US$ 14.45 billion
Bilateral trade during April-November 2022

US$ 20.57 billion

Bilateral trade in FY 2021-22

Growth in India's imports from Japan

Concurrent Accreditation Relations with the Republic of Marshall Islands is handled by the Indian Embassy in Tokyo


largest economy in the world, with a GDP of US$ 5.2 trillion


The Global Competitiveness Report for 2019 ranked Japan the sixth most globally competitive country in the world,

Top 3

Japan ranked among the top three countries highest expenditure on research and development (R&D), as percentage of national GDP


of the Fortune Global 500 companies are headquartered in Japan


Japan has the second-highest number of patent applications per one million people


Japan’s education levels are the second-highest in the world


Japan is the 6th most competitive nation in the world out of 140 countries ranked in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 published by the World Economic Forum

India's Exports and Imports to Japan

S.No. \Year 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
1. EXPORT 4,861.73 4,520.25 4,434.59 6,176.77 5,461.34
2. %Growth -7.02 -1.90 39.29 -11.58
3. India’s Total Export 330,078.09 313,361.04 291,808.48 422,004.40 450,958.43
4. %Growth -5.06 -6.88 44.62 6.86
5. %Share 1.47 1.44 1.52 1.46 1.21
6. IMPORT 12,772.67 12,434.67 10,924.74 14,399.77 16,495.32
7. %Growth -2.65 -12.14 31.81 14.55
8. India’s Total Import 514,078.42 474,709.28 394,435.88 613,052.05 714,042.45
9. %Growth -7.66 -16.91 55.43 16.47
10. %Share 2.48 2.62 2.77 2.35 2.31
11. TOTAL TRADE 17,634.40 16,954.92 15,359.33 20,576.54 21,956.66
12. %Growth -3.85 -9.41 33.97 6.71
13. India’s Total Trade 844,156.51 788,070.32 686,244.36 1,035,056.45 1,165,000.88
14. %Growth -6.64 -12.92 50.83 12.55
15. %Share 2.09 2.15 2.24 1.99 1.88
16. TRADE BALANCE -7,910.94 -7,914.41 -6,490.15 -8,222.99 -11,033.99
17. India’s Trade Balance -184,000.33 -161,348.24 -102,627.40 -191,047.65 -263,084.03

Note:Since 2006-07, Petroleum figures are being computed from Import Daily trade Returns (DTRs) to genetate country-wise/port-wise tables. Up to 2005-06 consolidated petroleum import figures were being received from the Petroleum Ministry.

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Agricultural exports

    Apple juice (excl. of 2009.71), unfermented & not cont. added spirit, wheth … (200979)
    Grape juice, incl. grape must (excl. of 2009.61), unfermented & not cont. a … (200969)
    Juice of any single citrus fruit other than orange/grapefruit (excl. of 200 … (200939)
    Orange juice, frozen, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, whether or not … (200911)
    Orange juice, not frozen (excl. of 2009.19), unfermented & not cont. added … (200919)
    OTHER JUICES (200989)

    Beer made from malt (220300)
    Fermented beverages (e.g., cider, perry, mead), n.e.s.; mixts. of fermented … (220600)
    Liqueurs & cordials (220870)
    Mineral waters (nat./art.) & aerated waters, not cont. added sugar/oth. swe … (220110)
    Non-alcoholic beverages other than waters of 2202.10 (not incl. fruit/veg. … (220290)
    Sparkling wine of fresh grapes (220410)
    Spirits obt. by distilling grape wine/grape marc (220820)
    Whiskies (220830)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of >10 l (220429)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of 2 l/less (220421)

    Cuts & edible offal of species Gallus domesticus, frozen (020714)
    DRIED (EGG ALBUMIN ) (350211)
    Edible offal of bovine animals (excl. tongues & livers), frozen (020629)
    Edible offal of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (020610)
    Edible offal of swine (excl. liver), frozen (020649)
    Edible parts of plants, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added sugar/ot … (200899)
    Guts, bladders & stomachs of animals (other than fish), whole & pieces ther … (050400)
    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled, boneless (020130)
    Meat of bovine animals, frozen, boneless (020230)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb), fresh/chilled, boneless (020423)
    Meat of swine (excl. carcasses/half-carcasses/hams/shoulders & cuts thereof ), fresh/chilled (020319)
    Meat of swine (excl. carcasses/half-carcasses/hams/shoulders & cuts thereof ), froxen (020329)
    PIG FAT (020910)
    Sausages & sim. prods., of meat/meat offal/blood; food preps. based on thes … (160100)
    Shoulders of swine & cuts thereof (160242)
    Tongues of bovine animals, frozen (020621)

    Bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits & oth. bakers’ wares n.e.s. in Ch.19, whethe … (190590)
    Sugar confectionery other than chewing gum (incl. white chocolate), not con … (170490)

    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Malt extract; oth. food preps. of flour/groats/meal/starch/malt extact [see … (190190)
    Malt, not roasted (110710)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)

    Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume <80%vol; oth. ... (220890)
    Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80% vol. (220710)

    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1803.10-1806.10), in blo … (180620)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1806.20-1806.32) (180690)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa, in blocks/slabs/bars, weighing 2k … (180631)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa, in blocks/slabs/bars, weighing 2k … (180632)
    Cocoa beans, whole/broken, raw/roasted (180100)
    Cocoa butter, fat & oil (180400)
    Cocoa paste, not defatted (180310)
    Cocoa powder, not cont. added sugar/oth. sweetening matter (180500)

    Cheese (excl. of 0406.10-0406.40) (040690)
    Fresh (unripened/uncured) cheese, incl. whey cheese, & curd (040610)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, fat content by wt. not >1.5% (040210)

    Uncooked pasta, not stuffed/othw. prepd., not cont. eggs (190219)

    Chrysanthemums (060314)
    ROSES (060311)

    CARNATIONS (060312)
    ORCHIDS (060313)

    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Mixes & doughs for the preparation of bakers’ wares of 19.05 (190120)
    Natural honey (040900)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of fowls of the genus Gallus domesticus (excl. homo … (160232)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of swine (excl. of 1602.41, 1602.42 & homogenised p … (160249)
    Sauces & preps. therefor, n.e.s.; mixed condiments & mixed seasonings, n.e. … (210390)
    Soups & broths & preps. therefor (210410)
    Whey & modified whey, whether or not concentrated/sweetened (040410)

    Asparagus, fresh/chilled (070920)
    Avocados, fresh/dried (080440)
    BAMBOO SHOOTS (200591)
    Betel leaves (140490)
    Bulbs, tubers, tuberous roots, corms, crowns & rhizomes, dormant (060110)
    Citrus fruit, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added sugar/oth. sweeten … (200830)
    Fresh foliage, branches and plants, nt hving flowers / buds, and grasses, mosses and lichens fresh, dried, dyed (060420)
    Fruit & nuts, n.e.s., uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen, … (081190)
    Fruits of the genera capsicum/pimenta, fresh/chilled (070960)
    Garlic, fresh/chilled (070320)
    Grapefruit, fresh/dried (080540)
    Grapes, dried (080620)
    Grapes, fresh (080610)
    Kiwifruit, fresh (081050)
    Leeks & oth. alliaceous vegetables, fresh/chilled (070390)
    Lemons (Citrus limon/limonum) & limes (Citrus aurantifolia/latifolia), fres … (080550)
    Live plants, n.e.s., incl. their roots; mushroom spawn (060290)
    Mushrooms other than of the genus Agaricus, fresh/chilled (070959)
    Onions & shallots, fresh/chilled (070310)
    Oranges, fresh/dried (080510)
    OTHER CANE SUGAR: (170114)
    Peaches, incl. nectarines, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added sugar … (200870)
    Pineapples, fresh/dried (080430)
    Potatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, frozen, other t … (200410)
    Spinach, New Zealand spinach & orache spinach (garden spinach), uncooked/co … (071030)
    Strawberries, uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen, whether … (081110)
    Sweet corn (Zea mays var. saccharata), prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar … (200580)
    Sweet corn, uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen (071040)
    Tomatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, other than whol … (200290)
    Tomatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, whole/in pieces … (200210)
    Vegetable seeds, of a kind used for sowing (120991)
    Vegetables (excl. olives/capers/cucumbers & gherkins/mushrooms), provisiona … (071190)
    Vegetables & mixts. of vegetables, presvd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/ac … (200490)
    Vegetables, fruit, nuts & oth. edible parts of plants (excl. cucumbers & gh … (200190)
    Vegetables, n.e.s., uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen (071080)

    Beans (Vigna spp., Phaseolus spp.), shelled, prepd./presvd. othw. than by v … (200551)
    Beans of the species vigna mungo (l.)/hepper/vigna radiata (l.) wilczek, dr … (071331)
    Dried vegetables, n.e.s.; mixts. of dried vegetables, whole/cut/sliced/brok … (071290)
    Leguminous vegetables (excl. of 0710.21 & 0710.22), shelled/unshelled, unco … (071029)

    Crustacean – Frozen, shrimps and prawns, excluding cold water varieties, in shell or not, smoked, cooked or notbefor or during smoking, in shell, cooked bt steaming or boiling in water
    Crustacean Preparation – Frozen, shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved not in airtight containers
    Fish fillet; frozen tunas (of the genus thunnus), skipjack or stripped – bellied bonito (Euthynnus (katsuwonus) pellannis)
    Fish fillet; frozen, salmon pacific (onchorhynchus gorbuscha, onchorhynchus keta, onchorhynchus tshawytscha, onchorhynchus kisutch, onchorhynchus masou, onchorhynchus rhodurus) other than sockeye salmon (onchorhynchus nerka) excluding fillets, livers, roes and other fish meat.
    Molluscs; cuttle fish and squid, whether in shell or not, frozen, dried, salted, in brine, or smoked, cooked or not before or during the smoking process.

