About the JMEC Program

The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a business training program in Japan designed to foster the development of foreign businesses (project clients) in Japan while strengthening the business skills of up-and-coming executives (participants).

JMEC brings together highly motivated mid-career professionals willing to challenge themselves and companies in need of a business plan for their activities in the Japanese market. The core of the program is a competition in which participant groups compete to create the best business plan for their respective company clients, the project clients

JMEC was initiated by the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan in 1993 and is based on the New South Wales Enterprise Workshop. Currently, the program is supported by eighteen foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, representing the countries of America, Australia & New Zealand, Austria, Belgium & Luxembourg, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland (represented by Enterprise Ireland), Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. The program also receives corporate sponsorship from members of the business community within Japan.

​The participants take part in a 2-part business training program. The first phase focuses on classroom instruction, while the second part involves hands-on experience writing a business plan for a company’s endeavors in the Japanese market. The client companies receive a professional quality business plan, whether it be for entry or expansion within the Japanese market, making JMEC an ideal option for any organization doing business in Japan or thinking of starting a business in Japan.

If you are a company in need of a business plan for your Japan market entry or expansion activities, or a Tokyo-based individual looking to gain quality business training in Japan, then JMEC is for you. To find out more about how the program works, please click here.

JMEC Supporting Chambers of Commerce

Austrian Business Council American Chamber of Commerce in Japan Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan Câmara de Comércio Brasileira no Japão British Chamber of Commerce in Japan Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Fran?aise du Japon The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Japan South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan