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Additional Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open

May 13, 2020

Concerning the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses, on May 12 (Tue.), 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) opened Sites for Supporting Filing Requests in order to support businesses which are facing difficulties in electronically filing a request for the program. METI hereby announces that it decided on 55 such sites to be newly opened between May 14 (Thur.) and 16 (Sat.), 2020.

1. Site venues

From May 14 (Thur.) to 16 (Sat.), 2020, METI will newly open 55 Sites for Supporting Filing Requests in respective prefectures. This will bring the number of such sites to 59 in total, including 4 which were opened on May 12 (Tue.), 2020.

For details of the new sites, e.g., opening dates and venues, see the “List of the Sites for Supporting Filing Requests” .

2. Additional sites to be opened in the future

METI will newly open Sites for Supporting Filing Requests in 400 or more areas across Japan by the end of May 2020. Details of the sites to be opened by the end of May, 2020, will be released at the earliest possible time during the week of May 18, 2020.

Moreover, it will continue to open other sites after June 2020 and also dispatch mobile offices to regions with no plans to open such sites, in order to support businesses in filing requests for the program.

3. Sites for Supporting Filing Requests

At these sites, personnel in charge will support businesses in electronically filing a request for the program. If you wish to make use of one of these sites, please bring copies of necessary documents (or original documents, if possible), with you to the site.

With the goal of prevent the expansion of the novel coronavirus disease, METI requires all businesses wishing to make use of the sites to complete advance registration. Please note that no businesses are able to receive support services at the sites without registering in advance. For details on how to register in advance, see Item 4 “How to register in advance” below.

4. How to register in advance

With the goal of prevent the expansion of the novel coronavirus disease, METI requires all businesses wishing to make use of the sites to register in advance. If you wish to enter any site, register in advance. Please note that no businesses are allowed to enter any site without registering in advance.

There are three methods of registering in advance: [i] online advance registration, [ii] advance registration by telephone (automated response), and [iii] advance registration by telephone (operator response).

[i] Online advance registration

Visit the website of the secretariat of the program and complete advance registration procedures.
Note: First access the webpage for advance registration through the top page for the Sites for Supporting Filing Requests, then select the site that you wish to visit, fill in the necessary information and complete the advance registration by clicking the button “Advance registration for visiting the site.”

[ii] Advance registration by telephone (automated)

Call the telephone number exclusively for acceptance of requests for advance registration* and you will hear automated guidance that tells you how to complete the process.

*Note: For this method, you need to input the “site number” of the site which you wish to visit for support. Please confirm the site number of the site before calling the telephone number. The site numbers are accessible by sending a facsimile to the same telephone number or by calling the following “Contact Counter for Advance Registration for the Sites for Supporting Filing Requests by Telephone (Operator Response).”

Note: This telephone number will be released at a later date.

[iii] Advance registration by telephone (operator response)

The Contact Counter for Advance Registration for the Sites for Supporting Filing Requests by Telephone (Operator Response) will accept requests for advance registration for the Sites for Supporting Filing Requests.

Note: Any contact counters other than the contact counter shown below will not accept inquiries about advance registration for such sites. Thank you for your understanding regarding this inconvenience.

Telephone number of the contact counter (operator response)

Tel: 0570-077-866
Service hours: From 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

5. Documents that businesses should bring with them to the sites

Personnel in charge in the respective sites will support businesses in filing a request for the program.

Please prepare the following documents before visiting the desired site and bring them to the meeting.

Moreover, if you wish to apply for any special treatment involving the request after referring to the Guide for Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses, please bring written evidence and other necessary documents for such treatment.

Copies of necessary documents (original documents are desirable, if possible)

Documents that SMEs and other entities should prepare and bring to the meeting

 

Documents that individual business operators and other entities should prepare and bring to the meeting

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency