New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


This afternoon in Wellington the director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office, Taipei (NZCIO Taipei) and the Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Wellington (TECO, Wellington) signed an Economic Cooperation Agreement.


After meeting in Auckland on 9 June New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida released a joint statement, saying that the two countries were committed to bringing a new vigour and vision to the relationship. Click here for the full text in English.


It was announced in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list that Mr Naoya Kakizoe, former president of Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd, has been made an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to New Zealand-Japan relations.


New Zealand’s energy and labour minister, Hon Simon Bridges, was invited by Nikkei Inc to participate in the 19th International Conference on the Future of Asia, held in Tokyo 23-24 May. Mr Bridges made a wide-ranging speech on 24 May covering TPP, energy, climate change and the New Zealand-Japan relationship. Click here for the full speech.


The Innovation to Industry Functional Food Seminar (I2I) was held in Tokyo 20-24 May 2013.  The New Zealand delegation comprised representatives from the Riddet Institute, Plant and Food Research Limited, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation, Massey University, University of Auckland, Otago University, Fonterra, ANZCO, Manuka Health, Nutrizeal, Fonterra, Separex, and Douglas Pharmaceuticals. 


Research released by the New Zealand Asia Institute today has found that Japan joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could potentially trigger a revitalisation of its agriculture sector.

For further details please see the attached PDF file (English only) below.


New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English delivered the 2013 budget today, which included a series of hard-hitting reforms aimed at bursting the housing bubble and providing affordable housing for low income families.


On Friday 19 April, like-minded representatives from friendship societies and sister cities in Hokkaido met at a hotel in Sapporo and agreed to establish the “Hokkaido Association of New Zealand Friendship Societies and Sister Cities”. 


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.

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