Japan, New Zealand business leaders to further economic partnership

by | Oct 29, 2009 | Media Releases


Leaders from prominent Japanese and New Zealand companies will meet alongside senior government officials and leading academics in Tokyo at the second Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum which opens tomorrow Friday 30 October 2009 at 9.30 am Tokyo/1.30 pm NZ time.

Releasing programme and delegation details today, New Zealand International Business Forum Executive Director Stephen Jacobi, the organiser of the event, said representatives from well known Japanese companies such as Daiken, Hitachi, Itochu, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Nissui , NYK, Oji, Orix, Sojitz, Shiseido, Sumitomo and Toyota among others would take part.

They will be joined representatives from New Zealand companies including Air New Zealand, Anzco, ASB Bank, Bancorp, Fonterra, Meat and Wool NZ, Meridian, Nelson Pine Industries, Pan Pac, Sealord, Solid Energy and Zespri.

“The strong interest in the Forum reflects the strength of the Japan NZ relationship and the interest in both sides in taking the relationship to a new level”, said Mr Jacobi. “As the economic recovery takes hold in both countries and Asian integration continues apace there is plenty of scope to enhance the partnership with the world’s second largest economy and New Zealand’s third largest trading partner”.

The Forum will be chaired by Mr Yoshiko Miyauchi, Chairman of the Japan Business Federation’s Asia Pacific Committee and Hon Philip Burdon, Chairman of the Asia NZ Foundation.  Key note addresses at the Forum will be delivered by the Prime Minister, Hon John Key, and Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and a senior representative of the newly elected Japanese Government.

Mr Jacobi said business sessions at the Forum would focus on “Partnership and the Real Economy”.

“The Real Economy” refers to those activities which generate economic and social value for customers, consumers, shareholders and citizens.  The Forum will consider how an expanded partnership in areas such as sustainable and renewable energy and resources, food safety and security can assist the economic recovery in both countries.”

Mr Jacobi said the Forum was an important opportunity to showcase New Zealand to Japan alongside other key promotional events taking place in Tokyo this week.

“New Zealand is well known in Japan for rugby, tourism and food.  The Forum’s programme includes a lunch which has been designed to showcase the best of New Zealand and Japanese cuisine at which Global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Kevin Roberts will speak on the theme of leadership, business and sport”.

Mr Jacobi said the Forum would also consider how Japan and New Zealand can enhance their economic partnership to build a more prosperous region through expanded trade and investment.

“With the new Japanese Government openly promoting the concept of an East Asian Community including New Zealand and an officials process examining the basis of closer economic relations already underway, now is a good time to be in Tokyo” said Mr Jacobi.

The Forum will conclude with a reception hosted by Prime Minister Key in Tourism NZ’s “Giant Rugby Ball” which has been located next to the iconic Tokyo Tower.  The week’s events will culminate with a Bledisloe Cup match to be played at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday 31 October.


Register to stay up to date with latest news, as well as saving and discussing articles you’re interested in.

Latest News


Perhaps a cyclone was after all a fitting backdrop for the meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) which was held in Auckland on 12-14 February – the global environment against which the meeting took place is decidedly stormy.  In the event the wind...


As I write this end of year dispatch, NZIBF is preparing to host the first meeting for 2023 of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).  We are looking forward to welcoming the 200 or so business leaders and senior officials from APEC member economies across the...

NZ Herald: Time to lift our game in India

Following his recent visit to India our Executive Director Stephen Jacobi penned this article advocating a more strategic approach to the further development of the relationship. The article was published by the NZ Herald on 9 December.

APEC Rolls out Priorities for 2023

Issued by the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting - Honolulu, The United States, 13 December 2022 Aiming to provide tailwinds for member economies to strengthen recovery and resilience, as well as advance broad-based economic growth, the United States rolled out its...

NZIBF 2022 Chair Report

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2022 CHAIR’S REPORT I am pleased to present my second report on the activities and achievements of the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) for 2022-23, our fifteenth year of operations.  At the outset I would like to thank Members for...


New Zealand business will be represented at the APEC Leaders’ Week in Bangkok, commencing 13 November, by members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). New Zealand’s three members – Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Anna Curzon – supported by Stephen Jacobi...

Submission to MFAT for CPTPP Review

30 September 2022 Phil Mellor Economic Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington (By email) Dear Phil, Thank you for your email of 1 September, seeking our comments on the three year review of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans...