Australia-Japan: Partners in regional commerce and engagement


Australia and Japan enjoy a deep and resilient bilateral relationship characterised by important economic, person-to-person and strategic ties.  The relationship is underpinned by highly complementary trade and investment links that have been vital to each country’s successes, and will be equally vital to their continued regional competitiveness in the coming years.

The future of the Australia-Japan trade relationship is propitious, with Australia well equipped to meet the evolving needs of the massive Japanese and Asian markets. The traditional basis of the relationship — food security and safety, energy security and commodities — is more important than ever, while growth in trade in the services sector continues to accelerate. 

It is also important that both countries recognise the potential for bilateral co-operation in the booming emerging economies of Asia, where opportunities for Australia-Japan business collaboration are increasing. A history of trust, understanding, complementary skills and similar business standards makes this an exciting area for potential growth in the Australia-Japan business relationship.

Progress towards a free trade agreement between Australia and Japan will further extend trade between the two countries, as will closer political co-operation across a number of important regional and global issues.

The 2012-2013 period marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee (AJBCC) in August 1962 and the establishment of the Japan Australia Business Co-operation Committee (JABCC) in February 1963. Both of these organisations have fostered and facilitated the development of the trade and investment that has underpinned a remarkable relationship between Australia and Japan — a relationship that looks strong for the decades ahead. 

The Australia-Japan book forms an integral part of these yearlong celebrations across mid-2012 and 2013.

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