Strategy 1-1: Development and growth for rapidly advancing cutting edge fields on a global scale

Strategy 1-2: Stimulate regional economic activity via city attractions and related policies

Strategy 2: Realizing economic growth by promoting the growth and development of SMEs that bring about economic dynamism

We aim to strengthen the business foundations of SMEs, to create economic innovation, and also to foster new personnel of economic activity.

Under the guidance of the “Osaka City Basic Ordinance for the Promotion of SMEs,” collaborative efforts with the Osaka Prefecture and related institutions will promote the support measures for SMEs to help solve problems concerning management and technology. To gain business opportunities through economic revitalization, it is vital to attract tourists at home and abroad and have company establishments.

Furthermore, for revitalization of the local economy, we will collaborate with ward offices to create better environments for community-based shopping streets and manufacturing companies in order to boost efforts of attracting many visitors.

Number of Business Establishments and Employees in 2014

  Osaka City of which SMEs
Number of Business Establishments 190,629 186,892(98.0%)
Number of Employees 2,267,364 1,558,778(68.7%)

Source : “The Outline of Osaka Economy 2016”

GDP(nominal) of World's Major Economies(YR2014)
Unit : billion US dollar
GDP(nominal) of World's Major Economies(YR2010)

Note :
1. Kansai Region includes 6 Prefectures of Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Wakayama, Nara and Shiga.
2. Kansai Region record is estimated by Asia Pacific Institute of Research, and converted yen to dollars.
3. Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City records is estimated to multiply the records in FY2012 and a rate of increase in Japan record from FY2012 to FY2014 together.

Source : “The Outline of Osaka Economy 2016”

Revitalize SMEs through gaining business opportunities

Based on the Osaka City Basic Ordinance for the Promotion of SMEs, various support measures are being developed in order to meet the needs of each enterprise. These include solving management issues and technological challenges faced by the SMEs as well as market development and funding that enhances the management bases and management innovation of SMEs.

Osaka Sangyo Sozokan, a Business Support Base for SMEs

The “Osaka Sangyo Sozokan” External links (Business Innovation Center Osaka), a business support base for SMEs, provides comprehensive assistance for SMEs to solve management issues, realize management innovation, and encourage business startups. There are also counseling by experts, business seminars, and a wide variety of Business to Business matching opportunities coordinated by advisors who are familiar with the market and market needs.

Osaka Sangyo Sozokan (Business Innovation Center Osaka)

Osaka Sangyo Sozokan (Business Innovation Center Osaka)

Consultation on business management

Consultation on business management

Exhibition

Exhibition

“Osaka Municipal Technical Research Institute (OMTRI)”

The Osaka Municipal Technical Research Institute (OMTRI) External links is a technical support base that helps SMEs overcome technical issues through technical consultation, testing and analysis services, and commissioned research. The Institute, with a central role played by its coordinator, also supports the formation, implementation and practical application of joint R&D projects, thereby helping SMEs smoothly and effectively conduct new technology and product development through public-private-academia partnerships.

The Institute supports SMEs enter and expand in growth areas through technical support provided by its “Denchi Kaihatsu Hyoka Center” (Battery Development and Assessment Center), which produces and evaluates energy storage devices, and “Jisedai Hikari Device Hyoka Shien Center (Next-Generation Optical Device Assessment and Support Center), which evaluates LED products.

In order to manage testing for products with applied LED, the Next-Generation Optical Device Assessment and Support Center registered under the JNLA (Japan National Laboratory Accreditation) as the first public testing and research institution in the Kansai region as of FY2014. They also received certification from the international MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) organization.

Osaka Municipal Technical Research Institute (OMTRI)

Osaka Municipal Technical Research Institute (OMTRI)

Battery Development and Assessment Center in OMTRI

Battery Development and Assessment Center in OMTRI

Total Luminous Flux Measurement System (Next-Generation Optical Device Assessment and Support Center)

Total Luminous Flux Measurement System (Next-Generation Optical Device Assessment and Support Center)

Support Funding

Through financial guarantees by the Osaka Credit Guarantee Corporation, which was established by the “Credit Guarantee Association Act,” we can compensate for the creditworthiness of SMEs.

We provide a steady financing system for SMEs by depositing funds into financial institutions along with guaranteeing credit of SMEs.

In addition, we support financing for SMEs in Osaka City through the implementation of financing for small scale businesses by collaborating with the Osaka Prefecture and the Osaka Credit Guarantee Corporation.

Startup Support Services by Osaka Sangyo Sozokan

The Osaka Sangyo Sozokan External links (Business Innovation Center Osaka) helps aspiring entrepreneurs draw up their business plans and financial plans by providing basic knowledge for starting a business, and by assisting them with any issues.

It also organizes seminars and workshops conducive to achieving business plans, and helps participants interact with each other to form new business networks.

To encourage startups within Osaka City, the Center runs Risshian; a low-rent office space available for round-the-clock use by startups for up to six months. Expert consultations, workshops and other startup support services are available to Risshian tenants.

Seminar on business management

Seminar on business management

Consultation on starting a business

Consultation on starting a business

Seminar on starting a business

Seminar on starting a business

Support community-based shopping districts and manufacturing companies

Make visitors feel comfortable at shopping districts, and support projects to enhance the attractiveness, both tangible and intangible, to increase visitors. Facilitate efforts to deepen mutual understanding between community residents and manufacturing companies, as well as promote activities to demonstrate the attractiveness of the shopping districts and communities that will lead to economic revitalization.

Hirao Hondori Shopping Street

Hirao Hondori Shopping Street

Yahataya Shopping Street

Yahataya Shopping Street

Metalworking Machine

Metalworking Machine

Project to support and attract new exhibitions

We are implementing a support system for organizers of a new trade fair/exhibition that will be held consecutively for three years to promote business-to-business transactions within the area of Osaka City.

We will lead to promote growth of the Osaka economy by attracting new exhibitions that are capable of being held continuously. This will provide potential SMEs with opportunities to have business negotiations, which connects to the further market development at home and abroad.