The 30-year-old signed with the SARD team to share a Lexus RC F with Hiroaki Ishiura.
"(Audi sees) it as a benefit if their drivers are busy competing in a professional and challenging environment," Jarvis is quoted saying by Autosport and Motorsport magazines.
"With new cars in Japan and the programme that I will have with Audi, it made sense to do it now, because if I didn't it would probably never happen," he also said.
Jarvis has experience racing in Japan, including a season of Japanese Formula 3 in 2007. The Brit also raced in Asian Le Mans Series in 2009.
|Lexus RC F (Photo: Toyota)|