Message from the Governor & CEO
Roles and Mission of Japan Finance Corporation
Japan Finance Corporation is a policy-based financial institution that carries out financing within a scope determined by applicable laws and budgets, which are based on government policy for SMEs and micro/small businesses, agriculture, forestry, and fishery policy, etc., with the aim to complement financing carried out by private financial institutions.
JFC's primary mission is to meet the capital needs, including small sums, of those starting new businesses, those dealing with natural disasters or a change in business environment, and to serve the capital procurement needs of Japan's SMEs and micro/small businesses and those engaged in business in the fields of agriculture, forestry, or fisheries.
We have responded to customer needs with a deep sense of our mission as a policy-based financial institution to "connect" policies and those involved in business.
Due to the unprecedented threat from the protracted impact of COVID-19, Japan is currently confronting previously unseen economic and social crises. Many businesses continue to face extremely challenging circumstances.
Since we established special consultation desks in January 2020, we have made decisions for approximately 880,000 COVID-19 related loans with a value of 15 trillion yen through the end of June of this year. This is the largest operation in the history of Japan's policy-based finance. In addition, in August 2020 we began handling COVID-19 Hybrid Subordinated Loan Program in order to bolster the financial foundations of SMEs and micro/small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 30, 2021, a total of 3,000 loan decisions were made worth a total of 500 billion yen.
In light of the protracted status of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has extended the application deadline for the COVID-19 Special Loan Program to the end of the year. We will continue to do everything we possibly can to support businesses. In addition, we will provide information and support to help businesses that are working hard, such as by presenting on our website the efforts of businesses that are employing various ideas and innovations to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The future outlook remains unclear, but we aim to deepen our collaboration with private financial institutions, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Societies of Commerce and Industry, and others and to work with all supporting organizations to prop up businesses in order to provide effective financial support to businesses.
JFC will support businesses affected by the COVID-19 related crisis, support reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake and other earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters, and perform safety net functions while focusing our efforts on supporting the Strategic Fields of Growth, etc. including business succession and overseas expansion.
To provide support for business succession, the importance of which has been increasing recently, we will enhance our information collecting abilities and identify needs and will collaborate with relevant organizations to offer effective consulting including business matching. In addition, with regard to overseas expansion support, we will work to reinforce our support for overseas development and increasing exports with an eye toward the post-COVID-19 era.
To contribute to regional revitalization, we will carefully ascertain the circumstances surrounding regions and businesses and adopt a bird's-eye perspective of regions to work toward solving their problems, taking into consideration the changes in business environment caused by COVID-19. While doing so, we will perform our function of connecting the various relevant organizations such as private financial institutions while utilizing our nationwide network of 152 branches to deepen collaboration with local communities.
In order to provide high-quality services regarding policy-based financing, while implementing the above measures, JFC will exercise appropriate risk-taking functions and make every effort to provide expert consulting. To reinforce our policy-based financing functions, we will work to streamline business and increase operational efficiency in the aspect of our organizational management.
We sincerely hope for your further understanding and support in the future.
July 14, 2021
Governor & CEO