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Successful Applicants Selected for the Program for Promoting Investment in Japan to Strengthen Supply Chains (Second Call)

July 2, 2021

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) opened a call for applicants for the Program for Promoting Investment in Japan to Strengthen Supply Chains (second call) that ended on May 7, 2021, and selected 151 projects as successful applicants.

1. Overview of the program

Supply chains and their economic activities have been disrupted due to COVID-19. These disruptions are primarily a result of the vulnerability of those supply chains caused by the high degree of concentration of production bases/manufacturing plants. Regarding products essential for people’s wellbeing, it is crucial to secure a domestic production base to ensure stable supply in case of emergencies. This program aims to strengthen supply chain resilience by supporting businesses in building new plants and introducing new facilities for these important products and materials in Japan.

2. Successful applicants

METI received 280 applications for programs, amounting to about 311.8 billion yen in total, in response to a public call for the examination from March 12 to the closing date of May 7, 2021 (of which, 272 applications met the requirements, amounting to about 302.3 billion yen). As a result of strict examination by a third-party committee of outside experts, METI selected 151 projects as successful applicants for programs, amounting to about 209.5 billion yen in total.

Main projects of successful applicants

The projects of these successful applicants target essential goods, parts, and materials that are largely produced overseas and have a high risk of being impacted by supply chain disruptions, and items for responding to infectious diseases or securing medical care systems.

(1) Products, parts, and materials that are largely produced overseas (64 projects)

Semiconductor parts or materials, electric vehicle battery parts or materials, offshore wind turbine parts, etc.

(2) Products, parts, and materials essential for people's wellbeing (21 projects)

Vaccination needles and syringes, medical rubber gloves, pharmaceutical cold chain logistics related supplies, etc.

(3) Parts, etc. necessary for production, etc. of the items in (1) (Special projects for small and medium-sized enterprises) (66 projects)

These successful applicants are listed in the Appendix.

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Regional Industrial Infrastructure Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group