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Case Studies of Enterprises that Successfully Utilize Investment Partnerships with Overseas Businesses-Introduction of medium and small- and medium-sized enterprises that have been successfully developing their businesses through partnerships with overseas businesses-

On April 7, 2014, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) compiled and publicized a collection of case studies of enterprises that successfully utilize investment partnerships with overseas businesses. This document also introduces the advantages that such partnerships brought about and possible risks that should be noted when entering into such partnerships.

1. Background and outline

Enterprises form capital tie-ups with overseas businesses to increase their own capital and accept overseas funding; however, some tie-ups also contribute to enhancing the quality of technology, developing new products, expanding sales channels inside and outside Japan, and developing the enterprises’ business overseas, when the partnerships include technical and management expertise in addition to measures related to capital investment.

METI selected 30 Japanese enterprises, particularly focusing on medium-sized enterprises and SMEs, as case examples that have succeeded in business through utilizing investment partnerships with overseas businesses, and compiled the examples into a collection. In the document, information has been reorganized into specific themes for clarity, such as the advantages that such partnerships with overseas businesses brought about, including the expansion of overseas and domestic sales channels; and possible risks that should be noted, including the outflow of employees; and key points and precautions to be noted when entering into investment partnerships.

Japan is now facing rapidly changing economic conditions as well as a sense of stagnation in the market. Under these circumstances, it is necessary to increase available options for enterprises when they select business approaches and management resources. The collection is expected to help business owners to map out new management strategies to achieve this goal.

2. Key points of investment partnerships with overseas businesses

The information from the collection reveals that Japanese enterprises’ business collaborations with overseas businesses through such partnerships have brought them advantages, including the expansion of overseas and domestic sales channels and enhancements to their products and services alike. Meanwhile, it highlighted some inherent risks, including requirements from overseas partners which are difficult to implement as well as potential outflow of employees, which Japanese enterprises should take into consideration.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

April 7, 2014

Division in Charge

Trade and Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

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