As part of the CAPE’s commitment to supporting New Zealand businesses during these challenging times, we launched our ‘North Asia Post-Covid Webinar’ series on 19 May 2020. This was the first of on-going webinars and interactive workshops aimed at providing up-to-date knowledge and analysis of North Asia’s adaptation to the pandemic and current commercial evolution.

We warmly invite you to attend our second Post-Covid event — an interactive online workshop led by Dr Antje Fiedler and Dr Ben Fath of the University of Auckland’s Business School — focusing on Japan. Places will be limited to 25 due to the workshop’s active nature, so please register soon to avoid missing out. If you register and are later unable to attend, please let us know.


Event details

When: 3:30-5:00pm, Tuesday 9 June 2020

Where: Live via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided prior to the event)

Cost: Free (limited to 25 places)

Presenters: Dr Antje Fiedler and Dr Ben Fath, University of Auckland Business School

Live guest: New Zealand company operating in Japan (TBC)

Introduction by: Professor Paul Clark, director of North Asia CAPE

Event registration:


Workshop introduction

Japan is one of New Zealand’s key trading partners. In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, Japan has tried to balance its health responses with its hopes for hosting the Olympics and letting its economy operate reasonably freely.

Despite Japan’s experience in 2003 with SARS, in 2020 a sense of urgency evolved somewhat belatedly due to initially low infection numbers. Japan entered a state of national emergency in mid-April. Economists have predicted that Japan’s GDP will shrink by about 5% this year.

This workshop addresses the evolving situation in Japan from a New Zealand perspective. We will provide an overview of Japan’s response to Covid-19 with a focus on economic issues. We will also outline changes in Japanese consumer behaviour during the crisis, and discuss how these changes may affect New Zealand business opportunities.

The workshop will be interactive, providing opportunities for discussions, and also include a live update from a New Zealand business operating in Japan.


About the presenters

Dr Antje Fiedler is Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at The University of Auckland. Her research interests include growth and internationalisation of firms, with a focus on emerging Asia, and employment relations. Antje is a member of the New Zealand Asia Institute and the Director of the China Studies Centre of The University of Auckland. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. Her work has been published in international journals, such as New Political Economy, Human Relations and the International Small Business Journal.

Dr Benjamin Fath is with the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at The University of Auckland where he teaches on the MBA program. He has researched innovation, internationalisation and growth of NZ businesses for over a decade. His work has been published in journals including Australian Journal of Management, Human Relations, and the International Small Business Journal. Based on his research, he has designed and facilitated many practitioner workshops on business growth in Asia.

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