• 13 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hilton Osaka, 35F Sky Banquet (1-8-8 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0001)
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    We are delighted to announce the 10th anniversary of the Joint Chamber 2019 Kansai International Meishi Exchange (KIME) event which our Chamber will be joining together with the main organisers, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Kansai Chapter and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) as well as other foreign chambers and government organisations. This annual event consistently attracts over 250 participants every year.  For the first time, KIME will be held in the newly opened Sky Banquet room located on the top floor of the Hilton Osaka. If you are looking for a casual setting where you will have the opportunity to exchange business cards and engage in interesting conversations with various business and government leaders in the Kansai area, the KIME is definitely not to be missed!  Take part in one of the most anticipated and widely attended international networking events of the year!

    Supported by:
    Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Indian Chamber of Commerce - Japan, Austrian Business Council, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. Supporting Organisations include: Osaka Business and Investment Center (OBIC), the Canada Japan Society of the Kansai (CJSK), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Taiwan Investors Association in Kansai Japan, Kansai Canada Business Association and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

    Date: Wednesday 13 November 2019
    Time: 18:30–21:00 (Registration opens at 18:00)

    Venue: Hilton Osaka, 35F Sky Banquet

    Early-Bird Price: JPY9,000 (until October 24)
    Member Fee: JPY10,000
    Non-Member Fee: JPY10,000
    Registration closes: 12pm on Wednesday 6 November 
    Payment must be made at the time of purchase. If your payment will be late due to your company’s financial procedures, contact us at as soon as you have completed your registration. Please note that unpaid registrations may not be added to the guest list for access to the event. No shows/cancellations will not be refunded.

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Coriander Room

    The Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 is already delivering a huge impact for Japan. According to World Rugby, the RWC 2019 has been making records with the biggest ever official merchandise program. Fan engagement is also high, with 270,000 already having attended Fan Zones as of late September, and a 25.5 rating for NTV broadcast of opening match. The Japan Rugby Football Union has described the RWC 2019’s final whistle as merely the starting point for their ambitious 10-year growth plan, which includes revamping the domestic professional league. We can expect legacy and leverage to be key topics in this session.

    Come and join the Rugby Alliance for its third installment where we will exchange stories from the RWC 2019 from a variety of stakeholders as they explore the impact of the tournament and highlight examples of successes and learnings. With the RWC engaging a broad range of constituents and industries, including accommodation, transport, tourism promotion, sports hospitality, local communities, and the reception of inbound tourists in regional Japan, there are a number of key lessons learned from this major tournament.

    With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games following soon after the RWC, the international and local business community will be wishing to “pass the passion” from RWC19 to ensure that the Games are a success and demonstrate a return on the significant investment required of the host city and country. This luncheon will provide best-practice examples from official and non-official sponsors to inspire more businesses to participate in the excitement.

    Save the date on 14 November for what will be a lively and passionate discussion on the power of sports, mega events, and how they can be leveraged to Japan’s — and all of our—advantage. Registration for this event will open soon.
    Please note that this event is off the record. There are no cancellations, refunds, or walk-in registrations for this event.

    Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Time: 12:00–14:00
    Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Coriander Room
    Speakers: Matthew Walker, Chief Marketing Office, AIG Japan
    Katsuyuki Kiyomiya, Vice President, Japan Rugby Football Union
    Additional panelists and moderator to be confirmed soon, so please stay tuned for updates!
    Hosting Committee: American Chamber of Commerce in Japan: Olympics and Sports Business

    What is the Rugby Alliance?

    'The Rugby Alliance is a coalition of 8 national foreign Chambers in Japan. Our mission is to support Japan’s delivery of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, fostering a legacy of more inclusive communities that embrace opportunities for international business and exchange.'

    "Launch of Rugby Alliance, coalition of 8 international Chambers of Commerce, supporting Japan's Rugby World Cup 2019" HERE.

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Coriander Room
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • New Zealand Embassy Tokyo

    The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), including elections for Executive Councillors for 2019-2021 for the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) will be taking place on Wednesday 20 November 2019 6:30-8:30pm (doors open 6:00pm) at the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo (map). This is a members-only event but prior registration is required for catering purposes. Please register before Wednesday 13 November.

    Pre-AGM Information Session

    If you would like to learn more about the Executive Council election process and what is involved in being on the ANZCCJ Executive Council (EC), we will be holding an information session at 6-7pm on Wednesday 30 October at the ANZCCJ WeWork office in Shimbashi. This session is open to all ANZCCJ Members including those who are interested in running for the EC either this year or in the future, as well as those interested to learn more about the EC, Annual General Meeting and elections more generally. ANZCCJ EC Co-Vice Chair, Martin Spann will share about his time on the EC and ANZCCJ Executive Director, Judith Hanna will also be there to answer any questions Members may have about the EC and elections process. To attend the information session, please email before 5pm, 28 October. Pre-registration is required to attend.

    2019 AGM Meeting Agenda

    • Chair's report
    • Treasurer's report
    • Other business
    • Questions from the membership
    • Election of 2019-2021 Executive Council

    Nominations for Executive Councillors are now open

    The ANZCCJ strategic leadership and oversight is provided by the Executive Council (EC), consisting of 12 Councillors. Nominations are now open for Executive Councillor positions for the two-year term 2019-2021. For those wishing to nominate someone for the EC, please complete the Nomination Form and send it to the Executive Director, Judith Hanna by email ( Please note, each nomination requires two individual ANZCCJ Members’ support (a nominator and a secondary supporter), members cannot self-nominate. The nomination should also be agreed to and signed by the nominee. Nominations will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

    Candidates will be required to provide a brief bio and up-to-date photo of themselves as well as a written self-introduction stating their objectives for the ANZCCJ if elected.

