Supporting Growth Industries
To revitalize Japan's regional areas, the Nomura Group is drawing on its network and specialized know-how and is undertaking innovative projects in areas that include agriculture and medical services. Nomura identifies projects where funds are needed and supports the growth of industries that will promote sustainable development in the medium-to-long term.
Helping Revitalize Regional Economies through a Broader Approach to Agribusiness
Agribusiness offers a significant opportunity for the revitalization of regional economies. This is because of the hidden potential it offers as a pillar of Japan's industrial policy for promoting sixth-order industrialization with agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries. The Nomura Group is supporting the growth of community based agricultural industries through Nomura Agri Planning & Advisory Co. Ltd. (NAPA) by leveraging the financial services know-how and information gathering capabilities of Nomura's nationwide branch office network. NAPA utilizes expertise gained from experimental farms located in Chiba and Hokkaido to support companies that are newcomers to agriculture, to assist in the development of a new agricultural business model for areas damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake, and to host seminars with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to encourage sixth-order industrialization across Japan. Since 2013, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Nomura sponsored the "Symposium for Promoting Development of the Sixth Sector Industries," and prizes were awarded to examples of superior corporate activities.
Consulting on Capital and Business Alliances for Agricultural Corporations
Throughout Japan there is a growing trend to strategically expand farmlands, which in turn is increasing the need for alliances between companies and forward-thinking agricultural corporations. NAPA's consulting services are focused on the business growth of World Farm, Ltd., which signed a capital and business alliance with Chudenko Corporation to set up Chudenko World Farm in November 2015. The joint venture is intended to expand the production and processing of agricultural products in the five prefectures of the Chugoku region by combining the strengths of World Farm's farming expertise and sales channels with Chudenko's financial muscle and extensive regional network.
NAPA will continue to support pioneering agribusiness projects to contribute to the regional revitalization, which includes promoting regional agriculture, creating jobs and solving the issue of abandoned farmlands.
Taking Part in Commercialization Projects through Industry-Academia Partnerships
The Nomura Group considers the lack of accumulated expertise in commercialization as a major issue facing today's industry-academia partnerships. To solve this, the Nomura Group is committed to proactively providing the know-how that it has accumulated over many years in the field. In April 2013, Nomura Holdings and Nomura Securities were recognized as "Project Promoters" for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's "Program for Creating STart-ups from Advanced Research and Technology" (START). Under this program, Project Promoters partner with universities to cultivate their research and development into viable businesses. To that end, the Nomura Group is fully utilizing its network and functions to create the new industries and new markets of the future.
Helping Revitalize Regional Medicine through Healthcare Initiatives
The healthcare industry in Japan is expected to grow on the back of the country's slowing birthrate and aging population, but the industry also faces serious social challenges, such as how to strengthen its management structure and improve its financial standing. The Nomura Group is helping to secure the safety of regional medicine, revitalize regional economies and generate employment opportunities through healthcare and nursing care consulting and the provision of financial solutions by Nomura Healthcare Co., Ltd.
Project for Supporting Revitalization in Fukushima
The Fukushima Branch is providing many kinds of assistance to local governments as well as universities and other interests. The aim of these activities is to promote recovery from the 2011 earthquake disaster and revitalize the regional economy. In FY2013/14, Nomura began to cooperate with Fukushima Prefecture in disseminating related information, and has assisted local governments in preparing economic revitalization plans.
Supporting the Establishment and Management of Regional Funds
The Nomura Group has been involved in the establishment and management of funds by regional banks, such as Akita Bank's "Akita Regional Revitalization Assistance Fund No. 2" and Yamagata Bank's "Yamagata Regional Growth Fund." These funds seek to incubate local companies engaged in future growth fields, including renewable energies.