New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


Statistics New Zealand on 21 August announced that a record 3,002,982 people visited New Zealand in the year ending July 2015, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. The figure amounts to about 65 percent of New Zealand's population of 4.6 million.


Statistics New Zealand on 14 August announced that New Zealand’s population grew by 86,900 people, or 1.93 percent, to 4,596,700 in the year to 30 June 2015. The growth was due to a net international migration gain of 58,300 and a natural increase of 28,700. These figures are provisional. The population of those who were aged 65 or older (674,400) comprised approximately 14.7 percent of the entire population.  


New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mark Sinclair attended two ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings, first at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park on 6 August and three days later at Nagasaki Peace Park, along with survivors of the attacks and representatives from other nations.


Around 120 participants including local press and TV media attended the New Zealand-Hokkaido Dairy Cooperation Project’s Interim Results Seminar in Sapporo on 31 July. At the seminar, opened by Deputy Head of Mission Peter Kell, the project’s Lead Consultant Keith Betteridge presented interim results and Junichi Sudo of the Japan Grassland Agriculture and Forage Seed Association spoke about economic effectiveness of pasture grazing. Betteridge said that project results so far suggested that improvements to pasture and silage quality may increase the profitability


The Government of New Zealand is accepting applications for the Dr Kawase Scholarship programme, to send up to three dairy farmers from Hokkaido to an agricultural training centre in New Zealand, for study focusing on dairy pasture grazing, for approximately 8 weeks.  The Dr Kawase Scholarship programme was established in 2014 to encourage technical exchanges between the dairy industries of our two nations.

The New Zealand Embassy is now accepting applications, with a deadline of 28 August. For details, please refer to the PDF attachment below.


Major General Arthur David Gawn of New Zealand Defence Force on 1 August 2015 assumed the position of Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) headquartered in Jerusalem.


New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mark Sinclair delivered a keynote speech on partnership between New Zealand and Hokkaido in the food and agriculture sector at a symposium co-hosted on 13 July in Sapporo in northern Japan by the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo and the Government of Hokkaido.


New Zealand and Japanese forces participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a biennial Australia-US joint military training for the first time this year. The amphibious exercise held in Northern Australia earlier this month involved more than 30,000 personnel, 21 ships, 200 aircraft and three submarines. 


Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed news that agreement has been reached on a nuclear deal between Iran, the Five Permanent (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany.

“Over the last eighteen months negotiators have been working to secure an agreement that will increase international confidence in the nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” Mr McCully says.


Keith Betteridge, Lead Consultant for the New Zealand Hokkaido Diary Cooperation Project will present the project’s interim results at a seminar in Sapporo City on 31 July.

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