- On April 01, 2010, export control law was amended, and all exporters in Japan are required to have classification skill (if I strictly translate the law, to assign responsible person for classification) regardless of company size and product lines.
- The problem is many of SMEs don't have such export control resource.
- METI secured national budget for consultation and training of export control to SMEs in FY2010. The annual budget is JPY110 millions. (approx. US$1.3 millions)
- CISTEC and JMC (Japan Machinery Center) are appointed as a contractor of this program. CISTEC take a role of dispatching consultant to SME for consultation of export control for FREE. JMC take a role of holding export control seminar for SMEs for FREE.
- The program is exclusively for SME, and a big company is not eligible for this program. The eligible SME is defined in its capital amount and the number of employees. For example, in SME of manufacturing industry, the eligible company is the capital amount less than JPY300 millions, or the number of employees less than 300.
From public point of view, this program is good trial for improving export compliance in Japan. Also for other Asian countries who schedule to introduce solid export control practice, it is good to follow and learn from this experiment in Japan.
From consulting point of view, with hearing and consultation from SMEs, useful database and consulting skill may be build up.