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QJCCI intern awarded for efforts
QJCCI President Chris Whitecross (right) with Griffith University student Peter McDermott
QJCCI President Chris Whitecross (right) with Griffith University student Peter McDermott
The QJCCIfs most popular bonenkai event in years also saw a milestone award handed out to the Chamberfs first intern.

At the November 29 event in Brisbane, QJCCI President Chris Whitecross presented Peter McDermott with a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the Griffith University internship program from August to October 2018.

Mr McDermott was a final year student, studying a Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics (which included Japanese) at Griffith University.

As part of his final year assessment, he decided to take up the work experience opportunity with the QJCCI to put his studies to use.

Mr McDermott assisted the Chamber with market research and wrote newsletter articles that focused on investment and trade between Japan and Australia. These enabled the Chamber to keep members fully informed on the latest developments in the Japanese investment in Australia, particularly in Queensland.

gThe QJCCI was grateful to have had the support of Mr McDermott in the last three months. We look forward to working closely with universities to provide similar opportunities to other interested students in the future,h Mr Whitecross said.

Iron Chef puts Qld produce on the menu in Japan
By Peter McDermott, Griffith University student
L to R: Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Qld Agriculture Minister Mark Furner celebrate Queensland produce at Chef Sakaifs La Rochelle restaurant in Tokyo (via TIQ)
L to R: Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Qld Agriculture Minister Mark Furner celebrate Queensland produce at Chef Sakaifs La Rochelle restaurant in Tokyo (via TIQ)
Japanfs love for Queensland produce has seen it become the statefs biggest beef buyer. With the support of superstar gIron Chefh Hiroyuki Sakai, even more quality Queensland foodstuffs could feature on Japanese tables following a recent Queensland Government trade mission to Japan.

On September 7, Queenslandfs Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner announced the trade mission to the statefs second-largest export market.

The minister was joined by producers and distributors from North Queensland, Bundaberg, Gympie, Warwick and Brisbane, all seeking to promote Queenslandfs high-quality produce, including aquaculture and value-added food and beverages.

gThe pure fact is that the Japanese canft get enough of our mouth-watering beef,h Mr Furner said in a statement.

gIt is our most significant agricultural export with a value of almost $1.4 billion, which is 84 per cent of Queenslandfs total agricultural exports to Japan.

gOf the 76 countries Queensland sends beef to, Japan is our most important customer. This is why the Palaszczuk Government is so keen to support our producers, processors and feedlotters to boost our exports to Japan and attract more investment in the industry.

gThe more people in Japan that eat Queensland beef, the more jobs will be created in rural and regional Queensland.h

Mr Furner said the trade mission would strengthen longstanding trade and investment ties, with meetings scheduled with government officials, importers and industry representatives.

The trip included a visit to Sakaifs Tokyo restaurant, La Rochelle, which QJCCI members also visited during a previous Japan business mission.

The star chef has also been appointed as an honorary TAFE Queensland culinary ambassador to Japan, having appeared at Queensland Beef Week.

For details of the mouth-watering menu featuring Queensland produce, visit the announcement here

Japan at forefront of hydrogen technology
By Peter McDermott, Griffith University student
Japan is leading the charge for hydrogen technology, with Queensland also set to play a leading role in the low-emission energy source. With new projects underway, proponents see the emerging industry generating economic and environmental benefits for both Japan and Australia.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan will showcase its embrace of hydrogen technology, where 100 buses and 6,000 cars will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. These vehicles will not emit any carbon emissions. Japanese automakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda have invested heavily in fuel-cell development.

Japan has been at the forefront in conducting research into hydrogen technology to ensure that the country reduces its carbon emissions. The Japanese Government has invested more than US$16 billion for research into hydrogen technology and encourages the commercial development of hydrogen plants. In August 2018, construction began of a hydrogen plant in Fukushima which will produce hydrogen mainly to power fuel cell vehicles.

One reason why Japan is embracing the use of hydrogen technology is because it is seen as a viable alternative to nuclear power. Until the Fukushima meltdown disaster Japan relied on nuclear power to generate 27 per cent of its electricity.

After the disaster, all 54 nuclear generators were closed as a safety precaution and now only a few of them are in operation. Much of the electricity that is generated by Japan comes from fossil fuels which have been a drain on the economy. In the first three years after the Fukushima meltdown Japan spent more than US$30 billion on oil, coal and liquefied natural gas.

Japan as an advanced industrial economy will require a supply of vast amounts of hydrogen for use not just in fuel-cell vehicles, but also for the generation of electricity in line with the efforts of Japan to reduce carbon emissions. In 2018, a number of important developments in Australia will hopefully ensure that Australia will be able to supply hydrogen in the quantities needed by Japan.

Australian projects

There are two projects in Australia that are worthy of mention. The first project is in Victoria and the second project is in Queensland.

The Victorian project aims to convert brown coal from the Latrobe Valley in Victoria into liquefied hydrogen. In April 2018, a consortium led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and three other Japanese companies launched a pilot project to import liquefied hydrogen to Japan from Australia.

The consortium included Japanese companies Iwatani Corp., Electric Power Development Co. and Marubeni Corp., together with Australiafs AGL Energy Ltd.

The Australian and Victorian governments have reportedly provided $100 million towards the cost of the project, which is expected to generate up to 400 jobs during the construction of the demonstration plant and mine.

Construction of the pilot facilities is expected to commence in 2019, with gas exports scheduled for 2020. The project should become commercial by 2030.

Meanwhile in Queensland, Australian company Northern Oil aims to build in 2019 the first hydrogen fuel cell of its kind at its pilot biofuels refinery at Yarwun.

This project also involves Kawasaki Heavy Industries which will develop tankers to transport the liquid hydrogen from Gladstone Port.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sees the industry potentially exporting gas to Japan, similar to current liquefied natural gas exports from Gladstone.

In August, a CSIRO trial in Brisbane showed that Australian-made hydrogen could be converted into ammonia, allowing for its safe shipment to Asian markets for conversion back into hydrogen for hydrogen-powered cars.

With almost a million hydrogen-powered cars expected to hit the roads by 2025, the technology is seen potentially generating a new export boom for Australia.

For Japan and Australia, hydrogen could become a vital low-emission energy source, powering the two nationsf complementary trade ties well into the future.

Position Available: TAFE Queensland International
Looking for a fantastic career opportunity in Japan? QJCCI Premium Member, TAFE Queensland International wants you!

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably experienced staff for an in-country representative role in Japan for TAFE Queensland International.

The opportunity is full-time and due to commence as soon as possible. As the in-country representative in Japan, you will work closely with the Regional Manager, North Asia, to promote TAFE Queensland to potential students and relevant stakeholders.

The in-country representative will manage the education agent network and industry partners throughout Japan. The suitable candidate will be required to identify and capitalise on new revenue streams and to maintain or increase existing revenue streams established by TAFE Queensland.

Mandatory requirements:

* Bilingual language skills in Japanese and English
* Live in Japan and hold the appropriate visa or citizenship status to work in Japan
* Applicants should possess the attributes necessary to obtain visa clearance to travel throughout the North and East Asian regions and Australia on an ad-hoc basis.

