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JETRO Releases Global Trade and Investment Report 2017

Japan’s trade balance last year marked its first surplus in six years, according to the recently released Global Trade and Investment Report 2017 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). At the same time, the country’s outward FDI stood at record highs, while inward FDI from Asia to Japan continued to grow. Global trade declines 3.1%, downturn for two straight […]

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Japanese Government Earmarks 46B Yen in Subsidies for SMEs

The Japanese Cabinet is setting aside 46 billion yen ($416 million) in planned subsidies for SMEs, small enterprises or other entities in fiscal 2017, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The subsidies are part of the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and geared toward business activities based on R&D results. Subsidies for SMEs The […]

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Japan Ramps up Business Succession Support Amid Aging Owners

Small and Medium Enterprises form the backbone of Japan’s economy. They employ the majority of people and account for a large share of the country’s economic power. Yet as the aging population of business owners increases, hundreds of thousands of SMEs in Japan are about to face the time when they must hand over their businesses to the next generation. […]

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Japanese Overseas Subsidiaries Increase Sales for 4th Quarter in a Row

Total sales of Japanese overseas subsidiaries have increased 7.9 percent from January to March 2017, according to a recent survey published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). This marks the fourth consecutive quarter of increasing sales. Sales by Region Sales in Asia grew 8.8 percent during the quarter, also showing growth for the fourth quarter in a […]

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Japan Automotive Daily to Host Auto Technology Executive Briefing in Tokyo

The Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun (Japan Automotive Daily) together with IHS Markit will host an automotive technology executive briefing to discuss the role of digital transformation that is shaping the auto industry today. The conference will take place on July 27 in Tokyo and is open to the public for registration. Converged Digital Landscape of Autonomous Mobility Digitalization has the potential […]

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Japan Patent Office Opens Public Services Center in Osaka

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will open the INPIT-KANSAI center of intellectual property public services on July 31. The new office is located in Osaka’s Grand Front Osaka Building and aims to support the business growth of firms in the Kansai region, including SMEs and startups. It is part of the Japanese government’s push to foster local economies. The new […]

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