New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


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.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the New Zealand Embassy will hold the 6th Japan-New Zealand Conference in the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido in northern Japan on 16 December to discuss the partnership between the two nations in the areas of food and agriculture.


New Zealand ranked second as one of the world’s least corrupt country in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 released on 3 December by Berlin-based international non-governmental organization Transparency International. According to the annual survey which covered 175 countries and territories, Denmark was the world’s least corrupt country with a score of 92 out of 100 with New Zealand closely behind with a score of 91.  

Ten least corrupt nations in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014:


New Zealand and the Republic of Korea have completed negotiations on a free trade agreement covering both goods and services traded between the two countries.

This is the latest in a series of high-quality free trade agreements New Zealand has negotiated with large and emerging Asian economies, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Philippines, China and Taiwan.


Sir Peter Gluckman, chief science advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, participated in the first day of the Science Agora event held from 7 to 11 November at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and other locations in Tokyo.


New Zealand ranked third among 142 nations in the latest version of the Legatum Prosperity Index released on 3 November by the London-based Legatum Institute. The index tries to examine wealth and wellbeing of society from various angles. Of the eight categories which comprise the index, New Zealand ranked first in "personal freedom," second in "governance" and "social capital," seventh in "education." 

Top 10 nations in the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index:


New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mark Sinclair and Defence Attaché Captain Tony Hayes of the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo attended the Remembrance Day service held at the Yokohama War Cemetery on 9 November.

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