Happy New Year 2019 (明けましておめでとうございます) from the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry!
The QJCCI welcomed in the Year of the Boar with a record gathering for our new year "shinnenkai" networking event on February 13 at the Brisbane Club, featuring a welcome address from VIP guest, Mr Kazunari Takanka, Consul-General of Japan, Brisbane.
Mr Tanaka highlighted the strength of the Queensland-Japan relationship, drawing attention to the recent signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the upcoming 35th anniversary of Saitama Prefecture's Sister State relationship with Queensland.
He pointed to positive economic data in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, including rising GDP and wages, along with record female participation in the labour force.
On the sporting front, the recently appointed Consul-General noted Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup - an event certain to attract many Australian visitors - along with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Following Mr Tanaka's speech, attendees undertook an organised networking event that ensured guests made new contacts during the evening.
Door prizes consisting of wine were also awarded to some lucky attendees.
For photos from the night, please visit the QJCCI Facebook page.