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Winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 Program

November 12, 2020

The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) selected the winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 program for FY2020. The selected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small enterprises were found superior in various fields, including 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 coming to Japan, utilization of diverse human resources and smooth business succession. As part of this program, on November 12, 2020, SMEA held a commendation ceremony to honor the winners.

At the ceremony, Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, presented three representatives* of the winners with a certificate of gratitude.

*Note: The three representatives are as follows.

  • Mr. Ichikawa Hiroshi, President, Ichikawa Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Yajima Katsunori, President, Estorage Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Yamaguchi Tatsuzo, President, Aldex Co., Ltd.

Details of the program

As SMEs and small enterprises account for the majority of industrial players that bolster the Japanese economy, they have been playing a significant role not only in supporting regional economies and employment but also in providing sources of Japan’s international competitiveness and economic vitality.

However, many SMEs and small enterprises are facing the challenge of business succession due to labor shortages against the backdrop of an aging society that has fewer children. Moreover, they urgently need to address the introduction of the “Invoice Program,” or the requirement for storing invoices and other documents and reporting them, as well as working style reform of their employees.

The winners of the program were selected for their achievements in solving a variety of challenges they are facing by using unique ideas and skills. Among candidates recommended by cooperators in the program across Japan, SMEA selected 300 SMEs and small enterprises for their superiority in three fields: productivity enhancement, acquisition of demand and securing of employees for business succession.

The selection was strictly made by a committee of external experts led by Dr. Numagami Tsuyoshi (Vice-president and Director, Hitotsubashi 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, 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, Japanese embassies and consulates abroad, Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry, and other organizations. On November 12, 2020, SMEA held a commendation ceremony, and Minister Kajiyama presented three representatives* of the winners with a certificate of gratitude.

*Note: The three representatives are as follows.

SMEA prepared a leaflet introducing the initiatives of the 300 selected SMEs and small enterprises as the FY2020 winners and hereby publicizes it.

The leaflet is available at the following SMEA website

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