FEATURE-3D printer boom lures new wave of Japan entrepreneurs
Ups is optimistic that they can break the barrier * 3D printers may completely change the way things are made * in December 3, a global market dominated by the United States, Germany, led by Stanley White Tokyo (Reuters)-
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given up a stable job and joined a group of Japanese entrepreneurs who have built a 3D printing Foundation to showcase Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe)
Whether these entrepreneurs can lay the foundation for a new era of Japanese products, though it may depend on whether Abe can remove obstacles in a wider business culture, thereby avoiding risks and supporting the status quo.
The 38-year-old Asami, a former management consultant at Deloitte, has no doubt about the prospect of 3D printing, which could be a technology to change the rules of the game, it will allow families and companies to bypass manufacturers by producing their own parts and goods.
Asami said at the start-workshop: \"I expect that the entire business model and manufacturing system will have to be changed to adapt to the 3D printerup businesses.
If history can be changed, then the task of Asami and Abe is not an easy task.
After World War II, merchants built companies like electronics giant Sony, but since then, as people have become less tolerant of risk and failure, japan has not created a new global technology power.
Abe, who came to power almost a year ago with a bold promise to end the nearly 20-year economic downturn, wants to encourage innovation and make Japan a easier place to do business.
But he is trying to build a political and economic system largely based on mature industries.
Expectations for deregulation are high, which will remove obstacles widely in various fields, but many areas of Abe\'s economic growth strategy in June have not been addressed.
He has been pushing for greater economic reforms, such as making it easier for companies to hire and fire employees. Analysts say this will make the economy more dynamic.
But there are a few small successes that can help Asami and other beginnings --up businesses.
Executives and advisers say it is becoming easier to get government subsidies, which helps to get extra money out of the country\'s risks --averse banks.
Earlier this year, the government restarted a nationwide subsidy program for start-up businesses.
Ups has been sealed for about six years.
So far this year, the program has provided subsidies to 77% of all companies applying.
The number of companies applying for funds is also growing rapidly, from 15 in April to 2,302 in June.
In terms of 3D printers, the ministry of economy sees potential.
Pushing 4. 5 billion yen ($44 million)
Will be included in the budget to finance the development of high-tech3D printer.
Tomoko Mitani, chief analyst at technology research firm Gartner, suspects the industry will give birth to another Sony-
Like a company, but with the advancement of technology, the cost of developing professional products by Japanese manufacturers should be lower.
The technology is likely to spread to medical devices, not
It will benefit manufacturers and lead to the generation of new companies and services, which will benefit the economy, she said.
\"The company offers 3D printing services over the Internet, which may allow some manufacturers to order goods and have an interesting economic impact,\" said Mitani . \".
Nobuki Sakaguchi, another entrepreneur, said that the 3D printer industry has resonated with some people who want 3D printers to rekindle their passion for Japan\'s long tradition of perfectionist craftsmanship, known as \"monozukuri\" or \"make something \".
\"The real value is that it can inspire people and lead new businesses in the future,\" said sak Kou, chief executive of Open Cube Inc . \" This allows the personal 3D printer to melt the plastic wire and deposit the resin to form the object.
The 39-year-old sak, who works in a small office in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, said that one of the main obstacles facing entrepreneurs is a culture, this culture is conducive to finding a share in a large Japanese company, many of which do not tend to reward creativity.
New businesses also find it difficult to obtain bank loans, navigate the government subsidy application process, and even rent office space.
Only a very small number of companies, such as on-
Lotte, an online retailer, stands out from Japan\'s last wave of tech entrepreneurs.
Most other companies have disappeared, which is holding back other start-ups
Ups, said Sak.
He believes that if the new 3D printer industry in Japan can produce some successful cases, the field will really take off.
In the world, the 3D printer market has been dominated by the United States and Germany, with a market share of 75% and 15% respectively.
Japan\'s share is only 0. 3 percent.
However, data from the overall association of the United States shows that there is a lot of room for growth. S.
Advice from market consultants and authorities.
The Company believes that the global market for 3D printers and related services has grown from $11 billion in 2021 to nearly $2 billion in 2012.
Some technology communicators said that the popularity of 3D printers will set off a wave of \"doing. it-
Because people no longer have to wait for a company to design and make what they want.
Gartner\'s Mitani is skeptical about this, in part because the products made using plastic personal 3D printers are still a little rough, especially with high
End printer that can blend metal and ceramic powder.
Mariko Obayashi, 50, said this may be the case, but first, the government needs to create an economy where entrepreneurs can thrive. He runs the 3D printer business.
\"Japan needs a more liquid labor market where people can pull out of a big company, start their own business and start a new business.
If they fail, hire somewhere else, \"Obayashi, who has worked for the camera company for 26 years --and-printer-
The manufacturer, Canon, started her 3D printer business last year.
\"Many Japanese think entrepreneurs are strange, but they are good for the economy.