Japan is the third largest economy and the largest food importer in the world. Japan relies on imports for 60 percent of its food on a caloric basis. The United States is Japan’s largest and most reliable supplier of food – a critical and mutually beneficial relationship for both countries. Japan imported $11.8 billion of U.S. agricultural products in 2010, more than the EU27 combined. Japanese consumers set the trend for Asia and are increasingly interested in a diverse variety of foods. Japanese consumers demand and pay a premium for high quality food products and will continue to be vital to the success of American agriculture for many years.
126 million (July 2011 est.)
GDP per capita: $34,000 (2010 est.)
1.4 percent of GDP Agricultural Production: rice,
sugar beets, vegetables, fruit; pork, poultry, dairy
products, eggs; fish