12:30 PM12:30

ANZCCJ Lunch and Keynote Speech by New Zealand Prime Minister

The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan has the honour to host the New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon Bill English, at a lunch on 17 May 2017.

Prime Minister English is visiting Japan at a crucial time in the relationship between Japan and New Zealand.  During his visit he will be able to share views on current challenges in the regional and global situation.  New Zealand is also a key partner for Japan as it seeks to progress TPP, despite the US withdrawal.  On these and many other issues both countries share similar views and are well placed to work together.

Japan and New Zealand have a long history of close trade, economic and commercial relationships.  This is the basis for new business activities and investment in agriculture, forestry, energy and technology.  Tourism, education and sport have brought Japanese and New Zealanders together for many years.  The 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics will be opportunities to deepen these relationships.  In all these fields, Japan is a critical partner for New Zealand.

Prime Minister English will be accompanied by New Zealand Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay and a delegation of leading business representatives.  The ANZCCJ event will be an opportunity for ANZCCJ members to hear a keynote speech by Prime Minister English and network with leading members of the New Zealand and Japanese business communities and governments.

Date: 17 May 2017
Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PMDoors open at 12:00 (registration starts at 11:45am)
Venue: Conrad Tokyo ( map )
Price: ANZCCJ Members 7,500 yen | Non-Members 10,000 yen

Registration deadline: 10 May 2017. Please note no shows and cancellations after this date will be fully invoiced. Please contact the Secretariat if you have any dietary restrictions.

More information and online registration: ANZCCJ lunch and keynote speech by New Zealand Prime Minister

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5:00 PM17:00

Two Presentation for JNZBC Members

The Japan NZ Business Council will be holding an event for our members to hear two relevant presentations on:

1. The Tuia Group’s overview on the Maori Economy and potential opportunities this will have on the NZ/Japan business relationship

2. Enviro-Mark Solutions on their carbon neutral accreditation scheme and recent collaborative agreement with their counterpart organisation in Japan.

This will be held at Staples Rodway (Level 9, Tower Centre, 45 Queen Street, Auckland) at 5pm, and will be followed by networking cocktails.

Please RSVP to by Monday 24 August.

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12:00 PM12:00

Luncheon with Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Japan, Korea and China

Luncheon with Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Japan, Korea and China 
Date: Monday, 30 March 2015
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: ANA InterContinental Tokyo Galaxy III (1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: 6,000 JPY (member), 7,500 JPY (nonmember)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, 26 March 2015

ANZCCJ and Rio Tinto Japan Proudly Present

“Relationships and partnerships: why they remain fundamental to business success"

Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Iron Ore

The way we lead and position our businesses must take into account market and related cycles, often with periods of increased volatility.  This is important not only in the way we structure our organisation, but also for the way we work with those external to the business - investors, customers, suppliers, regulators and communities, for example.  Relationships, indeed partnerships, are formed and are fundamental drivers to business success. 

Andrew Harding is Rio Tinto’s chief executive for Iron Ore and for Japan, Korea and China.  He is accountable for operations in Australia and Canada and also Rio Tinto Marine, the world’s largest dry bulk carrier; overall, it is a business that employs 20,000 people globally, and had underlying earnings of more than $8B in 2014.  It is also at the forefront of safe, low-cost capacity growth and production, primarily focused on supplying to steel mills in China and Japan. Rio Tinto is also a major supplier of other commodities to Japan including coal, salt, uranium and diamonds from Australia and is one of Japan’s largest suppliers of aluminium, mainly from its New Zealand smelter.

Please do not miss this special opportunity to hear Andrew share with the ANZCCJ membership some of the iron ore supply and demand fundamentals; the positioning of Rio Tinto in the marketplace; the drive for productivity improvements and cost-outs; and the importance of relationships and partners to add business value.  He will also discuss his own personal thoughts about leadership.

 Speaker Biography

Andrew Harding was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto’s extensive Iron Ore product group in February 2013, accountable for operations and projects in Australia, Canada and India and for Rio Tinto Marine.

In 2014, the Iron Ore business globally delivered 305 million tonnes into the seaborne iron ore market.  This generated net earnings of more than US$8 billion.

Rio Tinto's significant Pilbara based operations include a fully integrated network of 15 mines, 1,700 kilometres of railway and four independent port terminals. Infrastructure capacity will be expanded to 360 million tonnes per annum in the next few months. 

Andrew also has Rio Tinto Executive Committee responsibility for Japan, Korea and China. These are countries which, as global economic powerhouses, account for a significant proportion of sales from Rio Tinto.

Andrew previously spent three years as chief executive of the Rio Tinto Copper product group, responsible for a range of operations and projects around the world.  This included the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia.

His Rio Tinto career also includes being president at Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, along with key roles in the Energy, Bauxite and Technology and Innovation portfolios.

Andrew holds an MBA from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales.

He is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a leadership programme specifically designed to address the challenges faced by local communities and society more broadly.

Andrew has been active in the many communities in which he has lived and worked.  Most recently he has focused on initiatives that more directly link the community with local mining operations, including school and vocational education, opportunities for small and medium size businesses and the importance of a vibrant culture/arts sector.

He is chair of the Rio Tinto Community Investment Fund and a board member of the Black Swan State Theatre Company, the Energy and Minerals Institute at the University of Western Australia and the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Council.  He is also a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.

Andrew is based at Rio Tinto’s global iron ore headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.

He is married and has three children.

