SEELS Awarded Grants from the Japanese Government under the Project to Promote Creation of Social Business
09 Aug 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS), to which we provide seed capital and advisory services, was awarded grants from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) under the project to promote creation of social business after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Eight not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises were selected, and SEELS is the only enterprise founded and operated by foreign migrants.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) promotes social businesses* because of their potential for creating new industries and jobs at a regional level[1], especially in disaster areas after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. METI recognizes that this situation has led to an increase in interest in social businesses, a type of business seeking to resolve social problems through business-oriented approaches.[2]

* Social business: Activity (or organization) aimed at resolving social issues, such as rural development, the declining birthrate and aging population, environmental conservation, and poverty, through business, while securing commercial viability.

For more information, visit: http://www.meti.go.jp/information/publicoffer/saitaku/s130704003.html
(Japanese only)

[1] METI publishes “Social Business Case Book (Post-Disaster Reconstruction Edition)” (13 January 2013) [Online]. Available at: http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2012/0113_01.html (Accessed: 30 August 2013)
[2] FY2013 Budget Request (29 January 2013) [Online]. Available at: http://www.meti.go.jp/english/aboutmeti/policy/fy2013/pdf/130129budget.pdf (Accessed: 30 August 2013)