New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


On 21 May the Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, announced the 2015 Budget. Key points include the following:


New Zealand was represented at the annual conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo by Hon Nikki Kaye, the Minister responsible for civil defence, youth affairs and accident compensation as well as having education responsibilities.


Following the success of the Partnership in Food and Agriculture conference held in Sapporo last year, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan held a roundtable on 30 March 2015 in Auckland, with the support of both the Japan Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries.  The roundtable focused on how each country meets the challenge of increasing agricultural ex


The Japanese government announced on 29 April that it will bestow decorations on 85 non-Japanese individuals, including two New Zealanders, in its biannual announcement of Japanese and foreign awardees.

Sir Graeme Harrison, chairman of Anzco Foods and the New Zealand International Business Forum, is to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contribution to the development of economic ties between New Zealand and Japan.


Ambassador Mark Sinclair and Defence Attache Captain Tony Hayes were joined by a large number of Australian, UK, USA, Canadian and Japanese officials and visitors at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Yokohama on Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and the spirit of ANZAC.  A hundred strong gathering, including surviving Japanese veteran Mr Kokichi Nishimura, turned out to remember this anniversary and the many sacrifices made in all wars for the sake of peace.  Ambassador Sinclair’s speech and reflection, given ea


Over the last 50 years, New Zealand and Japan have developed a strong partnership in food based on natural complementarities and strong business relationships.


Education New Zealand announced the extension of the “Game On English” study abroad programme for Japanese students athletes on 25 March.


The ANZAC Day commemorations this year are being hosted by the Australian Embassy. A ceremony will be held at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama on Saturday 25 April, starting at 9:00am. It will involve a small service and wreath laying ceremony at both the Australian and New Zealand / Canadian sections of the cemetery.

Details and directions to Hodogaya Cemetery can be found here.


Prime Minister John Key will make a short visit to Japan this week for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He will be accompanied by trade minister Tim Groser.

In announcing the visit Mr Key said “New Zealand has strong links with Japan and I am looking forward to seeing Prime Minister Abe again and discussing a wide range of issues including TPP negotiations, New Zealand’s contribution to the international coalition against ISIL and initiatives our two countries are working on together in food, education, sport and defence.”


The Cricket World Cup currently being held in Australia and New Zealand is one of the great world sporting events, with only the Olympics and Football World Cup having a bigger profile. According to the BBC the India-Pakistan match on 15 February drew more than a billion viewers. The cup runs from 14 February to 29 March. New Zealand is hosting 27 matches in seven host cities.

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