The City of Osaka's International Network

Exchanges with Sister Cities

Through the city's extensive international network of sister/friendship cities, friendship cooperation cities, business partner cities, and other international affiliations, the City of Osaka aims to promote various exchanges across the cultural, sports, human resources, and business fields.

Osaka City’s International Network

Sister Cities / Friendship Cities

The City of Osaka is currently affiliated with seven total sister/friendship cities including São Paulo (Brazil), Chicago (USA), Shanghai (China), Melbourne (Australia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Milan (Italy), and Hamburg (Germany), and is broadly conducting various exchanges.

Every 5 years, commemorative exchanges, such as delegation visits, are held during the anniversary of a sister / friendship city affiliation to reaffirm closer relations.

The sister city affiliations also act as catalysts to stimulate exchanges of individual, organizational, and corporate-levels in respective fields, such as business, technology, education, culture, and sports. With the foundation firmly established upon involvement and cooperation ingrained to the citizen-level, the City of Osaka can confidently focus on maintaining prosperous relationships with our sister cities by building on the mutual understanding and trust.

Friendship Cooperation Cities

The Friendship Cooperation City affiliations were first introduced in 1998 with the goal of exchanging ideas and information on a city-level in areas of common metropolitan agendas, such as sports promotion, culture, tourism and environmental challenges.

Business Partner Cities (BPC)

In 1988, the Business Partner Cities (BPC) affiliation was introduced to help facilitate greater economic exchanges between cities through the leadership of local governments. The BPC network is based in the Asia-Pacific region and allows small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Osaka to explore potential business activities in the global market. This dynamic network aims on increasing private sector-level exchanges and advancement between all the affiliated cities.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The City of Osaka, according to its core policies, has decided on various exchange themes and is engaging in strategic exchanges with several cities overseas.

Agreement & Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Affiliated Cities

City (Country) Date Content
Nanjing City (China) July 2010 Cooperation in tourism and environmental fields
Shenzhen City (China) July 2010 Exchanges in economic and environmental fields
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) July 2011 Cooperation in the water and environmental sectors
Yangon City (Myanmar) September 2014 Cooperation in the urban infrastructure development
City of Nantes (France) April 2017 Friendship castle agreement
Melbourne (Australia) March 2018 Sister street agreement
Chicago (USA) June 2018 Sister street agreement

Agreement & Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Affiliated Institutions

Institution (Country) Date Content
Embassy of Denmark (Denmark) June 2011 Cooperation in robot technology, environment, energy, and design
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA (Germany) July 2010 Cooperation in information exchange and joint public relations activities, joint workshops and symposia, and joint research and development projects

Sister Ports / Friendship Ports

Since ancient times, Osaka has played a major role in cultural exchange and trade through the vigorous flow of transport from its ports to mainland China and the Korean Peninsula. Presently, the Port of Osaka has affiliations with seven sister ports abroad, and is striving to carry out various exchange projects to exhibit international goodwill and foster prosperous relations.

Overseas Office

The City of Osaka has an overseas representative office tasked with strengthening the gathering and sharing of information and exchanges across fields such as business, culture, and tourism.

Osaka Shanghai Office (大阪政府上海事務所)

Osaka Shanghai Office (大阪政府上海事務所) External links

Creating and maintaining a living environment hospitable to residents of all nationalities

With eyes set on creating a welcoming environment that allows for foreign nationals to seamlessly transition into work-life in Osaka, the Osaka International House Foundation External links, an international exchange facility, is providing information; realizing multicultural coexistence in society; facilitating citizen-level international exchange and understanding; disaster support for foreign residents; and fostering the education for leaders who will further globalization.

For the purpose of inspiring talent growth of individuals who will contribute to the globalization of Osaka, the center contributes by encouraging international students' participation in cooperative and exchange programs; connecting international students with career advancement opportunities and with local communities; as well as hosting entrepreneurship seminars for international students.