    The Executive Council and Role of the Councillor

    The Executive Council is the governing body of the ANZCCJ. As a group, the Executive Council determines the Chamber’s policies and priorities and oversees its financial affairs. The main roles and responsibilities of an Executive Councillor include:

    • Furthering the Chamber’s core mission, setting key strategic objectives and ensuring activities align with that over time;
    • Helping the ANZCCJ deliver real value for its members, as well as outreach to new and potentially beneficial members to the current ANZCCJ membership;
    • Being a senior representative for the ANZCCJ, attending ANZCCJ events and meetings;
    • Actively participating in or chairing one or more ANZCCJ committees or working groups that deal with specific issues or initiatives, acting as a liaison between the Executive Council and that Committee/working group. This initiative will draw from the EC members’ strengths and skills, align with their current profession or interests, and provide further learning and development opportunities;
    • Acting as MC or moderator at events, particularly those related to the Committee with which the council member is affiliated; and
    • Overseeing the Secretariat’s management of ANZCCJ’s operations.
    More information on voting including through proxy and absentee voting to be announced soon.


    For further information about the election process, please refer to the ANZCCJ Constitution and Bylaws. If you have any questions, please contact ANZCCJ's Executive Director at or 03-4400-2972. 

        • 28 Nov 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Level 7, WeWork Shimbashi (6-19-13 Shimbashi, Minato-ku Tokyo 105-0004)
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        On 28 November 2019 Ravin Chatlani and Matt Heron from SMATS Group will be holding an Australian Tax Planning Workshop at WeWork Shimbashi. SMATS Group provide Australian Taxation, Finance and Property services to Australian expatriates, foreign investors and 'intended migrants'. The core of their business is their clients, and their primary focus is giving honest, sincere service.

        This workshop is the culmination of our member, SMATS Group, assisting their global clients since 1995 to manage their Australian taxation compliance requirements and advising on tax effective investment strategies.

        SMATS Group is the operating arm for Australasian Taxation Services (ATS). Since 1995, ATS has managed the Australian taxation needs of approximately 20,000 expatriates and non-resident Australian landlords through its network of 11 offices worldwide.

        The workshop will cover

        • Australian residency rules and how to manage tax residency long-term;
        • How to maximise your unique financial opportunities while abroad;
        • How to return debt free on your Australian intended residence using tax planning strategies;
        • Expat tax planning through a real-time scenario using SMATS Group's unique tax planning tools;
        • Tax effective investment strategies while working abroad and upon return to Australia;
        • Superannuation contributions while a non-resident – from a tax perspective, and
        • Property investment tax analysis, covering internal rates of return and the multiplier effect.


        Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
        Time: 18:00 - 20:00 (registration starts at 17:30)
        Location: Level 7, WeWork Shimbashi (map)
        Price: JPY1,000 for Members, JPY2,000 for Non-members (cash to be paid at the door)
        Registration closes: Tuesday 26 November 2019

        Speaker Profiles

        Ravin Chatlani
        Ravin Chatlani is a director of the SMATS Group and manages the Singapore, Malaysian and Indonesian operations of Australasian Taxation Services.
        Ravin’s area of Australian tax expertise includes non-resident property investment, expatriate and migration tax planning. Ravin is a regular presenter on taxation matters for Australian expatriates and property investors. He has presented on behalf of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the SMART Property Expo exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore and Beijing as well as to expatriates and investors in Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Dubai.

        Matt Heron
        Matt’s unique perspective, insights and practical investment experience offer Australian expats a living case study of how to make your expat experience financially life changing.
        A long-term Australian expat and property investor, as well as a SMATS Group client and shareholder, Matt successfully self-funded his youthful retirement at 45, using the services provided by SMATS Group. When a family opportunity opened up in China, Matt was ready to take up the challenge of expanding a new market for SMATS Group. He is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of service and ensuring that client expectations are met or exceeded in a timely, effective and ethical manner.

        All information provided at this workshop is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal financial circumstances or objectives. Before making a decision on the basis of this material, you need to consider, with or without the assistance of a financial adviser, whether the material is appropriate in light of your individual needs and circumstances. The information at this seminar does not constitute a recommendation to invest in or take out any of the products or services provided by SMATS Financial Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

        • 11 Dec 2019
        • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
        • Embassy of Canada (3-38-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052)
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        Come along and join the 2019 Joint Chamber Bonenkai, an end of year networking party which draws a diverse crowd of approximately 300 business people from domestic as well as international business chambers in Japan. The evening will include a standing buffet, free flow drinks, prizes and entertainment.

        Date: Wednesday 11 December 2019
        Time: 18:30-20:30 (Registration starts at 18:00)
        Venue: Embassy of Canada
        Food and drinks: Standing buffet, free flow drinks including wine, beer, soft drinks
        Price: Members at JPY9,500, Non-members at JPY11,000

        Payment required at time of purchase of tickets. 
        Please note that unpaid registrations will not be added to the guest list for access to the Embassy on 11 December. No shows/cancellations will not be refunded.  

        There is a security check prior to the entrance at the Embassy. Please bring identification (drivers’ license, passport, health insurance card or foreigner’s residence card). Company ID and business cards are not acceptable.

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