“Osaka Prefecture Local Guide Biz” is a business directory site in Osaka that introduces companies, stores, organizations and educational institutions that are providing business and services for overseas (include foreign residents and foreign tourists). It is also a tourist guide site that introduces tourist spots in Osaka where you can entertain foreign tourists.
Osaka Prefecture, the central city of western Japan, has the third largest population in Japan (8,823,453 in April 2020) after Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture, and is second only to Tokyo in terms of daytime population including commuting. Osaka’s gross prefectural product is nominally third after Tokyo and Aichi prefecture, but its real gross domestic product is second only to Tokyo (38,974.9 billion yen in 2017).
The G20 Osaka Summit held in 2019 was the largest summit meeting in history held in Japan, and the strong will was communicated to the world through the “Osaka Summit Declaration”. In 2025, the Japan International Exposition (Osaka / Kansai Expo) will be held in the Kansai area, and Osaka Prefecture will be the second international exposition (Osaka Expo 1970). A large number of visitors are expected from overseas, and the estimated number of visitors during the event is about 28 million, and various inbound projects are currently underway for that purpose.
At the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) adopted at the United Nations Summit in 2015, Osaka Prefectural government, in collaboration with Osaka City government, proposed “Toward the realization of SDGs advanced cities with the impact of the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo”, and It was selected as the “SDGs Future City and Local Government SDGs Model Project” by the Japanese government.
To this end, Osaka (Prefectural and City) government are working to revitalize Osaka in the industrial and economic fields by fostering growth industries that form the basis of Osaka’s economic growth, promoting innovation, strengthening the management of small and medium-sized enterprises, and utilizing a wide range of human resources.
Based on the 2025 Osaka / Kansai Expo, the Osaka Prefectural Government provide a matching place “SDGs Business Meet-Up” for companies who are highly interested in the SDGs business and supporters. Currently, due to the influence of COVID-19, regular events are held online. Please check the official website for details.
Osaka has the “Osaka Bio Headquarters”, which is a headquarter system in which industry, academia and government are united, and life science-related industries(Pharmaceutical Companies, Bio-Ventures) and research institutes(Osaka University, National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, National Cardiovascular Research Center) are concentrated there. That district is a major industrial cluster leading the pharmaceutical industry in Japan.
Osaka, where related companies and research institutes such as solar cells and lithium-ion batteries are concentrated, has a “next-generation energy park” where you can fully experience the world’s leading next-generation energy in Osaka. In addition, the Osaka Prefectural Government is promoting various energy-related projects such as the “H2 Osaka Vision” to expand the utilization of hydrogen energy and promote related industries.
Startups that take on new businesses with innovative ideas will be the driving force for creating a future society through economic revitalization and solving social issues. Venture companies will also create new industries that will build the future. In order to further develop the growth of Osaka, it is necessary to foster and support the businesses and activities of these startups and venture companies.
Osaka, where various SMEs are concentrated, is also called “the town of SMEs”, and the number is about 2.7 million, which is the second largest after Tokyo, and the ratio of the total of Osaka prefecture is 99.6%. It is the source of the economy. The Osaka Prefectural Government is also engaged in initiatives to revitalize SMEs, such as business support and business matching with overseas.
Osaka, which is celebrating its second international exposition, is aiming for the 2025 Osaka / Kansai Expo, and is working to build a city foundation that allows residents to experience the convenience of cutting-edge technology under the Osaka Smart City Strategy.
This project also supports SDGs-related projects such as ensuring healthy living and promoting welfare, securing opportunities for quality education and lifelong learning, and realizing a safe, strong and sustainable city.
Osaka is ranked in the “Top 10 Most Liveable Cities in the World” every year in the Global Liveability Index of the British magazine “Economist”. In the 2019 edition, 1st place Vienna (Austria), 2nd place Melbourne (Australia), 3rd place Sydney (Australia), and Osaka was 4th place. Tokyo was 7th place.
In this way, Osaka is recognized as a comfortable place to live at the world level, and the Osaka Prefectural Government is conducting various activities in collaboration with the public and private sectors with the aim of “improving the quality of life (QoL)” that residents can feel. The historic Osaka, which has prospered as the center of Japan’s politics, economy, and culture since ancient times, is enthusiastic about building a new Osaka ahead of the big event.
Osaka has the power to create global innovation by accumulating world-class technologies and companies, as well as advanced human resources who support them.
One of Osaka’s strengths is the well-balanced location of various industries. In the manufacturing industry, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, industrial machinery, devices, food, construction, etc., and in the high-tech industry, biotechnology, IT, new materials, etc. In the distribution industry, there are general trading companies, specialized trading companies, department stores, etc., which cover all aspects, so you can smoothly proceed with business from development to manufacturing (Monozukuri) and market development in Osaka Prefecture.
In search of such an excellent environment for making things (Monozukuri), companies from other prefectures and foreign companies are expanding into Osaka, expanding sales channels, and expanding cooperation with local Osaka companies such as business matching.