Please email your resume and a short expression of interest to Shay McHardy, Regional Manager - North Asia, TAFE Queensland International at by 20 October 2018.

2017: QJCCI celebrates 60th anniversary of Australia-Japan trade treaty, and much more!
2017 has been another landmark year for the QJCCI and Australia-Japan trade ties, as we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the historic Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement.

Among our activities in 2017 have been the following successful events:

* February 21: 'Shinnenkai' New Year networking event celebrating the Year of the Rooster

* April 18: Kansai Tourism and networking event, at which we welcomed a delegation of high-powered Kansai governors to promote the region's tremendous tourist attractions

* July 26: Australia-Japan commerce anniversary celebration - our special event marking this landmark agreement, which helped drive decades of successful trade and economic growth for both nations

* October 18: AGM and exclusive Japan update by Tak Adachi, Queensland's highly respected Trade Commissioner for Japan

* December 7: 'Bonenkai' year-end celebration at Nagomi's in Brisbane - another fantastic night of networking for our members and guests.

Want to join in the action in 2018?

Please keep an eye on our "Coming Events" page, sign up to our newsletter or contact us for more information - we'd be delighted to welcome you!!

QJCCI property function a major success
The QJCCI wishes to thank presenters Daikyo and Herron Todd White, our members and guests for the fantastic turnout at our latest event on August 24.

An upgrade to a bigger venue was required at Tattersall's Club in Brisbane to accommodate the capacity audience for this fascinating insight into the state of the Brisbane residential property market by major Japanese property developer Daikyo and valuer Herron Todd White.

A big thank you again to our speakers, Daikyo Australia's Managing Director, Hiroshi Mori and HTW's Managing Director Gavin Hulcombe, along with our door prize contributors Brisbane Bandits and Fensom Communication.

Photos from the evening are now online at the QJCCI Facebook page

Williams Hall Chadwick boosts Japanese Services Division

QJCCI Premium Member, Williams Hall Chadwick has announced the appointment of Mr Mizuki Nagashima to the Williams Hall Chadwick Japanese Services Division team.

Mizuki has many yearsf experience in accounting and has lived in Australia for about 10 years. He joins Director Michael Cameron and Mika Akachi in the Brisbane-based team, committed to continuing to grow the firm's capability and experience in assisting Australian companies and Japanese companies looking for business opportunities between our countries.

Williams Hall Chadwick offers experience in corporate governance and tax for companies looking to enter the Australian market, or for those who already operate in Australia. It has also assisted Australian companies who wish to access the market in Japan.

For further inquiries concerning Williams Hall Chadwick and its Japanese Services Division, please contact Michael Cameron on (07) 3221 2416 or email

DET International ramps up commitment to Japan

QJCCI Premium Member, the Queensland Department of Education and Training International (DETi) has appointed a full time in-country representative based in Japan.

Iori Forsyth has been appointed to the position of EQI Business Development Officer, and is based in Tak Adachifs Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) office in Tokyo, working as part of Takfs team. With a Japanese mother and an Australian father, Iori is a fluent English and Japanese speaker.

DETi, trading as Education Queensland International (EQI), develops and promotes international student programs delivered by Queensland Government schools, and offers world class education through the licensing of the Queensland curriculum offshore.

Iori will focus on strengthening relationships between Queensland government schools and schools in Japan to facilitate and promote exchange agreements, professional visits and EQI international student programs.

Although Iorifs ehometownf is Hiroshima, she has spent most of her life travelling between Japan and Australia, including two years studying at Centenary Heights State High School in Toowoomba (an EQI accredited school). Iori has also studied at the University of the Sunshine Coast so has a strong connection to Queensland.

Iorifs experience as a homestay student at a Queensland Government school will be valuable when promoting study opportunities to Japanese students.

For further details on this appointment or to explore school sector education opportunities please contact Stephen Biggs at DET International on

Wellers Hill State School - Japanese Bilingual Program

In 2014, QJCCI member Wellers Hill State School in Tarragindi, Brisbane launched its Japanese bilingual program, giving students an immersion in Japanese language and culture.

For those interested in the program, coordinator Taku Hashimoto has provided a video introduction via this link

For enrolment and other information, please visit the school's website

JETRO Appoints Qld Representative to Aid Japan Entrants

Pure passion delivers success for Queensland exporters

BRISBANE, August 4, 2015: Queensland businesses with a passion for success can prosper in Japan. That was the key message from two exporters with big plans for international expansion, North Queensland-based KFSU and Brisbanefs Perfect Potion, at the latest QJCCI event held on August 4, 2015 at Brisbanefs Tattersallfs Club, supported by KFSU.

Functional foods maker and QJCCI Premium Member, KFSU was part of the Chamberfs 25th anniversary Japan business mission in 2012 and has since expanded from its base in Ayr to a range of international markets. However, Managing Director, Gordon Edwards told the audience that after nearly 10 years in business, he was determined to grow the company further, backed by support from government and investors.

Having been founded in 2006, KFSU has grown annual production to 1,500 tonnes, with wholesale distribution established in Japan, the United States, South America, Australia and New Zealand. With a strong focus on innovation, the company has attracted some large customers including Japanese hamburger chain Lotteria for its Phytocel wholesale brand, a natural functional food which offers gsignificant cost savings to customersh and is targeting the global healthy foods market, worth an estimated $1 trillion by 2017.

KFSUfs retail brand, Kfibre is expected to be in around g2,000 pharmacies in the next 18 monthsh in Australia, with benefits for medical conditions including constipation and reflux, a US$60 billion market in the United States. Mr Edwards said the company was also evaluating a sugarcane juice product among other expansion plans focused on markets in Japan, the United States and elsewhere.

L to R: Ms Toni Cohen, Peanut Company of Australia & Mr Gordon Edwards, KFSU
L to R: Ms Toni Cohen, Peanut Company of Australia & Mr Gordon Edwards, KFSU
gWefve gone from producing 100 tonnes a year to now doing 1,500 tonnes,h he said. gWefve got a good product, good distributors and wefve spent a lot on protecting our product – we want to become big as whatfs the point of staying small?h

Asked his advice for success in Japan, Mr Edwards said: gLike any market and especially Japan, you have to turn up every year or ideally every quarter. Theyfve had every Tom, Dick and Jill turn up and promise the next big thing, and they donft. [The Japanese] need to see that youfre going to put in the hard yards.h

Perfect values

Following KFSUfs inspiring example, Salvatore Battaglia, managing director and founder of cosmetics company Perfect Potion, told the audience how he grew his business from his Brisbane backyard to become a major success in Australia, Japan and elsewhere, while maintaining his values.

With a background in natural therapies and aromatheraphy, Mr Battaglia started his business in 1991 with a shop in Brisbanefs Elizabeth Arcade. He has since expanded his team to 130 staff, with a manufacturing facility in Brisbane, 12 stores in Australia and nine in Japan, with distribution in Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau and Europe.

Mr Salvatore Battaglia, Perfect Potion
Mr Salvatore Battaglia, Perfect Potion
However, one market Perfect Potion does not plan to enter is China, due to its regulation requiring animal testing of cosmetics.

gWe have very strong ethics and values and wefre strongly against any form of animal testing, being a proud member of Cruelty Free Australia. Unlike our competitors, we have stood our ground and said no to animal testing, and for that we have won a lot of support and respect from our Japanese and Australian customers. But we still have bold ambitions, including entering the North American market,h he said.

Having sent its first export container to Japan in 1998, Perfect Potion has grown its Japan business from its base in the ancient capital of Kyoto, being one of the first Australian companies to establish a retail chain in Japan. Mr Battaglia pointed to Japanfs sophisticated retail environment, appreciation of the gPerfect Potion experienceh offered by its concept stores and Japanese consumer awareness of the companyfs values as organic, natural and LOHAS as reasons for its success in the worldfs third-biggest economy, including having the right business partner – in Perfect Potionfs case, a single mum with a passion for the business.

gJR Takashimiya [department store] in Nagoya is our number one [Japan] store, rivalling our QVB store in Sydney,h he said. gWe create unique learning experiences for customers – I visit Japan about five times a year, running seminars and workshops, and I make sure our team there does similarly on a regular basis.h

According to Battaglia, businesses can succeed in Japan by maintaining their values, instilling the right operating, training and recruiting systems and developing a team culture, despite challenges such as obtaining bank finance and rental guarantees.

gIn business, you need to know who you are marketing to – whether in Australia or Japan, our customer has similar values,h he said.

L to R: Mr Marcus Ganley, Charlton Brown; Ms Susie Clowes, Brisbane City Council; Mr Kazuaki Shinohara, After Dark Technology
L to R: Mr Marcus Ganley, Charlton Brown; Ms Susie Clowes, Brisbane City Council; Mr Kazuaki Shinohara, After Dark Technology
QJCCI President Robert Day concluded the evening by thanking the presenters for their inspiring examples, and awarding the door prize generously contributed by Premium Member, Brisbane Bandits.

He said the Chamberfs next event would be on October 13, the Chamberfs luncheon Annual General Meeting featuring a presentation from Mr Tak Adachi, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner to Japan.

gTak is an extremely knowledgeable presenter on Japan and this will be a great event for anyone with an interest in doing business in the worldfs third-biggest economy,h Mr Day said.

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Further information: please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

Kobe City delegation reaffirms strong Brisbane ties

L to R: Mr Robert Day, QJCCI & Mr Kizo Hisamoto, Kobe City Mayor
L to R: Mr Robert Day, QJCCI & Mr Kizo Hisamoto, Kobe City Mayor

BRISBANE, July 8, 2015: Brisbanefs business relationship with Sister City partner Kobe City has been strengthened following a July 8 business matching session with members of the QJCCI, hosted by Chamber Premium Member, Williams Hall Chadwick at their Brisbane office.

The visit by the Kobe City delegation, led by Kobe City Mayor Kizo Hisamoto, marked the 30th anniversary of the Brisbane-Kobe Sister City Agreement, the first such agreement signed by Brisbane City Council. The Kobe delegation also included Moriya Takashi, Chairperson, Kobe City Assembly, and Matsuda Takaaki, Executive Director, International Department, Office of the Mayor, Kobe City Government.

Representatives of three leading Kobe companies attended the event, comprising Kimiko Itoh, president of fashion and cosmetics company Tashima & Co.; Hiroshi Umano and Takafumi Yano of materials company Shinyei Kaisha; and Atsushi Fukuyama of dairy company Rokko Butter.

The Kobe delegation was welcomed by a large number of QJCCI members and associates, including representatives of ANZ, Austrade, Charlton Brown, Baker & McKenzie, Brisbane Bandits, Charlton Brown, Fensom Communication, Geomodels & Design, Goodman Lawyers, Herbert Smith Freehills, Huckleberry Australia, Japan Australia Consulting, JFE-Shoji, Robert Day Architects, Williams Hall Chadwick and Mr Anthony Shorten, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the QJCCIfs 2014 Japan Business Mission leader.

Kobe City delegation
Kobe City delegation
Welcoming the Kobe City delegation, QJCCI President Robert Day said it was pleasing to receive such a sizeable visitation to mark the 30th anniversary of sister-city ties, also occurring during the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayorsf Forum in Brisbane (APCS).

gThe QJCCI is committed to building stronger business and investment ties between Queensland and Japan, including our many Japanese sister city partners such as Kobe. Queensland continues to grow its economy across a range of fields, while Japan is our second-largest trading partner, and with our complementary resources match we hope this relationship will continue to be mutually beneficial,h Mr Day said.

Kobe City Mayor, Mr Hisamoto said he had been impressed by the APCS and had reaffirmed the sister city relationship during his meeting with Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk.

gMr Quirk mentioned he wishes to strengthen the relationship in a business sense and I completely agree. Queensland and Japan share a long relationship and Ifd like to have more concrete and fruitful discussions on strengthening ties,h he said.

The QJCCI wishes to extend its thanks to Mr Hideto Horiguchi, QJCCI representative for International Exchange – Western Japan for organising the event, working in partnership with QJCCI Treasurer Jumpei Morita and QJCCI Vice President Anthony Fensom.

An exclusive event for QJCCI members, the Kobe City business matching session signifies the opportunities available for members to strengthen their networks in the worldfs third-biggest economy, Mr Day said.

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Further information: please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

Qantas Helps Queensland-Japan Ties Take Off

L to R: Mr Robert Day & Mr Peter Collyns
L to R: Mr Robert Day & Mr Peter Collyns
BRISBANE, May 6, 2015: Queensland-Japan ties in business, education and tourism are set for an enormous lift with the launch of Qantas Airwaysf new daily Brisbane-Tokyo service in August. That was the welcome message delivered to a packed audience of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI) on May 6 at Brisbanefs Tattersallfs Club, an event sponsored by Chamber member Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

Welcoming the new service, BAC CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said: gIf you were to say that Brisbane Airport was delighted to welcome back a direct service to Tokyo, it would be an enormous understatement. The relationship between Japan and Queensland, both in tourism and business, has been one of our strongest relationships in Queensland.h

Ms Alroe thanked Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), the Queensland Government, Brisbane Marketing, the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and the QJCCI for helping build the business case for the return of direct Brisbane flights following the departure of Japan Airlines (JAL) in September 2010.

gItfs fantastic that an Australian carrier will reconnect us directly into Tokyo – therefs so many opportunities with the free trade agreement, with tourism reviving and in education. This is a great opportunity and thank you for taking on the challenge,h she said.

gWe will be working with our airport tenants and Qantas to ensure we have a strong and friendly welcome from Brisbane to our new Japanese visitors, and also to those Australian skiers travelling to enjoy that Japanese powder snow.h

According to BAC, the new direct service should help restore the Japanese inbound tourism market to its previous level of around 100,000 a year, prior to JALfs departure.

