New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mark Sinclair and the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, on 27 January joined Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Nishikawa, Reconstruction Minister Takeshita and Fukushima Prefecture Governor Uchibori in visiting the Fukushima-kan – a pilot shop for Fukushima Prefecture in Nihonbashi.


New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador Jo Tyndall on 27 January made a presentation at the Japan National Press Club in central Tokyo on New Zealand’s proposal to achieve an international agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21) later this year.  


New Zealand was ranked third in the overall ranking of the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom released jointly on 27 January 2014 by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. New Zealand, ranked fifth in the 2014 index, moved up by two spots in this year’s ranking.

The index ranked economic freedom of 178 countries by studying 10 aspects of economic freedom. New Zealand was ranked first in the areas of “Property Rights” and “Freedom from Corruption.”

Top 10 nations in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom:


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.


Dear Fellow Kiwis,

We would like to invite New Zealanders in Japan, including their partners and families, to attend an informal lunch marking Waitangi Day at the Embassy in Tokyo from noon to 2:30pm on Saturday 7 February.

The menu will include a buffet lunch, and a selection of New Zealand beer and wine.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners.

“As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean,” Mr McCully says.


Prime Minister John Key has strongly condemned the violent attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

“This horrific attack has reportedly left 12 people dead and others fighting for their lives,” Mr Key says.

“Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones, those injured in this brutal attack, and the people of France.”

The French authorities have confirmed the shooting was politically motivated.


Finance minister Bill English says that New Zealand's economy remains one of the fastest growing in the developed world. On 18 December Statistics New Zealand reported that New Zealand's economy grew 1% in the September quarter, taking annual growth (from the September quarter 2013 to the September quarter in 2014) to 3.2%.


Fonterra and the New Zealand Government today launched a two-year study into Hokkaido grassland dairy farms, in partnership with Japanese farmers.

A press release with further details is available below in PDF format.

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