New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


The Embassy has been assisting a team of senior researchers from the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI) who will visit New Zealand on 17-23 February. In coordination with the Cabinet Office of Japan, DRI is researching systems for improved coordination of international support in the case of a major natural disaster. 


Today is Waitangi Day which marks the 173rd anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which took place in the Bay of Islands in the North Island in 1840. With this event, New Zealand was founded as a modern nation. The Treaty provides a framework for the continuing partnership between the Government and Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.


Prime Minister John Key, in his annual “state of the nation” speech delivered to a business audience in Auckland last week, launched a new programme to boost apprenticeships for the Christchurch reconstruction effort.


A group of talented young New Zealanders, who are in town as part of " 25th Ship for World Youth" programme, visited the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo today.


Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have introduced new visa application drop box services in North Asia.


Deputy Head of Mission Janet Lowe accompanied by First Secretary Stefan Corbett met with senior Ministry of Finance official Masatsugu Asakawa on 18 January.  Mr Asakawa has just been appointed Executive Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Taro Aso.  The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the direction being taken by the new Government on economic, monetary and fiscal policy. 


What do you do when long standing and historic structures are destroyed or wiped out by natural disaster?” This is a question being faced in New Zealand and Japan as both countries rebuild their towns, cities and futures following the devastating natural disasters of 2011.


More than 500 delegates from the 11 TPP participating countries met from 3 to 12 December in Auckland with negotiating teams from Canada and Mexico coming to the table for the first time.


A special screening of ‘The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey’ was held in Tokyo on 18 December by Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Air New Zealand and the New Zealand Embassy. 


Japan and New Zealand signed a new Double Tax Agreement on Monday 10 December in Tokyo to replace the existing 1963 treaty. New Zealand’s Minister of Revenue Peter Dunne said “New Zealand has a long standing relationship with Japan. In fact, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with Japan.

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