New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully issued a statement on 6 January regarding the resumption of so-called “scientific whaling” by Japan in the Southern Ocean.  The statement can be found here:


Dear Fellow Kiwis,

We would like to invite New Zealanders in Japan, including their partners and families, to attend an informal lunch marking Waitangi Day at the Embassy in Tokyo from noon to 2:30pm on Saturday 8 February.

The menu will include a buffet lunch, and a selection of New Zealand beer and wine.


The provisional road toll for 2013 of 254 was the lowest since 1950 when the annual road toll was 232. The 2013 figure of 254 compares with 308 in 2012, 284 in 2011, and 375 in 2010, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Transport.


Education New Zealand has a new position in Tokyo working to a team based in Wellington and reporting directly to the Regional Director – Americas, Japan & Korea. 


Roger Sutton, chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, visited Japan from 3 to 10 December to learn from Japan’s reconstruction effort following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in January 1995 and the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 as well as to engage discussions with those who are interested in participating in the Canterbury rebuild.


The latest Half-Year Economic and Fiscal Update, issued by the New Zealand Treasury today, forecasts a strong upturn in economic performance, with economic growth reaching 3.6% in 2015 and unemployment falling. The latest forecasts show the Government posting a modest economic surplus of $86 million in 2014/15, increasing to $1.7 billion and $3.1 billion in the following two years. Net Crown debt is forecast to peak at 26.5% of GDP in 2014/15 before falling to 16.9% of GDP in 2019/20. The New Zealand economy grew 2.5% in the year to June 2013.


Students enrolled in a pilot training programme offered by J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo go through two years of training at CTC Aviation in Hamilton in New Zealand. According to the university, 25 students are currently training in Hamilton.


New Zealand tied Denmark for first place as the world’s least corrupt country in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 released earlier this month by Berlin-based international non-governmental organization Transparency International.


The New Zealand Defence Force has made a video of its recent humanitarian operation in the Philippines available to the public.


The latest Tourism Sector Report released on 26 November shows New Zealand received more than 2.6 million international visitors last year. Though visitor numbers are increasing, there have been significant changes to New Zealand’s international visitor markets.

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