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Collection of Know-How for Supporting Female Entrepreneurs Compiled

April 19, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) collected case examples of efforts for supporting female entrepreneurs through the Network for Support Female Entrepreneurs project, an initiative that METI has been conducting since FY2016, and compiled them into a collection of know-how targeting supporters of female entrepreneurs.

1. Background

Many women in Japan are facing challenges in finding a balance between life events and their careers. Starting businesses is an effective means for encouraging such women to remain in, enter or re-enter the workforce. However, many women often face gender-based challenges in starting businesses when they wish to return to economic life after time away for maternity or child-rearing leave. Many of the challenges lie in processes that must be completed before they decide on or begin preparations for starting a business.

To overcome this situation, as part of the efforts for supporting women in starting a business, METI has been advancing establishment of a network for a system in which METI is able to provide appropriate follow-ups to female entrepreneurs who have just started a business and are facing challenges in business development, along with operating an enhanced system to support women in the process before deciding on and preparing for starting a business. Specifically, METI established a cross-regional support system for female entrepreneurs and has been providing thorough, meticulous support services that meet their demands, such as bridging between such entrepreneurs and supporters thereof or financial institutes.

METI hereby announces that it collected outstanding case examples of efforts for supporting female entrepreneurs from the three-year results of the Network for Support Female Entrepreneurs project between FY2016 and FY2018 and compiled them into a collection of know-how as a reference for supporters of female entrepreneurs and other entities.

2. Outline

The collection consists of three parts: [i] Characteristics of Efforts for Supporting Female Entrepreneurs and the Importance of Such Efforts, [ii] Approaches to Supporting Female Entrepreneurs Facing Gender-Based Challenges, and [iii] Establishment of a Support System that Meets a Variety of Demands and Solves Challenges.

Referring to specific case examples, the collection explains approaches to establishing a support system, including results of the counselling opportunities and how to develop supporters, as data obtained from support organizations, gender equal centers, financial institutes and other entities, which are organizations that have participated in the Network for Support Female Entrepreneurs project.

3. Future actions

Utilizing the collection, METI will hold a series of seminars for supporters of female entrepreneurs in FY2019 at about 10 sites across Japan. Using the collection as a basis, METI will aim to improve the level of skills of nationwide supporters of female entrepreneurs and to enrich the support system.

Division in Charge

Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau