Victoria's relationship with Japan

Victoria has a long-standing and robust relationship with Japan which includes a history of mutually  beneficial economic activity. Japan is Victoria's third largest trading partner and there are approximately 190 Japanese companies currently operating in Victoria.

The Victorian Government is committed to maintaining our strong relationship with Japan, with a presence through our Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) office in Tokyo. This office has the dual aim of both developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current Japanese investors and facilitating exports into Japan.

Victoria has a number of sister-city relationships with Japan including Melbourne and Osaka, whilst Victoria and Aichi prefecture are sister states. The 40th anniversary of the sister state relationship between Victorian and Aichi is being commemorated in in 2020. Victoria's close relationship with Aichi is based on education, investment, trade, arts and culture and youth exchange.

There are over 190 prominent Japanese companies currently operating in Victoria and cover a wide range of industries including:

  • food and beverage
  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • ICT.

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