L to R: Mr Masashi Ogino, Mr Peter Collyns, Ms Leanne Coddington, Mr Andrew Brodie & Mr Shigenori Shintani
L to R: Mr Masashi Ogino, Mr Peter Collyns, Ms Leanne Coddington, Mr Andrew Brodie & Mr Shigenori Shintani
eGrowing the marketf

Mr Peter Collyns, Regional Manager Queensland for Qantas Airways said the full-service carrier would be launching the new service from August 1, using A330 aircraft to fly daily between Brisbane and Tokyofs Narita Airport and offering more than 4,000 seats a week. Departures from Australia to Japan have increased by 17 percent over the past year, with more than 300,000 Australians visiting Japan in 2014.

gThis is a market with great opportunitycand when we combine this with our Qantas group options in Cairns and the Gold Coast, it gives us a very strong dual-brand message. The whole purpose is to grow the market overall – itfs not about moving passengers from one brand to another, but creating demand across a much broader customer base,h Mr Collyns said.

gItfs also positive for the outbound market in Australia too, as itfs not just about Brisbane but also connecting traffic from Victoria and South Australia, via Brisbane into Japan.h

The new Brisbane service will be complemented by daily flights from Sydney to Tokyofs Haneda Airport, giving Qantas travellers significantly improved access to the worldfs third-biggest economy.

Mr Collyns also highlighted the new service features of the A330 aircraft which will be operating the Brisbane-Tokyo route.

gThe A330s flying from Brisbane to Narita will be among those gradually refurbished with the all-new lie-flat business suites, upgraded economy seating and new in-flight entertainment. We believe that the refurbished aircraft will offer the best experience between Australia and Asia,h he said.

L to R: Mr Shin Mizuyama, Mr Paul Sergeant, Ms Saori Nakayama & Mr James Raines
L to R: Mr Shin Mizuyama, Mr Paul Sergeant, Ms Saori Nakayama & Mr James Raines

Mr Collyns said Qantas was gproudly a full-service carrierh with a commitment to safety, on-time performance, increased investment in services, frequent flyer lounges and other products such as its Acquire business rewards program for small businesses. He also noted the potential for increased Queensland produce to enter Japan via the airlinefs Qantas Freight service.

Mr Masashi Ogino, Qantas Regional General Manager Japan, outlined a marketing campaign to run in Japan later in May targeting the premium leisure market of Japanese travellers, with a range of promotions underway, including at Tokyofs Omotesando railway station.

L to R: Mr Robert Day, Ms Elizabeth Skewes & Mr Julio Santana
L to R: Mr Robert Day, Ms Elizabeth Skewes & Mr Julio Santana

Thanking Qantas and BAC for their investment in the Japan market, QJCCI President Robert Day said the new service would reinvigorate ties with the statefs second-largest trading partner.

gCongratulations to Qantas and BAC for this important new service for Queensland and Japan. The QJCCI is committed to supporting this exciting initiative to the fullest extent possible, working closely with our partner organisations in both nations,h Mr Day said.

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Further information: please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

QJCCI celebrates Year of the Sheep

L to R: Ms Kate Dobie, GM - Commercial of Brisbane Bandits, with prize winners Mr Johnny Shin, Ord Minnett & Mr Shuhei Kaneko, Bond University
L to R: Ms Kate Dobie, GM - Commercial of Brisbane Bandits, with prize winners Mr Johnny Shin, Ord Minnett & Mr Shuhei Kaneko, Bond University
BRISBANE, February 18, 2015: The Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI) has marked the new Year of the Sheep with another successful eshinnenkaif new year networking event.

Held on February 18 at Tattersallfs Club in Brisbane, Chamber members and guests proved they are leaders rather than followers, with an evening of enjoyable structured activities ensuring productive networking.

QJCCI President Robert Day said the Chamber had another eventful year planned, aimed at further strengthening Queensland-Japan business ties.

gJAEPA (the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement) has just commenced, and already wefve seen multi-billion dollar investments proposed by Japanese companies in Australia, most recently Japan Postfs $6.5 billion bid for Australiafs Toll Holdings,h Mr Day said.

gThe QJCCI is determined to help maximise the benefits of this new trade agreement for the benefit of both nations, taking advantage of our strong business connections with Japan.h

Mr Day welcomed special guests including Mr Shinya Machida, Deputy Consul-General at the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, to the eshinnenkaif event.

He said the Chamber would work in 2015 to further promote the newly developed Australia-Japan Business Matching website, along with strengthening ties with the QJCCIfs Japan partners including Saitama Prefecture, Kawasaki City and Kansai (Osaka/Kyoto).

L to R: Mr Julio Santana, JFE Shoji Trade Australia & Ms Ayumi Yanaka, Mitsui & Co. (Australia)
L to R: Mr Julio Santana, JFE Shoji Trade Australia & Ms Ayumi Yanaka, Mitsui & Co. (Australia)

The approximately 70-strong audience of Queensland-Japan businesspeople were then involved in networking activities organised by QJCCI Vice-President Anthony Fensom.

Concluding the evening, Mr Day thanked Chamber members Brisbane Bandits and Brisbane Roar Football Club for contributing door prizes, including match tickets and an autographed baseball, which were highly valued by the winners.

gI look forward to inviting members to our next event organised by Brisbane Airport
Corporation and Qantas Airways, which should be of great interest to all those involved
with the Queensland-Japan relationship,h Mr Day said.

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Further information: please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

QJCCI drums out 2014

BRISBANE, December 10, 2014: The Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QJCCI) farewelled 2014 with a bang, at another successful ebonenkaif year-end celebration held on December 10 at Brisbanefs City Hall.

A highlight of the evening was a performance by the recently formed UQ Japanese Taiko Drumming Team, which gave a masterful display of the traditional Japanese art, while members and guests drummed up some new and old business connections.

Welcoming attendees, QJCCI President Robert Day thanked members and supporters for a successful 2014, with the Chamber helping further improve ties with the statefs second-largest trading partner, Japan.

gThis year saw the launch of the QJCCIfs second Japan business mission, where we strengthened ties with our friends in Saitama and Kawasaki City, as well as developing new connections in Osaka and Kyoto,h Mr Day said.

gWe have also recently established the Australia-Japan Business Matching website, which aims to foster new business ties between Australian and Japanese SMEs, and we will be further promoting this important initiative in 2015.h

Mr Day thanked Chamber member Brisbane Roar and Brisbanefs Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) for generously contributing door prizes for the event, consisting of Brisbane Roar match tickets and entry to GOMAfs current exhibition, gFuture Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.h

Mr Day then announced the next Chamber event, the popular eshinnenkaif New Year celebration, which will be held on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at Brisbanefs Tattersallfs Club. Bookings are now open for this excellent networking opportunity - more details and how to book here.

The Chamber wishes to thank all members, Patrons and supporters for another successful year, an historic one in which Australia and Japan signed the groundbreaking Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) to boost trade and investment ties.

Our very best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable Christmas/New Year and a prosperous 2015, the Year of the Sheep.

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Further information; please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

QJCCI elects new President; Chamber eyes new growth initiatives

Robert Day FRAIA
Robert Day FRAIA

BRISBANE, November 6, 2014: Robert Day has been elected President of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QJCCI), with Ling Raines stepping down after a successful six years at the top.

The new president has served on the QJCCI Management Committee for five years, most recently as Vice President, and has extensive ties with Japan, both in the architectural and travel fields.

