The article raises concerns about the inclusion of controversial clauses in the Investor-State Dispute Agreement (ISDR) and contains quotes from AFTINET`s Convener, Dr. Patricia Ranald of Australia for an agreement with Japan, which began under the Howard government in 2007.  In April 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott led a trade delegation to Japan, South Korea and China. The three economies accounted for more than half of Australia`s two-way trade.  During the Japanese leg, Abbott was received by Emperor Akihito and secured the key elements of a free trade agreement with Shinzo Abe`s government.  This publication was published prior to the entry into force of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) on January 15, 2015. Japan is the world`s third largest economy and has a long and important trade relationship with Queensland. It is Queensland`s second largest trading partner, worth $8.8 billion, or nearly 20% of Queensland`s total exports. With the entry into force of the Japanese Free Trade Agreement in 2015, employers will no longer have to offer jobs to indigenous peoples or prove that no one can fill vacancies until Japanese nationals eligible for 457 visas are employed.
 The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) offers significant benefits to the Australian economy and facilitates business with Japan, our second largest trading partner. The agreement will strengthen and strengthen trade between two of the largest economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Ranald points out that we are not in a position to see the text before the agreement is signed and argues that there should be a more democratic and transparent process for trade agreements. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs said: “The agreement will provide valuable preferential access to Australian exports and is by far the liberalizing trade agreement that Japan has ever concluded. Australia and Japan are natural partners with very complementary economies. This agreement will bring our economies and societies even closer together and strengthen a strong relationship for many years to come.  The Wire reports on the free trade agreement between Japan and Australia, including an interview with AFTINET organizer Dr. Patricia Ranald. Japan is an economic heavyweight: it is the world`s third largest economy with a value of nearly $5 trillion in 2013 and Australia`s second largest trading partner.
Two-way trade between Japan and Australia totalted $70.8 billion in 2013, or more than 10% of Australia`s total trade. The full text of the agreement, as well as useful information and information sheets from the FTA, are available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For any specific questions, email JapanEPA@dfat.gov.au or call the DFAT North Asia Hotline on 02 6261 1888. Importers can contact the Home Office on June 8, 2016: the free trade agreement between Japan and Australia did not have a provision for ISDS, but there was a clause that would trigger ISDS negotiations if Australia concluded another agreement with ISDS. The Guardian reports that the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia has triggered secret talks to include ISDS in Japan`s free trade agreement.