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Guide for Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses and Other Information Published (Preliminary Version)

April 27, 2020

*Details of information on the call center was replaced on May 1, 2020.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) published a preliminary version of the Guide for Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses and other information. METI will publish a final version of the guide once the FY2020 Supplementary Budget is established.

Publication of the guide and other information (preliminary version)

On April 27 (Mon.), 2020, METI published a preliminary version of the Guide for Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses and other information. METI has not yet opened the request process, but is scheduled to begin the process on the date following the date when the Supplementary Budget is established. However, METI recommends that interested parties make advance preparations for filing such request after confirming the details of the filing procedures shown in the preliminary version.

The final version of the guide and other information will be uploaded to the website of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) once the Supplementary Budget is established.

FAQs concerning the subsidy program

When will METI start accepting requests for subsidies?

→ METI has not yet started the acceptance of such requests. It is scheduled to start it on the date following the date when the Supplementary Budget is established. METI also expects that the subsidies will be delivered around two weeks from the filing date of your request.

Can I receive subsidies even if I do not file a request immediately?

→ METI will secure a sufficient time for the application period and an ample amount of the budget so that a wide variety of businesses that need subsidies are able to make use of them.

How can I file a request for subsidies?

→ To speed up the delivery of subsidies, METI is scheduled to make use of electronic methods for accepting requests. However, METI will also open face-to-face counters in sequence across Japan to support businesses, which are facing difficulties in electronically filing a request, in filing applications, e.g., supporting them in inputting necessary information. A prior registration is required before visiting such counters. METI will take measures against the novel coronavirus disease for these counters in advance.

Note: You are not required to obtain a GBizID before filing a request.

Contact counter

For inquiries about the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses, contact any of the consultation counters listed below.

In addition to the SME Financial and Subsidy Consultation Counter that METI has announced, METI opened new consultation counters at the respective Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Please note that the telephone lines may be busy due to the high volume of inquiries.

Call center exclusively for the program
Service hours: From 8:30 to 19:00
(Every day in May and June 2020; every day except Saturdays from July to December 2020)
Direct line: 0120-115-570; Line exclusively for IP phones: 03-6831-0613

LINE account:
LINE ID:@kyufukin_line

Division in Charge

SME Financial and Subsidy Consultation Counter