Survey for the Overseas Expansion
of Small- and Mid-sized Companies
in the Kinki Region

~Overseas expansion of companies will bring us investment and employment~


The direct overseas investment balance of companies has increased 2.8 times during the period from 2001 to 2010, and the overseas production ratios have also shown consistent increase. In the current business environment of the “sextuple whammy” including the strong yen and high corporate tax rate since 2011, the momentum of direct overseas investment has been accelerating more than ever mainly by the major manufacturing companies. It is likely that the momentum will affect small- and medium-sized companies.

Investigations into this situation have been made covering the entire country, but there are few examples covering only the Kinki region or the non-manufacturing industries. So it is hard to grasp the reality of overseas expansion of both manufacturing and non- manufacturing industries in the Kinki region.
For this reason, we have conducted survey and interviews to the small and medium-sized companies in the region to grasp the reality and future prospects, as well as the relationship between overseas expansion and the domestic hollowing.

Figure 1 Overseas Business Expansion
(MA, N = 1504)

Figure 2 Reason for Direct Overseas
Investment (MA, N = 427)

Figure 3 Countries of Interest and Business Achievement (MA, N = 1504)

(MA, N = 182) Functions and Roles of Domestic/Overseas bases

Relationship between Overseas Sales and Domestic Sales / Number of Employees