New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


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.


The New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo and the Hokkaido Government will co-host a symposium in Sapporo on 13 July to explore the possibilities of further collaboration in the areas of food and agriculture between New Zealand and Hokkaido.

The symposium will be held at the former Hokkaido Government Office in Chuo-ku from 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. and is free to attend.  


The New Zealand Government on 15 June announced its decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member.

Cabinet agreed in December that New Zealand would join negotiations to establish the founding articles of agreement for the new bank and to agree on acceptable governance arrangements.

For background to the decision please refer to the joint press release from Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully:


New Zealand moved up three spots to 17th among 61 economies in the latest edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking released on 27 May by the Switzerland-based institution. The United States has maintained the top spot for three years in a row while New Zealand was ranked fifth among economies in the Asian-Pacific region after Hong Kong (2nd overall), Singapore (3rd) Taiwan (11th) and Malaysia (14th).

IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015 Results


The government of New Zealand on 2 June announced the first group of awardees in 2015 of the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia, a programme funded by the government for individuals to study or research subjects related New Zealand’s trade or economic agenda in Asia. 

Among aproximately 140 awardees, 10 of them will take part in the programme by studying in Japan. Destinations of other awardees are: China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea.


Keith Betteridge, Lead Consultant of the Hokkaido-New Zealand Dairy Collaboration Project presented the project’s initial findings at the 30th Grass Farming School held in Nakagawa Town in Hokkaido on Friday 29 May.  The findings indicate the potential for New Zealand silage production techniques to contribute to lifting farm profitability in Hokkaido. 

Please see the press release below for further details.


On 21 May the Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, announced the 2015 Budget. Key points include the following:

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