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Preliminary Report of the 2018 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Performance Results Based on the FY2017 Closing Accounts) Compiled

March 29, 2019

Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) has been conducting the Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises every year as a cross-industrial survey in order to ascertain the financial and operational situation of SMEs. SMEA hereby announces that it compiled the results of the 2018 survey (performance results are based on the FY2017 closing accounts).

1. Outline of the Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises

SMEA has been conducting the Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises every year as a cross-industrial survey in order to ascertain the financial and operational situation of SMEs. The 2018 survey was the 15th survey.

The survey covers approximately 110,000 SMEs randomly selected from 11 industries, namely construction; manufacturing; information and communications; transport and postal services; wholesale trade; retail trade; real estate and goods rental and leasing; scientific research, professional and technical services; accommodations, eating and drinking services; living-related and personal services and amusement services; and services, n.e.c.

This report is based on valid responses from 46,049 companies (valid response rate: 42.4%).

2. Key points of the report

Note: In conducting the series of the past surveys, METI extracted some data using different approaches, as below, from those shown in the survey plans that the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications approved:

These approaches only caused minor impacts and METI will not modify the released data of the respective surveys. METI will strive to prevent any further such conduct so as to never cause similar events again.

For the details of the 2018 survey results, see the Appendix.

Division in Charge

Research Office, Policy Planning Division, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

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