As principal of Robert Day Architects, Mr Day has developed projects for leading companies including Japan Airlines. He has substantial ties with Queenslandfs sister state, Saitama Prefecture and is the Queensland representative of Global Talent Network Saitama. He is also a licensed travel agent, conducting regular architectural and cultural tours of Japan through his agency, Robert Day Travel.

Communication consultant and former Tokyo-based journalist Anthony Fensom has been appointed Vice President along with Jumpei Morita, Manager, Japanese Business Service at Williams Hall Chadwick, who will assume the dual role of Vice President and Treasurer, aiding the Chamberfs Japanese business fluency.

Levi Smouha, Senior Associate at Mills Oakley Lawyers, continues as Secretary, with other members of the new QJCCI Management Committee comprising ANZfs Constantine Splawa-Neyman, Arrowdynamicsf Chris Whitecross and University of Queenslandfs Dr Kayoko Hashimoto.

Commenting on the new leadership team, Mr Day said: gLing Raines has been a superb ambassador for Queensland in developing business and investment ties with Japan, our longstanding trading partner and ally. She built the QJCCI into a powerful advocate for Queensland SMEs, assisting numerous businesses from both countries as well as personally leading the Chamberfs 2012 business mission to Japan.

gOn behalf of the Chamber, I wish to thank Ling for her dedication and commitment, without which the QJCCI would not be in the position it is today. As a gesture of our thanks, Mrs Raines has been elected as an honorary life member of the Chamber for her outstanding achievement.h

Mrs Raines congratulated the new Management Committee, saying: gI would like to thank the Chamber and all our members for their strong support during recent years, including Trade & Investment Queensland, the Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane, and our patrons, the Premier of Queensland and the Consul-General of Japan in Brisbane.

gThe new committee is an excellent team with a diversified skill base, and I look forward to supporting the Chamber in its ongoing development as the statefs leading organisation for Queensland-Japan business ties.h

New plans for growth

The QJCCIfs new Management Committee has developed new plans to further develop strong trading ties with Japan, including the following initiatives:

  • Further promotion of the Australia-Japan Business Matching (AJBM) website (, supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation
  • Pursuing the benefits of the 2014 Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which promises billions of dollars of gains for both countries
  • Building on successful 2012 and 2014 Japan business missions by exploring further areas for cooperation with Saitama Prefecture, Kawasaki City, Osaka Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture, including a new agreement with the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, supported by QJCCI representative Hideto Horiguchi, International Exchange – Western Japan
  • Extending the QJCCIfs Queensland base with new initiatives in regional areas to support the statefs broader business ties with Japan
  • Developing further benefits for QJCCI members, including membership of the AJBM, member-only events and benefits.

gAs a member-funded organisation, the Chamber is focused on helping our 100-strong membership grow their businesses in Queensland and Japan. We look forward to another exciting year ahead, as we build upon the strong foundations established by Mrs Raines to ensure further success,h Mr Day said.

Mr Day said he looked forward to welcoming members and guests to the Chamberfs last event of 2014, the December 10 ebonenkaif year-end networking event at Brisbanefs City Hall. For booking information concerning the December event, please visit our Coming Events page.

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For further information, please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

Adachi: Revitalised Japan creates opportunities for Queensland

Mr Tak Adachi
Mr Tak Adachi

BRISBANE, October 24, 2014: Japanfs reawakening under gAbenomicsh and upcoming major events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have created new opportunities in Queenslandfs second-largest export market, according to Tak Adachi, Queenslandfs Trade Commissioner to Japan.

Mr Adachi told an October 24 luncheon meeting of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI) that Queensland businesses could benefit in areas ranging from education to infrastructure and tourism, as the government of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed ahead with reforms, including this yearfs Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).

Ms Yoko Yanagisawa
Ms Yoko Yanagisawa

The event was also attended by special guests including Ms Yoko Yanigasawa, Consul-General for Japan, Brisbane and Mr Shinya Machida, Deputy Consul-General, along with Mr Anthony Shorten MP, State Member for Algester, who travelled with the QJCCI delegation on its June business mission to Japan.

Commenting on the latest opportunities for Queensland businesses in Japan, keynote speaker Mr Adachi said: gQueensland SMEs should seize the benefits offered by JAEPA, which opens the door to increased exports to Japan of agricultural products including beef, dairy, horticulture and seafood, as well as improved access in service areas such as education, financial and legal services.h

He cited recent Queensland successes in Japan, including Gourmet Garden herbs, Hamish McBeth pet accessories and Sirromet Wine, with the wine industry set to benefit from the elimination of tariffs over seven years.

gSince Japan signed an FTA with Chile in 2007, the volume of imported wine into Japan has been on the rise. Chile has now seized top spot as the preferred product in Japan ahead of French and Italian wines – and Australian wine could do likewise,h he said.

Mr Adachi also pointed to opportunities in education, including the Japanese Governmentfs gTobitateh (gFly Awayh) scholarships, the Cisco: Queensland-Japanese schools gGlobal Connection Projecth and Australiafs recent acceptance of Japanfs gEikenh English language certificate as proof of English language ability, along with the gglobalisationh of Japanese schools and universities.

Japanese property developers including Daikyo, Nice Corporation and Sekisui House are expanding their operations in Queensland, while Queenslandfs key exports of coal and natural gas remain crucial for Japanfs energy needs.

Mr Adachi also noted the QJCCIfs successful June business mission to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, with education provider Charlton Brown and education/travel business Huckleberry Australia among those to have benefitted, while Julyfs Queensland visit by a delegation led by Saitama Governor Kiyoshi Ueda has aided ties in the educational field.

Upcoming events including agricultural investment and coal seminars along with a Study Cairns and Independent Schools Queensland Japan missions are set to further strengthen the Queensland-Japan relationship, he added.

The luncheon event included a brief Chamber Annual General Meeting, at which a new Management Committee was elected for 2014/15 comprising the following members: Mrs Ling Raines, Mr Robert Day, Mr Levi Smouha, Mr Jumpei Morita, Mr Anthony Fensom, Mr Constantine Splawa-Neyman, Mr Chris Whitecross and newly elected, Ms Kayoko Hashimoto.

Mrs Ling Raines
Mrs Ling Raines
QJCCI President Mrs Raines thanked the outgoing 2013/14 committee for their efforts, highlighted by Junefs successful Japan business mission and the recent launch of the Australia-Japan Business Matching website.

Japanfs representative, Ms Yanagisawa noted that the Chamberfs 2013 Annual General Meeting was her first such official event upon taking up her duties in Queensland last year. gIt is really pleasing to have seen the very positive improvements during the past year, highlighted by the signing of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement during Prime Minister Abefs visit to Australia in July. The agreement is a major milestone in the strong relationship, and will underpin bilateral trade and investment for decades to come,h she said.

She noted the success of Chamber member ALT.vfx in winning the Small Business category of the 2014 Premier of Queenslandfs Export Awards, following its award as the QJCCIfs 2013 Supreme Exporter of the Year, as showcasing the potential of Queensland SMEs.

