New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


The New Zealand Government on 15 June announced its decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member.

Cabinet agreed in December that New Zealand would join negotiations to establish the founding articles of agreement for the new bank and to agree on acceptable governance arrangements.

For background to the decision please refer to the joint press release from Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully:


New Zealand moved up three spots to 17th among 61 economies in the latest edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking released on 27 May by the Switzerland-based institution. The United States has maintained the top spot for three years in a row while New Zealand was ranked fifth among economies in the Asian-Pacific region after Hong Kong (2nd overall), Singapore (3rd) Taiwan (11th) and Malaysia (14th).

IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015 Results


The government of New Zealand on 2 June announced the first group of awardees in 2015 of the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia, a programme funded by the government for individuals to study or research subjects related New Zealand’s trade or economic agenda in Asia. 

Among aproximately 140 awardees, 10 of them will take part in the programme by studying in Japan. Destinations of other awardees are: China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea.


Keith Betteridge, Lead Consultant of the Hokkaido-New Zealand Dairy Collaboration Project presented the project’s initial findings at the 30th Grass Farming School held in Nakagawa Town in Hokkaido on Friday 29 May.  The findings indicate the potential for New Zealand silage production techniques to contribute to lifting farm profitability in Hokkaido. 

Please see the press release below for further details.


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.

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