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Release of Results of FY2018 Follow-up Survey on the Progress in the Voluntary-based Action Plans of the Industries and Results of Door-to-door Survey by Inspectors who Monitor Subcontracting Business

December 21, 2018

The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) hereby releases the results of its FY2018 follow-up survey on the progress made by industrial associations in their voluntary-based action plans that the associations have formulated to promote fair trade between subcontracting enterprises and SME and other subcontractors.

In addition, since 2017, SMEA has been conducting door-to-door surveys of SMEs by dispatching Inspectors who Monitor Subcontracting Business to interview SME subcontractors. SMEA also hereby releases the FY2018 survey results.

In light of these results and other conditions surrounding SMEs, SMEA will advance efforts to further improve trade practice between subcontracting enterprises and SME and other subcontractors.

1. Overview of the follow-up survey

A voluntary-based action plan is a compilation of actions that respective industrial associations have decided to tackle across the industry aiming to improve added value and promote fair trade between or improve added value for both main subcontracting enterprises and subcontractors. As of December 2018, 30 associations in 12 industries have prepared such action plans. From September to November 2018, SMEA conducted a follow-up survey on progress in the action plans targeting 26 associations in eight industries* under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and generated a report of the survey results.

*Note: The survey targeted eight industries: the automobile, automobile parts, construction machinery, machine parts and tooling, textiles, electrical and information communication equipment, information services and software, machine manufacturing (industrial machinery and machine tools) and retail sales and distribution industries.

Overview of the survey:

Overview of the results:

2. Overview of the door-to-door survey

Since 2017, SMEA has been dispatching Inspectors who Monitor Subcontracting Business across Japan to conduct interviews with SME and other subcontractors and uncover their trade practices. As an FY2018 effort, these inspectors conducted 3,012 interviews with such subcontractors from April to October 2018 and SMEA generated a report of the survey results.

Overview of the results:

Division in Charge

Fair Trade Division, Business Environment Department, SMEA