New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


New Zealand Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser made a major speech on trade issues at the Japan National Press Club on 24 April. Here is the link to the English text of the speech. A Japanese translation is available below. The Minister touched on TPP, the WTO and the New Zealand-Japan trade relationship in his remarks.


Anzac Day commemorations will be held again this year at the Hodogaya War Cemetery in Yokohama on Thursday 25 April, starting at 9:00am and finishing at around 9:50am. The commemoration service will be followed by morning tea and the event will finish at around 11am. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Reflecting the high interest in development of renewable energy in Japan, nearly 600 people attended a symposium on geothermal power generation in Sapporo on 20 April. The symposium was organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and supported by the Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee for Geothermal Energy Promotion, the Japan Tourism Agency, and Hokkaido Government.


New Zealand Ryugaku Guidebook 2013” is now available. See the attached document for more information.


On Saturday night New Zealand trade minister Tim Groser issued a statement on behalf of the current eleven TPP countries formally welcoming Japan as a new participant in negotiations to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Here’s the link to the full statement.


Recent economic news would suggest that the New Zealand economy is performing far better than expected with a higher than forecast tax revenue underpinning an improvement in the Government’s finances, indicating that overall prospects for growth are looking good (see this article for more information).


Air New Zealand has won a major international award for best sustainable tourism practices. The airline was judged best at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s global summit in Abu Dhabi. Air NZ has managed to reduce its carbon emissions by 15% (142,000 tonnes) over the past five years, helping to reinforce the country’s 100% Pure brand and encourage more people to visit.

You can read the full story via the NZ Herald.


Higher than forecast tax revenue continues to underpin an improvement in the Government’s finances, compared to the Half-Year Update in December, Finance Minister Bill English says.


Deputy Head of Mission Janet Lowe (second row third from the left) attended a technical expert meeting in Tokyo on 25-26 March hosted by the Japanese Government and the UN University on the Nagoya Protocol.


Acting Trade Minister Hon Steven Joyce has responded to Prime Minister Abe’s announcement on 15 March that Japan wished to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation. 

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