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METI to Accelerate Efforts for Creation of Regional Healthcare Businesses-Fostering and dispatching of healthcare accelerators-

Based on plans from the Japan Revitalization Strategy revised in 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will conduct the following projects to accelerate the creation of regional healthcare businesses. By comprehensively promoting these three projects, METI will take on the function of comprehensively supporting regional initiatives and businesses with risk capital throughout Japan.

  1. Sow the seeds of healthcare businesses which are specialized for regional needs (METI is to support business field tests)
  2. Establish the Healthcare Accelerator Village to enhance, gather, and dispatch “healthcare accelerators” (human resources who support the commercialization of business ideas (to be conducted by METI in cooperation with the Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan (REVIC)).
  3. Provide programs for the development of human resources to foster new business accelerators who will play active roles in regional businesses (to be conducted by METI in cooperation with the Graduate School of Project Design).

The Japan Revitalization Strategy (Growth Strategy), which was formulated in June 2015, describes how to strengthen the function of providing human resources prior to the investment stage as well as providing risk capital, in order to increase the business opportunities created by Regional Councils on Healthcare Industry of Next Generation and other organizations.

In line with the approved Growth Strategy, on June 8, 2015, METI selected and announced about 20 business demonstration projects mainly conducted by regional councils on healthcare industries in order to create regional healthcare businesses (Refer to the URL below for the selected business operators.)
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/mono_info_service/healthcare/downloadfiles/150608_27saitaku_kekka_3.pdf (PDF:170KB) PDF File(in Japanese)

In cooperation with REVIC, METI will establish the Healthcare Accelerator Village within 2015 and share responsibility for operating the Village, aiming to attract human resources (accelerators) who will support the commercialization of healthcare businesses and dispatch them to the operators involved in healthcare businesses.

In addition, in cooperation with the Graduate School of Project Design, METI will provide “support programs for fostering human resources to commercialize regional healthcare projects” in order to develop the new accelerators. (Registration opens in August and educational programs are to be provided from September through the end of December 2015.)

METI will accelerate support for the creation of healthcare businesses by conducting the three above-mentioned efforts, supporting regional initiatives, and taking on the function of providing comprehensive business support prior to the investment stage throughout Japan in addition to providing risk capital.

For details, see the Japanese language press release.

Reference: The Japan Revitalization Strategy (Growth Strategy) Revised in 2015

II. Strategic Market Creation Plan
Theme 1: Extending the nation’s healthy life expectancy
(3) Specific new measures to be taken

(iii) Support for creation of healthcare industries Through Regional Councils on Healthcare Industries of Next Generation and other organizations, the relevant ministries will implement the specific measures mentioned below within FY 2015 in order to promote healthcare industries connected to an inclusive regional care system as well as regional resources such as agricultural resources, culinary resources, and tourism.

  • In response to the business seeds sown by Regional Councils on Healthcare Industry of Next Generation and other organizations, in order to strengthen its function of providing human resources prior to the investment stage as well as providing risk capital, METI will establish the Platform for Commercializing Healthcare Businesses (tentative name) and develop the programs and the managing personnel for accelerating healthcare businesses across the country in cooperation with REVIC and other organizations.

Release date

July 27, 2015

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau,

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