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The Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement was concluded between
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Australia
and
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in November 2014 and took effect January 15, 2015.


Background

Australia's negotiations for an agreement with Japan began under the Howard Government in 2007.Australia strikes free trade deal with Japan, beef and horticultural industries secure major concessions
ABC; 8 April 2014
In April 2014, Australia's Prime Minister
Tony Abbott Anthony John Abbott (; born 4 November 1957) is a former Australian politician who served as the List of Prime Ministers of Australia, 28th Prime Minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015 and Liberal Party of Australia#List of leaders, leader ...

Tony Abbott
led a trade delegation to Japan,
South Korea South Korea (Korean language, Korean: /, Revised Romanization of Korean, RR: ''Hanguk''; literally /, Revised Romanization of Korean, RR: ''Namhan'', or /, McCune–Reischauer, MR: ''Namchosŏn'' in North Korean usage), officially the R ...
and
China China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia. It is the List of countries and dependencies by population, world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.4 billion. Covering approximately 9.6& ...
. The three economies accounted for more than half of all of Australia's two-way trade. On the Japanese leg, Abbott was received by
Emperor Akihito
Emperor Akihito
and, secured the key elements of a free trade agreement with the government of Shinzo Abe. A number of concessions were secured for Australian agricultural exporters, while Australian tariffs on electronics, whitegoods and cars were to be lowered. Negotiations for the agreement began under the Howard Government in 2007. Abbott said, "This is the first time that Japan has negotiated a comprehensive economic partnership agreement or free trade agreement with a major economy, particularly a major economy with a strong agricultural sector." Prime Minister Abe traveled to Australia in July to sign the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, and address the Australian Parliament. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), Department of Foreign Affairs said: "The agreement will provide valuable preferential access for Australia's exports and is by far the most liberalising trade agreement Japan has ever concluded. Australia and Japan are natural partners with highly complementary economies. The agreement will bring our economies and societies even closer and underpin a strong relationship for many years to come." While the prior tariff on new car imports from Japan was eliminated, the agreement included a flat $12000 fee on imports of used vehicles from Japan.


After

With the commencement of the Japan free trade agreement in 2015, employers no longer need to offer jobs to locals or to prove that none could fill vacancies before Japanese nationals eligible for 457 visas are employed.


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Australia-Korea Free Trade Agreement Australia–Japan relations Free trade agreements of Japan Free trade agreements of Australia Howard Government Abbott Government Treaties concluded in 2014 2014 in Australian law, Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement 2014 in Japan