Osaka is the largest city in western Japan, and carries a long history of 1,500 years. In ancient times, Osaka was the capital of Japan and was the gateway to international exchanges. In recent decades, it has flourished as the center of commerce and finance, and has played an essential role in the development of Japan’s industries and economy.
Osaka serves as the “second engine” of the country and possesses the potential to lead Japan’s economy along with Tokyo. Not only does Osaka have a large-scale market and developed urban infrastructure, its strengths extend to technology, industries, tourism, culture, and sports.
The surrounding Kansai metropolitan area has a population of approximately 21 million people, and an enormous market with a gross regional product (GRP) of 678.8 billion dollars (as of 2015). Companies from various fields are proactive in undertaking projects while universities and research institutions are conducting copious amount of advanced studies and research.
Osaka’s urban landscape is metaphorized as a “Water Capital,” which abounds in arts and culture found in historic sites and cultural properties, a rich food culture, amusement facilities such as Universal Studios Japan, and abundant tourism resources. With the highly convenient transportation system including the 24-hour Kansai International Airport, we welcome well over 9.4 million visitors (as of 2016) from abroad every year.
In addition, by actively utilizing our international network including sister cities as well as the special zone system where regulations are relaxed, we provide a world-class business environment that will bring in investors and companies from overseas. At the same time, efforts are fully exercised to create vibrant local communities where the safety and security of city residents are ensured.
As described above, we are giving all our energy to the realization of a vigorous and dynamic Osaka where human resources, investment, and information come from within and outside the country. Through such endeavors, we aim to make Osaka the “second capital” of Japan. I truly hope that everyone around the world can experience these valuable features of Osaka.
Mayor of Osaka