Japan's bilateral relationship with Victoria

Victoria has a long standing and strong bilateral relationship with Japan. The relationship is underpinned by a shared commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well-as common approaches to international security.

We share deep and longstanding trade, investment and research ties. Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) into Victoria was valued at A$180 million in FY 2022/23. Victoria accounted for 89% of all Japanese FDI into Australia in FY 2022/23.

Japan is Victoria’s third-largest trading partner and fourth-largest export market. In FY 2022/23, two-way trade between Victoria and Japan was worth A$8.09 billion and exports were valued at A$2.68 billion respectively.

Victorian Trade and Investment Offices

Supporting our relationship, the Victorian Government has an office in Tokyo which plays a vital role in the facilitation of trade, investment and the establishment of people to people links and partnerships between the two regions. The office in Tokyo focuses on developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current Japanese investors, as well as facilitating exports into Japan from Victoria.

Trade Agreements

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) provides valuable access for Australia's exporters and will support further two-way investment. JAEPA entered into force in January 2015.

For more information please refer to The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) signed on 8 March 2018 between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.

For more information please refer to The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;

Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee Conference

This year, the Victorian Government is investing heavily in its relationship with Japan. Melbourne will host the 60th anniversary of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee Conference in October 2023, which will see approximately 500 delegates from Japan and Australia gather in Melbourne.

Bilateral  Relationships


  • Victoria sister-state relationship with Aichi prefecture (est 1980)

Metropolitan Melbourne

  • City of Melbourne sister-city relationship with Melbourne and Osaka (est 1978)
  • City of Glen Eira sister-city relationship with Ogaki, gifu
  • City of Whitehorse sister-city relationship with Matsudo, Chiba Est 1971)
  • City of Hobsons Bay sister-city relationship with  Anjo City (est 1994)
  • City of Port Philip sister-city relationship with Obu City (est 1993)
  • City of Wyndham sister-city relationship with Chiryu City (est 2000)
  • City of Frankston sister-city relationship with Susono City, Shizuoka (est 1982)
  • Latrobe City sister-city relationship with Takasago City, Hyogo (est 2000)

Regional Victoria

  • Macedon Ranges sister-city relationship with Tokai city (est 2014)
  • Greater Shepparton sister-city relationship with Toyooka City (est 1979)
  • Greater Shepparton sister-city relationship with Oshu City, Iwate (est 2003)
  • Greater Shepparton Toyoake, Aichi Japan (est 2003)
  • Ballarat sister-city relationship with Inakawa-cho, Hyogo Japan (est 1988)
  • Glenelg (Portland) sister-city relationship with Uchiura-machi, Oshima
  • Greater Geelong sister-city relationship with Izumiostu, Osaka Japan (est 1992)
  • Mildura sister-city relationship with Kumatori, Osaka (est 2001)
  • Mitchell sister-city relationship with Honbetsu-cho, Hokkaido (est 1991)
  • Moira sister-city relationship with Katsuyama-mura, Yamanashi
  • Swan Hill sister-city relationship with Yamagata, Yamagata (est 1980)
  • Warrnambool sister-city relationship with Miura, Kanagawa (est 1992)


  • Port of Melbourne sister-port relationship with Port of Yokohama (est 1986)
  • Port of Melbourne sister-port relationship with Port of  Osaka

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