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Country At A Glance

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Map of Japan

Country Facts

Nominal GDP4,940.50 Billion USD
Population126.324 Million
Total Trade/GDP31.58%
CurrencyJapanese Yen (JPY)
Merchandise Imports from Canada10,722.04 Million CAD
Canadian direct investment4,300 Million CAD
Main importsIndustrial Supplies, Capital Equipment, Food, Beverage & Tobacco, Consumer Durable Goods

EDC in Japan

Canadian companies assisted292
International buyers insured921
Business volume1,472.95 Million CAD

Business Environment

Japan is one of the world's largest economies and one of Canada's most important economic and commercial partners. Canadian investment in Japan is significant and diverse, with over 100 companies having a permanent presence in the market. This is due in large to Japan's exceptional business environment which is characterized by its excellent infrastructure, low levels of corruption and strong rule of law. Additionally, Japan's high standards for education have produced a highly technical and skilled workforce. Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, as well as the Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (CJEPA) is a positive for Canadian companies and investors looking to grow their footprint in the country.

Key Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Infrastructure & Waste Water
  • Food & Beverage
  • Forestry (Lumber, Pulp & Paper)
  • Pharmaceuticals 

How we can support your business

Through our Head Office operations in Ottawa, we provide support to Canadian companies planning on or currently doing business in Japan.

  • We are well positioned to help Canadian companies through a range of financing and risk management services.
  • Learn more about our service offering.

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