Mr Anthony Shorten MP
Mr Anthony Shorten MP

Mr Shorten then thanked Mr Adachi and staff at Trade & Investment Queenslandfs Tokyo office for their assistance during the Chamberfs June 2014 mission, saying, gThere is a lot of promise in the business matching website developed by the QJCCIcI may have been the face of the QJCCI [business mission] but the other members opened the doors, and I look forward to being part of that in the future.h

The event concluded with a reminder concerning the Chamberfs December 10 gbonenkaih year-end event at City Hall, a networking event which will drum out the past year thanks to guest musicians from the University of Queenslandfs Japanese Taiko Drumming Team.

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For further information, please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

JAEPA strengthens Queensland-Japan trade ties

Mr Anthony Shorten MP
Mr Anthony Shorten MP
BRISBANE, August 20, 2014: Queensland businesses have been urged to seize the opportunities generated by the signing of the historic Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which is set to deliver long-lasting economic gains.

The message was reinforced at the August 20 joint seminar conducted by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Brisbane Inc (JCCIB) and the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI), held at Parliament House, Brisbane.

MC for the evening, Anthony Shorten MP, State Member for Algester, told the audience of approximately 140 Queensland and Japanese businesspeople that the agreement would boost trade in areas ranging from agriculture to financial services, including the nationfs key exports to Japan of liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal, iron ore, beef and copper.

gA number of those commodities are crucial to Queensland: we produce them, we export them. In 2012/13, Queensland exports to Japan totalled $8,801 million, or 19.8 per cent of Queensland exports,h Mr Shorten said, including nearly $5 billion worth of coal and $1.1 billion of meat products.

Hon. John-Paul <br?>Langbroek MP
Hon. John-Paul
Langbroek MP

gJapan is Queenslandfs second-largest trading partner, and I would suggest that given its long friendship with Queensland, one of its most important,h he said. gI was very happy to accompany the recent QJCCI mission to Japancand the participants on that mission now have the opportunity to walk through those doors that were opened.h

Queensland Education Minister, John-Paul Langbroek, pointed to the potential for improved educational ties, citing recent commitments by the education boards of sister-state Saitama Prefecture along with Tokyo and Hiroshima to send more students overseas. He said Queensland hosted around 2,700 Japanese students along with a long-running teacher exchange program.

gJapanese is still the most popular subject for a foreign language in Queensland schools. We have nearly 66,000 students in Queensland schools who are doing Japanese, or nearly 50 per cent of those doing a foreign language,h Mr Langbroek said, adding that he planned on visiting Japan again soon to enhance the educational relationship.

Mr Akira Imamura
Mr Akira Imamura

Akira Imamura, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abefs July visit to Australia had been gone of the most successful visits ever,h highlighted by his historic and moving address to federal Parliament.

Mr Imamura noted three major outcomes of the prime ministerfs visit, comprising JAEPA, enhanced defence and security ties and increased people-to-people exchanges.

gAustralia is the largest partner with which Japan has ever concluded such a [trade] agreement,h he said, stating that Australia gis now a frontrunner among international competitors in the Japanese market.h For Japan, Mr Imamura noted the prospect of increased automotive exports to Australia, along with a raised investment threshold of $1,078 million and a guarantee of secure and stable supplies of resources and agricultural goods.

For Australia, he said the more than 1,000 page agreement offered the prospect of reduced tariffs on key agricultural products including beef, dairy and horticulture, as well as the liberalisation of such areas as financial services, legal, education and telecommunications services. He said JAEPA could serve as a model in regional trade negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), gbecoming building blocks for a future FTA in the Asia-Pacific.h

gThe EPA can also be seen as part of Japanfs efforts to bring about more openness to its economycpart of the structural reform Japan is pursuing through its ethird arrowf of Abenomics,h he said. gWe welcome Australian businesses to invest in Japan under this improved environment.h

Mr Imamura noted Brisbanefs hosting of Novemberfs G20 summit would give another opportunity for Prime Minister Abe to visit Australia and enhance mutual cooperation.gJapan is seeking to contribute to the success of the G20 summit through the implementation of the three arrows of Abenomics, which should serve as strong support for Australiafs G20 agenda for growth. Next year, [Australian Prime Minister] Mr Abbott is expected to visit Japan as part of a new agreement for the leaders to meet each other alternatively in Japan and AustraliacIfm quite confident these visits will take the new special relationship even further,h he said.

Ms Sally Phillips
Ms Sally Phillips
Austradefs Sally Phillips, State Director – Queensland and Northern Territory, told the audience that JAPEA would see 97 per cent of Australiafs exports to Japan receive preferential access or enter duty-free when the agreement is fully implemented.

gBetter access to key agricultural products will give Australia a head start over our competitorscsome are calling it a efirst moverf advantage,h she said, also highlighting the gsignificant new accessh for service providers.

Importantly, she said the provisionfs most favoured nation status would mean any agreement under the TPP would automatically flow on to an improved JAEPA for Australian exporters.

Ms Phillips noted that Japan is Australiafs third-largest foreign investor and worldfs third-largest economy, with recent Queensland investments including trading house Marubenifs involvement with Gold Coastfs new light rail.

She said Japanfs globalisation would see the growth of gsuperh universities and schools focusing on English, while Japanese consumers were also increasingly favouring Western products, including artisan bread and olive oil exported from Australia. JAEPA would also aid Australian wine exporters by levelling the playing field with Chile exports.

L to R: Prof' Andrew O'Neil, Ms Sally Phillips, Mr Akira Imamura, <br>Mr Ben Carter & Mr David Rynne
L to R: Prof' Andrew O'Neil, Ms Sally Phillips, Mr Akira Imamura,
Mr Ben Carter & Mr David Rynne

With Abenomics driving growth along with upcoming sporting events such as the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Ms Phillips said the gfuture can only get brighterh for Australia-Japan ties.

Other event panellists, including Australian Agricultural Companyfs Sales and Marketing Manager Ben Carter, panel chair Griffith Universityfs Professor Andrew OfNeil and Queensland Resources Council economist David Rynne highlighted the ghead turningh effect of JAEPA in refocusing both nations on the longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship.

In 2014, Queenslandfs first LNG exports will be delivered to Japan, with Mr Rynne noting strong trade ties in coal and gas.

Mr Carter indicated JAEPA would aid the growth of agricultural exports, particularly given Japanfs desire for secure supplies of gclean and greenh produce.

gJAEPA isnft the end – itfs the beginning,h Ms Phillips said. gIt has to be seen as a stepping stoneh to further gains, she added.

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For further information, please contact Anthony Fensom, Fensom Communication, via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

L to R: Mr Bernard Peel, Mr Justin Fabo & Mr Ben Carter
L to R: Mr Bernard Peel, Mr Justin Fabo & Mr Ben Carter

Fabo: Queensland back on top in FY2016

BRISBANE, July 23, 2014: Queensland is set to outperform in fiscal 2016, while Japan could be back as top trading partner as gas exports fire up. Those were just two of the forecasts from another entertaining presentation delivered on July 23 by ANZ Senior Economist, Justin Fabo, to the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI) at Brisbanefs Tattersallfs Club.

