The relationship with Tasmania’s second largest export market has been boosted with a successful trade mission to Japan.

Agriculture, food and forestry were key themes discussed during the mission.

A new Memorandum of Understanding between the Tasmanian Government and Japan Agriculture Biei has been signed to pursue research and field trials into Japanese vegetable crops growing in Tasmania.

Premier Will Hodgman also met the Japanese Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to promote Tasmania’s premium produce and market access priorities to make it easier for Tasmanian businesses to export to Japan.

Tasmanian producers took centre stage at FOODEX, Asia’s largest exhibition of food and drink products.

Japanese wine industry leaders were also informed about premium wines at the Tasmanian Wine Masterclass.

Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research has been briefed on the potential for establishing an office in Hobart, and enhancing Antarctic and southern ocean research exchange.

Round-tables focussing on Tasmania’s primary industries, forestry and mining were also held to promote opportunities for investment, and to promote our high quality products for markets in Japan.

Tasmania exported $3.74 billion in goods last year, with more than 80 per cent sent to Asian markets.

Japan is now the state’s second largest export market. “It is vital that we maintain and enhance our connections with this key market,” Mr Hodgman said.

“The Tasmanian Government is committed to positioning our local industries to be globally competitive, helping our businesses expand their presence in markets around the world and attract more investment to create more local jobs.

“We will do this through our recently released Trade Strategy, that outlines key actions to be undertaken as we work to grow our state’s exports to $15 billion per year by 2050.”