New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


New Zealand was ranked tenth in the annual Global Gender Gap Report released on 19 November by the World Economic Forum, a non-profit foundation in based in Switzerland. The report, which marked its tenth anniversary this year, ranks gender gap in four areas: economic participation and opportunity; education; political empowerment; and health and survival. New Zealand had been ranked between the fifth and seventh places in the first eight years of the report. It lowered the ranking last year to the 13th place but regained the top 10 status in the latest edition.


New Zealand ranked fourth among 142 countries in the 2015 edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index released on 2 November by the London-based Legatum Institute. The index tries to examine wealth and wellbeing of society from various angles. New Zealand, down one from last year, swapped its position with Denmark. Of the eight categories which comprise the index, New Zealand in this year’s version ranked first in "social capital," second in "governance" and “personal freedom," and sixth in "education." 


The New Zealand Embassy and the Hokkaido Government held an Agritech Seminar in Tomakomai on 18 October 2015.  The seminar, held directly prior to the opening of the Japan-New Zealand Business Council conference, was opened by Hokkaido Deputy Governor Mr Hiroki Arakawa.  It brought together lea


The New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo hosted a reception on 11 November to introduce agricultural products from Fukushima Prefecture along with New Zealand wines to those who are involved in Japan’s retail sector and to a show a support for reconstruction efforts in Fukushima and its agricultural producers who still face hard times after the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis took a toll on Fukushima’s reputation.


Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in two binding referendums on the future of the New Zealand flag. 


Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – New Zealand’s biggest free trade agreement.


Prime Minister John Key announced on 28 September the creation of a 620,000-square-kilometer Ocean Sanctuary in the Kermadec region, one of the most pristine and unique environments on Earth. Prime Minister Key made the announcement at the United Nations in New York.

"The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will be one of the world’s largest and most significant fully-protected areas, preserving important habitats for seabirds, whales and dolphins, endangered marine turtles and thousands of species of fish and other marine life," Mr Key says.


The New Zealand Embassy and the Hokkaido Government will jointly hold an Agritech Seminar on New Zealand pasture grazing technology on Sunday 18 October 2015 in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. The seminar is supported by the Japan and New Zealand committees of the Japan New Zealand Business Council and is held directly prior to the Council’s annual conference at the same venue. 


On 15 September the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade released the 2015-2016 edition of the United Nations Handbook. The UN Handbook is designed to be an accessible guide to the complex UN system. The handbook summarises all UN organisations and provides essential information about their aims, structures, and membership. New Zealand has demonstrated its long-standing commitment and practical support for the United Nations by producing the UN Handbook since 1961.


The Government has, on 7 September, announced New Zealand will welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years in response to the ongoing conflict in Syria, says Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Of the 750 places, 600 will be by way of a special emergency intake above New Zealand’s annual refugee quota of 750, and 150 places will be offered within the quota.

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