This paper reports on three experiments evaluating Japanese tomato varieties for use in Indonesia. The experiments evaluate these varieties based on yield comparisons with the standard Indonesian variety, fruit characteristics for fresh and processing and seedling growth using three low cost, locally sourced seedling raising media. Results of each experiment are reported and discussed separately. The paper details the yield differences and summarises fruit characteristics including discussion of suitability for fresh or processing sectors. The experiments indicate the need for improved root knot nematode resistance in the Japanese varieties. The authors discuss options for improving productivity of Japanese varieties such as improved seedling preparation through good seedling media and the impacts of the different seedling media on seedling characteristics and yield. The paper does not make any recommendations or draw any conclusions from this work.