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Japan is a mature vibrant and prosperous country, with the world's third largest economy by nominal GDP and the fourth largest economy by purchasing power. Japanese consumers spend hundreds of billions of dollars on food, clothing, lifestyle products, and a wide variety of consumer goods. Unemployment in Japan is still 3.5%, which has been unchanged for some time. Japan's slowing economy is significant when compared to its previous growth and economic strength. Australian companies who can present quality, innovative and specialised products can still find substantial opportunities in this market.

The Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will assist Australian companies to enter and compete in the Japanese market. For further information on the JAEPA go to http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/jaepa/ .

For information on obtaining a Certificate of Origin 
Opportunities for Australian companies in Japan include:
Agribusiness & Food
Health & Biotechnology
Education, especially e-learning
Information Technology products and services
Lifestyle products

The Retail Initiative

Ai Group's Japan Retail Program educates, advises and supports Australian companies to learn about the cultural differences, retail structure, supply chain options, how to connect with potential opportunities, and how to successfully work in this advanced market.

  • Learn about the Japanese retail supply chain;
  • Plan the best approach to the market for your product;
  • Access sector-specific regulatory and compliance information;
  • Meet with potential buyers; and much more, including a market visit.

Ai Group has created the most cost effective program through our relationship with Austrade to assist and support you to learn the secrets of entering the lucrative Japanese market.

To register your interest, please download and complete the registration form

For further information about the Japan Retail program or trade links with Japan contact Carolyn Macgill, Principal Adviser - Business and International Advisory Services on 03 9867 0221 or email carolyn.macgill@aigroup.com.au