New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

23-05-13

Research released by the New Zealand Asia Institute today has found that Japan joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could potentially trigger a revitalisation of its agriculture sector.

For further details please see the attached PDF file (English only) below.

17-05-13

New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English delivered the 2013 budget today, which included a series of hard-hitting reforms aimed at bursting the housing bubble and providing affordable housing for low income families.

08-05-13

On Friday 19 April, like-minded representatives from friendship societies and sister cities in Hokkaido met at a hotel in Sapporo and agreed to establish the “Hokkaido Association of New Zealand Friendship Societies and Sister Cities”. 

24-04-13

New Zealand Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser made a major speech on trade issues at the Japan National Press Club on 24 April. Here is the link to the English text of the speech. A Japanese translation is available below. The Minister touched on TPP, the WTO and the New Zealand-Japan trade relationship in his remarks.

23-04-13

Anzac Day commemorations will be held again this year at the Hodogaya War Cemetery in Yokohama on Thursday 25 April, starting at 9:00am and finishing at around 9:50am. The commemoration service will be followed by morning tea and the event will finish at around 11am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

22-04-13

Reflecting the high interest in development of renewable energy in Japan, nearly 600 people attended a symposium on geothermal power generation in Sapporo on 20 April. The symposium was organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and supported by the Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee for Geothermal Energy Promotion, the Japan Tourism Agency, and Hokkaido Government.

22-04-13

New Zealand Ryugaku Guidebook 2013” is now available. See the attached document for more information.

http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/media/953034/nz_education_2013_brochure.pdf

22-04-13

On Saturday night New Zealand trade minister Tim Groser issued a statement on behalf of the current eleven TPP countries formally welcoming Japan as a new participant in negotiations to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Here’s the link to the full statement.

18-04-13

Recent economic news would suggest that the New Zealand economy is performing far better than expected with a higher than forecast tax revenue underpinning an improvement in the Government’s finances, indicating that overall prospects for growth are looking good (see this Scoop.co.nz article for more information).

12-04-13

Air New Zealand has won a major international award for best sustainable tourism practices. The airline was judged best at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s global summit in Abu Dhabi. Air NZ has managed to reduce its carbon emissions by 15% (142,000 tonnes) over the past five years, helping to reinforce the country’s 100% Pure brand and encourage more people to visit.

You can read the full story via the NZ Herald.

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