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Release of Companies Selected for the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100”

In FY 2014, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) newly began the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100,” which focuses on the utilization of IT in competitive fields, and is to select 100 companies in total within three years. For its second selection at this time, METI has selected 27 SMEs which are proactively making efforts for the effective utilization of IT and which are achieving positive outcomes and hereby releases the results.

1. Outline of the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100”

Due to recent advances, IT is expected to play an increasing role to the benefit of companies in the near future and Japanese companies need to make significant changes in the way they view IT technology. Specifically, when Japanese companies invest in IT, they focus on taking “defensive” measures, primarily for the improvement of efficiency in tasks and cost cutting. On the contrary, foreign companies are proactively conducting so-called “proactive investments in IT”; utilizing IT in transforming their business models and thereby creating new value by strengthening their competitiveness through improved development of their products and services. In the future, Japanese companies will also need to increase “proactive investments in and utilization of IT.”

In FY 2014, METI began the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100” which selects SMEs that are proactively making efforts for the effective utilization of IT in competitive fields and that are achieving positive outcomes.
On June 9, 2016 for its second selection, METI selected 27 SMEs for the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100” and honored them.

2. List of selected companies

See the Appendix for a list of the selected companies (in Japanese).(PDF:139KB)PDFfile In addition, see the details of the selected companies posted on the webpage for the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100” within the METI website for the details of each company’s efforts (visit the following URL).

[Reference] METI:“Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100”
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/it_policy/investment/it_keiei/100sen.html (in Japanese)

3. Future calls for applications

In FY 2016, METI is to continue to call for applications for the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100.” METI will announce details later.

Release date

June 9, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Service Industry Division, Local Informatization and Human Resource Development Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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