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Winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 Program and the Vibrant HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 Program Selected

June 4, 2019

Outline of the programs

The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) selected the winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 program and the Vibrant HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 program for FY2019. The selected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small enterprises were found to be superior in various fields, including enacting productivity enhancements through the introduction of IT services and effective use of managerial resources, active overseas business expansion and acquisition of demand from overseas tourists, utilization of diverse human resources and smooth transitions of business succession. The selected shopping districts were recognized for their contribution to the revitalization of their shopping districts and development of local communities through supporting the daily lives of local residents by making full use of their creativity and ingenuity based on their acquisition of the characteristics of and demand in respective regions.

Details of the programs

As SMEs and small enterprises account for the majority of industrial players that bolster the Japanese economy, it is indispensable for the country, which should lead the new era of Reiwa to a bright future, to encourage business operators of SMEs and small enterprises and those in shopping districts to further vitalize themselves and play leading roles in respective fields.

However, many SMEs and small enterprises are facing the challenge of escalating labor shortages against the backdrop of an aging society with fewer children. Moreover, they urgently need to address the issue of working style reform for their employees, such as correction of overtime work and a policy of equal pay for equal jobs.

The winners of the programs were selected for their achievements in solving a variety of challenges by using unique ideas and skills. Among candidates recommended by cooperators of the programs across Japan, SMEA selected three hundred SMEs and small enterprises for their superiority in three fields: productivity enhancement, acquisition of demand, and securing employees as winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 program, and thirty shopping districts for their superiority in four fields: acquisition of demand from overseas tourists, local cooperative activities, turnover, and productivity enhancement as winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 program.

The selection was made at the Committee on SME Business Support of the Council for Small and Medium Enterprise Policy, based on impartial examinations by external experts led by Dr. Tsuyoshi Numagami (Vice-president and Director, Hitotsubashi University) and Dr. Tatsuro Watanabe (Dean, School of Commerce, Senshu University), from among candidates respectively recommended by: the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, National Federation of Small Business Associations, National Association of Shinkin Banks, National Central Society of Credit Cooperatives, National Federation of Shopping Center Promotion Associations, Japan Shopping District Support Center, Japan Finance Corporation, Shoko Chukin Bank, Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN, Japan External Trade Organization, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, foreign embassies and consulates, or Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry.

SMEA prepared a leaflet introducing the initiatives of the 300 selected SMEs and small enterprises and 30 shopping districts as the FY2019 winners and hereby publicizes it.

The leaflet is available on the following SMEA website.

Links to the related information

Related documents

Collection of the winners’ initiatives (SMEA website)

Division in Charge

Technology and Innovation Division & Retail and Wholesale Commerce Division, SMEA