register here now:

    The AJBCC and its counterpart the JABCC come together every October for their annual Joint Business Conference held alternately in Australia and Japan. This year Melbourne will be the host city. With around 400 delegates, this year’s overall theme is “New Challenges – New Ideas”. 

    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 amongst senior Australian and Japanese executives. This Joint Business Conference, the 54th annual one, explores key issues relevant to companies currently in the Australia-Japan business space, as well as those wishing to expand their business into this segment.


    SUNDAY 9 OCT 2016

    Executive Committee Meetings and Future Leaders Program

    Afternoon high level briefing session

    Evening Networking Welcome Reception: Government House


    Keynote: “Business Success In An Uncertain Era?”  Australia-Japan: Year In Review

    Lessons Learnt (Part 1): Australian Investment In Japan

    Breakout Session 1: Resources & Energy: Hurdles & Opportunities

    Breakout Session 2:  Finance: Low Interest Rate Environment

    Lessons Learnt (Part 2): Japanese Investment In Australia 
    Conference Formal Dinner: National Gallery of Victoria 


    Review From Resources & Energy And Finance Breakout Sessions

    Future Leaders - Emerging Roles

    Emerging Opportunities (Facilitated Session With Representatives Of Key Sectors)

    Closing Ceremony And Networking Lunch

    Afternoon Site Tours – Emerging Opportunities Related

  • 09 Jun 2016 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that a video message from Mr Ayumu Goromaru of the Queensland Reds (Super Rugby) can now be viewed on the Australian Embassy's new website.

    The video was filmed before the Reds vs Sunwolves (Japan) game last month.  It features Bond University, where Mr Goromaru is studying English, and other areas of Australia, particularly Brisbane where the Reds are based.

    Mr Goromaru talks about how he has enjoyed and benefited from studying in culturally diverse Australia.  He encourages Japanese students to follow in his footsteps.

    To watch the video, click here

    Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  We expect that these events and sports diplomacy will strengthen the strategic partnership between Australia and Japan.

    The ANZCCJ, through our Sports for Business Committee, is proud to support athletes such as Ayumu Goromaru and to develop business opportunities and relationships for ANZCCJ members via sporting related activities. For more information on how you can get involved with the Committee's activities, please contact our Executive Director, Cristina Merino, at

  • 01 Jun 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Executive Council Member nominations open 1 June

    2016 KEY DATES

    Executive Council nomination period: 1 June to COB 14 July 2016

    Absentee ballot period: 15 July to COB 20 July

    Election date: 21 July 2016

    The ANZCCJ's strength comes from the continued and active participation from its members.  Nominations for the six [6] Councillor positions currently available on the Executive Council are now open for the 2016-2018 term. 


    Members wishing to nominate for election for the 2016-2018 term, are asked to complete the Nomination Form. Nominations must be proposed and seconded by full Chamber members, agreed to by the Nominee (by way of signature) and returned to the Secretariat by fax or email by 5:00pm on Thursday 14 July 2016. Early nominations are strongly encouraged.

    If you would like to learn more about what is involved, join our Executive Council info session on 20 June at 6:00pm.  More details can be found on the event page.

    Click here for full details on the candidature and voting process

    Click here to read the ANZCCJ Constitution.


    This year's elections and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) will be held at the Australian Embassy on 21 July 2016.

    If you are unable to attend the AGM, you may vote through an absentee ballot.  Absentee ballot papers will be available on our website from 15 July.

    AGM Agenda
    1.  Chair’s Report
    2.  Treasurer's Report incorporating the Statement of Accounts for 2015-2016
    3.  Election of 2016-2018 Executive Council members
    Proposal to amend the ANZCCJ Constitution (the proposal will be sent as an update at least two weeks prior to the AGM)

    Appointing a proxy
    A voting member may authorise in writing any person to act as his/her proxy at the Annual General Meeting  The proxy shall be entitled to exercise all the powers for the voting member represented.  There is no limit to the number of voting members that a proxy may act for.

    We encourage any members unable to attend the AGM to appoint a Proxy to ensure we achieve a quorum for this important meeting. Proxy forms must be returned to the Secretariat by 5:00pm, 20 July 2016.

  • 30 May 2016 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    Voting in the Australian Federal Election - 2 July 2016

    30 May 2016

    The Australian Federal Election will be held on 2 July 2016. Australian citizens living in Japan who are enrolled to vote are able to cast their ballots in this election by either applying online for a postal vote or voting in person at an overseas voting centre.

