I am extremely honored to have been elected as President in the 5th annual General Meeting. Bracing myself for the role of such significant responsibilities, I am committed with all my might and my heart to contribute to the growth of Tokyo Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association for my term over the next 2 years. I would appreciate in advance for your support and assistance.
Needless to say that our mission as Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultants (hereafter tentatively "SMECs") in society is to contribute to the growth of Japanese economy through the support of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (hereafter "SMEs"). Today, Japanese economy is in the situation with many concerns and uncertainties such as lasting economic deflation without effective countermeasures, economic slowdown in emerging countries like China, decreasing population accompanied by declining birth rate and growing proportion of elderly people, shrinking of domestic market, and so on. These factors are putting many SMEs through difficult times, but at the same time, it is those SMEs who are the key driving force in vitalization of Japanese economy. Many of them possess globally competitive and advanced technology, while others bear tradition and characteristics fostered in local areas. Their aggressive challenges will lead to the restructuring and regeneration of industries and play the role of engine for economic growth. There is an increasing demand for SMECs to support those SMEs, and expectations from relevant parties such as governmental agencies and financial institutions are also very high.
SMEC is the only national certification that can develop actionable business plans along with managers of SMEs and create their future. Under the slogan of 'SMECs design the future of small and medium enterprises,' our policies for fiscal year 2016 are defined as follow.
1. Promote branding strategy of SMEC to improve social position and raise awareness in cooperation with the Japan Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association(J-SMECA).
2. Actively deliver information on support policies for SMEs, while strengthening relationships with national and local governmental agencies, SMEs support organizations, and financial institutions, and provide concrete business support to SMEs.
3. Improve members' satisfaction by expanding their areas of business and providing venues through which they can be activated, through actively seeking contracts / referrals to various SME support programs, and nurture human resources through increasing opportunities for members to develop more skills.
4. Pursue concrete business fruitions by reinforcing collaboration with other business professionals.
5. Expand the areas in the activities carried out by Tokyo-SMECA where those SMECs who work in companies (in-house SMECs, which constitute the majority of Tokyo-SMECA members) can actively participate.
6. Promote the entry of non-members to the Tokyo-SMECA by fully leveraging the opportunities such as Spring and Autumn Forums.
For further growth of Tokyo-SMECA, I am looking forward to working alongside with members in the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation.
Tokyo-SMECA was originally established in 1959 as the Tokyo Branch of Japan Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association (J-SMECA). Since then, it has been providing SMEs in Tokyo with support and advice on management issues for about 60 years.
Due to the enforcement of the Act on Authorization of Public Interest Incorporated Associations and Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, J-SMECA undertook reorganization to carve out its prefectural branches as independently incorporated associations.
Accordingly, in 2012, the Tokyo Branch was re-established as Tokyo Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association (Tokyo-SMECA).
There are around 23,000 SMECs nationwide.
Although joining the prefectural associations is not mandatory, Tokyo-SMECA has approximately 4,200 members, forming the largest network of SMECs.
Tokyo-SMECA is dedicated to form a tightly-woven network among members, enhance members' competency, and promote SMEC services as well as our social position, in order to contribute to the development of SMEs' businesses, which lead to the growth of national economy.
J-SMECA, the umbrella organization of prefectural SMECAs including Tokyo-SMECA, sets out the Code of Ethics including:
- Observance of laws and regulations,
- Prohibition of dishonorable conduct and breach of confidentiality.
SMECs engage in business administration consultancy for SMEs.
Also we cooperate and make alliance with local governments and related institutions and organizations.
