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Business incubation & job creation Business incubation & job creation

Business incubation & job creation

Support companies with growth potential to incubate new industries and create employment.

Support companies with growth potential to incubate new industries and create employment.

Supporting SME Business

Acting as a partner for its corporate customers, MUFG is well aware of the fact that their needs may vary widely due to differing levels of development.
Accordingly, MUFG optimizes its services to fit their individual needs, whether they are startups, growing corporations, mature companies or companies undergoing corporate rehabilitation.
Supporting SME Business

Rise Up Festa

Rise Up Festa is a business support program aimed at assisting SMEs and other growing companies engaged in novel and creative segments as well as those trying to extend the boundaries of existing businesses. Through this program, MUFG engages with them as business partners over the medium- to long-term by taking full advantage of its extensive business network and abundant know-how in management support.
In April 2019, MUFG conducted a final screening for the sixth round of this program, with four outstanding companies and six excellent companies being chosen from among the many candidates. Award-winning companies may benefit from various support programs aimed at helping them achieve growth.
Rise Up Festa

Business Matching Fair "Business Link Shobai Hanjo"

The MUFG-sponsored Business Link "Shobai Hanjo" is a business matching fair that has been held periodically since 2005 and offers the Group's customers opportunities for business matching.
The 16th Business Link "Shobai Hanjo" was held in December 2019 on the themes of "Innovation" and "Global" at Makuhari Messe, with approximatery 3,500 companies (trading partners) attending the fair and conducting some 9,700 business negotiations.The fair deals with global business matching negotiations by inviting foreign companies to attend and also provides support for customers in meeting with profitable business partners.
The exhibition corner allowed for companies to display their products and present their fields of expertise. At the corner, in addition to business partners from a wide variety of industries, group companies such as Bank of Ayudya (Krungsri) (Thailand) and foreign investment promotion agencies staged booths and were able to provide opportunities for participating customers to expand their businesses.

New initiatives this year were the "MUFG Stage" and "Ventures Stage". At the MUFG Stage, talks were conducted on themes of seasonal topics and solutions by MUFG companies, while at the Ventures Stage, various venture companies, primarily comprising "Rise Up Festa"(*) award winners, that possess solutions in areas of social isseues, new technologies and new materials, and artificial intelligence gave lectures.The fair proved to be highly satisfying for Customers, as demonstrated by the fact that approximately 90% of participants rated the fair as beneficial.MUFG will continue to support its customers by leveraging the strength of each Group business's domestic and overseas networks to create opportunities for high-value meetings.

(*)A program in which MUFG acts as a business partner and provides medium-to long-term support aimed at assisting venture companies engaged in novel and creative segments as well as those trying to extend the boundaries of existing businesses.

Business Link Shobai Hanjo

Support for regional revitalization

Investment and financing using funds

ALL JAPAN Tourist Area Regeneration/Revitalization Fund

Invigorating the domestic tourism industry is positioned as one of Japan's critical economic policies and is deemed key to facilitating regional revitalization. Moreover, it is seen as an essential growth strategy as the nation strives toward a GDP target of ¥600 trillion. With the number of visitors from overseas growing, the industry is seeing the creation of new and varied market demand and its potential is expanding. However, on the business front, the industry is faced with a number of challenges, including a shortage of accommodation due to an aging and insufficient supply of facilities, the graying of facility operators and a pressing need for management succession planning. Regional businesses are also being called upon to develop new sightseeing resources and meet increasingly diverse tourist needs.
To help the industry take on these challenges, the ALL JAPAN Tourist Area Regeneration/Revitalization Fund was instituted in April 2018. The first domestic private fund of its kind, this megafund is uniquely designed to facilitate investment that transcends regional boundaries. Alongside other leading business corporations representing various industries, MUFG will collaborate with regional financial institutions to operate the fund, thereby promoting a thriving tourism industry and invigorated regional economies in all 47 prefectures nationwide. By doing so MUFG will actively contribute to Japan's industrial development and economic growth.

MUFG Regional Revitalization Fund

The Bank launched "MUFG Regional Revitalization Fund" aimed at providing customers with smooth financing for facility procurement and working capital as well as advice to help them get their projects on track. Our efforts focus on helping customers meet four basic targets under Japan's plan for the Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens,(note) covering community, people and employment. Every year, this fund provides finance for a number of customers, with a total of ¥35.7 billion being extended in fiscal 2018.
The Bank also engages in financing that draws on the government's subsidized interest payment program for regional revitalization, extending a total of ¥6.8 billion in fiscal 2018 under this program.
  1. A comprehensive strategic plan formulated by the Headquarters for Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan (established by the Cabinet Secretariat in September 2014). In response to the rapid decline in and aging of the country's population, this plan aims to help create an autonomous and sustainable regional society in a way that takes advantage of characteristics of each region.

Four Basic Objectives

Four Basic Objectives

Interest Rate Subsidy Program to Support Regional Revitalization

The interest rate subsidy program to support revitalization is a comprehensive Cabinet office support program to encourage autonomous and independent local initiatives that invigorate local economies, create local employment opportunities and revitalize communities in other ways. Companies that borrow money for businesses that contribute to community regional revitalization plans can receive up an interest rate subsidy of up to 0.7% from the Cabinet office.

Interest Rate Subsidy Program to Support Comprehensive Special Zones

In response to changes in the socioeconomic situation, including changes in the industry structure and the international competitive landscape, as well as the rapid decline in the birthrate and aging of the population, the interest rate subsidy program to support comprehensive special zones serves as a comprehensive and concentrated effort to bolster the international competitiveness of Japanese industry and promote regional invigoration, thereby buttressing Japan's socioeconomic strength and facilitating sustainable development. Companies that borrow money for businesses that contribute to the plan for comprehensive special zones can receive an interest rate subsidy of up to 0.7% from the Cabinet office.

Initiatives to Leverage the Special Zone to Create Asia's No. 1 Aerospace Industry Cluster

MUFG Bank (the Bank) has provided financing to Hoden Seimitsu Kako Kenkyusho Co., Ltd., which produces aircraft parts in the city of Komaki, Aichi Prefecture. The company will use the funds to augment its Komaki Plant as part of efforts under the Special Zone to Create Asia's No. 1 Aerospace Industry Cluster (Comprehensive Special Zone). The Bank supported the company by introducing this program from the business planning stages. By expanding its scale of production, the company is expected to invigorate the city of Komaki by providing additional employment opportunities.
Komaki Plant, Hoden Seimitsu Kako
Komaki Plant, Hoden Seimitsu Kako
Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.

Interest Rate Subsidy Program for Creating Regional Employment

Low-interest loans on projects through the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's subsidized interest program for projects that create employment in strategic industries are in line with the ministry's prefectural-level industrial policy for innovative projects in accordance with regional conditions. Under this program, borrowers can receive an interest rate subsidiary of up to 1.0% for a fixed period of up to five years. This reduction of the interest burden aims to help companies expand employment opportunities within their prefecture, stabilizing employment for workers.

Funding Construction of the Amagasaki Office of MEC Co., Ltd.

In June 2016, MUFG Bank entered a loan agreement to provide ¥1.0 billion for the construction of an office by MEC Co., Ltd., which produces chemicals for electronic substrates in the city of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. This agreement makes use of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's interest rate subsidy program for creating regional employment, and is the first project under this program in Hyogo Prefecture. The construction of this office is expected to enable MEC to create new employment opportunities through the development of further high-value-added products for the production of ultrafine electronic substrates.
Amagasaki office, MEC Co., Ltd.
Amagasaki office, MEC Co., Ltd.
(As of March 2020)