Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) provides services to a population of almost 30 million inhabitants, which represents close to a quarter of the total population in Japan. The public procurement demand generated by this huge organisation is most likely similar to that of some mid-sized European countries. International interest in providing goods and services to TMG is on the rise recently, in particular due to the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The public procurement system in Tokyo, is currently entirely in Japanese, with the exception of a list of WTO-tenders published by TMG’s Bureau of Finance. This page explains the following aspects of the tender procedures used in Tokyo.
Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are a joint responsibility for TMG and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. TMG will be responsible for projects that will remain in place after the Games (“Legacy”) such as the construction of permanent facilities and construction of infrastructure. The Organising Committee will be responsible for core projects necessary to deliver the 2020 Games, including construction of temporary facilities. In terms of procurement therefore both organisations will conduct their public tenders according to their own procedures.
From April 2016, TMG will start with a tender portal with Tokyo 2020 related tender notices exclusively for SMEs. It is likely that these tenders wiil be conducted using existing procedures. At present, there are no plans known that TMG will publish Olympics related tenders notices (other than those under WTO) in languages other than Japanese.
In order to participate in tender procedures with TMG, you will need to obtain supplier qualifications. Application is usually conducted online. However, in order to be able to complete the online application, it is necessary to obtain a digital ID first. The difficulty here is that a legal presence in Japan is required.
It is however possible to apply for supplier qualifications without having a legal presence in Japan, if you want to participate in a specific WTO tender. In this case, get in touch with TMG’s Finance Bureau, Accounting Division, 2nd Contracting Department, Qualification Assessment Section,
(Please note that if you call them, they will most likely have difficulty dealing with you in English.)
TMG will then send this form (explanation) by email. After receipt of this form, TMG will make a ‘Digital Identification substitute file’ (“Key”). Using this Key, the necessary information can be entered into the online supplier qualification application system. On the basis of the information provided TMG will then assess and rank the applicant-company. Once the qualification is obtained, it is also possible to take place bids on paper in case of WTO tenders.
Documents required for supplier qualification application
All documents issued in foreign languages need to have Japanese translations attached. Financial statements need to be recalculated into Japanese yen. Tokyo government does not have clear regulations with regards to recalculation into Japanese yen, so it is advisable to consult with them directly on this.
Assessment and classification/ranking of suppliers
On the basis of the information provided, TMG will calculate a so-called ‘objective score, with a maximum of 105 (in case of commissioned manufacturing) or 100 points (in case of sales of finished goods or services). The point-score is then used to attach a classification A,B or C.
Beside the ‘objective score’ a ‘subjective score is also set for each individual tender contract. This score is determined on the basis of the suppliers’ annual turnover in one of seven specific business groupings. It is therefore possible that a supplier will get a different classification if annual sales for a particular product are lower/higher.
To make an assessment of the number of points and classification a company might get at TMG, use this calculator (Excel).
Ranking of suppliers within each class
TMG also ranks its suppliers within each class. This ranking is on the basis of the turnover for each product category. If the turnover is the same, other aspects are used. The ranking will then look as follows:
Business category Code XXX:
Company I: Class A Rank 0001-00
Company II: Class A Rank 0001-50
Company III: Class A Rank 0002-00
Explanation: Company I and III applied for their qualifications during the official period of renewal. Company II applied in the intermediate period, and received the additional -50 ranking
Before applying for a supplier qualification to participate in public works’ construction and design tenders, prospective suppliers will need to obtain the following:
- Construction company permit
- Business Evaluation (keishin)
Once these are obtained, a company can apply online with TMG for supplier qualification for participation in construction tenders. If a company has no legal presence in Japan and is not in the possession of a Digital ID, please contact the office where the application is made.
For more details about construction related qualification, contact us via our Ask-the-Expert service.
TMG's tender notice looks as follows (Click on image for explanation):
Goods and services
Tender notice information page
TMG's tender notice information page looks as follows (Click on image for explanation):
Sources: TMG Presentation to EU member state trade counsellor’s (January 20th, 2016); TMG, 東京都物品買入れ等競争入札参加資格。平静２７年度用 臨時受付申請の手引 （Tokyo Metropolitan open tender participation qualification for sales and purchase of goods etc. Guidelines for extraordinary application 2016)
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