British Columbia and Japan

B.C. and Japan enjoy a stable and diverse commercial relationship covering trade, investment, and innovation that is underpinned by the CPTPP trade agreement. In 2021, Japan acted as B.C.’s third largest destination for commodity exports. With one of the world’s largest retail and luxury retail markets, a transparent business environment and a skilled workforce, Japan is home to many business and collaboration opportunities.

Trade & Investment Highlights

  • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership – The CPTPP facilitates trade between Canada and Japan.
  • In 2015, B.C. and Osaka renewed their current MOU for cooperation and to advance business opportunities in the cleantech sector for five more years.
  • Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and one of the most stable societies.

Japan at a Glance

Monetary figures are in USD

Opportunity for Foreign Investors and B.C. Exporters

Japan Top Industries (2017-2021)

Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Japan
Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Japan
Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Japan
Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Japan

How We Help

  • Assist in commercial location identification and site selection.
  • Provide information on transportation infrastructure and logistics gateways.
  • Offer introductions to sector associations, industries and provide cluster insight.
  • Facilitate understanding and solutions for talent, skilled workforce and labour mobility
  • Facilitate engagement with professional advisors on legal, compliance and tax matters
  • Help navigating and offering referrals within government agencies on First Nations, business and regulatory processes.
  • Identify high potential investment opportunities and offer industry insight.
  • Introductions to sector associations and local industry contacts.
  • Introductions to companies seeking investments to expand.
  • Provide knowledge on local innovation hubs and connections to entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Introductions to local venture capital networks.
  • Assist in navigating government export programs and financial supports.
  • Advice and coaching in international expansion and exporter development.
  • Support Team BC missions and trade events.
  • Match buyers and sellers in local and foreign markets.
  • Provide insight on trade agreements and barriers.
  • Introductions to trade representatives in foreign markets.
  • Market entry assistance in international markets.

Trade & Investment Team in Japan


British Columbia and Japan share a long and significant cultural and economic history.

Our representative’s extensive networks in Japan and strong connections to British Columbia help businesses capitalize on shared business opportunities across the country.

Japan Team:

Commercial Section
Embassy of Canada
7 Chome-3-38 Akasaka
Minato City, Tokyo
107-0052, Japan

Contact our Trade and Investment Representatives. Our team welcomes your inquiries:

Ryo Tokunaga - Trade and Investment BC
Ryo Tokunaga
Director, Trade Section
Chris Malcolm - Trade & Invest BC
Chris Malcolm
Senior Commercial Officer
Tomoko Nakasuji - Trade & Invest BC
Tomoko Nakasuji
Commercial Officer
Nubuo Araki - Trade and Investment BC
Nobuo Araki
Commercial Officer
Kaori Suzuki - Trade & Invest BC
Kaori Suzuki
Commercial Officer

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