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  • 13 Dec 2020 23:13 | Anonymous


    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) reported a successful visit by Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi.  Mr Motegi said in his talks with Dr. Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation, that Japanese companies have resumed full-fledged operations in South Africa following a suspension due to the pandemic.

    Minister Motegi said that he and Minister Pandor held very fruitful exchanges of views and that he hoped to deepen the cooperation leading up to TICAD8, in Tunisa 2022, to promote business relations and people-to-people exchanges with South Africa, and to cooperate to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

    Further details of the visit can be found at MOFA and the Japan Times.

  • 6 Dec 2020 13:22 | Anonymous

    Japan foreign minister to visit 4 African countries next week - The Mainichi


    As reported in Japan Today, the Japanese Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, plans to visit Tunisia, Mozambique, South Africa and Mauritius this week to discuss strengthening post-coronavirus business ties.

    The Foreign Minister's trip will commence on December 8th and last until December 14th.

    More information can be read here.

  • 25 Nov 2020 21:46 | Anonymous

    The South Africa Investment Conference 2020 was held on the 17th and 18th of November.  The conference was hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa and Online.  A number of companies across various sectors and originating from multiple nations, including Japan, have pledged toward this Investment Drive.  More information on this conference can be accessed at South Africa Investment Conference 2020.

    The opening address by the President of South Africa can be viewed here.

    The full event including the investment announcements can be viewed here

  • 24 Nov 2020 19:58 | Anonymous

    The SACCJ is proud to announce that our Corporate Member, Rio Tinto will host the event “Clean Growth - Enablers for a Low Carbon Economy” on Tuesday, 8 December.

    Originally scheduled for February 2020 as part of UK in Japan Clean Growth GREAT Week, the Forum will now be held online in the interest of protecting your health and safety.

    Date and Time: 16:00 - 18:00, Tuesday, 8 December 2020

    Event Format: Online conference by Zoom

    Languages: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation available)

    Cost: Free (Pre-registration required)

    Please register on the Registration Page .

    Further information can be found in the attached document.

  • 24 Nov 2020 19:26 | Anonymous

    While our travels have been restricted in 2020,  has found a way to bring African Safaris, specifically from South Africa and Kenya, to the comfort of our sofas and our office chairs.  They currently broadcast LIVE safaris twice a day at 12:30 JST (5:30 – 09:30 CAT) and 22:30 JST (15:30 – 19: 00 CAT).  More information and the link to the free live stream can be accessed at

  • 24 Nov 2020 19:22 | Anonymous

    The South African government has put together a plan to assist Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) during the pandemic.  As the country works to support the economy during the epidemic, the Debt Relief and the Business Growth Scheme has been formulated to provide relief and support for eligible SMMEs covering Business, Agriculture, Tourism, Tax, Loans, Social Grants and Employee assistance as outlined in the attached document

  • 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.


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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