    Ground-nuts, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added/sugar/oth. sweeteni … (200811)
    Nuts (excl. ground-nuts), incl. mixts., prepd./presvd., whether or not cont … (200819)
    Walnuts, shelled (080232)

    OTHER (200599)
Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Owing to the aging local population and workforce crunch, Japan has been opening its doors to more foriegn workers. A diverse set of sectors in the country are in need of workers, from agriculture to manufacturing, financial services to IT and communications.

Currently around 38619 Indians live in Japan. The old Indian community in Japan focused on trading in textiles, commodities and electronics, which has now expanded into gems and jewelry, IT and telecoms, financial services, teaching and research.

More Info: Work or Long-term stay Working visa: Skilled labor Visas and Landing Permission Immigration Procedures

    Academic research and doctoral-level studies.

    In order to promote local universities globally and facilitate surrounding opportunities, Japan’s education ministry has launched initiatives to attract foreign students. Academic research as well as scientific and technological R&D attracts large of foreign ers to various institutions around Japan.

    Skilled professionals can apply for an Express Entry visa

    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyLong-term visa

    Farming, fisheries, dairy, animal husbandry

    Given the paucity of land for farming, the nation has employed precision technology and skills to boost local agricultural production. Large-scale farming activity in Japan is supported by foreign workers.

    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesLong-term visa

    Public and private infrastructure building, maintenance

    Japanese construction sector has been growing steadily with the valuation of activity rising to US$595 billion in 2018. Construction of civic infrastructure and connectivity projects has been supported by foreign workers at different levels in Japan.

    Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and TourismLong-term visa

    Conventional energy, power utilities and renewable energy jobs

    Given the advanced nature of the economy, energy consumption in Japan remains high and offers lucrative jobs. Power utilities to renewable energy services employ foreign resources and manpower.

    Ministry of Economy, Trade and IndustryLong-term visa

    Tax, accounting, banking, insurance, audit and other financial services

    Japan has employed a robust mechanism with infusion of over US$230 billion in 2008-09 to strengthen the economy. Financial services in Japan are supported by foreign workers at different capacities.

    Ministry of Finance JapanLong-term visa

    Doctors, nurses, radiologists, lab technicians

    The world’s third-largest economy has strong measures in place to offer equitable access to quality healthcare with the universal health insurance system founded in 1961. Japan attracts large number of healthcare workers ranging from doctors to nurses and lab technicians.

    Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareLong-term visa

    Culinary, server, personalcare, hotel, tour and travel staffing

    With 21 World Heritage Sites, Japan drew more than 31 million international tourists in 2018. The hospitality sector in Japan, ranging from hotels to tourism to personal care, employs large number of foreign workers.

    Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and TourismLong-term visa

    Software, hardware, new technology in telecoms and communications

    Japan IT industry is keen to fill the void in human resources by partnering with India, as per Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). The IT and ICT infrastructure in Japan employs foreign workers in large numbers.

    Ministry of Internal Affairs and CommunicationsLong-term visa

    Automobile to food products production

    Manufacturing has powered Japan’s economy, contributing around 90% of Japan’s exports. The manufacturing industry in Japan, covering a range of products, draws foreign manpower.

    Ministry of Economy, Trade and IndustryLong-term visa

    Jobs in physical retail, sales

    Japan retail sector has reported steady expansion owing to increasing application of the latest technology as well as rising affordability. Retail operations in Japan employ a large number of foreign workers.

    Ministry of Economy, Trade and IndustryLong-term visa

    Faculty positions up to uninversity

    Japan has around 800 universities with more than 2.6 million undergraduate students. The education sector in Japan, ranging from schools to universities draw foreign teaching staff from different disciplines.

    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyLong-term visa

Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Japan
  • Machinery
  • Iron and steel products
  • Plastic materials
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Parts of motor vehicles
  • Organic chemicals
  • Manufactures of metals
  • Petroleum products
India's top export to Japan
  • Petroleum products
  • Chemicals
  • Elements, compounds
  • Chemicals
  • Non-metallic mineral ware
  • Fish & fish preparations
  • Metalliferous ores & scrap
  • Clothing & accessories
  • Textile yarn, fabric
  • Iron & steel products
  • Machinery

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