Japan market snapshot
- GDP: US$4.902 trillion (2013)
- GDP per capita: US$38,491 (2013)
- GDP growth: 1.5 per cent (2013)
- Population: 127.3 million (2013)
- Trade with Australia: AU$70.8 billion (2013)
About the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement
Conclusion of negotiations on the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) was announced in Tokyo on 7 April 2014 by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister Abe signed the agreement on 8 July 2014 in Canberra.
On 14 July 2014, Minister Robb tabled the Agreement in the Australian Parliament, and JAEPA will now be considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).
The agreement will provide valuable preferential access for Australia's exports and is by far the most liberalising trade agreement Japan has ever concluded. Australia and Japan are natural partners with highly complementary economies. The agreement will bring our economies and societies even closer and underpin a strong relationship for many years to come.
More information and factsheets are available on the Guide to the agreement tab above.
Map of Japan - quick facts
A hotspot for Australian investment. Some 30 Australian companies have invested around $300 million in the local tourism industry.
Following a long period of isolation, Japan's Yokohama port was one of the first to be opened to foreign trade in 1859.
The first shipment of 187 bales of Australian wool arrived here in 1890. The wool was made into uniforms for the army and railway workers.
Tabling of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement in the Australian Parliament
Minister Robb tabled the text of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement with the National Interest Analysis in the Australian Parliament on 14 July 2014. The Agreement will now be considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT). More information about JSCOT and details on how to make a submission.
Signature of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement
On 8 July 2014 Prime Minister Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement during an official ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.
Media release: Historic trade deal with Japan to drive growth
Guide to the agreement
The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement consists of two treaties – the Agreement between Australia and Japan for an Economic Partnership, and its Implementing Agreement. Here you can locate the full text of both treaties.
Text of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement
- Annex 1 – Tariff Schedules [DOCX 1.15 MB] | [PDF 14.2 MB]
- Annex 2 – Product Specific Rules [DOCX 304 KB] | [PDF 3.04 MB]
- Annex 3 – Data Elements for Documentary Evidence of Origin [DOCX 23 KB] | [PDF 111 KB]
- Annex 4 – List of Essential Food [DOCX 21 KB] | [PDF 121 KB]
- Annex 5 – List of Energy and Mineral Resource Goods [DOCX 25 KB] | [PDF 70 KB]
- Annex 6 – Non-Conforming Measures Relating to Paragraph 1 of Articles 9.7 and 14.10 [DOCX 154 KB] | [PDF 855 KB]
- Annex 7 – Non-Conforming Measures Relating to Paragraph 2 of Articles 9.7 and 14.10 [DOCX 92 KB] | [PDF 476 KB]
- Annex 8 – Recognition of Qualifications of Service Suppliers [DOCX 20 KB] | [PDF 100 KB]
- Annex 9 – Financial Services [DOCX 20 KB] | [PDF 34 KB]
- Annex 10 – Specific Commitments on the Movement of Natural Persons [DOCX 26 KB] | [PDF 104 KB]
- Annex 11 – Subsidies [DOCX 19 KB] | [PDF 31 KB]
- Annex 12 – Expropriation [DOCX 18 KB] | [PDF 6 KB]
- Annex 13 – Government Procurement [DOCX 75 KB] | [PDF 225 KB]
Text of the Implementing Agreement
Implementing Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Japan Pursuant to Article 1.12 of the Agreement between Australia and Japan for an Economic Partnership [DOCX 34 KB] | [PDF 155 KB]
Explanatory Schedule of Tariff Commitments
- Joint Study for Enhancing Economic Relations between Japan and Australia, including the Feasibility or Pros and Cons of a Free Trade Agreement [PDF 151 KB]
- Japan country page
- Australia-Japan Trade and Economic Framework Joint Study
- Austal [PDF]
- Australian Pork [PDF]
- Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) [DOC]
- Cochlear Ltd [PDF]
- Philip Morris Limited [PDF]
- Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA) [PDF]
- Astra Zeneca Pty Ltd [PDF]
- Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee [PDF]
- Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association [PDF]
- Australian Film Commission [PDF]
- Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council [PDF]
- Australian Nursing Federation [PDF]
- Australian Nut Industry Council [PDF]
- Australian Vice-Chancellors' Council [PDF]
- Commerce Queensland (Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry) [PDF]
- Communications Alliance Ltd [PDF]
- Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia [PDF]
- Copyright Agency Limited [PDF]
- Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia [PDF]
- Engineered Wood Products Association of Australia [PDF]
- Gas Industry Alliance Submission [PDF]
- Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance [PDF]
- Minerals Council of Australia [PDF]
- Monash University [PDF]
- National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) [PDF]
- National Institute of Accountants [PDF]
- Qantas [PDF]
- Ricegrowers' Association of Australia [PDF]
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) [PDF]
- Screenrights [PDF]
- Seafood Access Forum [PDF]
- Thoroughbred Breeders Australia [PDF]
- Victorian State Government [PDF]
- Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Agency (Viscopy) [PDF]
Some of the submissions received were provided in-confidence and have not been published.
For more information on doing business in Japan and about specific export opportunities, go to the Austrade website. As well as country-specific information, the Austrade website also has a database that can be searched by industry.
If you would like to know more about the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, contact:
- Email: JapanEPA@dfat.gov.au
- Phone: (02) 6261 1111
- Media enquiries: (02) 6261 1555
- Japan EPA Coordinator
Free Trade Agreement Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
BARTON ACT 0221