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, 26 March.
No shows/cancellations after deadline will be invoiced.
Please contact the Secretariat for any dietary requirement by Thursday, 26 March.


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7:30 AM07:30

Japan Business Breakfast


Baden Firth

Regional Strategy Manager, Oceania at Mitsubishi Australia Ltd

Baden will discuss the modernisation of the Japanese trading house business model of Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi has transitioned into a globally integrated enterprise through new investment strategies based on diversification and strategic partners. It has achieved growth in overseas markets by developing extensive networks and partnerships around the globe. This strategic change represents a shift away from the traditional vertically integrated trading model of Mitsubishi, to a more outward-looking business that pursues the development of new capabilities.

Following Baden’s presentation, Victoria Hallum, Manager of International Policy and Partnerships at Callaghan Innovation, will talk about how this agency is helping New Zealand businesses engage with international partners.

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3:30 PM15:30

Shigeru Ban - Christchurch Event

Asia New Zealand Foundation in partnership with the yJNZBC is hosting the presentation

Shigeru Ban - Works and Humanitarian Activities.  

21st Century Innovator of  design and architecture and designer of Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, Shigeru Ban, will talk about his past works and disaster relief efforts during his 30 year career.


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to Nov 9

2013 JNZBC Conference

7th November
                      - Industrial tour in the morning – early afternoon.
                      - Opening ceremony and Plenary session.
                      - Conference Dinner
8th November.
                      - Plenary session whole day
                      - Conference Dinner





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7:40 PM19:40

yJNZBC Japan Start-up Meeting

10月11日 (金曜日)にユースの日本ニュージーランド経済人会 (yJNZBC Japan) を東京で開始します!

場所: かこいや丸の内二丁目店

日付: 10月11日

時間: 19時40分

お誘いの上: ニュージーランドと日本とビジネスに興味を持っている友達。

RSVP: 9日(水曜日)までに


  • 日本人とニュージーランド人の社長とマネジャーと接続する。
  • 日本とニュージーランドにある刺激的な会社について学ぶ。
  • yJNZBC Japan のイベントを通じて、国際ビジネス関係を学び、成長できる。
  • 毎年の日本ニュージーランドの経済人会議に参加する。今年の会議は11月6−8日に松山で行われる。
  • 他の日本とNZのビジネス関係を将来、積極的に貢献したい若い人達と出会う。yJNZBC フェイスブックをご覧になってください。



ミッシェル マッカーシー

Hi everyone! 

The Youth Japan New Zealand Business Council (yJNZBC Japan) is being launched Friday 11th October in Tokyo. 

Place: Kakoiya Marunouchi かこいや丸の内二丁目店

Date: 11th October 2013

Time: 19:40

Bring: Friends who are passionate about: Japan, NZ and business.  

RSVP: To by Wednesday 9th October

We would like to invite you along to hear about our plans for the next year and some exciting opportunities for Japan-based young professionals. 

  • Connect with high profile business people in Japan and New Zealand 
  • Find out more about the exciting businesses operating in both New Zealand and Japan
  • Organise and participate in professional development events 
  • Attend the annual Japan New Zealand Business Council Conference (this year's conference in Matsuyama). 
  • Meet other young Kiwis and Japanese passionate about developing Japan-NZ relations in the future (check out the yJNZBC Facebook page). 
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to Sep 21

Film: Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan

Ticket price: $10 Public$8 Concession

The Tuesday 17 September screening includes a Q&A with director Tim Graf.

The documentary Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy, lay adherents, and families in Japan by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork on the daily life of Buddhist temples, monastic education, prayer practice, mortuary rituals, and Japan's tradition of ancestor veneration in the wake of 3/11.

From March to December 2011, Tim Graf and Jakob Montrasio filmed invaluable footage of the greatest religious mobilization in Japan's postwar history. This film is the only documentary based on sustained attention to the everyday lives of Buddhist professionals in the disaster zone.

In an ethnographic journey from Tokyo to the hardest-hit prefectures (among other regions in Japan) Souls of Zen covers insights and opinions from scholars, clergy, and lay adherents with a focus on Soto Zen and Jodo Pure Land Buddhism. The film makers visited rural graveyards, urban temples, modern funeral halls, prayer monasteries, and public festivals to deliver a detailed account on Buddhism in the midst of Japan's recovery from the triple disasters.

The unfamiliar institutional, doctrinal, and psychological challenges Buddhist clergy are facing in the wake of 3/11 form a focal point of the film. These challenges will be discussed in context of long-standing Buddhist traditions, ritual innovations, and religious responses to the March 11, 2011 disaster in Japan. The film intends to re-evaluate the complex role of Buddhism in a society struggling with the sudden impact of catastrophic disasters that exacerbate and otherwise alter continuing dilemmas occasioned by demographic change and religious pluralism.

Watch the film trailer here.

From 16 - 21 September, the Film Archive presents "Earthquakes on Film," a series that looks more closely at earthquakes. Films featuring the Christchurch, Japan and Napier earthquakes will be shown.

As well as Souls of Zen, there will be screenings of When A City Falls (2011) at 7pm Friday 20 & 4.30pm Saturday 21 September.

The Newest City on the Globe (1985, 30 min) will play on a loop in the Film Archive TV Room from September 16 - 21, in conjunction with the screenings of Souls of Zen and When A City Falls in the cinema. This documentary by Peter Wells and Stewart Mains examines the architecture of Napier, featuring archival footage of the Napier Earthquake and the city's reconstruction in art deco style. Admission to the TV Room is FREE.



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