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March 2015

AJBCC Japan Business Alert [No:15/2] commented on the outstanding example of Japan Post's acquisition (now FIRB approved) of Toll. But apart from this mega acquisition, smaller sized deals by Japanese companies have continued to occur. Interestingly, this is witnessing Japanese investment in Australia broadening out...

Representatives of both Executive Committees based in Australia and Japan met by video conference in March. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the key business issues underpinning the Australia-Japan relationship. The two and a half hour meeting provides for a frank exchange of...

At the recent Australian Japan Economic Intelligence seminar in Sydney, Tatsuo Yamasaki, Vice Minister for Finance for International Affairs, Japan's Ministry of Finance who came to Sydney especially for the meeting produced an interesting slide showing the growth in retained earnings of Japanese corporates. This...

Dean Dalla Valle, President HSE, Marketing & Technology BHP Billiton has replaced the company's Mike Henry on the AJBCC Executive. Our thanks to Mike and BHP Billiton for their support of the AJBCC. He takes up a new position at BHP Billiton as President, Coal....

4-6 October, 2015 Why has Kyushu been chosen for the AJBCC's Annual Conference in Japan this October? Japan is not just all about Tokyo. Regional economies in Japan offer up alternative business opportunities. Kyushu in particular is known for: innovative companies international outlook strong engagement with Asia comfortable lifestyle Australia has long established...

Japan Post's unforeseen acquisition of Australia's Toll Holdings was like a lightning bolt demonstrating the new global strategy being pursued by many Japanese companies. Toll, which itself built its own business through many acquisitions rather than organic growth, is a model which historically Japanese companies...

Over half of Australia's Nobel prize winners are from the field of medicine whilst about half of Japan's Nobel prize winners, not surprisingly, are from the field of physics. Does this complementarity suggest there is an underutilised market opportunity? Based on the wide field of...

How is Japan succeeding in its fight on deflation? What has been the impact in Japan of the increase in the consumption tax? In Australia, why has the capital investment transition from mining and resources been sluggish? The annual Australia Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar is being...

Japan's Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Yoshitaka Akimoto completes his term this month and returns to Tokyo. The Ambassador's assignment occurred at an historic time with the conclusion of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) and reciprocal visits by both countries' Prime Ministers. President of the...