Osaka Prefecture is accelerating efforts to attract companies and create opportunities for business matching, and is building a business environment such as “MOBIO,” a comprehensive support base for manufacturing companies, and “INTEX Osaka,” a venue for opening international trade fairs.
Osaka Prefecture, where about 247,000 foreigners live (as of 2019), is promoting community development that makes it easy for foreigners to live, such as by developing global human resources and improving the environment for accepting foreign students.
In addition, in order to strengthen our network with overseas, Osaka Prefecture have formed friendly exchange alliances with 10 cities in the following 9 countries (as of October 2020), and friendship activities are progressing at the private level.
The countries that have sisters, friendships, and goodwill with Osaka Prefecture are as follows: “Shanghai, China”, “Jiangsu Province, China”, “East Java, Indonesia”, “Val d’Oise, France”, “Queensland, Australia”, “Primorsky Krai, Russia”, “California, USA”, “Lombardy, Italy”, “Dubai, United Arab Emirates”, “Vietnam Ho Chi Minh”
Osaka, where you can quickly obtain wonderful “foodstuffs” due to the mountains and the sea and the blessed terrain, was also called “the catering place of the world” and “the kitchen of the world” around the Edo period, and not only food but also various items were gathered from all over Japan, and it prospered as a trade center.
Osaka Prefecture has named locally harvested agricultural, forestry and fishery products “Osaka Mon (produced by Osaka)” and processed foods that have been loved for many years as “Osaka Mon Meihin (Masterpiece)”, and as a Osaka food brand, it is sold all over Japan.
Osaka is also the birthplace of the “matching dashi” culture that is indispensable for Japanese cuisine. In recent years, various foods have been developed so that it is said to be the town of “KUIDAORE = to eat until bankrupt”, and the dishes, foods, and services born in Osaka have spread all over Japan.
“Food” is the number one attraction of Osaka, answered by travelers. And the five items that foreigners traveling in Osaka definitely eat are “Takoyaki”, “Okonomiyaki”, “Sashimi / Sushi”, “Kushikatsu”, and “Yakiniku”.
Apparel that expresses individuals, fashion that makes you insist, designers that bring out individuality, materials that support them, all in Osaka.
Osaka Prefecture, which has the highest concentration of textile industry in Japan, has many local industries such as ready-made men’s clothing, women’s and children’s clothing, spinning, plying, cotton woven fabric, Japanese bleaching, rugs, knit fabrics, socks, hats, blankets, fabric sewing products, and towels.
From such a business environment, we have various textiles and processing technologies, so retailers can consistently carry out from planning and manufacturing to retailing and produce high-quality textile products at low cost.
Since there are many clothing industries in local, there are many clothing design schools, vocational schools, and beauty schools in Osaka, and the apparel industry is also engaged in various activities to train designers and support the clothing material industry.
There are more than 20 fashion (including clothing, beauty, and interior design) vocational schools in Osaka, and the most popular ones are Osaka Mode Gakuen, Ueda College of Fashion, Osaka Institute of Fashion, Osaka Designers’ College, and Glamour College of Beauty and Osaka Beauty Art College.
Osaka is also a fashion city. KANSAI COLLECTION, which was born in Osaka in 2011 to boost the apparel and fashion industry, is one of Japan’s largest fashion events with the participation of famous fashion models, musicians and entertainers. Held twice a year in February and September at Kyocera Dome Osaka, the number of visitors is reported to be 43,000 in 2019.
There are many attractions and recommended spots in Osaka Prefecture. Enjoy history tours, food tours, hot spring tours, shopping, and more!
Osaka, which has plenty of places to eat, see, and play, is ranked high in the number of hotel guests by prefecture. Therefore, Osaka Prefecture has the highest occupancy rate of guest rooms in accommodation facilities such as inns, resort hotels, business hotels, city hotels, and simple lodgings (January 2017). The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are scheduled for 2021, and the Osaka / Kansai Expo will be held in 2025, so many inbound effects are expected in Osaka.
It is a popular hot spring for foreign visitors to Japan, but did you know that there are 173 hot springs (sources) in Osaka Prefecture? Speaking of hot springs, we tend to go to the hot spring paradise of the neighboring prefecture, but there are also wonderful hot springs in Osaka!
For example, there are hot springs with superb views, open-air baths in national parks, natural hot springs along quiet valleys, and open-air baths with a panoramic view of the Osaka Plain for 10 million dollars. If you want to spend the night quietly, we recommend inns and hotels that are a little far from the city!
Strengthening joint research through industry-academia-government collaboration can respond to various issues and accelerate regional development.
Osaka Prefecture, which has the second largest number of universities in Japan, is making various efforts to apply students’ ideas and dreams to the social field.
As a one-stop contact point between universities and companies, we have set up a “Citizenship Strategy Cooperation Desk” to speedily respond to problem resolution. As a result, a collaborative system has been established between universities and research institutes with advanced technology and companies with manufacturing technology.