Supporting SME Business
Accordingly, MUFG optimizes its services to fit their individual needs, whether they are startups, growing corporations, mature companies or companies undergoing corporate rehabilitation.
Rise Up Festa
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.
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.
Support for regional revitalization
Investment and financing using funds
ALL JAPAN Tourist Area Regeneration/Revitalization Fund
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 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.
- 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
Interest Rate Subsidy Program to Support Regional Revitalization
Interest Rate Subsidy Program to Support Comprehensive Special Zones
Initiatives to Leverage the Special Zone to Create Asia's No. 1 Aerospace Industry Cluster
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