MIPRO(Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization) became a general incorporated foundation as of April 1,2013 along with the institution of the new public-interest corporation system.
MIPRO was established in 1978 as a nonprofit organization by the joint efforts of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and the private sector. The organization managed International Exhibition Halls and an Imports Information Center, in Ikebukuro Sunshine City where it hosted exhibitions, seminars and sold products to promote imports of foreign manufactured products with the view to expanding trade and rectifying trade imbalance.
On August 2, 2004, the organization was renamed as Manufactured Imports & Investment Promotion Organization (MIPRO). In addition to distributing information on manufactured imports, the organization now also collects, analyzes and disseminates a wide range of information on investment in Japan with the view to developing related businesses and thereby contributing to the balanced expansion of international trade.