An appreciative audience including Michelle Wade, General Manager, International Operations at Trade and Investment Queensland, and Shinya Machida, Deputy Consul-General at the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, paid close attention to Fabofs forecasts in his second presentation at the QJCCI, titled gThe Outlook for the Queensland, Australian and Japanese Economies,h hosted by QJCCI Management Committee member, ANZfs Constantine Splawa-Neyman.

L to R: Mr Jumpei Morita, Mr James Finlay & Mr Leighton Crisp
L to R: Mr Jumpei Morita, Mr James Finlay & Mr Leighton Crisp

Similar to its rugby league team, Queensland is expected to underperform New South Wales in fiscal 2015 but could be back on top by the following fiscal year.

According to ANZ forecasts, Queenslandfs economy should grow by a below-average 3.3 per cent in fiscal 2015, but will post a nation-leading 4.8 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth the following fiscal year as the state sees the benefits of exports from the $60 billion Gladstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

According to Mr Fabo, the new LNG projects could even see a revival of Japanfs long-standing position as Australiafs and Queenslandfs top trading partner. gJapan is now our number two trading partner, but if we factor in the amount of gas wefre about to export over the next decade, it could actually become our number one trading partner again,h he said.

Mr Fabo described the recent Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) as ga good start,h noting total two-way trade between Australia and Japan of $70 billion a year, including resources, agriculture and services.Commenting on gAbenomics,h Mr Fabo said the jury was still out, but the government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had made encouraging progress in its efforts to revitalise Japan through the gthree arrowsh of fiscal, monetary and structural reform.

gIt looks like in the next couple of years, Japanfs economy will grow a couple of percent a year, and thatfs hugely different to the average of the last 20 years,h he said.

L to R: Ms Elisa Solomon, QJCCI President Mrs Ling Raines & Ms Kelsey Moore
L to R: Ms Elisa Solomon, QJCCI President Mrs Ling Raines & Ms Kelsey Moore

Concerning the Australian economy, Mr Fabo said an improving global outlook, particularly the worldfs biggest economy, the United States, was helping Australian business confidence although Australia was gcoming back to the pack after a period of outperformanceh.

gThe outlook is for a gradual improvement in growth [above 3 per cent]clow interest rates are gaining some traction and supporting the non-mining economy, and wefre just starting to see some signs that business investment outside the resources sector is looking better,h he said.

According to Mr Fabo, lower interest rates will spur a gmini-boomh in building, particularly in Sydney, with potential for increased construction in Queensland, including in the tourism sector.

ANZ expects the Australian dollar to be gat least 5 cents lowerh compared to the US dollar by year-end and US$0.84 by mid-2015, he said. The bank also predicts the currency will remain relatively steady against the Japanese yen at JPY96 by year-end and 94 by mid-2015, although with a slight upward bias.

However, he said the Reserve Bank of Australia would follow the US Federal Reserve and increase interest rates in 2015. The bank expects Australiafs official cash rate to reach 3 per cent by mid-2015, with a gradual rise to 4 per cent by 2016.

L to R: Mr Levi Smouha, Ms Michelle Wade & Mr Anthony Fensom
L to R: Mr Levi Smouha, Ms Michelle Wade & Mr Anthony Fensom
The event also included updates from QJCCI Management Committee members Levi Smouha and Anthony Fensom on the Chamberfs Australia-Japan Business Matching (AJBM) website and recent Japan business mission, respectively. Mr Fensom thanked Chamber members for their support of the June 7-14 Japan business mission, with the focus now on strengthening relationships with the missionfs hosts in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, including the statefs sister-state Saitama Prefecture and also Kawasaki City.

Mr Smouha told the audience that the Chamber was now offering members free registration through to June 2015, in addition to Japanese partners of the recent Japan business mission, to ensure the portal maximises its potential, helped by financial support from the Australia-Japan Foundation.

Finally, QJCCI President Mrs Ling Raines advised members of upcoming events, including the August 20 JAEPA joint event with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Brisbane (JCCIB) at Parliament House, and the upcoming October annual general meeting and December gbonenkaih year-end event.

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For further information, please contact Anthony Fensom via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

QJCCIfs Japan business mission opens new frontiers

BRISBANE, July 11, 2014: Queenslandfs potential for further gains from the newly signed trade pact with Japan have been enhanced following another successful business mission launched by the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI).

New relationships with various Japanese chambers of commerce along with a number of individual partnerships were developed during the June 7-14 mission to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. These are set to extend bilateral ties into new areas such as services, facilitated by the newly developed Australia-Japan Business Matching (AJBM) website, supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation.

QJCCI delegation with Osaka Prefectural Assembly member Hideki Nagafuji
QJCCI delegation with Osaka Prefectural Assembly member Hideki Nagafuji
Ten QJCCI member businesses joined the mission, comprising Bruce Robinson Diamonds, BWH Communication, CH Entertainment, Charlton Brown, Geomodels & Design, Goodman Lawyers, Huckleberry Australia, Ingram International, Mills Oakley Lawyers and Williams Hall Chadwick.

Kyoto temple
Kyoto temple
Saitama Prefecture Governor Kiyoshi Ueda with Anthony Shorten MP
Saitama Prefecture Governor Kiyoshi Ueda with Anthony Shorten MP
Similar to the Chamberfs 25th anniversary mission in 2012, outstanding support was provided by Trade & Investment Queenslandfs (TIQfs) Tokyo office, led by Commissioner-Japan,
Tak Adachi. Geomodels & Designfs Hideto Horiguchi personally organised the Kansai leg of the 2014 mission, while QJCCI management committee members Anthony Fensom and Jumpei Morita served as volunteer organisers.

The mission also benefitted from the participation of Anthony
Shorten MP, State Member for Algester, travelling in a private capacity, as well as Derek Brown, State Director, Queensland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The mission officially began on June 8 at Knowledge Capitalfs Knowledge Salon at Grand Front Osaka, where the QJCCI was welcomed by Yutaka Mabuchi, Senior Director, Knowledge Capital Association, followed by a centre tour and networking session.

Mission delegates are welcomed at Knowledge Capitalfs Knowledge Salon
Mission delegates are welcomed at Knowledge Capitalfs Knowledge Salon

On June 9, the mission met with Tadakazu Konishi, Vice Governor, Osaka Prefecture, as well as Osaka Prefectural Assembly lawmaker Hideki Nagafuji. Osaka Prefecture and Queensland previously signed memoranda of understanding on friendship (1988) and economic cooperation (1998).

The delegationfs next meeting was at MOBIO, a facility established by the Osaka prefectural government to promote manufacturing SMEs, hosted by Susumu Mizumoto, Chief Coordinator Business Matching Centre.

The delegation then travelled to Kyoto, highlighted by a meeting on June 10 with the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by Yoshio Tateisi, honorary chairman of the Kyoto electronics giant, Omron Corporation.

June 11 was dedicated to Saitama Prefecture, which in October 2014 celebrates the 30th anniversary of sister-state relations with Queensland. Accompanied by TIQfs Iori Forsyth, who acted as official interpreter, the QJCCI delegation was hosted by Saitama Prefecture Governor Kiyoshi Ueda.

