Japan is Western Australia’s 2nd largest merchandise export market. Western Australia exported A$23.1 billion of merchandise to Japan in 2018, with the top exports being petroleum, iron ore, nickel ore, wheat and base metal ores. Japan is Western Australia’s largest export market for petroleum. Western Australia has been supplying Japan with iron ore for more than 50 years and LNG for more than 25 years.
Japan is Western Australia’s 2nd largest source of merchandise imports. Western Australia imported A$3.9 billion of merchandise from Japan in 2018, with the top imports being gold (further refined and re-exported) and motor vehicles.
Japan is Australia’s 2nd largest source of foreign direct investment (A$105.9 billion in 2018), while Japan is the 17th largest destination for Australia’s direct investment abroad (A$1.3 billion in 2018).
Western Australia had over 30,000 visitors and over 1,000 students from Japan in 2018. For Western Australian tourists, Japan is the 8th most popular overseas destination, with 46,000 Western Australians visiting Japan in 2017-18.
Japanese people reside in Western Australia. In 2016, 4,000 Western Australian residents were born in Japan.
Western Australia has had a Sister-State Relationship with Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture since 1981, and has maintained an office in the prefecture capital, Kobe. Western Australia also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Bank of International Cooperation, to exchange information on potential investments in Western Australia.
The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation supports Western Australia’s investment and trade with Japan through its Offices in Tokyo (established in 1968) and Kobe (established in 1989).