    Online Postal Vote Applications
    Online applications for a postal vote (for those already registered to vote) are available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website here. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016. If you lodge a postal vote, you are not required to attend in person at an overseas voting centre.

    In-person voting at an Embassy or Consulate
    If you are currently enrolled, you can vote in person at an overseas voting centre, commencing Monday 20 June 2016. In Japan, the overseas voting locations and opening times are:

    Australian Embassy, Tokyo
    Address: 2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 17:00
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00

    Australian Consulate-General, Osaka
    Address: 16F Twin 21 MID Tower, 2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00

    Australian Consulate-General, Fukuoka
    Address: 7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building, 1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 (by appointment only)
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00 (no appointment required)

    Australian Consulate, Sapporo
    Address: 17th Floor, Sapporo Centre Building, North 5, West 6-2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 (by appointment only)
    Election Day 10:00 - 16:00 (no appointment required)

    If you intend to vote in-person at an Embassy or consulate, you must bring your current Australian passport as identification.

    If you are unable to vote in this election, please fill out this form and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission.

    Information for Representatives of Political Parties

    Representatives of political parties will be permitted to hand out how-to-vote cards under the covered area between the Embassy guard house and the main entrance. In addition, please also note the following:


    Party worker

    A person who hands out how to vote cards to voters as they enter the polling place. Party workers are not permitted within six metres of the polling place, except to cast their own vote. They must not obstruct voters from entering the polling venue.


    Party workers may enter the polling place only once, to record their vote. An exception is made if a voter who needs help nominates a party worker to assist them.


    Party workers asked to assist voters must remove any political badges they are wearing and cover any political logos on clothing etc. before entering the polling place.

    If you have any further questions, contact either the ANZCCJ at or by calling us on 03-6234-9350. To check whether you are enrolled to vote or not, please contact the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) via their online enquiry form, or by calling +61 2 6160 2600.

  • 18 May 2016 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Event wrap-up

    Supporting Japanese SMEs to do business with Australia and New Zealand

    18 May 2016


    International business is key to success in today’s global economy, with the potential for SMEs doing business overseas an increasingly attractive option.  


    In Japan, according to the FY2011 White Paper on SMEs, approximately 6,300 small and medium-sized enterprises undertake direct exports. This figure has seen steady growth since then as more and more businesses eye the scope of opportunity and potential that overseas markets offer. 


    Despite this however, there remains a level of hesitation among Japanese businesses, many of which are often apprehensive to engage with international business partners. 

    Through the SME Support Program event series, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) aims to support Japanese businesses and entrepreneurs with little or no international experience by providing practical advice from Australian and New Zealand executives, businesses and organisations with substantial experience, expertise and know-how in international business, trade and investment.


    For the third event in this series we partnered with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) to host a New Zealand trade and investment seminar on 17 May 2016. 

    The key messages and insights from our guest SME speakers at the event were:

    1. Brand New Zealand. Market New Zealand brands in Japan by highlighting NZ’s green, safe and healthy lifestyle

    2. Finding the right match.  As a small business you will not be the biggest or most respected partner from your New Zealand supplier’s perspective. What’s important is finding a way for your company to add value to your supplier’s brand.   

    3.  Using sports and lifestyle as a marketing tool.  Promote imported products by associating them with sports that are famous in New Zealand, such as Rugby.

    4. The value of local support organisations. There is real value in the advice received from the New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand Trade & Enterprise to develop relationships and negotiate deals.

    5. Expect challenges. Varying regulatory frameworks, laws and business customs can be challenging.  Ask lots of questions and just give it a try!

    The audience of 40 Japanese SMEs and entrepreneurs who attended the event went away with new found confidence to engage with New Zealand business.  A huge thank you to our inspirational guest speakers:

    1.  Akino Myoi, CEO, Fusion Life

    2.  Daisuke Nakayama, President, Nakayama Shoji

    3.  Hisayuki Watanabe, CEO, Sunnyside International



    Tuesday 9 August 2016 | 2:30pm – 4:30pm

    JETRO Headquarters (5F)

    Free admission – early registrations are encouraged

    Registration deadline:  COB 1 August 2016


    For inquiries on the program or on doing business with Australia and New Zealand, contact Cristina Merino at the ANZCCJ Secretariat at


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