About Import & Export

Japan is the world's third largest economy. It is also Asia’s high-tech powerhouse economy, with a GDP per person 6 times higher than that of China. The good news for those seeking to do business in or with Japan is that Japanese consumers have high levels of disposable income and its companies are keen to invest in foreign products and services. Trends such as an ageing population, growing demand for globalised services and widespread interest in high-end goods and services offer diverse windows of opportunity for foreign companies seeking trade agreements with Japan. Japanese companies are renowned for their strong commitment and loyalty towards their business partners, so such agreements are likely to pay dividends for years to come. Also, new regulations make it theoretically possible to set up an entity in Japan in as little as 14 days. Sectors with large growth potential in Japan include health, food safety, security and tourism.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Business Risk-Japan, 2016
Export to Japan, Understand Japan, 2013
Austrade, Doing Business, 2013
Export to Japan, Getting Started – Export to Japan, 2013
JETRO, 3 Windows on Japan, 2012
Austrade, Japan, 2013

Table of Contents

  • Why Japan?
  • EU-Japan Trade
  • EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement
  • 21st Japan-EU Summit Tokyo
  • Entering the Japanese Market
  • Market Access Database
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • TTPP
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs