Japan and Korea
Victorian Government Business Office
Victoria’s relationship with Japan and Korea
|Victoria has a strong relationship with Japan which includes a history of mutual business participation. Japan is Victoria’s third largest trading partner and there are approximately 140 Japanese companies currently operating in Victoria.|
The Victorian Government is committed to maintaining our strong relationship with Japan and Korea, with a presence through our Victorian Government Business Office in Tokyo. This office has the dual aim of both developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current investors and facilitating exports into Japan and Korea.
Melbourne and Osaka are sister cities, whilst Victoria and Aichi prefecture are sister states. The relationship between Victoria and Aichi celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010. The alliance continues to develop, with two of Victoria’s leading universities, RMIT and Monash, having broad MOUs and exchange programs with Aichi-based Universities. There is also is an active school exchange program between Aichi and Victorian high schools.
Korea is a strategically important growth market for Victoria for a variety of trade and investment initiatives. Victoria has had a sister-state relationship with Busan, Korea's second largest city, since 1994. The Victorian Government led a trade mission to Korea in May, 2012 of over 50 companies from the Food and Beverage, Agribusiness, ICT, Education, Arts, Tourism and Automotive sector. The mission also participated in the opening day celebrations of Yeosu Expo.
The Victorian Government looks forward to continuing to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with the Japanese and Korean business communities.
Victoria’s major investors from Japan
|There are over 140 prominent Japanese companies currently operating in Victoria that cover a wide range of sectors. This includes Food and Beverage companies such as Asahi and Yakult, and Automotive companies Toyota and Mitsubishi. |
Additional Japanese companies to have a presence in Victoria include; Fujitsu, NEC, Hitachi and Denso.