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12th Dec 2022

JNZBC Conference 2022 in Beppu: Key learnings

The Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) is an organisation with a wealth of connections and knowledge in the New Zealand and Japanese business environment. Catherine and Jayne were able to attend the 48th conference held in Beppu, (Kyushu) Japan in November 2022. If you are wondering about joining the JNZBC or attending the Christchurch, New Zealand conference in 2023, this is the episode for you. 

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The most impactful insights from the JNZBC conference in Beppu
  • The opportunity for networking and “stealth networking” with both New Zealand and Japan counterparts
  • Our tips for improving future gatherings to increase and scale up the impact of interactions with new contacts
  • Details of the 2023 conference to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand


About the JNZBC

Formed in 1974, the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) is New Zealand's longest standing business organisation within Asia.

The JNZBC has National Committees in New Zealand and Japan. The Chairman of the Japan Committee is Mr Akira Ichikawa, Chairman of Sumitomo Forestry (parent company of Nelson Pine Industries, and Tasman Pine Forests). The Chairman of the New Zealand Committee is Mr Ian Kennedy, previously New Zealand Ambassador to Japan (2007 - 2012).

 Membership of the New Zealand Committee is open to private sector companies, individuals, government agencies, regional economic development agencies, industry associations, and educational institutions engaged or interested in the promotion of trade between New Zealand and Japan.

The New Zealand Committee meets bimonthly for planning purposes, oversight of the accounts, and other administrative matters.  Following each Committee meeting we hold networking functions with invited speakers. This is open to all members and the Japanese business community, as an opportunity to engage and exchange information to better connect NZ Inc and Japan Inc.

The JNZBC holds an annual joint conference, alternating between New Zealand and Japan, to discuss key developments and the outlook for the trade and economic relationship. This is an important networking event that enables our members to learn about trends and opportunities. 


Connect with JNZBC

Website: https://www.jnzbc.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jnzbc/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JNZBC 


Connect with Jayne and Catherine

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About the Podcast

Jandals in Japan
Bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun
The best new show about doing business in Japan, bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun
How do you build a brand in Japan and nurture a loyal customer base?
What do you need to have in your tool belt if you are thinking of coming to Japan to launch a business here?
Japan is often considered to be in the "too hard" basket but we are here to open up the black box of doing business in Japan.
We will share stories from successful kiwis selling their products and services in the land of the rising sun.
They'll tell you their tips for success and pitfalls to avoid.
They'll share their challenges and what they did to overcome them.
They will tell you things you can't find in textbooks or on the internet.
We will also be sharing the latest intel and insights on Japan from our on-the-ground presence
And you'll hear some super business culture and other tips from us sprinkled throughout.
Grab a glass of sake and let's get into it.

About your hosts

Jayne Nakata

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Jayne Nakata is a Southland girl who arrived in Japan in 2002, planning to stay just two years. 20 years later she is still living in Fukushima Prefecture with her Japanese husband and two children. When the triple disaster hit in 2011, Jayne made the commitment to stay in Fukushima and contribute to rebuilding the area. She is the host of the award winning podcast Transformations with Jayne, which is a favourite with international women living in Japan. She is also the double award winning podcast producer and manager for PodLaunch with Jayne.

Catherine O’Connell

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Born and bred in Christchurch, Catherine O'Connell landed in Japan in 2002, on a one year contract, and 20 years later she's planted her feet firmly in Japan. She built a wealth of business and cultural experience working at the coal face of brand-name Japanese corporates as in house legal counsel. Catherine took a leap of faith down the entrepreneurial route launching her own multi award-winning boutique law firm in Tokyo in 2018, being the first Kiwi and first foreign female to do so. She is Vice Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and helps businesses thrive in the Japan market delivering business insights meshed with legal instincts. Catherine is also host of the award-winning Lawyer on Air Podcast.