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Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

SWRDA LogoJETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organisation that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.

In today's high-tech business world, corporate activities are more global than ever, and this is especially true for companies involved in cutting-edge products and technologies. In Japan, not only powerhouses but also small high-tech venture companies are increasingly targeting overseas expansion. In order to help these firms gain success in the world market, JETRO offers support and services. This includes assistance in forming technological/business tie-ups with foreign enterprises.

With more than 70 overseas offices in over 50 countries, JETRO provides companies around the world with a direct link to business in Japan. And JETRO offices located throughout Japan make it easy for foreign firms to get timely and accurate information about specific regions, markets and prefectural incentive programs.

JETRO operates one-stop business support centers in major business areas across the country. These centers, called Invest Japan Business Support Centers (IBSCs), offer foreign businesses everything they need to begin investing in Japan, and all under one roof. Located in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Fukuoka, IBSCs are stocked with a wealth of relevant business information and offer access to industry experts, legal scriveners, accountants, and certified social insurance consultants. The centers also provide free temporary office space (for up to 50 business days) and access to meeting and conference rooms.

Business people can also make use of the JETRO Business Library, located in Tokyo and Osaka headquarter offices. The Library boasts a wide selection of materials and resources devoted to international trade, business and investment, including numerous Japanese and foreign books, statistics, company directories, customs tariff tables, newspapers and magazines. Library users can also access commercial online databases and CD-ROMs containing recent trade and economic data.