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.
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.
Round 15 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA negotiations began today in Auckland, New Zealand, between the 11 participating countries (including new entrants, Mexico and Canada) represented by over 500 negotiators.
Ambassador Sinclair joined 146 attendees at the 39th Joint Meeting of the Japan New Zealand Business Council in Auckland on 6-8 November. This was the biggest turnout for an annual JNZBC meeting, and included an impressive 63 guests from Japan.