CHAPTER IV SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE POLICY-MAKING
Article 26:The Small and Medium Enterprise Policy-Making Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Council”) has been established in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Article 27:The Council shall, in addition to handling the matters falling within its competence under the provisions of this Law, investigate and deliberate on important matters concerning the enforcement of this Law when requested to give advice by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry or the Ministers concerned.
2.The Council may state its opinion to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry or the Ministers concerned, with respect to such matters as prescribed in the preceding Subsection.
3.The Council shall, in addition to the matters specified in the preceding two Subsections, handle the matters falling within its competence under the provisions of the Law on the Cooperative Association of Small and Medium Enterprise (Act No. 181 of 1949), the Small and Medium Enterprise Support Law (Act No. 147 of 1963), the Small Enterprise Mutual Relief Projects Law (Act No. 102 of 1965), the Law on the Promotion of Subcontracting Small and Medium Enterprises (Act No. 145 of 1970), the Law on the Promotion of Small and Medium Retail Business (Act No. 101 of 1973), the Law on Securing Business Opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises by Adjusting the Business Activities of Large Enterprises (Act No. 74 of 1977), the Law Concerning the Promotion of Improvement of Employment Management in Small and Medium Enterprises for Securing Labor Forces and Creating Quality Jobs (Act No. 57 of 1991), the Law Concerning the Promotion of Efficient Distribution Systems in Small and Medium Enterprises (Act No. 65 of 1992), the Law on Supporting Small Industries by Commerce and Industry Association and Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Act No. 51 of 1993), the Temporary Law Concerning Measures for the Promotion of the Creative Business Activities of Small and Medium Enterprises (Act No. 47 of 1995), the Temporary Law Concerning Vitalization of Industrial Agglomeration (Act No. 28 of 1997), the Law Partially Amending Small Enterprise Mutual Relief Projects Law and Small Business Corporation Law (Act No. 147 of 1998), and the Law on Supporting Business Innovation of Small and Medium Enterprises (Act No. 18 of 1999).
Article 28:The Council shall consist of no more than thirty members.
2.The members of the Council shall be appointed by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry from among persons of learning and experience with respect to such matters as provided for in Subsection 1 of the preceding Article.
3.The members shall serve part-time.
4.In addition to the members provided for in Subsection 2, Council staff prescribed by Government Ordinance shall be appointed by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
(Request for Submission of Materials, etc.)
Article 29:The Council may, where it deems it necessary for the performance of its designated duties, request from the heads of the administrative agencies concerned the submission of materials, statements of opinion and explanations, and also other forms of cooperation.
Article 30:Besides those matters provided for by this Law, any necessary matters relating to the organization and operation of the Council shall be provided for by Government Ordinance.