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What is the "Global Challenge Program for SMEs in Tokyo"?

This program is based on a memorandum of understanding between the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and overseas cities regarding support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and provides support for overseas expansion for SMEs in Tokyo by utilizing the networks of the partner cities.

In cooperation with local support organizations, the program provides support according to each company's step of business development, such as providing information on the market characteristics and business customs of the target region, acquiring know-how for market research and market development, matching with business partners, building networks with local support organizations, universities, research institutions, etc., and introducing experts for establishing a base. We will provide support according to each company's step of business development.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with a platform in Tokyo to support the overseas development of city platformsMemorandum of Understanding Concluded with the State of NRW, Germany

On May 31, 2021, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in the Federal Republic of Germany held a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The signing ceremony was held online due to the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Mr. Ina Röppel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan and Mr. Kiminori Iwama, Consulate-General of Japan in Dusseldorf attended the ceremony as witnesses.

The purpose of the MOU is to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from both Tokyo and Germany/NRW to enter each other's markets, to promote innovation through business cooperation and joint research, and to create jobs through direct investment.

With the signing of the MOU, the two sides will make the most of the network that NRW has and provide support for SMEs in Tokyo to enter the German market and develop sales channels in NRW.

Companies expanding Germany,NRW state -2021-