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  • 24 Nov 2020 18:57 | Anonymous

    In May our membership voted in two additional directors, Ms Annemarie Luck as a Director and Dr Harrison Hlabane as a Deputy Director, at the Annual General Assembly (GA).  Since we had our first ever successful online GA, we have had some changes in our structure.

    Ms Luck received an unexpected professional opportunity back in South Africa, and decided to pursue this opportunity.  While we were sad to bid her farewell, we wished her well as she journeyed back to South Africa.

    Dr Hlabane has been voted in as a Director by the Board and with these changes, we will have seven directors on the SACCJ’s Board Of Directors.

    As a member of the SACCJ, you are welcome to voice any comments with the recent promotion of Dr Hlabane from Deputy Director to Director.  We ask that you direct these queries to within one month of this newsletter’s publication date.

  • 22 Oct 2020 20:34 | Anonymous


    If you are a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market for your market entry or business expansion, the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is providing business owners with an opportunity to take part in the 27th Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC 27).

    As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements, visit the JMEC homepage at

    You can find the link to the application form here and some additional information in the attached flier, JMEC 27 Project Client Info Sheet, as well as a press release of JMEC26, JMEC26 Program Description.

    As a JMEC Participant, you can upgrade your business skills as JMEC is also looking for individual applicants to participate in the program and learn how to research and develop a professional business plan. This ‘mini MBA’ style program includes classroom training with experienced executives and successful entrepreneurs as lecturers—as well as hands-on experience in writing a business plan for a real business project, submitted by a real company. Interested applicants can find a summary of the program in the attached flier, JMEC 27 Participant Info Sheet, and more information here,, and contact JMEC directly at as the online application deadline has past.  

    The SACCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

  • 20 Oct 2020 19:20 | Anonymous

    Residents are in luck! 

    A special limited discount pass*, available only to foreign passport holders (regardless of visa status), will be available for purchase from 16 October 2020 to 26 February 2021 and valid for use up to 28 February 2021.  

    *Adult: 12,000 yen; Child: 6,000 yen

    The pass is valid on JR East trains in the areas of Tokyo, Tohoku, Nagano, and Niigata, inclusive of the Shinkansen, for 3 consecutive days. It is a great way to explore the eastern region of Japan this fall/winter!

    For further information, please access the link:  JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020

  • 23 Aug 2020 07:04 | Anonymous

    Study in Japan Online Fair 2020 will be held 14-18 September on Facebook.Participants will have access to information for over 42 universities to use as their tool to identify the university best suited for them.

    By the end of the 5th day participants will have obtained knowledge on how to apply for universities for bachelor/master/doctoral courses and the available scholarships.

    Read more about this exciting opportunity here.

  • 21 Aug 2020 06:47 | Anonymous

    Marx, Springboks hooker, and Mapimpi, Springboks wing, join Top League's Chiba based Kubota Spears and Osaka based NTT Docomo Red Hurricane

    Read more about Marx on Kyodo News here and about Mapimpi on The South African here.

  • 12 Aug 2020 14:06 | Anonymous

    A Cape Town lawyer and women’s rights activist is one of ten 2020 JCI Outstanding Young Persons of the World nominees who will fly to Tokyo in November for the awards ceremony. The Weekend Argus provides us with more information on this Outstanding Nominee.

  • 18 Jun 2020 22:48 | Francois Keet

    Exclusive Interview

    The incredible story of Greg Brutus—Japan’s newest Capetonian expat


  • 7 May 2020 12:29 | Katsura Ogishima (Administrator)


    The Chamber shall have a Board of Trustees consisting of one or more South Africans and one or more Japanese. Members of the Board of Trustees shall work for the long-term development and stability of the Chamber.  Members of the Board of Trustees shall be elected at a General Assembly and their term shall be for a period of three (3) years, although they may be re-elected.

    Nominations received

  • 24 Apr 2020 11:26 | Katsura Ogishima (Administrator)

    Dear SACCJ Members,

    Thank you for your ongoing support of the Chamber, especially during these difficult times.

    We are pleased to announce the nomination of our Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons  for the 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2022 term.

    The Chairperson and the two Vice Chairpersons were elected by the new Board of Directors during the 1st Board meeting held on the 15 April 2020.


    Jaco Minnaar (Individual Member, re-elected)


    Francois de Villiers(Individual Member, re-elected)

    Simon Farrell (Individual Member, re-elected)


    Again, we thank you for your support. Please stay safe and stay well.


    Katsura Ogishima


    South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan

  • 3 Apr 2020 10:15 | Katsura Ogishima (Administrator)

    Dear SACCJ Members,

    Thank you for your ongoing support of the Chamber, even – and especially – during these difficult times.

    I am pleased to report the results of the election for the SACCJ Board of Directors for the 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2022 term.

    We thank those of you who took the time to vote. 34 of 48 members with voting rights, or 71%, cast ballots in the election, exceeding the two-thirds quorum.

    These are the members of your new Board of Directors, in alphabetical order of family name:

    Ÿ   Francois de Villiers (Individual Member, re-elected)

    Ÿ   Nico de Wet (Individual Member, elected)

    Ÿ   Simon Farrell (Individual Member, re-elected)

    Ÿ   Francois Keet (Corporate Member, re-elected)

    Ÿ   Jaco Minnaar (Individual Member, re-elected)

    Ÿ   Lungile Siphambili (Individual Member, re-elected)

    *There were six candidates, which is fewer than the maximum of seven Directors stipulated in the SACCJ Articles of Association. All candidates received more “YES” than “NO” votes and were thus duly elected.

    The new Board of Directors will meet shortly to elect a Chair and two Vice Chairs, and to set the date for the 2020-2021 General Assembly, which is to be held before 31 May 2020. Please look out for upcoming announcements about this.

    Again, we thank you for your support. Please stay safe and stay well.


    Katsura Ogishima


    South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan


The South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan was established in 2008 to promote trade and commerce as well as enhance friendship and cultural understanding between the two nations. The SACCJ strives to be a reliable first point of contact for businesses and individuals related to South Africa in Japan, and to provide our members with access to a wealth of information and contacts to assist in their projects, ventures and businesses.



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