Our scope of business is as follows:
1. Business Diagnosis, Consultancy, and Advice
(1) Business Strategy and Business Management
- Business Strategy
- New Business Development
- Promoting Business Start-ups
- Business Succession
- Management Innovation
(2) Human Resources Management and Organization Reform
(3) Financial Analysis and Reformation
(5) Production and Risk Management
(6) Strategy on Information and Communication Technology
2. Education and Training
(1) Business Strategy and Business Management
(2) Human Resources Development and Organization Reform
- Coaching and Facilitation
- Motivation and Organizational Activation
- Recruitment, Performance Evaluation, and Management by Objectives
- Career Development
- Logical Thinking and Business Solution
- Communication and Business Manner
- Marketing and Sales Force Improvement
- Customer Satisfaction and Customer Service
(4) Finance Analysis and Reformation
- Finance, Accounting, Tax, and Asset Management
(5) Risk and Risk Management
- Risk Management and Information Control
- ISO Legal Works, Quality Control, and ISO
- Legal Amendments and Subsidies
(6) Information and Communication Technology
3. Regional Development
(1) Town and Community Development
(2) Shopping District Revitalization
4. International Cooperation
(1) Support for SMEs' International Activities
5. Study, Research, and Publication
(1) Industry Forecast
(2) Market Research
The organizational structure of Tokyo-SMECA:
As of July 4, 2016
Tokyo-SMECA has six branches inside the Tokyo Metropolitan area. Each branch provides and facilitates various activities, such as seminars, professional development and networking of the members through establishing study groups and NPOs, and promotion of business consulting and supports by the members.
Chuo-Branch covers the central Tokyo area (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato and Bunkyo wards). It has approximately 1,450 members.
Joto-Branch covers the eastern Tokyo area (Edogawa, Sumida, Katsushika, Adachi and Koto wards). It has approximately 400 members.
Josai-Branch covers the western Tokyo area (Shinjuku, Suginami, Toshima and Nakano wards). It has approximately550 members.
Jonan-Branch covers the southern Tokyo area (Ota, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Setagaya and Meguro wards). It has approximately 900 members.
Johoku-Branch covers the northern Tokyo area (Taito, Arakawa, Kita, Itabashi and Nerima wards). It has approximately 400 members.
Santama-Branch covers mainly the western outskirts of Tokyo area (26 cities, 3 towns, and 1 village in western outskirts of Tokyo area, and also islands and islets in the Pacific Ocean). It has approximately 500 members.
Tokyo-SMECA organizes a variety of events in order to assist member consultants to develop mutual network and to complement their knowledge, which help them to perform on-target advice and consultation to SMEs.
Some of those events are open to non-member SMECs and public.
Networking is the key to the success of consultants today.
In order to provide members with opportunities for mutual interaction, study, recreation, creating new business opportunities, etc., Tokyo-SMECA conducts following events:
Every year, Tokyo-SMECA and its 6 branches work together to hold Spring and Autumn Forums, in which participants (mostly new members) can attend instructive sessions about the activities of Tokyo-SMECA and its branches, including Study Groups and Club Activities.
In terms of members' paths as consultants, there are two major routes: being self-employed as an independent consultant or working as an in-house management consultant in a company.
Generally, in-house SMECs are specialized in particular areas depending on their business lines. The Forums help them to build network and relationships beyond their corporate boundaries.
- Recreational Activities hosted by Member Relations Division
Sporting events such as "Walk and Run Festival" or "Tennis Tournament" help cultivate engagement among members. There are also club activities carried out periodically to promote engagement among participants.
Tokyo-SMECA organizes joint consultation sessions with other professionals such as lawyers, tax accountants, etc.
These sessions develop collaboration between experts in each domain of management, which is becoming more and more important than before. Opinion exchanges and business tie-ups between these experts are promoted to create new business opportunities.
Tokyo-SMECA accredits about 50 Study Groups. Most of them have monthly meetings for various lectures, workshops, and opinion exchanges on following themes:
- Information Technology
- Clothing, Food and Housing, and Livelihood
- Environmental Industry
- Finance and Corporate Revival
- Construction and Manufacturing
- Administrative Function
- Development of Consulting Skills
- Service Industry
- Policies for SME
- Shopping Districts and Town Management
- Regional Development
- Wholesalers and Retailers
Master Courses provide intensive lectures for members to help them gain necessary competencies as a SMEC.
Syllabi include monthly meetings, workshops, SME consulting and publications etc.
- New year's party
- Members' bulletin and E-mail newsletter
- Seminars and training sessions by each division
- Business matching between clients and members
Following sites provide general information on Japanese SMEs.
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
- Small and Medium Enterprise Agency
- To understand Japanese SMEs, annual White Papers help you
- Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation
- Japan International Cooperation Agency
- Japan External Trade Organization
- The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Japan Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government
- Municipalities within Tokyo
Tokyo-SMECA always makes the best effort to keep information on this website accurate and up-to-date. However, we do not assume any liabilities for accuracy, timeliness, reliability, legality, or otherwise of the information. The contents on this website are subject to change without any prior notice.