Victoria's relationship with Japan

Victoria has a long-standing and strong relationship with Japan which includes a history of mutual business participation. Japan is Victoria's third largest trading partner and there are approximately 170 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) in Tokyo. This office has the dual aim of both developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current investors  and facilitating exports into Japan.

Victoria has 17 sister-city relationships with Japan including Melbourne and Osaka, whilst Victoria and Aichi prefecture are sister states. A celebration of the 35th anniversary of the sister state relationship between Victorian and Aichi was celebrated in 2015. Victoria's close relationship with Aichi is based on education, investment, trade, arts and culture and youth exchange.

There are over 170 prominent Japanese companies currently operating in Victoria and cover a wide range of industries including:

  • food and beverage investors such as Asahi, Kirin, Kagome and Yakult
  • automotive organisations such as Toyota, Honda, Denso and Nissan
  • manufacturers such as Australian Paper and Rinnai
  • Japanese retailers such as MUJI and Uniqlo
  • ICT companies such as NEC and Fujitsu.

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