The QJCCI delegation next paid a courtesy visit to members of the Saitama Prefectural Assembly, followed by a networking seminar organised by the Saitama Prefectural Governmentfs International Division.

On June 12, it was back to Tokyo, with the first event being a seminar at TIQfs office in Kamiyacho. Mr Adachi gave the delegation a guide to the prospects for gAbenomicsh, followed by briefings on Japanfs media and public relations landscape by Kyodo PRfs Anthony Blick and Total Communicationsf Daniel Fath.

Kawasaki City Mayor Norihiko Fukuda with the QJCCI delegation
Kawasaki City Mayor Norihiko Fukuda with the QJCCI delegation
Next was a seminar at Global Skyfs nearby Queensland Business Centre, established to support Queensland SMEs in Japan. Following presentations by Global Skyfs Ko Nagata, Marunouchi Business Consultingfs Akemi Sunaga and others, a networking event was held, showcasing Queenslandfs Sirromet Wines.

June 13 was the last official day of the mission and it was devoted to Kawasaki City, which in 2011 signed a memorandum of understanding with Queensland concerning cooperation in clean technology, waste and water resource management.

Anthony Shorten MP with the Trade & Investment Queensland team in Tokyo
Anthony Shorten MP with the Trade & Investment Queensland team in Tokyo
The delegation met with Kawasaki Mayor Norihiko Fukuda, followed by Naohisa Suzuki, Vice Chairman of the Kawasaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). Official events concluded with a seminar and networking event featuring presentations by a range of Kawasaki businesses.

Summing up the trip, QJCCI President Ling Raines said the Chamberfs mission had proven successful in paving the way for further growth with Queenslandfs second-largest trading partner.

gThe Chamberfs services-focused delegation has helped identify new opportunities for Queensland businesses and for Japanese investment into Queensland. We were delighted by the generous welcome extended by our Japanese hosts, and I wish to extend my thanks to Trade & Investment Queensland, and all our other supporters from Queensland and Japan for the missionfs success,h Mrs Raines said.

The QJCCI also wishes to thank Plum Design for their graphic design services, and official mission gift providers Mojocreations and Seb Messina Photographics.

You may download a detailed Mission Report here

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For further information, please contact Anthony Fensom via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.

Business connections with Saitama Prefecture

18 June 2014

Our recent business mission to Japan included a visit to Saitama Prefecture, the sister state of Queensland.

For the benefit of our Chamber members, here is the link for the database of 795 Saitama based advanced manufacturing SMEs.

The database is setup in Japanese only at this stage. If you have any queries in relation to any particular business in the database, please contact them directly.

QJCCI HITS the mark
L to R: Ms Kate Dobie, Mr Greg Morriss & Ms Yoko Yanagisawa - Consul-General for Japan, Brisbane
L to R: Ms Kate Dobie, Mr Greg Morriss & Ms Yoko Yanagisawa - Consul-General for Japan, Brisbane

BRISBANE, April 29, 2014: Queensland organisations hit the target with the audience at another successful HITS (Hero in Ten Slides) networking event hosted by the Chamber on April 29.

Highlighting the QJCCIfs diverse membership base, six organisations provided a glimpse into their activities and Japan links in the allocated four-minute, 10-slide timeslot at Brisbanefs Tattersallfs Club, comprising:

  • Australian Baseball League club Brisbane Bandits (Ms Kate Dobie)
  • Communication consultancy BWH Communication (Mr Anthony Fensom)
  • Education provider Charlton Brown (Ms Kay Ganley and Ms Rina Achiwa)
  • Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (Ms Patricia Hart)
  • Serviced office provider Servcorp (Ms Lisa Ulrich and Ms Annabel de Fina)
  • Medical researcher Wesley Research Institute (Mr Aaron Davis).

Charlton Brown chief executive Kay Ganley and Rina Achiwa, participants in the QJCCIfs upcoming Japan business mission, showed the strong growth of the community service sector and the companyfs range of courses including aged, childcare and disability services, as well as study tours for Japanese students.

Ms Ganley praised Japanfs international 2013 Global Welfare Summit, at which she was Australiafs sole representative, noting that Queenslandfs Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan, Tak Adachi had offered to host the event in Brisbane in 2015.

Patricia Hart of the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFEfs fashion school focused on the institutefs partnerships with the Japanese fashion industry, including Tokyofs Bunka Gakuen University, which involves study tours and internships. She noted Brisbane companies including Dogstar, Kitten DfAmour and Tom Gunn had offered internships to Japanese students, while a new Global Learning Scholarship Program launched this year would further strengthen study exchanges.

L to R: Ms Annabel de Fina, Mr Ben Miles & Ms Lisa Ulrich
L to R: Ms Annabel de Fina, Mr Ben Miles & Ms Lisa Ulrich
Servcorpfs Lisa Ulrich and Annabel de Fina highlighted the global presence of the Australian serviced office provider, which has over 140 centres in 21 countries, including Japan and Queensland. The presentation included a test call for an audience member to a centre in Perth, demonstrating the ease of establishing a virtual or physical business presence in any time zone.

Queenslandfs innovations in medical research, including prostate cancer, were demonstrated by Aaron Davis, chief operating officer of the non-profit Wesley Research Institute. Funded entirely by private donors including Japanfs Mitsubishi Development, the Brisbane-based institute has become a leader in patient care, drawing upon the strong research culture of The Wesley Hospital and its collaborations with industry stakeholders.

BWH Communicationfs Anthony Fensom, a member of the QJCCI management committee, focused on profile raising in his presentation, gBuilding Your Brandh. The presentation highlighted the value of developing a strong individual or corporate brand, demonstrating gthought leadershiph through a range of gnewh and goldh media and other tools.

L to R: Ms Kay Ganley, Mr Mark Spencer & Ms Rina Achiwa
L to R: Ms Kay Ganley, Mr Mark Spencer & Ms Rina Achiwa

However, a highlight was Kate Dobiefs gLessons in Nine Inningsh presentation for the Brisbane Bandits. After reeling off some learnings from Major League Baseball, the audience was singing along at the end to the famous baseball tune, gTake Me Out to the Ball Gameh. She noted that Tokyo would be hosting this yearfs Asia Series as part of the worldfs premier annual baseball tournament, with the Australian Baseball League to send a representative team.

QJCCI President Ling Raines thanked the participants for showcasing their businesses, along with MC Levi Smouha, Senior Associate at Premium Member, Mills Oakley Lawyers and a member of the management committee. Ms Raines also praised Brisbanefs support for the Kakehashi Tohoku charity concert held in March, with funds raised from the event to provide a tsunami-hit school in Ishinomaki with new taiko drums for the schoolchildren.

Mr Smouha invited QJCCI members to register their details on the Chamberfs upcoming Australia-Japan Business Matching website, which aims to foster greater business ties among a global-minded community from both countries.

Finally, Mr Fensom thanked Chamber members for their strong backing for the QJCCIfs June 7-14 Japan business mission. A briefing for the participants has been organised for May 13 ahead of the trip to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, backed by the invaluable support of Trade and Investment Queenslandfs Tokyo office.

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For further information, please contact Anthony Fensom via email or telephone +61 407 112 623.