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Commissioner, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

KADONO Nario

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Mr. Kadono Nario has served as Commissioner of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) since July 2021. As the head of SMEA, he oversees all policy measures relating to SMEs in Japan.

His remit includes the reconstruction of SMEs in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, promoting innovation and support for new ventures, and measures to support small businesses.

Mr. Kadono has held a wide range of senior posts since joining METI. They include Director of the Industrial Structure Policy Division in the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Counsellor for the Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Director-General of the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Director-General of the Reconstruction Agency.

While he was Director of the Industrial Structure Policy Division Mr. Kadono formulated the vision of new industrial structure,  and during his time as Director of Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, he worked on support for small and medium-sized enterprises in cooperation with local governments.

Specifically, he formed a public-private joint taskforce in 2015 to support SMEs impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. For the next three years, he led approximately 200 staff on site in Fukushima. The team visited more than 5,000 disaster-stricken businesses and provided support to help more than 1,000 SMEs resume business. Through these activities, Mr. Kadono contributed to industrial reconstruction in the disaster-stricken areas of Fukushima and to restoring trust between the affected areas and the nation.

More recently, as the Director-General of the Reconstruction Agency, he successfully established a new grant system for immigration to Fukushima.

Mr. Kadono graduated from the Faculty of Economics of The University of Tokyo, and from Emory University's Business School.

He was born in Tokyo on October 3, 1964.

Last updated:2021-09-07