Country Information Export Development Canada Asia and Pacific


As one of the world’s largest economies, boasting excellent infrastructure, strong rule of law and a highly skilled workforce, Japan offers opportunities across Canada’s sectors.

Evaluating the market in Japan

We can help you get a better understanding of market activity, relationships and support to grow your business.

EDC Position

EDC Country Position – Open on a restricted basis

Open on restricted basis

What this means:

  • Responsive approach to business
  • EDC solutions are available on a restricted basis
How does EDC determine the position?

Risk Rating

EDC Country Position – Low Risk

Low Risk

What this means:

The Commercial Country Ceiling (CCC) Risk Rating is measured from low to high, and is meant to represent the best possible rating that can be assigned to a commercial business (obligor) in a country.

How does EDC determine the risk rating?

Business environment in Japan

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 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 Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) 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.
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Infrastructure & Waste Water
  • Food & Beverage
  • Forestry (Lumber, Pulp & Paper)
  • Pharmaceuticals 

Here’s a helpful tip for doing business in Japan

A hard-sell approach will not work in Japan, where prospects are more open to polite, humble presentations that point out the mutual benefits to both parties.

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Alicia McCarthy

Senior Trade Advisor, EDC

Alicia McCarthy  Senior Trade Advisor, EDC