New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


11 August 2014
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, met today with the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japan Self-Defense Forces, General Shigeru Iwasaki.

The two Generals exchanged views on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and discussed opportunities for expanding bilateral defence cooperation.


1 August 2014

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says a P3K-2 Orion has today left New Zealand to support international anti-piracy operations.

A Navy command team will also deploy next week, taking the NZDF’s contribution to 68 personnel.

“New Zealand is committed to playing our part in international efforts to tackle piracy,” says Dr Coleman.


New Zealand is in the top ten in the latest ‘Human Development Index’  released by the United Nations Development Programme, headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand has used a special sitting of the United Nations Security Council to call for a full investigation into the crash of flight MH17.
"The crash of flight MH17 claimed the lives of 298 passengers and crew members, including one New Zealand citizen and one New Zealand resident," Mr McCully says.

The Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Mr Shinzo Abe and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 7 July 2014.  Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe on his official visit to New Zealand and appreciated Japan’s ongoing commitment to the Pacific region under his leadership. 


The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

“Prime Minister Abe has been spearheading a revival of Japan’s economy and diplomacy,” Mr Key said.  

“His visit is an opportunity to mark New Zealand’s long-standing links with Japan through Government, business and personal ties.”

The two Prime Ministers will hold talks on Monday in Auckland and meet with business representatives from both countries. 


Paul Roberts, First Secretary, New Zealand Embassy and Koji Hikosaka, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise called on Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd’s Secretary General of the Corporate Strategic Planning and IR Office, Yasuhiko Sakurai on 12 June. 


New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) was up 1.0 percent in the March 2014 quarter. This follows a revised 1.0 percent rise in the December 2013 quarter. This is the third consecutive quarter that GDP has grown by 1 percent or more.
The main movements by industry were:


In the latest Business Environment Rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit New Zealand jumped three places to rank at 8th overall. New Zealand is one of four Asian economies in the top 10 following Singapore in first, Hong Kong in third and Australia in fifth. Other APEC economies in the top 10 include Canada in fourth and the USA in seventh.


The Hokkaido Association of New Zealand Friendship Societies and Sister Cities held its general meeting in the city of Otaru on 3 June. At the meeting, those who are involved in Japan-New Zealand exchange programs at the cities of Sapporo, Tomoakomai and Otaru as well as the town of Bihoro spoke of their efforts in organizing student exchanges, sending and receiving missions and hosting New Zealand fairs. Mr. Masanori Aoki, honorary consulate of New Zealand in Sapporo, Ambassador Mark Sinclair and Tomo Miyazaki, executive officer to the Ambassador, also attended the meeting.

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