Japan and British Columbia have a long and significant history of cultural and economic links. Our main exports to Japan have been raw materials and agrifood products, including lumber and pulp, ores, aluminum, coal and seafood.

Today, Japan is the world’s third-largest economy, a leading importer of energy resources and a steady customer for wood products. It is also a world-leading market for clean technologies, digital media and international education. British Columbia businesses have excellent opportunities for sales to Japan in these areas, as well as mining, natural gas and information and communications technology.

Key Sectors Opportunities for Exporters


British Columbia is a long-time supplier of wood products to Japan, and there are excellent opportunities to build on this: pulp and paper, wood pellets, softwood lumber and value-added wood products are a key part of Japan’s reconstruction efforts after the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis of 2011.

Learn more about export opportunities for our forestry sector.


Japan is almost entirely reliant on imports for its mineral needs and expects to increase demand for copper, molybdenum, metallurgic coal and rare earth elements. British Columbia can meet many of these needs. Exports of metallic mineral products from British Columbia to Japan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2011 and the prospects for continued growth are very strong.

Learn more about export opportunities for our mining sector.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Japan is one of the original pioneers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is the world’s largest consumer of LNG. With a major reduction of the use of nuclear power in Japan, British Columbia is in a good position to supply Japan’s growing energy demands.

Learn more about export opportunities for our LNG sector.

International Education

Interest in studying abroad is growing in Japan and we are well positioned to fill this need. There is also an opportunity to increase the number of British Columbia-accredited schools operating in Japan.

Learn more about export opportunities for our international education sector.


Japan is a technology leader with a particular need for renewable energy and clean technology goods, and an interest in information and communications technology and digital media. British Columbia’s expertise in these areas positions our province well for increased sales to Japan in the future. There are particularly good opportunities in solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy along with visual communications, gaming, online affiliate marketing and information technologies for use by Japan’s public sector.

Read more about specific technology opportunities in Japan: Learn more about export opportunities for our technology sector.


British Columbia has a strong reputation in Japan for high-quality products and food safety regulations. This, combined with Japanese interest in westernized foods, provides a strong opportunity for producers to expand into the Japanese food service industry. Particular opportunities exist for British Columbia wine, seafood and blueberries.

Learn more about export opportunities for our agrifoods sector.


There are strong opportunities for British Columbia companies to sell transportation-related solutions, services and products to Japan. This includes technology, engineering and construction related service goods and services.

Learn more about export opportunities for our transportation sector.


Trade Agreements

Read about eliminating barriers to trade for information on trade agreements with Japan:

Eliminating Barriers to Trade.