Tender monitoring & information

Tender monitoring & information

Invitations to tender are published at various locations. Most procuring entities nowadays operate webpages or even designated portal sites to post their tender notices, bidding results, and other relevant information. Also more and more institutions integrate their tender notices with online bidding infrastructure. Invitations to tender are also published in the Government Gazette (Kanpou) and local equivalents. The Gazette is available in paper form at various locations in Japan and also digitally accessible.

Tender invitations in English are limited to summaries attached to tenders falling under the WTO GPA framework. With a few exceptions, individual Japanese government entities do not operate procurement websites in English.

The Japanese government maintains a few web portals where English language tender information is gathered. Users should note that these sites do not cover the whole range of procuring entities and tender opportunities. For example, Information in English about tenders at the local level is difficult to access.

To stimulate participation of foreign companies, the Japanese central government has taken a number of voluntary measures. This includes longer periods to prepare a tender, but also early announcement of tenders at the start of each fiscal year.