Formed in 1974, the Joint Council’s aims are:
• To foster and develop long term economic and trade relations with Japan
• To provide a forum for a high level interchange of views between business leaders of Japan and New Zealand on a regular basis
• To foster and deepen mutual understanding essential to the expansion of trade between the two countries.

The JNZBC is New Zealand's longest standing business grouping with Asia. Established in May 1974, the Council has national committees in both countries. The Chairman on the Japanese side is Mr Kiyotaka Shindo, Chairman of Oji Holdings (parent company of Pan Pac Forest Products, and more recently also Carter Holt Harvey Forest Products). The Chairman on the New Zealand side is Mr Ian Kennedy, a former career diplomat with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade who was posted three times to the NZ Embassy in Japan, most recently as Ambassador from 2007 to 2012.  

The two sides of the Council meet once a year, alternatively in New Zealand and Japan. Last year we met in Wellington, and this year we are meeting in Osaka, Japan, on 20-22 November.

The initial objective of the Council was to build confidence and understanding as a basis for growth in trade and investment between the two countries. In today’s globalised world this mission has been broadened to include value added supply chain business linkages of goods and services involving New Zealand and Japanese interests with third countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. 

The annual meeting brings together delegates from Japan and New Zealand to discuss developments in the trade and economic relationship. The meeting also provides excellent opportunities for interaction during various social events where participants can renew friendships, make new contacts, and share information to better position themselves to expand commercial linkages.  

We welcome all New Zealand businesses, whether fully engaged or exploring opportunities to engage with Japan.

List of New Zealand Members